Video games are now one of the biggest and most widely spread entertainment mediums. The quality of games and the amount of money used in making them are both astonishing. The beauty of games is that they can be so diverse; from exploring fast, open worlds to shooting through hordes of enemies, it offers everything.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of video games are the boss battles. Many games give us memorable and challenging boss fights that stay with us long after we put down the controller. However, everything has an opposite end and video game boss battles are no exception.
There are also games which feature boss fights that are a complete drag, too unbalanced or simply bland. We look at 15 of the most guilty ones on this list.
1. The Destroyer – Borderlands
Borderlands came out of nowhere in 2009 and surprised everyone with its unique art design, RPG elements, loot and humor. People didn’t really have much of an expectation from the action-adventure game until its release, but the perceptions later changed. The game, developed Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games, received highly favorable reviews from each and every critic aggregating nearly 85 rating points out of 100. Borderlands was released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.
Although Borderlands is an impressive game, the final boss fight is very disappointing. The final clash of the game is with The Destroyer, and the fight is very unrewarding and non-challenging. This is enough to leave every player who spent 50+ hours in the game disappointed. The Destroyer can be easily beaten in the game as its weak points are clearly visible. The beast doesn’t even make an effort to change its position when it is attacked.
The developers did learn from their mistakes and improved on this part in their sequel Borderlands 2, which went on to be a bigger hit.
2.The Sorcerer – Shadow of the Colossus
Shadow of the Colossus was initially released in 2005 for PlayStation 2 and later re-released for PlayStation 3 in 2011. The action-adventure game was developed by Team Ico and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Shadow of the Colossus was one of the highest ranked games in 2005 with an average critic score of 91% in GameRankings. Although the game is a great one, it is not without flaws.
The game is one of my personal favorites and I enjoyed the game until the very end, i.e. facing the penultimate colossus. The final colossus, called the Sorcerer, disappointed me aplenty. The Sorcerer stands in a stationary position, unlike the other bosses in the game, and fires energy bolts at you. The Sorcerer also makes you run, jump, dodge, and duck around him. The real irritation of this part is when you get hit by a bolt and sent flying. Once you recover and try to stand up you’ll get hit by another bolt, and this repeats for a number of times. You can just imagine the frustration.
In case you get out of the situation, your next step would be to climb on top of him, which will keep you away from the bolts. However, for some reason you are forced to jump from his back to his left arm and tumble down to the ground most of the time. This happens mostly because of the unresponsive controls and the Sorcerer’s furious shaking. There’s a strong possibility of most players giving up at this point but if you can somehow stick to colussus’ left arm, climb up and hit his pressure point with a knife, then attack his other arm with a bow you’ll be able to beat the mighty opponent. This will definitely require some practice, though.
3. Rodrigo Borgia – Assassin’s Creed 2
Another boss that is featured in this list is Assassin’s Creed 2‘s Rodrigo Borgia. There is no doubt that Assassin’s Creed 2 is an wonderful game but it is the final boss fight that frustrates me. The game, which is a sequel to the 2007 release Assassin’s Creed, was developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. The game was well received upon its release and got scores of over 90 out of 100 in Metacritic and GameRanking aggregates.
Assassin’s Creed 2 has a very anti-climatic end with Ezio letting Rodrigo Borgia live. There was nothing Ubisoft could do as they would have lost historical accuracy if he was killed. This made the final battle frustrating as Ezio couldn’t kill his enemy, although he sought for revenge for a very long time. The fight between the two, which occurs in the Vatican chambers, is also a fist fight, which should have involved much more as both of them possessed Godly powers. This is certainly very depressing.
4. Lucien – Fable 2
Fable 2 was released in 2008 as an Xbox 360 exclusive. The game was developed by Lionhead Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios. Fable 2 was set nearly 500 years after the original Fable, which released in 2004. Although the game received positive reviews from the critics the final boss fight disappointed many fans.
Fans complained that the ending of the game was really poor as the final showdown didn’t possess any challenge at all. Lucien, whom you need to fight at last, isn’t a good villain at all. You have no reason to seek revenge against him as he hasn’t harmed you at all. The ending is so fast that you shoot him once, he falls down, then dies. How can we not be disappointed with such a pathetic end to a great game?