3/01/2012

HBM's Top 10 Boss Battles

Hey guys. Well, I decided to just plain do my Top Ten Boss Battles. The rules are: Only from games I've actually played, no Final/Secret Bosses, and only one per series. And any Top Tens will be subject to change if I feel they need to be updated at a later date. Be aware of spoilers. Alright, let's do this!
#10: Kraid (Nintendo Land)



When you buy Nintendo Land, you expect a casual/beginner friendly experience. But then you get to Level 10 of Metroid Blast and are treated to this awesome boss. You basically have to throw bombs into his mouth as he gets progressively taller. The taller Kraid gets, the more platforms sprout from him, and you have to climb up them, blasting enemies, to be able to get to his mouth again! It's so amazing and really telling of how great the Wii U is going to be!

#9: Sho Minamimoto (The World Ends With You)






Sho Minamimoto is the most awesome character in The World Ends With You. So of course he has an amazing boss battle! Constantly spawning enemies, then later absorbing them into himself?! The dude's crazy awesome! So Zetta Awesome!


#8: The Great Mighty Poo (Conker's Bad Fur Day)



To be honest, this battle is a huge chunk of the reason I got this game. I mean, seriously, it's a giant opera singing pile of shit, who flings pieces of his own shit at you, you throw toilet paper into his mouth, and then in the end, you flush him! It's surprising this boss and game don't get more recognition.


#7: Vergil 2nd Battle (Devil May Cry 3)



The Devil May Cry games tend to have kind of repetitive and/or difficult boss battles, but this is an example of one that's actually pretty awesome. The second battle with Vergil really stands out because his new gauntlet-based attacks make for a nice contrast with the rest of his normal moves, Vergil actually uses his Devil Trigger, and overall, it's a fairly even match between two extremely badass dudes. What more could you want?

#6: Mr. Freeze (Batman Arkham City)




In a game where you are the terror, feared by all mooks, it's fairly jarring to be put in a situation where you're not in full control. Thankfully, Mr. Freeze is this kind of situation done right. You have to spend the battle hiding from him, and using various gadgets and techniques to damage him; however, once you've used a technique, Freeze will adapt and that specific way of damaging him will be made ineffective. You really have to use your wits for this fight, and it's pretty satisfying to finally take Freeze down. An awesome battle in an awesome game.

#5: Cronos (God of War III)



The God of War series is amazing, you guys. And no other boss battle exemplifies this like the Cronos battle in GoW3. You spend the entire battle climbing his arms, getting rid of bloody scabs and avoiding his other hand so you can destroy his fingernails. When he eats you, you slice his stomach open, causing his guts to flow out! Then you jam a shard of crystal through his chin and stab him in the forehead! It's so over the top and ridiculous that it's amazing!

#4: Young Xehanort (Kingdom Hearts 3D)


Ok, Young Xehanort just by himself was the best thing about KH3D. But his boss battle is just so epic. He's still fairly difficult, like in Birth by Sleep, but more fair and possible. Constant warping and the ability to turn time back to the start of the battle are both pretty awesome abilities that net Younganort this spot on the list.

#3: Final Form Ghirahim (Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword)


                                      

Okay, you have not experienced Zelda to it's full extent until you've fought this battle. So, at this point, Ghirahim has captured Zelda, and to stop you from keeping him from performing the ritual to sacrifice her soul for Demise, he's thrown a massive gauntlet of enemies at you. After that battle, he just loses it and transforms into his true form, an armored sword-thing, just like Fi.

The first part of the battle involves dodging his punches, then slashing at him with your sword until he falls of the platform, so you can Finish Attack him. After doing that enough times, his chest-diamond is weakened and he summons his sword to fight you with, including Skyward Strikes of his own and teleportation. Then, after damaging the diamond more, he discards the sword for A FUCKING HUGE CLAYMORE that you break to pieces to get those final blows in! Holy shit, best Zelda non-final boss EVER!

#2: Perfect Chaos (Sonic Generations)




This boss was unimpressive and repetitive in Sonic Adventure. But in Sonic Generations, it sports both a new, more badass design, and a much more creative layout to the area. Instead of spending the whole time looking for rings to keep you as Super Sonic while staying fast enough to float above the water, you can boost right towards Chaos! And you only need to do the whole 'running on water' thing twice here! A vast improvement from the original fight, and probably the best boss battle I've seen in a Sonic game yet!

#1: Monsoon (Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance)


Honestly, it's really difficult to choose from the Rising bosses, because they're all so damn awesome, but I'm going to have to go with Monsoon. Okay, first of all, this is your introduction to Ripper Mode, which makes you more powerful and gives you infinite Fuel Cells. So you can spend the whole fight attacking however you want. Of course, you still require strategy for this fight.

Monsoon can separate his body parts to avoid your attacks, which he'll just about always do when you use Blade Mode. Sometimes, he'll use a smoke grenade and attack you from all sides, which you'll have to parry. Sometimes, he'll attack you from afar using his magnets, which you also have to parry. When you deal enough damage, he'll jump onto a wall and use his magnets to throw cars, helicopters, and debris and shit at you, which you have to slice with Blade Mode. At the end of the battle, he throws a pillar at you, which Raiden runs up, slices through a car, then smashes Monsoon into a wall and finally slices him to bits with Blade Mode. Such a badass boss, in such a badass game.

Well, that's it for this Top Ten. See you next post for the review of Sonic Generations!

HBM, signing out!

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