There are few things in gaming that beat the awe-inspiring feeling you get in the midst of an epic boss fight. Be it a simple clash of mortals or a sprawling, large scale battle versus scope-defying monsters, nothing is more exhilarating than beating a foe in battle.
Over the last 10 years, there have been plenty of these fights, all across a handful of different games, in different genres.
To celebrate that last decade of encounters, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 best boss fights of the decade here below.
Before you start reading, be aware that there are spoilers for games that are both new and old. As such, you’ll want to read at your own risk if you haven’t played any of these titles and still want to experience it for yourself.
Dr. Octavius (Marvel’s Spider-Man)
In the 2018 PS4 exclusive title Marvel’s Spider-Man, Insomniac Games builds an amazing relationship between its protagonist and antagonist.
Starting off as colleagues, Peter Parker and Doctor Octavius work together with the hopes of creating technology for the betterment of mankind. Trials and tribulations occur that eventually lead to strife between the two, pitting Peter’s former mentor against him.
Thanks to that build-up, the final fight that occurs between the two of them feels simultaneously tense and sad. All the while you’re controlling Spider-Man with the hope of defeating Dr. Oct, you can’t help but think of how things once were.