The Hardest Video Game Boss Battles Video Games

The Hardest Video Game Boss Battles

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The hardest video game bosses to beat are the fictional characters that stare you down and stand in the way of victory in your gaming environment. Of course, not all boss battles in video games are created equal. Some boss battles are just better than others. These are the hardest bosses with the best payoff - where the fights are hard, but worth it.

What is the hardest video game boss ever? What are the hardest videogame bosses to beat? From bosses in Final Fantasy to God of War to Diablo, these are the hardest (and most satisfying) boss battles to beat - but they're also the ones that make you feel the greatest sense of accomplishment.

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    God of War III blew its predecessor out of the water in graphics and gameplay, but no boss battle in the series has ever been harder than Zeus.

    Zeus is, well, the God of all Gods - so he pretty much SHOULD be this hard to beat. The biggest problem with Zeus is that every time you turn around, he's completely healed. The gory cutscene at the end is well worth the battle, though. Keep going, valiant god-killers. Keep going.
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    Baal from Blizzard's Diablo II is just sadistic. Baal multiplies faster than a Duggar and is twice as annoying. His ridiculous mana drain just makes it all the more annoying and extends this boss battle to the point that any sensible gamer will want to quit and binge on comfort food.
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    World of Warcraft's C'Thun is almost impossibly hard, or at least he was at one point. He was so difficult that Blizzard actually released a patch to make this boss battle less difficult. Even the best guilds around had trouble with this boss.

    C'Thun became considerably less difficult after his stats were nerfed, but his original difficulty remains engrained in World of Warcraft lore.

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    Dark Samus in hyper mode is the ultimate shadow-opponent. She clones herself like a staff infection in gym class. These clones attack at the same time and she heals herself.

    It's irrational, but every time you die, you actually feel like you disappointed Samus herself.
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    In the long history of Metal Gear Solid bosses, you'll never forget your first. Not only is Psycho Mantis a formidable opponent, but he also sets a precedent for boss battles of the future.

    This boss and his mind reading abilities gives just about every gamer who has faced him a real run for their money. Sure, there are a few cheap tricks you could use to defeat, but beating him in a fair, head to head match-up remains one of the most difficult tasks in the Metal Gear franchise.

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    The Gears of War franchise includes some great and memorable boss battles, but the best of the best is probably General Raam. Between the Reavers, his mini-gun, and his shield, this guy is bad news.

    This battle is largely a waiting game. It's all about patiently sticking it out behind cover and waiting for your chance to strike. Attack with too much eagerness or make one wrong move, and this one's all over.

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    Remember when Guitar Hero was fun, and didn't just HURT?

    Well, that was a time before Lou the Devil. You just know anyone with "Devil" in their name is going to be hard. You have to be near perfect to beat this guy on Expert and probably a seasoned guitar player or GHIII fanatic.

    We don't care how many times you've beat DragonForce on other, easier settings, at the most extreme setting, Lou the Devil basically comes into your house, moves your furniture around, eats everything in your fridge, and steals your wallet.
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    The battle with Bowser at the end of Super Mario 64 is grueling at times. Sometimes you can grab his tale and toss him with ease, other times, he just keeps turning away at the very last second, making victory feel so close yet so, so far away.

    Not to mention that you can't just chuck him overboard, you have to actually make sure you aim right when you throw him. With a little bit of practice, Bowser isn't impossible, but until you learn all the tricks and get your timing down just right, he can be enormously frustrating despite the simplicity of the setup.
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