Top 5 Boss Fights of 2008
Written Tuesday, December 16, 2008 By Dan WebbView author's profile
Yesterday we looked at the Top 5 Characters of the year and up today is none other than, the Top 5 Boss Battles of the Year. We’re not focussing on cool bosses here, we’ll leave that for another day; we’re after the great set pieces of the year. You know ... that feeling when you’re stood toe to toe with your foe just about to exchange blows and you kind of get an “uh oh” moment.
Beware, the feature is absolutely riddled with spoilers from some of the year’s titles, so I warn you if you don’t want some of the year’s games spoilt, don’t make the jump.
In at number 5 are a couple of beasts from a game that is synonymous with these large, OTT battle scenes. Ninja Gaiden 2 was in fact a bossfest but a couple of eerie critters stood out of the crowd.
In the middle of the title you come across which can only be described as a monstrous armadillo but it isn’t till the 12th level where the shock really kicks in. Stood in front of hero Ryu Hayabusa is not one, but two of these monstrous armadillos and now ... they’re fiery than the gates of hell, and are prone to episodes of explosion too. Hectic and panic are two words to describe the emotion of this fiery showdown.
Where would a Top 5 boss battle list of the year be without an intense RPG slog fest? A battle of will and strategy where the cleverest and strongest will undoubtedly come out on top. To make the list this year is Lost Odyssey’s Immortal One and despite him looking like an inflated Jar Jar Binks head, this son of a bitch was one tough cookie to crack.
The Immortal One is a typical turn based RPG ultimate boss whose high HP and lack of weaknesses mean you’re in for a long, tough fight that is equally as epic. Just a shame that he doesn’t look that cool ... Someone needs a better stylist.
Devil May Cry 4 was another of the year’s spectacular bossfests but despite the ultra cool looking Berial, the interesting Bael & Dagon boss sequence and the ridiculously huge Saviour battle; there was another battle that stuck out and stood above all them.
For years in the Devil May Cry series we’ve taken control of Dante and issued the ass kickings, but this time around, we had to stand toe to toe with this usually unstoppable force. Midway through Devil May Cry 4, Nero and Dante have to duke it out for Dante’s brother’s sword and for the whole of the cutscene that preceeds the fight, you get the “Oh no, surely we’re not going to fight Dante” feeling. A truly epic fight and it was kind of nice to be on the wrong side of some of his trademark moves for once. Nice in an S&M kind of way I suppose.
In what can only come from one of the biggest franchises in the world ... no wait, the galactic universe, comes our number 2 boss battle. On the whole Star Wars was very much a fan game that failed to hit home with the rest of the gaming public, however, hidden in the Lucasarts story was a battle that was a pure Star Wars masterpiece.
Proxy is a protocol droid with a built in hologram generator who is able to take the form and fighting skills of anyone he researches. In the epic showdown with Proxy, Starkiller faces various forms of the sentient being, but its final form uncovers the legendary Darth Maul who steps up for its final showdown with the young Sith. I know I use the word epic a lot ... But seriously, this is!
The final mission of GTA IV is an indication of how far games have come in recent years. In a mission that would be at home in Hollywood, the final showdown in GTA IV comes in at our top spot this year.
Whether you decide to choose to deal with or exact revenge on Dimitri, the last mission plays out in a similar fashion. From storming the old abandoned seaside casino, to following the object of your aggression to the roof. What ensues then is either a high speed boat chase or an off road bike jaunt with Niko shouting obscenities, looking to make someone pay for his pain and suffering. From the coast to the air, the final showdown comes at the base of the Statue of Happiness. Pure, scripted, gaming genius.