2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the long-running and much loved JRPG series, Final Fantasy.
With World of Final Fantasy having been released at the tail-end of 2016, the first of three planned FFXV DLC episodes set to arrive later in March and the FFVII remake currently in progress, the series is still going strong.
For 30 years we've been chasing maniacal villains, riding chocobos, making (and sometimes losing) close friends and summoning mystical, often temperamental, guardians to our aid, yet one of the most standout series staples are the boss battles.
Along with leading graphics and some of the best musical scores in gaming, the Final Fantasy boss battles are famed for both their challenging difficulty and their memorability – so much so, in fact, that choosing a top 10 from the countless incredible battles proved one of the greatest challenges yet.
Because there are so many great battles, and with so much subjectivity influencing which ones we love and remember better than others, I'll only focus on main series entries (no sequels, spin-offs or tie-ins allowed) and try to balance the challenge of the battle with the emotion, investment and atmosphere, including everything from the music to gameplay innovations that totally surprised us at the time.