Heading into the next generation of gaming, the team at Press-Start are going to take a moment and reflect on some of the greats of gaming past. This time around each team member has a short piece on their most memorable boss battle. Everyone remembers a boss battle in particular it could be because it was extremely difficult, a perfect end to an intense story or even something else. Here are ours.
Kevin – Alma – Ninja Gaiden
From an already impossibly tough game, Alma represented everything right with a boss battle. Incredibly unforgiving, you were required to utilize all your combos and skills learned throughout the game thus far in order to defeat her. Alma goes down notoriety as one of gaming’s most difficult boss fights, and there’s no question why. The sheer satisfaction at beating her for the first time matches no other game.
John – Queen Gohma – Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
It’s the first boss fight to Ocarina of Time, so of course it isn’t difficult or complex but it does everything a boss fight should do. Everything you learned going through the dungeon, using deku seeds to stun enemies, using the slingshot to hit eyeballs, all come into play when defeating the boss. Sure, Legend of Zelda isn’t the only series to use this formula, but it is by far the master of it. Not to mention Gohma is just the first step in a long adventure that I will never forget.