Six Memorable Boss Fights in Video Games

It’s the moment you wait for in games.  It’s the point you reach after putting in all that hard work.   You’ve killed just about everything you can kill.  You’ve overcome nearly every obstacle you can overcome.  But there’s one more thing you’ve got to do.

You’ve got to face one of the if not the toughest character in the entire game:  the boss.   It’s what we live for in the gaming world.  And for me, I have some fond memories of bosses.

Here are six I think about the most….

Goro in Mortal Kombat – Genesis and SNES

Remember when you first actually see Goro?  I’m pretty sure that even though it was a video game that I was actually scared of this character.   You felt so hopeless against all those arms beating you.  Sure once you figured out how to beat him it wasn’t all that hard but the initial encounter definitely freaked me out big time.

Hydra from God of War – PS2

Here’s why Hydra kicked ass.  Hydra was actually the first boss you faced in that game.  Let me say that again.  The first boss.   In many games you are waiting until the end of the game to at least reach a worth and cool boss.   I remember thinking to myself, “holy shit, if this is the first boss, then what the hell does the rest of the game have in store for me?”

The Colossi from Shadow of the Colossus – PS2

These things kind of reminded me of the tripods from the movie War of the Worlds.  It didn’t matter which one you faced.   Each one of them had a weakness.   I picked these because of the sheer size and look of the character.  It’s always cool to beat something that completely towers over you.  That’s all I have to say about that.

Seven Force from Gunstar Heroes – Sega Genesis

Seven Force is one of the first bosses in gaming that took on various forms.  That alone warrants a spot on this list (think Shang Tsung). Each time you fought Seven Force, you’d very likely be getting a different experience than the other times you battled it.  So it actually encouraged you to want to beat the game many times.   Not that many games offer that experience.

Yellow Devil from Mega Man – NES

How could you not add Mega Man!   You have to appreciate Yellow Devil because of the learning curve.  He was one of those guys that was really tough to beat at first until you started to slowly pick away to the point where you could master his demise.   Plus, you know, it’s Mega Man.

Kraid From Super Metroid – SNES

In Super Metroid, you face a Kraid similar-looking to the one you fought in the original Metroid game on the NES…And then you find out that it’s not THE Kraid and promptly wet yourself upon finding out that you’re about to face a boss that won’t even fit on the screen.   Remember the first time you had to stand off with this character?  Wow.

*Clearly there are tons more boss fights out there.  What’s your favorite?


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