Here's the final boss in PoR on hard in Richter mode, this fight took me many hours of tries before I was able to win. Maria's special move was my best damage output as well as a healing ability, without using it I don't know how I could have won! I sure felt good after conquering this fight though.
I've never seen this happen before, somehow I managed to beat Metal Man and die at the same time, but it counted as a win for me! Any other time I can think of that happening it counted as a death, so I dunno what happened here!