Up For Debate - Favourite Ever Boss Fights

Written by Neil Soutter on Sat, Jul 30, 2016 2:00 PM

Ever since the days of pumping coins into arcade machines, boss fights have been the ultimate challenge in gaming. Defeating these opponents was seen as the ultimate achievement, a trophy to brag of in front of friends. They’re some of the most memorable moments in gaming. The fitting finale to some glorious games.

Some, more than others, have become truly iconic. The likes of Bowser, Revolver Ocelot, and Ganondorf have arguably become as notorious as the heroes which defeated them. There’s also more recent examples of course, including the likes of the Souls series. Ornstein & Smough stand out, as do Bloodborne’s legions of horrific beasts.

What makes a fantastic boss fight is tricky to pinpoint. Some, like Bowser, have rarely been difficult. His character design goes a long way to making him memorable, but it has to be said the fights with him vary hugely in quality. Others benefit from sheer sense of scale. Anything from God of War or Shadow of the Colossus springs to mind. Lastly there’s the teeth-grindingly difficult fights to the death. The boss fights that take dozens and dozens of attempts to master, before finally overcoming them in an epic showdown.

So what are your favourite boss fights of all time? Do you prefer them to be an insanely difficult challenge, or is it more about the spectacle on offer? Let us know!

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20:04 Aug-01-2016

Oh boy,where do I start? :D
I recently finished Binary domain and every boss fight there(and there are as many as in Dark Souls) was absolutely amazing.In DS my favorute is Artorias.And I still remember The chamber of the shepard boss from Knights of the temple 2(the story that got me intersted in good stories in games).And so many Serious Sam bosses,my favorite being Mordekai from TSE.

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06:08 Aug-01-2016

Diablo in Diablo 2.

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19:34 Aug-01-2016

Thats the boss that i had in mind first lol.

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23:50 Jul-31-2016

The last boss of Gears of wars 3 in insane difficulty.

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23:24 Jul-31-2016

I don't really remember any hard boss fights.I think it might be Zarpedon from Borderlands:TPS at TVHM.

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13:28 Jul-31-2016

Hell Wyrm from FF XII

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13:10 Jul-31-2016

Irmleith.Eredin and Caranthier on The Witcher 3,Death March difficulty and NG+.Good lord....the Wild Hunt know how to kick ass

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11:20 Jul-31-2016

Emlerith, The Witcher 3. I don't know how many tries that took. I can't count that high!!
Eredin was a piece of cake by comparison. Beat him on the first try with no trouble.

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10:42 Jul-31-2016

Probably hardest were the final boss from Dying Light and from Shadow of Mordor.


Favourite is Gwyn.

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14:41 Jul-31-2016

The boss in Dying Light? Rais? He was a quicktime event. The journey to him was extremely difficult at times, but Rais himself?

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17:19 Aug-01-2016

Same with Shadow of Mordor.

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10:38 Jul-31-2016

Favourite - Eredin - The Witcher 3
Hardest - Demyx - Kingdom Hearts 2
Easiest - Alduin - Elder Scrolls: Skyrim

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09:44 Jul-31-2016

KOTOR's Darth Malak without Anti-electricity belt that rendered his shocks useless,as for the hardest one the Kraken in the witcher 2 would easily take that spot.

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11:27 Jul-31-2016

Oh man first time I fought malak in the star forge I didn't have any powers to destroy the jedi which regained his life. So I had to beat him 8 times by lobbing grenades and fighting for 2 seconds and fleeing away. (because I didn't make my character well) but second time was easier though.

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08:47 Jul-31-2016

batman arkham city,MR Freeze

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15:07 Jul-31-2016

Why? That was a pretty regular boss battle.

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10:44 Aug-01-2016

Judging by the difficulty, and Mr. Freeze jamming your gear, I would say yes. But definitely not the hardest. There was no definitive hardest boss battle in B:AC.

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08:24 Jul-31-2016

Lord Saddler in Seperate Ways DLC in RE4

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07:33 Jul-31-2016

That would be KH:Birth by Sleep's final boss.

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03:33 Jul-31-2016

Im going to go fullblast Special Snowflake Syndrome and say War from Apocalypse ps1. Wouldn't be too surprised if anyone knew the game here very underrated old gem despite Bruce Willis starring in it.

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03:18 Jul-31-2016

from what i have played, The End from MGS3 hands down. unique experience for the time for me.

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11:39 Jul-31-2016

Finally a MGS comment :D

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02:09 Jul-31-2016

Ornstein and Smough from Dark Souls probably.

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00:17 Jul-31-2016

Honestly I think Jin Kazama in Tekken 6 is my favorite. Sure he was a subboss but I really like it. Most fights up till that point involved a lot of show-off moves and fast paced action. Jin Kazama appears and it slows WAY down, because it's one of those tense matches, where one mistake will decide the outcome. I Just love the intensity and the methodical, calculative gameplay. After winning, you're treated to Azazel who friggin cheats.

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23:38 Jul-30-2016

Man i remember the days of arcade we used to insert coins inside the machine and after finishing the round we.. "rebate" them , machines were kinda beat up but we were just kids haha i used to play a lot of Metal Slug games :)

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22:41 Jul-30-2016

Hitler in Wolfenstein 3D, first game i can remember beating completely. :D

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22:17 Jul-30-2016

Is it just me or does Game debate new page about the product decription of their hardware such as videocards and CPU look super ugly and terrible. They even did a poor job with the css.

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