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Weekend Open Forum: Most memorable videogame boss fights

By Jos ยท 68 replies
May 25, 2012
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  1. Boss fights have been a staple of video games since the beginning. Whether you play something as seemingly innocent as Mario or a game that scares the bejesus out of you. At the end of a level or the game itself, you’re likely to come face to face with an especially big, bad and mean character that’ll put your skills to the test. When done right, boss battles can really make beating a game that much more rewarding.

    In this Weekend Open Forum we want to know: what are some of the most memorable boss fights you’ve endured? It doesn’t matter if it’s on PC or consoles, and it certainly doesn’t need to be recent, as long as you enjoyed sending them to hell piece by piece -- probably after facing defeat yourself a dozen times first.

    Bonus video: The Video Game Bosses' Lament

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  2. Scorpionking20

    Scorpionking20 TS Enthusiast Posts: 38   +20

    Every fight in Shadow of Colossus
  3. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    There are many memorable boss fights, but for me the most memorable is the three stage final boss fight on Final Fantasy XI before finally facing off against Kefka. If you didn't build up your characters properly or you chose the wrong players you were in for a world of hurt, especially when Kefka starts off the final battle with the instant first move, Fallen Angel. If you didn't have at least Celes or Terra in your party getting everyone in your party healed was a difficult feat.
  4. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    This. Mother****ing this.
  5. cldmstrsn

    cldmstrsn TS Booster Posts: 125   +72

    I have to say I think you are thinking of Final Fantasy VI not XI=11. But I agree the kefka fight is epic and also one of the best bosses and baddies to ever grace video games!!
  6. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,171   +203

    Every boss in the zelda series, Darksiders deserves a mention too.

    Awesome thread btw :)
  7. javierkaiser

    javierkaiser TS Enthusiast Posts: 25   +6

    Sephirot, FF VII.
    Epic battle with an epic music!
  8. the dragon in every level end in nintendo's super mario brothers :)
    (yeah, I'm THAT old)
  9. The Cyberdemon from doom e2m8.
  10. The fight with Shredder and his twin in TMNT, the difficulty, the music, the pace, everything is perfect!
  11. The Green Dragon in Megaman 2, be chased by something that big in that time was incredible.

    - Ma
  12. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    You're right, it is VI, but that's what happens when you've been up since 4am. :)
  13. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    Lavos in Chrono Trigger. EPIC!!!

    Oh and Smithy from super Mario rpg. Ridiculous.
  14. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    Naruto vs Pein in Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 xD

    vs Red in GSC and HGSS
  15. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,549   +235

    Crashman with buster

  16. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,162   +548

    The only boss I ever beat w/o using a cheat code was the hitler in the robot outfit in the original wolfenstein 3D series. LOL, other than that, god mode baby.
    I just like to see how the cut scene ends.
  17. Tearing off someones head and crapping down their throat - Duke Nukum
  18. Comander Keen
  19. Maggie Chow or Gunther Hermann from Deus Ex
  20. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,314   +258

    Not much of a gamer outside of FPS/MMOs but for me.

    Ulduar WoW: Algalon 25 He Feeds On Your Tears, Yogg +0, Mimiron, Flame Lev when it came out.
    ICC: LK25hc

    Prior to that in late 90s, not many games since back then wasn't a huge gamer, not until 2007 when I started gaming for serious. But Crash Bandicoot was fun ^^
  21. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 595   +58

    Yuffie Kisaragi vs. Godo Kisaragi (Father). I didn't level up at the time of the battle and every time I'd hit him I'd literally take of just a few points. He kept healing and so did I. The battle honestly took at least a good 45-60 minutes. At least. Once I finally finished it felt like the most accomplished I had ever done. It was pretty damn epic if you ask me.

    I have many more. You see I'm a huge RPG fan and RPG fans are always taking on Boss Battles of epic proportions aren't we?
  22. scumbag

    scumbag TS Rookie Posts: 18

    I can't remember the battle so much, I think I was still grieving for Aeris.

    He had to die.
  23. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +32

    For the old times I would say contra each level had a tough boss in the end.
    More recently assassin's creed 1 loved the final ending fight was pretty challenging.
  24. TekGun

    TekGun TS Booster Posts: 160   +24

    Andross in Starfox64.
  25. Doctor John

    Doctor John TS Enthusiast Posts: 204   +15

    Matilda-X in Dr. Lunatic Supreme with Cheese (Hamumu)
    Rock hard scary action for silly folk! :D

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