There have been some really cool, and most epic boss fights in the history of video games. But with there being so many, how do we know which ones are the best? It's all a matter of opinion, with that said this is my list for the 100 best boss fights of all time.
What makes a boss fight the best? Well a number of things; The fight has to be memorable, it can also be epic, or outright insane. A boss fight can be unforgiving in difficultly, or it can be as simple as pressing the A button. Whatever the boss fight is, all that matters is that I enjoyed it in one way or another.
Super Metroid was a terrifying game for me as a child. From Crocomire, to Ridley, Super Metroid was full of epic boss fights. But fighting Mother Brain was the best fight. What started off as an homage to the original Metroid fight turned out to be one of the most intense battles I have ever experienced.
After destroying Mother Brain (or so you thought) she rises up as a monstrous beast of steel and flesh. Mother Brain then promptly decides to kick in Samus's face, until the last metroid shows up and saves Samus, sacrificing itself to get our hero god-like power to finally defeat Mother Brain. Don't forget about the three minute timer after the fight. I hope you have your Nike's on, because you're going to be running for your life.
Dr. Birkin definitely has a lot of stamina, seeing as you fight him half a dozen times. Each time he transforms into something more hideous and disgusting, the last two transformations being the most disturbing: a dog-like creature, and a wall of flesh. Let's hope your survival skills are in good shape--because you are going to need all the supplies you can get to defeat this monster.
Lavos was an amazing fight that spanned through time and space. Thinking that the Lavos Shell was Lavos itself until you were prompted to enter the shell--that is when things got serious. A two phase fight that etched itself into the grey matter of my mind. Make sure you have plenty of potions and revives.
I think the latest installment of the Guitar Hero franchise was the strongest and the coolest. Rush's 2112, and Dragonforce? Pretty awesome indeed. But I think the best part of the entire game was fighting The Beast. Megadeth made a song JUST for this fight--how awesome is that!? Not to mention that there are three Megadeth songs total: two to warm up and the third aptly named Sudden Death. The song is at a finger blistering speed, too. Better shake the rust off, here comes a tendon shredder!
TMNT IV is by far one of the best TMNT games ever made. Fighting super Shredder is icing on the cake. Not only is getting to him hard enough, but the actual fight is a nightmare. Getting close to him will only result in you getting hurt by his fire aura when he attacks. He only has three attacks: fire, ice, and some green stuff. After you begin to chip away at his insane amount of health, he starts moving and attacking even faster.
Punchout is a hard game that has a massive learning curve. Memorizing each competitors fight patterns is a challenge and a half. But Nintendo saved the best and hardest for last. Mr. Sandman will knock your block off and then some before you can put a dent in his health. All that training has got to pay off, right?
Double Dragon Neon is an awesome reboot to the Double Dragon franchise. The boss fights are hard and playing with a friend is always a good time. After defeating Skullmaggedon for the second time, he teleports into outer space. Billy and Jimmy soon chase after him, but are turned into super powered robots. Not only is Giga Skullmaggedon extremely fast, he also hits like a truck. Watch out for his skeleport attack; that can kill you instantly.
A pretty straight forward fight. Beat the crap out of Mr. X. Well, Mr. X has a boatload of health and sends endless waves of enemies at you. Make sure you don't get in his line of fire. His assault rifle deals a massive amount of damage. Definitely make use of the metal pipe in front of the chair, it can be a life saver.
What is more scary than a T-Rex? How about a T-Rex that shoots lasers and breathes fire? The original Turok was very hard, but reaching the Mecha T-Rex was a challenge by itself. Hopefully you have plenty of ammo and health, because this dinosaur will chew you up and spit you out.
While fighting a single boss in Dark Souls can be extremely challenging, fighting two just might be your worst nightmare. Both Ornstein and Smough have different attack patterns as well as different attacks. This is by far one of the hardest fights in Dark Souls. Might want to practice your tuck-and-roll technique.
Part 1: 100 - 91
Part 2: 90 - 81
Part 4: 70 - 61
Part 5: 60 - 51
If there is a boss fight you would like to see on the list, please let me know.