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.
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.
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.
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.
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.