5. Malus - Shadow Of The Colossus (2018)
When it comes to epic boss encounters, it doesn’t get much more spectacular than the titular colossi in Shadow Of The Colossus.
Towering giants whose scale is matched only in their beauty, taking down these stone creatures is more of a test of platforming and puzzle solving than conventional combat. And thanks to superb storytelling and a final revelation that subverts expectations in unexpected ways, players will feel genuinely guilty about slaughtering what were innocent beings who meant no harm.
One colossus that you won’t feel as bad about killing, though, is Malus.
The sixteenth and final boss, Malus is the largest of them all. Glimpsing his behemoth size when entering the boss arena as the music ramps up is a promise of an epic showdown.
Unfortunately, the fight itself is much less enjoyable thanks to his constant bombardment of difficult-to-dodge projectiles. When they connect, the knockback effect will send protagonist Wander straight back into the trench they just came from, forcing players to retrace their steps.
Precise platforming is what awaits when finally reaching the boss in which the slightest misstep or mistimed jump leads to failure and frustration.
Thankfully, an emotional finale saved the ending from being a colossal disaster.