PSU's top ten PS3 boss battles of all time
- Posted September 7th, 2009 at 10:30 EDT by Michael Harradence
Let’s face it – everyone appreciates a good boss brawl. From Sonic’s duel with a mechanized Dr. Robotnick at the climax of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, to Naked Snake’s arduous confrontation with legendary sniper The End in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, boss battles have provided some of the most memorable encounters in videogames over the past two decades. They continue to push the innovative boundaries and generally become even more outlandish as the technology available to developers evolves.
As you’d expect, Sony’s black box of tricks has played host to some particularly grueling encounters since its inception in November 2006, and as a result, PSU decided to endeavor to pick our top ten boss battles available on the console, plucked from a variety of both first and third party offerings. We’ve also included footage to illustrate each battle for your viewing consumption, though be warned – spoilers are in abundance throughout this feature, so view at your own discretion. As ever, feel free to post a comment below the article and let us know your own personal favorites. Without further ado, let’s get started.
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10) Fallout 3 / Super Mutant Behemoth (Galaxy News Radio appearance)
Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic romp Fallout 3 is chock full of some memorable boss duels, though none of which impressed us quite as much as the ubiquitous, hulking chaps known as the Super Mutant Behemoths. Our pick focuses on the confrontation with one of these inexorable beasts at the Galaxy News Radio establishment, where the creature makes a decidedly dramatic entrance by crashing through a nearby wall to ambush you. Behemoths live up to their name in every respect, standing 30 feet tall, boasting tons of HP, immense strength and highly damaging attacks, making for a grueling battle. If this one particular fight wasn’t enough, there are many other Behemoths waiting to scrap it out with you throughout the course of the game.
9) Portal / Chell Vs. GLaDOS
Despite Valve’s turbulent relationship with Sony and controversy surrounding the PlayStation 3 version of The Orange Box, we couldn’t overlook the intriguing gem that is Portal, and its unique boss battle in the shape of GlaDOS. As you’ll see from the video below, this particular duel is highly idiosyncratic of your traditional boss fight, with players not actually required to dish out any physical damage to your foe in the typical manner. Instead of brute force, you’re required to use your head and disable your foe by doing what Portal allows you to do best - employing the talents of your trusty ASHPD.
8) Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots / Metal Gear Rex Vs. Metal Gear Ray
Hideo Kojima’s masterpiece makes its debut in our top ten in the form of the iconic clash between metal monstrosities Metal Gear Rex and Metal Gear Ray on Shadow Moses Island. Make no mistake, this gargantuan clash is an all-out epic brawl evocative of the series’ past boss battles, albeit this time instead of Snake attempting to take down the marauding nuclear battle tank on foot, he’s jumped into the pilot seat. While not a particularly tricky duel, players have a chance to unleash an assortment of attacks, utilizing Rex’s memorable missile payload and shredding machine gun against Ocelot’s Ray unit, who also boasts his own array of equally destructive attacks. In short, a Metal Gear aficionados’ wet dream – it’s just a pity it’s all over too quickly.
7) Heavenly Sword / Nariko Vs. King Bohan
A frequently overlooked gem, Ninja Theory’s Heavenly Sword nets itself a well-deserved spot in our top ten thanks to the stellar duel against King Bohan (voiced by the utterly ... (continued on next page) ----