Episode 9 – Super Punch Out!
Hey, have you ever finished Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots? If so, this next bit should be pretty familiar.
The fight will transition to a completely different style of game and control scheme, complete with a fighting game-style UI. Here’s a quick rundown of the controls
- Left Analog Stick: Dodge
- L2 (Press): Left-hand Punch
- R2 (Press): Right-hand Punch
- L2 (Hold): Block With Left Arm
- R2 (Hold): Block With Right Arm
- L2 + R2 (Hold): Block With Both Arms
As you might assume, your goal is to whittle down the health bar of the boss (who is Higgs, by the way, in case you hadn’t already guessed).
Watch Higg’s movements. If he looks open, punch him. If he’s visibly blocking, stop punching him. If you see him winding up a bunch, either block, or dodge the attack (backwards is usually a sure bet).
It’s important to keep your movements measured during this section (ie. don’t just spam the punches) because you still have a stamina meter to worry about (it’s the blue thing underneath your health bar). Every time you perform an action, you’ll use a bit of stamina.
The stamina bar will only recharge when you’re in a neutral position and doing nothing–when you’re blocking, the stamina bar will not recharge at all.