Top 10 Boss Encounters

Hey Gamers,

I was thinking of my all time favorite boss encounters and figured I would do a article. So here it is, my top ten boss encounters. Enjoy!

#10: Gears of War 2 – Rift Worm


Although the Rift-worm is technically not a boss, I felt it deserved a place on the countdown because of its size and its ability to eat entire cities.  The entire worm level was an absolute blast.  This was likely because it was a bloody mess!  Cutting through the veins and arteries to stop the heart while the chamber is filling with blood was a battle I will never forget!

“First we kill it, then we cut our way out”

-Markus Fenix


#9:Ocarina of time – Volvagia


After playing through OoT again I figured this boss deserved a spot on the post because Volvagia was one of the coolest looking bosses ever.  Even now I think that Volvagia is a bad ass looking dragon that deserves to be mentioned.

#8 Sonic: The Final Hazard

Speaking of Dragons, does anyone remember the dragon space battle in sonic Adventure?  because I sure do!  It wasn’t an amazing fight, but damn was it hard!

#7 Resident Evil: Lisa

Holy Crap where do I even start with Lisa?  This was one of my childhood nightmares!  I’ll never forget the build up to this fight! Finding and reading all the journal entries about her mother,  the experiments, and the effects they were having was horrifying. Then when you finally face her for the first time in the cabin, and then again at her mothers coffin…wow the chills are still running down my spin just thinking about this!  Lisa has used fear to permanently embed her self in my top 10 memorable boss encounters.

#6 Street Fighter II: M.Bison


M. Bison makes the cut because it was always such an accomplishment to take him down at the end!

#5 Diablo: Diablo

“Not even death can save you from me”


Where do I even begin with Diablo? As a child, and even now I have faced Diablo countless times, on many different difficulties…and I still keep going back for the pain and torment that he puts me through!

#4 Borderlands 2: Handsome Jack

“I’m rackin’ my brain trying to think of a name of that diamond pony I bought. I was gonna call it ‘piss-for-brains’ in honor of you, but that just feels immature. Maybe ‘Butt Stallion’? Nah, that’s worse. Tell you what, I’ll give it some thought.”


Handsome Jack is one of the most evil, diabolical, masterminds I have ever met in a game.  His character was so well done that you loved him! He was funny and witty…but evil!  I felt so guilty laughing at some of the things he would come up with!  So naturally he makes it into the top 5!

#3 Bioshock Infinite: Lady Comstock


First Lady Comstock was an absolute terror to face in Bioshock infinite.  Although technically more of a mini boss, the description of her existence was so terrifying and well written that it will be hard to forget. “Dead, to die, will be dead, its all the same”

#2: Portals: GLaDOS

We can put this behind us for science…you monster”


GLaDOS was never a challenging boss, but the commentary and Personality puts her in # 2 for Best boss encounters 

#1 Borderlands 2 -Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt : Professor Nakayama


Professor Nakayama is the final boss encounter of the Borderlands 2 DLC Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game hunt.  He was absolutely obsessed with Handsome Jack and completely lost it when the Vault Hunter killed him.  To replace the Giant hole in his heart he attempted to clone him.  Motives aside Professor Nakayama was my absolute favorite boss encounter for one reason…The final encounter.  Now Big Game Hunt was kind of slow, and not really worth playing though…Except for this final fight.  So for those of you that have not finished and do not plan to enjoy this video clip!

That is it for now!

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  • Austin April 4, 2013

    Asura’s Wrath (all of it is essentially a giant QTE/Boss Fight) ;)

  • Krovakin April 4, 2013

    For those WoW fans out there I would have to say the best encounter was Lichking on normal because it was fun and on Heroic because it was fun but VERY challenging. …. The worst was by far Sindragosa on Heroic.

  • Joey Sisco April 5, 2013

    Nice list Mark, although I do admit, it looks FAR different then what my comparable list would look like. :P We only share one Boss that would make it to both our lists, and that is GLADOS. At first I was trying to think whether or not we were talking boss CHARACTERS or boss MECHANICS. Or a healthy combination of both. Either way, solid list. I’ll have to craft up one of my own.

    I also agree with Jon. The Lich King would make it to my Top 10 as well. Both for mechanics, and for character. God I love him.

    “You will learn of that first hand. When my work is complete, you will beg for mercy– and I, will deny you. Your anguished cries will be testament to my unbridled power.” -Prince Arthas Menethil, The Lich King

    • Mark April 7, 2013

      I guess I should have called it my top ten most memorable! But you are right in saying everyone will have a very different list!

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