Last time we had a Chuck Greene Vs Frank West to see who would be a worthy protagonist for Dead Rising 2, Chuck won due to his reason of being there, looks and creativity. This time we here at paranerds.com take a look at the two bosses of two of the best fighting games and we figure out which one is the best boss. People on the interwebz compare the two all the time saying which one is harder or the cheapest. We will be comparing their looks, story, and skill. To be fair both these bosses are cheap and unfair but which one is the best boss? Shao Kan from Mortal Kombat (2011) or Seth from Street Fighter IV?
Shao Kahn has been around since Mortal Kombat 2 that makes him well over 10 years old (in game years). His look is pretty interesting and not that much has changed over the years. He’s a warrior and is actually wearing the skull of someone he most likely beat to death. This is not only disturbing but pretty bad ass. He and Mr. Grimm (from Twisted Metal) should meet up for some tea or something. He’s clearly built like a tank and has zero remorse for those who challenges him and apparently is a ladies man… In a “I tied you up and you are my gal” sort of way. Considering he’s battling humans who can shoot fireballs and spears he doesn’t wear any kind of armor except for shoulder pads that makes him resemble a wrestler. Still he is pretty intimidating to look at.
Seth could have been an interesting looking character except for one thing. That stupid symbol on his stomach. I get it Yin-Yang…clever. It just sort of looks out of place and makes him seem weaker. Whereas Shao Kahn and Mr.Grimm should meet for tea, Seth and Dr.Manhattan from Watchmen should meet for court because they look very identical. Minus the stupid stomach thing. Seth does have that “I don’t care about mankind” look on his face, which gives him a sort of monster like feel, but it also separates any kind of human relation we can get from him as well. He’s cold and emotionless. He’s just not that interesting, an all super-powered mutant thing? He’s as cheap as Super-Man…yeah I said it!
We have to give it to Shao Kahn, he’s more intimidating the more human he is. Seth is powerful but we expect him to be with his coldness and lack of emotion. But Shao Kahn is just a regular person, add that he has no problem with literally ripping his opponent in two really freaks us out. Imagine watching this guy walk in a bar and rip someones head off. Didn’t see that coming did you. Imagine Seth walking into a bar to rip someones head off…you assume a big blue guy would have done something as bizarre. Probably drinks from it too…freak.
Shao Kahn is the leader of Mortal Kombat. He’s the director basically. Standing in the background watching two guys (or girls to be PC) go at it like another even more deranged version of Tyler Durden. He put Mortal Kombat together and even involves his own family members (Mileena. Kitana) even if he knows the consequences. To beat him is to beat Mortal Kombat. It takes a pretty messed up human to not only make such an event but to also have your wife and daughters compete in it is just cruel. Shao Kahn is pretty much a monster in human clothes, he literally watches people beat each other to death and even demands that they “Finish Him” after they have finished them. He wants to see blood and gore. He not only walks the walk but he also talks the talk by competing in Mortal Kombat himself. This guy has balls. Mind you if he came up with Mortal Kombat that means he came up with the “K” in Combat. I guess he was trying to be cute.
Seth is…interesting. Is he a science experiment? Is he human? In his stage in Street Fighter IV we see scientists running in the background. Is he an alien? Is he an Avatar ?(Nerds laugh). You think all this mystery would be good except for one thing. He does not fit the typical Street Fighter roster. How did we go from a human fighter such as M.Bison to Dr. Minnesota over here? He feels rushed with no backstory needed. Sure Blanka is the closest thing to a monster but he still speaks like a human, all the characters in Street Fighter are just regular people who just happen to be amazing in Karate/Tae Kwon Doe/ Martial Arts. Seth…well…he’s a thingy.
We have to give it to Shao Kahn again. Seth doesn’t really have a story. He’s supposed to be the “mysterious” fighter, but he’s just a character with a lack of story. If we don’t know much about him we don’t care much about him. Shao Kahn is the story, he’s the reason Mortal Kombat exists. He fights in it as well as watches for pleasure. He’s well aware that if he loses his head can get ripped off but he doesn’t care because he’s a monster!
Shao Kahn is the boss of Mortal Kombat; you don’t expect him to be easy. Oh, he’s tough, but it’s not his skills that make him tough it’s his cheapness. He really only has 4 moves. Spear throw, sledgehammer, tackle and jump tackle. He’s got others but those are his basics. His X-ray attack is brutal as well but like I said he’s the boss, it’s supposed to be brutal. Sure he combos you into a corner and repeats the same thing over and over but the main thing that makes this boss cheap is:
1) His sledgehammer makes you stunned. Seriously, throwing a sledgehammer stuns. Mind you this would make sense towards a Street Fighter character but as a Mortal Kombat character this is stupid. Why you ask? Well you just went through the whole game getting stabbed in the eyes having your knees broken, puking on someone’s leg. You got shocked, yelled at, thrown around, burned, teleported, hung, kissed, trapped, frozen, stepped on, squeezed, shattered necks, shattered ribs, shattered arms, broken skull, cut, bruised, shot at, flung at, bitten, spit on, and tortured, Acid in the mouth, acid in the face, lave around you, and witness people die is really traumatizing! Compare all that to a little sledgehammer being thrown at you it’s nothing. So why on earth does this stun you? Well to make the boss have an advantage that’s why.
2) When the hell did shields become a thing? Goro and Kintaro I understand (sort of) these guys are truly beasts; your little punch is like a pinch. Fine. But Shao Kahn isn’t a beast he’s human. So why is it that when I’m about to do a kick ass combo he flashes yellow and just slaps me in the back of the hand like it ain’t no thang? Jerk.
Seth is tough. Very tough. In fact I can’t play Street Fighter IV because of how cheap he is. But unlike cheap Kahn up there, Seth is just using everyone’s fighting abilities. He’s not really cheating, he’s just fast and pulls off a lot of combos. He doesn’t throw a weapon to stun you. Sure he blocks like a mother but he’s the final boss. As much as I hated fighting Seth and no matter how ridiculously hard he was he’s still a better fighter than Shao Kahn. Even Capcom had to admit that he was overpowered but at least it’s understandable. When he beat me (a thousand times) I had to stop and think “What am I doing wrong?” and had to look at a different method to beat him. He was truly a challenge. His Ultra attack was stupid as all hell but again it’s supposed to be, he’s the final boss. I must admit though when he kicked my ass he kicked my ass.
Like mentioned Seth is brutal but at least he’s actually fighting you. Shao Kahn just throws a sledgehammer that is basically the equivalent of playing while your controller is dying. It’s cheap and literally stops you in your tracks. Seth is a cheating jerk too, yes, but he’s a true fighter. He’s just a mix of every fighter in the series put into one. This one goes to Seth.
So all in all the winner of the best boss in a fighting game has to go to…
…Shao Kahn. Sure Seth is brutal, but his story and design does not do him justice. I’ve played Street Fighter IV so many times already and only when I get to Seth do I wonder “what the hell were they thinking“. It took a friend of mine and me about an hour and a half to beat him using Ryu. It took me about 40 minutes to beat him using Blanka and I was spamming electricity. Shao Kahn on the other hand has a great story and his look is way more interesting then Seth, (Keep it simple). Sure Shao Kahn relies on his stupid Sledgehammer and he does have a random shield that appears out of no where, but at least he is able to be beaten in less than 10 minutes and in less then 10 tries. Seth and Shao Kahn are both guilty of being cheap bastards but if you spend too long on anything it stops being fun and becomes frustrating and repetitive which is exactly what happens when fighting Seth. Fighting Seth goes from fun to “when is this crap over?” where Shao Kahn might beat you 3 times and it’s fun to keep trying. It’s fun…which is the point of the game.
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