Video game bosses have to be tough, because their purpose is to test the player. Yet, there are some that make you scream, cry, or hurl the controller across the room.
M. Bison. Shao Kahn. Yellow Devil. Mike Tyson. These bosses are from older consoles, and their difficulty is usually tied to the limitations of the hardware at the time.
Since modern consoles have vastly superior hardware, their games should have easier bosses... right?
Modern bosses are as hard as they've ever been. The enemies in this list are not just difficult; they're cheap. You can't defeat these guys by spamming attacks or maxing out stats. Instead you need patience, luck and strategy to put this lot down for good.
Since bosses may rely on sly tactics or instant-kill moves, you can't even fight them honourably. You have to use every trick and overpowered attack at your disposal to defeat them.
We will be looking at all kinds of foes on this list including regularly bosses, final bosses, and secret enemies that were inserted into the game solely to challenge die-hard players.
Although these bosses are very different in their tactics, they all share one quality:
Embrace the meaning of the words "punishing difficulty".
James Egan has written 80 books including
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