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.
Bob the killer fish is the first and easiest boss in Earthworm Jim 2, all you need to do is walk up to him and the game does the rest. Jim promptly reaches into the fish bowl, and devours Bob in a single bite. The first time I saw this I burst out laughing, so much that I nearly wet myself.
A classic Super Nintendo game that I still have yet to finish, mainly because of how insanely hard it is. Even the first major boss, a fifty-foot tall baby is a nightmare. Seeing as the gigantic baby is on a massive sugar rush and runs faster than the speed of sound. This boss is not all too difficult, just pop a few monster potions and bash his meaty legs in until he turns into a survivor. Just watch out for his gigantic milk bottle and his temper tantrums. Hilarious and frightening at the same time.
I am on a Super Nintendo binge with this list, but hey it is what it is. Megaman X has one of the coolest, and most challenging final fights. Seeing as the final battle is three phases long. First you need to destroy Sigma's pet, which is a bit easy seeing as it only does four different attacks. Then you need to fight Sigma himself, which is really intense, because he has a beamsabre and shoots energy from his head! After all that, the battle body of Sigma is revealed and underwear needs to be changed. Although there is not a lot of movement or attacks going out. The final phase is still scary and intense because of how much damage you take per hit, a quarter of your total health! Megaman X took me a decade to beat, because of how hard that fight is.
When I first played Contra 3, I had a blast. But when I got to the skeleton boss I had to change my underwear. Seeing those giant claws rip through the metal doors like paper was really frightening. Plus the frantic nature of the fight made my adrenaline pop a few dozen times. With it's eye beams that chase you around the room, and his fire breath that is nearly impossible to dodge. Oh, don't forget the bombs he throws into the room that give you two seconds to get to a safe corner. If you can beat him without getting a continue, then you are a god!
I love the Serious Sam franchise, it's the right combination of challenge, old school FPS action and cheesy humour. Serious Sam has always had epic boss fights with gigantic enemies, which has a special place in my heart. The final boss in Serious Sam 3 is pure chaos, seeing as it takes about an hour to get to him. Because you have to fight through about two-thousand enemies just to start the fight, and when you do, about a hundred more enemies show up. Grab a Jetpack and get ready to fly. All you need is one of the conveniently placed metal rods and throw it at the guardians back. After six rods you should be able to nuke him down with a few serious cannon shots. Try not to get stomped on though, and make sure your jetpack fuel does not run out while you are a couple hundred feet up.
Fighting baby bowser in phase one is easy and starts off as a normal boss fight. But when phase two hits, the adult diapers are going on. An eerie guitar riff shrieks into existence as bowsers castle crumbles around you. In the distance is the dawning of a new day. Suddenly a gigantic form of bowser appears in the background and phase two starts. A small little Yoshi versus a monstrous bowser who shoots fireballs the size of cars. Just be sure to grab some of the giant eggs and aim for his nose, but watch your step its a long way down. A truly epic and amazing fight.
Shadow Of The Colossus is an amazing game by itself, but what really stood out for me was the final fight. Crossing a massive field just to get to the final boss is pretty epic. But then you have to actually climb all the way to the very top of this monstrous beast. The whole fight is jaw dropping. Running from cover to cover trying to avoid his massive fire blasts is exhilarating. Getting to head of the colossus is a challenge in itself, just make sure you have a lot of stamina its a long way to the top. My favorite part was jumping from arm to arm and then climbing up his shoulder, you got to see just how high up you are.
If there was one thing I was not expecting in Arkham City, it is getting the crap scared out of me. Finding out that you need to fight Solomon Grundy was terrifying , especially with the menacing music playing in the background. "Solomon Grundy born on a Monday, christened on Tuesday, married on Wednesday!" absolutely scary. Make sure your skills with the explosive batgel are adequate. The whole goal of the Solomon Grundy fight is to destroy the electric generators that keep him animated. The first phase is easy, but when phase two hits and you see his exposed rib cage, things get a bit scary. Seeing as he is on fire! Just make sure once all the generators are destroyed that you give him a face full of Batman's fist.
Darksiders 2 is one of my all time favorite games. Fighting the first major boss, The Guardian was one of the most epic and amazing moments I have ever experienced in a game. Jesper Kyd hits it out of the park with the powerful theme that goes with this fight. Simply fantastic. Make sure to summon Death's mighty steed, Despair. You are going to need to cover a lot of ground rather quickly. Once the Guardian slams his massive hammer into the ground, pull out your pistol and aim for his arm. Once it explodes you need to quickly get to the rubble and climb towards the life gem that is animating the Guardian and destroy it. The other arm is a bit tricky though, seeing as you need him to get the giant Cannon ball he shoots to hit him. Nothing a little line of sighting can't fix though.
The original Doom is still an awesome game now a days, and one of the best fights was definitely the Spider Mastermind. Doom had a lot of grotesque and disgusting looking creatures, but a giant brain on top of a mechanical spider? YUCK! Time to bring out the big guns and spam this hellspawn's face full of rockets, just make sure you have enough health.
Part 2: 90 - 81
Part 3: 80 - 71
Part 4: 70 - 61
Part 5: 60 - 51
If there is a boss fight that you would like to see on the list, please let me know.