Great video game combat is only as good as its villains. No matter the genre, no player wants to be facing off against unimaginative guys all using the same old guns, and thankfully developers have risen to the challenge over the years to create some truly imaginative baddies to fight.
However, the best gaming enemies are more than just their appearance or weapon of choice. A monster with a machine gun for an arm or a face pulled straight out of one of your worst nightmares can certainly make battles exciting, but the villains you remember are the ones with imaginative designs that symbolise something far more interesting.
In fact, reading into the wonderfully creative designs that developers conjure up can change the plot of entire games, with the horror genre in particular gaining a reputation for having enemies that are terrifying not only because of the way they look, but because of what they represent.
These enemies will haunt you long after the game is over regardless, but once you know the secrets behind their horrific looks, you'll never view them in the same way ever again...