5 Of Video Games Best Boss Battles

There’s nothing like beating a boss in a video game. The feeling of bettering that trash talking demon or defeating the monster that’s been enslaving the populace. Whatever the advisory you can bet on feeling accomplished afterward.

Video Games have a knack for creating the best antagonists, whether that’s because this medium is interactive, so we feel like we are the ones saving the world, or whether it’s down to the characters. I’d suggest that it’s a mixture between the two.

When you think about bosses in video games, you probably have a few that come to mind straight away. The ones like really grind your gears or the ones you savored defeating. I know I have and that’s why I’ve brought you 5 of my favorite video game bosses.

Psycho Mantis – Metal Gear Solid

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It’s not too often that a video game boss can truly terrify you. Psycho Mantis did this like no other and it’s a testament to the genius of Hideo Kojima that after all these years, he still remains one of the best bosses in history.

By breaking the fourth wall, acknowledging the player, making your controller rumble and even reading your memory card, Psycho Mantis did something no other boss did before it. A true psychological fight which had you questioning your reality. Not only did he look creepy, but he sounded creepy too. A true Psycho if there ever was.

I find it hard to think of another boss that had the same effect Psycho Mantis had on me. It left me stunned and dumbfounded and I remember checking my memory card to see if he was right. Spoiler, he was.

If there’s one thing to take away from this boss battle it’s how surprisingly few games have tried to emulate this in some way. Psycho Mantis remains one of my favorite boss battles and probably will for a very long time.

The Butcher – Diablo

The true fear and dread I felt when I heard this guy utter the words ‘Ah, fresh meat’ still haunt me to this day. I’ll never forget the first time I stumbled upon The Butcher’s lair in the first Diablo game.

A friend and I were casually exploring the ruins in Tristram, slaying some skeletons when we entered a room filled with corpses impaled on wooden poles. Then we heard it, the sound of the butcher craving his fresh meat, and then, horror.

It took many, many attempts to work out how to beat him and although he’s not the most difficult of bosses in hindsight, he’s stuck with me all these years and that’s the reason he makes my list. His reappearance in Diablo III didn’t quite have the same effect on me as The Butcher from the first Diablo did, which I found very disappointing. Still, if I ever fancy a trip back to the ruins in Tristram, I know where to find him.

Mike Tyson – Mike Tyson’s Punch Out

A video game about boxing called Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, it’s only fitting that the boss in this game is Mike Tyson himself. Probably one of the hardest bosses on our list, Mike comes at you from the first bell. A flurry of unrelenting punches and combos await you if you dare to step in the ring with the champ.

Mike Tyson’s Punch Out had you take unknown boxer Little Mac on a path to the title and eventually a fight with Mike Tyson. Lacking in size to almost all of his opponents Little Mac cared little for his challengers and slung them aside one by one.

When the time comes to fight Mike, you’d usually find you were not as prepared as you thought. Towering over you Mike Tyson would hit you with combo after combo resulting in your ultimate demise. The chances are you won’t last 2 minutes in the ring with Mike.

Big Daddy – Bioshock

There are not many video game antagonists as iconic as Big Daddy from the Bioshock series. The towering clunk of metal might look like something out of Doctor Who, but its lumbering steps are as terrifying as fighting it.

It didn’t matter that you could essentially decide when you wanted to fight Big Daddy; you were bound to fail at some point. Whether the fear got you first or the drill did in the end, the fight with Big Daddy is as memorable as any.

It only takes you to look at the Big Daddy model to know that you’re not going to be in for an easy ride with this one. They may not be bosses in the truest sense as other on our list, but boy did they feel like them in the end.

Fierce and loyal protectors the Big Daddies forced you into panicked moves and silly mistakes that probably meant you ended up dying. They might not be as scary the third time you face them, but they’re the ones you always remember.

Ganondorf/Ganon – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time

A final boss in the truest sense of the word, Ganondorf/Ganon signified the end of your journey with Link and the saving of Hyrule. When you talk about climactic battles, this is one that sticks out to most people that experienced it. The Legend of Zelda series has a knack for including amazing boss battles in the games, but this one with Ganondorf/Ganon sticks out the most to me.

This is a boss battle that brings out all the emotions. You think you’ve beat it, you’ve caused the castle to crumble and smother your enemy, only for him to emerge from the ashes, just as powerful. What a kick in the teeth that was.

There was something about this battle that just made it seem so much more special than others. Perhaps it’s the epic scale or perhaps it was the nostalgia of being able to use the Master Sword once again. All I know is this is one boss battle I’ll never forget.

Constantly threatening to write a book, but always with a story to tell. Tom has a typical northern English soul. He may sound as mundane as Jon Snow, but at least he tries to articulate. Lover of video games, comics, geek pop culture and wishing he could play Dungeons & Dragons.
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