There’s a level of difficulty I've come to expect in video games. But sometimes, the developers go a little overboard. It’s fascinating because you want to believe that you can crack the system. Perhaps there’s a specific combo you haven’t mastered quite yet. Or, there’s a weak point you haven’t explored. All manner of strategies quickly come to mind as you sharpen your sword and reload your gun for another go at it.
Eventually, you end up taking down the monster and pat yourself on the back for finally putting them down. But that’s only after exhausting several rounds of ammo and taking a hike one too many times to refresh your fingers and mind. If you like to challenge yourself against the mightiest, most formidable enemies in video game history, these are the hardest things to kill in video games.
10. Deathstroke – Batman: Arkham Origins
Deathstroke in Batman: Arkham Knight is more than your average human, having been through an experimental super soldier program. As a result, he gained enhanced strength, agility, intelligence, and health. With an immense thirst for blood, Deathstroke is on a revenge mission to kill Batman. And while Batman defeated him once, doing so twice will take everything you have.
9. Melania – Elden Ring
Elden Ring is a tough game. So, imagine having to fight the hardest boss: Melania. It’s as if nothing sticks with her. You could land a few punches and barely make a dent. On the other hand, one hit from her drastically drains your health bar. Additionally, Melania is highly unpredictable and quick on her feet. She also automatically refills her HP, even when you block. Oh, and did I mention there’s a phase two run in with her?
8. Regenerators – Resident Evil 4
It’s in the name. Regenerators in Resident Evil 4 are a menace to kill. Their bodies absorb bullets, so no use wasting precious ammo on them. Using a knife, instead, may get you somewhere. But they heal faster than normal. The only safe bet is to use a thermal scope to aim for the chest. Yet still, another Regenerator could be lurking on its back, forcing you to go around it. It’s one of those fights where you'd be better off retreating to safety.
7. The Nameless King – Dark Souls III
The Nameless King in Dark Souls III comes in pairs. There’s a formidable dragon you have to slay first. Then, move on to the harder part, which is the king himself. That’s not to say killing the dragon is any easier. It’s lightning fast and unleashes powerful attacks. The king’s, on the other hand, are faster (if that were possible) and stronger. What’s worse? Upon reducing the king’s health to half, he reinvents the wheel and starts unleashing a new set of actual Lightning attacks.
6. Giants – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Giants are the worst. Especially because the game unleashes its might when you least expect it. After having fought tooth and nail past dragons, mages, bandits, and more, you come to a camp crawling with all sorts of giants. Before you have enough time to catch your breath, they toss you here and there like a bunch of bullies picking on a human paperweight.
5. Dr. Salvador – Resident Evil 4
Again, Dr. Salvador pays you an impromptu visit, just when you’re starting to learn the ropes in Resident Evil 4. You’ve just touched base with the villagers, when a bagged, chainsaw-wielding man charges at you with vengeance. Of course, the next time you go toe to toe with Dr. Salvador, you’ll be more prepared. Still, these kinds of openings are fun for assessing how alert you can be.
4. Ornstein and Smough – Dark Souls
Ornstein and Smough in Dark Souls come in pairs, too. Not only that, but they also complement each other quite well. While fighting them individually would have been a gruesome task in itself, combined, they prove themselves the ultimate test of endurance. You could take them on by yourself. However, feel free to summon another player to divide and conquer.
3. Sigrun – God of War
Although Sigrun, The Valkyrie Queen, is an optional boss, God of War’s developers still didn’t leave, defeating her by chance. First, you must defeat all eight Valkyries to unlock Sigrun. Make sure to take note of each Valkyrie’s abilities, because Sigrun will possess them all. Even with strong memories, defeating Sigrun is a rigorous process. Further toughened by each ability dealing more damage.
2. King Dice – Cuphead
Cuphead, despite its 1930s cartoon adaptation, features quite difficult boss battles. Best of all is the fight with King Dice, who has up to 10 phases. Before starting phase one, you’ll have to beat a board game. Then, during the phases, focus more on dodging than attacking to ultimately put him down.
1. Everything – Devil Daggers
It’s one thing to endure fighting one (or a pair) of bosses. Imagine, though, if everything you run into is trying to kill you. That’s Devil Daggers in a nutshell. All of your time is spent chasing (and being chased by) monsters. The monsters have the upper hand, with faster pace and deadly one-shot kill strikes. The game is also set up on a flat open space, so there’s very little in the way of hiding spots or exploration.
There’s no story, either, to keep you distracted. Just a timer on top of the screen counting down the minutes till “game over,” and a health bar to remind you how quickly your health is deteriorating. Despite all the step-aways from tradition, Devil Daggers is pretty fun to play. Instant death keeps you on your toes. And seeing how long you can survive when everything is able to kill you instantly certainly makes for an afternoon well spent.