I did it, but at a great cost. I did NOT get all expert medals for floyd's missions since floyd's missions are horrible. Horrible, floaty controls, horrible time limit (you can't miss anything or stop), and overall, just horrible design for the controls. I'm sure I could have beaten it, but at a cost of my sanity and very many hours for something that was completely optional.
I got everything though. I got all the ship parts, all the tribals, all weapons for all characters, and all totems. There was one secret character for multiplayer, cyborg ant
, but you get that from getting all expert medals on the missions. So it's not really needed to complete the game.
Mizar's final boss fight really made me realize how truly bad the controls are in these boss fights. It's obvious they couldn't do 3D fights because of hardware constraints, so I understand. Mizar has this lightning attack that goes side to side, but you don't SEE the lightning if you're on one part of the stage, and it's really hard to look one way too. If we had a 3rd perspective view, this would be fine, but the main things that killed me was not seeing the lightning, and moving while dodging the lightning. You use the control stick to actually look around and the yellow buttons to move. You can't really move and look at the same time, so it was really hard to jump and look where I was going. If you were fighting Mizar as a real life person, you could easily jump and look where you're going, but you're restricted to side to side movement and no turning.
The only other boss fight I had trouble with was the mantis fight. I swear, I hit close enough to those arms with my tri rocket to hit. The hitboxes are so dang precise or something. Same controls, side to side, but with rockets coming out the sides to hit you. It's hard to avoid them because of the controls and vision, again, bad choice. Hitting their arms, tail, and head was a real pain since the hitbox goes away in an instant and it's hard to hit. It was just a really bad boss fight. Look it up on youtube and you'll see.
I loved the ending. You defeat mizar, floyd sacrifices himself to blow up the astroid, and you get an award ceremony on Earth. You FINALLY get to see Earth, and the first human you see resembles Vela. That was crazy. There were other offiPost too long. Click here to view the full text.