There’s nothing better than successfully defeating a difficult boss. Boy have I had my fair share! Below are five of my top picks, in no particular order. Have you faced a tougher boss than those detailed below? Let me know in the comments below!
Psycho Mantis (Metal Gear Solid)
The Psycho Mantis boss fight sticks in my mind for two reasons. Firstly, there was a scratch in my game disc. So, for a while, the game would freeze at the cut-scene after defeating the boss. Not cool. But that pain was compounded by the fact that Psycho Mantis was one of the hardest bosses I’d ever faced. That wasn’t necessarily because the boss was hard in itself. But more because Psycho Mantis could get into your mind. He’d comment on how often you saved the game. Mantis could even take control of your controller, making it rumble of inverting the buttons. It put me on edge, and I found it nearly impossible to concentrate – leaving me as easy pickings.
The Hive Mind (Dead Space)
The Necromorphs of Dead Space were terrifying in themselves. I mean, Dead Space in general is a terrific example of how action and horror can morph into a seamless experience. But there was something extra creepy about Dead Space’s Necromorphs – and none were as creepy as the Hive Mind. The Hive Mind is basically the equivalent of the queen bee. But with a few extra telepathic abilities, magnitudes larger in size and in control of a whole host of nasty, deformed, deranged and blood thirsty corpses. The boss battle itself is unforgiving. You have to work your way through destroying the various organs of the Hive Mind, whilst dodging its attacks. As the battle progresses, it flips you upside down – making things even harder. In all, it’s a tough ask to defeat the boss on harder difficulties – but incredibly rewarding if you manage it!
Riftworm (Gears of War 2)
The Riftworm was just one, long, disgusting, grotesque boss level. When you and your squad are swallowed by the giant worm, you’re forced to make your way through its stomach in an attempt to escape. Eventually, after battling a number of enemies and obstacles, you come to the worms hearts. You have to destroy the hearts to escape the worm – simple! Well, not really. Whilst perhaps not the toughest boss on this list, the level is definitely the most memorable.
Ornstein & Smough (Dark Souls)
The whole of Dark Souls is pretty much just one epic boss battle. It’s unforgiving – but that’s the staple of the series. Ornstein & Smough, however, were on another level. Sadly, I wasn’t built as a magic user in Dark Souls. So my heavy weapons did very little to tackle the smashing blows of Smough and the speed of Ornstein. Plus, once you’ve defeated one, the other becomes even more powerful. I never actually defeated these two – though I came close on a number of occasions. Maybe I’ll go back some day, and give it one last try.
Mike Tyson (Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out)
There are plenty of ‘older game’ that could make this list. But that’s just because older games were harder. Before difficultly levels, responsive controls or discernible graphics – you’d have to sit as close to the screen as possible, and rinse and repeat those pesky boss battles. That concept is epitomized by the Mike Tyson fight, on Punch-Out. Taking the scrawny Little Mac from fighter to fighter, on the NES, wasn’t too tough. Sure he was small, but each opponent had their weakness that you could exploit. Not Mike, though. He was a beast, and probably one of the hardest bosses I’ve ever faced.