Chaps and Chapettes, it’s time once again to pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and indulge with PSU Towers again as we shine the spotlight on another entry in our on-going Badass Bosses feature. Last time around we zipped back in time to 1997 and recalled the clash between Lara Croft and the great Dragon in Tomb Raider II. Ugly polygon models aside, it proved one hell of a ruck.
In celebration of the recent European release of Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, we decided our next entry should be focused on Hideo Kojima’s venerable stealth-action franchise, namely Metal Gear Solid 2. Here, we scrutinize Raiden’s battle against Dead Cell member Fat Man on the Big Shell.
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Who’d have thought a fat bloke on roller skates would prove for such a compelling baddie? Indeed, Fatman may look like he’s scoffed one too many pies, but he is perhaps one of the most intriguing villains from Metal Gear Solid 2, and perhaps the series as a whole. Sticking with creator Hideo Kojima’s penchant for stuffing his foes full of a meaty backstory, Fatman’s history is no less convoluted than his peers, though remains perhaps one of the most unsympathetic bad guys in the cast. Neglected at a young age by his folks, Fatman developed a liking for explosives early on in life, eventually cobbling together an atomic bomb at the age of ten. He would later be trained by Peter Stillman of the NYPD Bomb Squad before joining Dead Cell as their resident explosives expert, and encounters Raiden after his group raids the offshore facility Big Shell in Manhattan.
The pair’s duel is a little unconventional by boss standards initially, with our slap-headed villain planting various bombs across the heliport for our floppy-haired hero to neutralize. Fatman zips around the battlefield on skates, so he’s a lot faster than you, and comes equipped with a rapid-fire Glock handgun. On top of that, his bomb suite can soak up quite a bit of damage, making your job that much tougher. All the while, your overweight adversary will be jetting around the place, taking pot shots at you or attempting to ram into you. Needless to say however, your first port of call should be disarming the bombs, which are dotted around on the various structures across the helipad.
Fortunately, Fatman stops at key intervals allowing you to unleash lead upon your foe (burning calories is hard work you know), knocking him off balance. Don’t stop there, however; approach Fatman as he’s attempting to get back to his feet, and fire off a shot directly at his shiny, bald head to eat away at his health. Any weapon should do the trick, though we recommend the handgun as not to waste ammo. Don’t bother spending bullets on your enemy as soon as he gets back up though, as Fatman is temporarily invulnerable to damage just as he zips away, so save your ammo. If you’re particularly quick on your feet, you can incapacitate the bomb expert as you attempt to disarm his explosives. He’ll stand there admiring his handiwork, leaving him vulnerable attack; shoot him, knock him to the floor and then disarm any bombs nearby, then put a bullet in his brain.
Of course, badly has one last trick up his oversized sleeves once you’ve depleted his health; a final bomb to disarm. But where is it? With the seconds ticking away, Raiden will have to sniff it out before the whole Big Shell is sent to Davey Jones’ Locker. Where could it be though? We’ll leave that for you to find out…
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty is now available as part of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. A PlayStation Vita version will arrive later this year.