Without the ‘Boss‘, a video game is simply not a video game. Bosses serve as the final challenge, the true test of your skill. And by this point, you tend to be living in the world which the game has created, so they are pretty damn scary!
Developers have prided themselves of delivering enemies that are bigger, badder and wilder than the previous level. Check out our top 15, and please, don’t get scared!
We pulled together a list of 15 video game bosses that are hardest to defeat!
A boss so difficult to defeat, it forced many hardcore players to think about an alternative activity- ‘what else can i do with my day?’
Tackling this boss could take 24 hours to defeat, and players were falling physically ill and fainting. Members of a Final Fantasy XI clan (yes as hardcore as gaming players can be) considered it to be too difficult to waste their time with. I do believe this boss, in challenging peoples whole perception of computer games, is the Capo di tutti capi.
What is more awesome than a giant, blood thirsty terminator shooting you, and searing it’s hands around a maze of flames?!
Whilst Contra games are renowned for their monstrous bosses, this ultimate boss demonstrated the kind of extravaganza only Super NES games could pull off. Even the special surprise in Mass Effect 2 couldn’t pull it off quite so well.
At the beginning of Super Metroid, gamers are reunited with the space pirate boss Ridley. Unfortunately (be careful of any on-set of a heart attack), there is no ammo to defend yourself! Ridley sets to abduct Samus’ little pal, a baby metroid, who treated Samus like his mother. In no walk of life is this an attack to be taken lying down, this is now a very personal mission. Ridley is one beastly character.
But you thought the stealing of the baby Larvae was bad? Wait till you find him waiting in his lair, awaiting her return.
On welcoming Samus, he dive-bombs out of his vertical lair, making varying wild and unpredictable attacks; scorching Samus with his fiery breath, seizing her in his talents and whipping her repeatedly with his barbed tail. Not only this, he seems to absorb Samus’ defence attacks quite indifferently. This is Ridley at his up most, and the attack is notorious amongst Super Metroid players.
Not only does psycho mantis’ eerie, scratchy voice echo into your life beyond ‘The Game’ and into your darkest dreams, he can read your thoughts. He reviews your progress throughout the game, and refer back to games prior Metal Gear Solid. He can, at any moment, take over your control pad.
This is the ultimate psychological thriller of games. You don’t even need fire breathing dragons to cry at your screen with this one. And remember (read in scratchy, eerie voice), He will Never Escape You!
To look at Kefka Palazzo, you would not predict the extend of his villainous nature. He could be considered the least intimidating-looking villain in the whole of the Final Fantasy series.
But looks can be very, deceiving. He poisoned a whole kingdom, erased the Esper race, assassinated his boss in without a second thought, and rose to ultimate control through devastating the entire planet. He went about obliterating towns and villages at any whisper of rebellion, ruling as a ruthless despot.
So if a whole village cannot survive his aggressive tyranny, we can predict the extent of the battle. Kefka first forces the player’s party to fight it’s way through his controlled terrifying goddesses, which as frighteningly twisted human forms look like you have entered the borders of hell, there is no way back, and it is times worse than you could have ever imagined. When you finally come face to face with the infamous Kefka, who is now in a godlike form, he removes all your health to one with his ‘Fallen One’ Trick. Damn, this guy is mean!
With a giant freeze ray which the alien ship battle shoots at you and the crazy looking aliens fired upon you, we can see why the final boss is a bit of a gamers legend. It helps that the special effects are pretty quality.
Not the most difficult to defeat, but the finale of shooting a nuke up its ass makes for wonderfully hilarious game play. This is certainly one of our favourites!
When it’s up to you to let the boss out of his cage, you really don’t want to. You put off this moment along as you can. And when you finally hit that switch on the fourth level of hell itself, you are gushed with fire and blood and are left face to face with…DIABLO!
What makes for ultimate perfection in this defeat is the blood lusting satisfaction the player gets from ripping the soulstone from Diablo’s head and forcing it into your own head with a high pitched scream. Or maybe that’s just me.
With streets of rage, you can see why the illusive Mr X has Shiva as his right hand man.
He’s proper bad ass, fully suited in black and he certainly rivals your moves. It may be that you have had to defeat such a range of enemies just to get to this point, but he is fast on his feet. When finally faced with Mr X and his machine gun, you feel quite prepared!
Zodiark is sometimes over shadowed by Yiazmat, who tends to gets all the fuss (I suppose he does take up the whole arena, and has fifty million hit points) but the Zodiark fight is fantastic.
After fighting your way through what seems to be an endless queue of some of the toughest enemies in the game, Zodiark bewitches you with ‘Darkja’ (a dark-elemental spell, which which can kill instantly).
Just before falling asleep with exhaustion after defeating Zodiark, its nice to take a long inhale of satisfaction.
Most games have a beastly boss at the end of a very long and winding journey. SHODAN, right from the beginning is EVERYWHERE, haunting each step of your journey. You could find her peering from the space station’s computer monitors, imposing upon friendly radio transmissions, and, taunting the player over the PA system with jeering insults as “Look at you, hacker: a pathetic creature of meat and bone, panting and sweating as you run through my corridors.” She is frighteningly confident. She cannot understand how a fundamentally flawed being such as a human could be allowed to exist.
Death and his damn scythes.
He is slow moving, but these makes him all the more aggravating. His scythes float around during the fight, which are difficult to avoid and cause four bars of damage a slice. Without the axe your attack is flawed, its long-arced shape is crucial to making it through alive.
The Cyberdemon. A twenty foot tall, cybernetic minotaur that has a rocket launcher for an arm. What can you do but shoot, shoot, shoot until it dies?
One may devote countless hours of their life to beat Tyson, and never do it. He is one speedy puncher with some top rate moves, such as the one-punch knockout. How can you beat this?!
And yes, we are talking about the computer game. But it helps to be fighting a real champion boxer, even if it is through a screen. It keeps you coming back for more.
This game is legendary. The password to reach Tyson directly has become like a secret handshake among fans (it’s 007-373-5963 if you’re wondering.
The uniqueness of Satan lies in the requirement of using a calculator to defeat him. And also a LOT of speed. Spend too much time tapping away at those digits, when you manage to get Satan’s HP down to 1500, he will heal back to health if not immediately successfully attacked.
To defeat Satan, you MUST be at level 99, and using Beacon of Assault three times in a row in order to stop him from casting a spell that will destroy you instantaneously. Ah Lord.
However, we cannot put into words the sense of accomplishment you will feel. Think a state of pure ecstasy. Surrounded by your most cuddliest of teddy bears. Now times this by ten.
Yiazmat can destroy at the onset of the fight, so don’t even bother attempting the fight if your character levels are under 75.
As Yiazmat is weak against Dark you must have either the Yagyu Darkblade or Orochi with the Cat Ear Hood. The Fomalhaut gun with Dark Shot equipped is a requirement.
One hundred Chronos Tears with Bubble Belts and Windbreakers will definitely help for all your characters.
With all this, there is still no guarantee you will come out of there alive. Good luck anyhow…ill meet you at the end!