The Tom's Hardware Definitive List of PC Games: Toughest Bosses

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The Tom's Hardware Definitive List of PC Games: Toughest Bosses

Are we living in a new "golden age" for PC Gaming? Of course, it is impossible to give a definitive answer. The distance of time and a heaping dose of nostalgia are both necessary prerequisites for any "golden age". And, while it may be easy to argue the merits of one generation over another, one thing is abundantly clear: PC Gaming in 2017 is more widespread and more accessible than ever before. The maturation of digital distribution, a new diversity of platforms, and the adoption of x86 CPU architecture by console manufactures have together, created the perfect environment for a PC Gaming renaissance. PC Gamers have access to more games than ever before, including overlooked titles from past generations and current games that would have been either too costly or too difficult to port. Games are so ubiquitous that you're more likely to hear complaints of having too many games, rather than too few. The number of "good" games is now so great that even the hardest of the most hardcore gamers struggle in their search to find the very best.

To help navigate this brave new world for gaming, Tom's Hardware is in the process of assembling the definitive list of PC games in a number of genres. We've already put a few lists together, but the number of titles is lacking. While the Tom's Hardware Editorial team is few in number, the Tom's Hardware Community is legion. With your input we hope to assemble a list of the best and worst PC games that can truly be called definitive. Over the next few weeks we'll be collecting Community feedback across multiple categories. Once we have a sufficient number of submissions, we'll have the Community vote on the most popular, with a showcase of the winning games on the Tom's Hardware homepage.

This thread will decide the best PC games with the toughest bosses.

To help get you started here are the Editorial Team's list of best PC games with the toughest bosses. Remember we're looking for suggestions that aren't on the list below.

May the toughest boss win!


Ornstein and Smough from Dark Souls



Senator Armstrong from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance



Diablo from Diablo 3



Nier: Automata

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  1. The Nameless King from Dark Souls III.
    So many lost souls. :(
    Reply to Chugalug_
  2. Personally I never found Ornstein and Smough to be all that difficult. Sure the first time you run into them it is tough but that can be said for any boss battle in any game.

    For me the most consistently difficult boss I've come across is Darkeater Midir in Dark Souls 3. This fight is BS and is borderline unfair, at least you could see what Kalameet was about to do in Dark Souls 1 (Artorias of the Abyss DLC for XBox - "Prepare to Die Edition" for PC). In DS3 you are constantly fighting the camera (this occurs in the first phase of the Nameless King fight as well). Not only that, you have to stand in a certain spot or you get crushed for no apparent reason.

    I vote for Darkeater Midir in Dark Souls III - The Ringed City DLC. - *sorry I don't have a video of this one. Just know that almost every phantom I summoned died within seconds.

    Runner up would be Slave Knight Gael. He can be tough to dodge/block if your stats aren't up to snuff. This is also my new favorite boss. I consider this to be a more 'technical' boss where blocking and dodging are important but on top of that, where you roll to are also important.
    Reply to SinxarKnights
  3. Ebony Warrior from Skyrim
    Reply to theInvincibleGamer
  4. Ming Xiao from Vampire the Masquerade - Bloodlines. I'd include the werewolf from the same game, but he's deliberately invulnerable.
    Reply to imrazor
  5. Senator Armstrong is only tough in the Sam DLC. And Lud and Zallen make for toughest Souls boss.
    Reply to coolitic
  6. Everquest Planes of Power expansion - Coirnav the Avatar of Water. Boss battle underwater, three mini bosses to be crowd controlled, and tons of trash adds. Won that one that one exactly once and never returned. Actually had a full 72-man raid supported by another 24-man just for the CC.
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  7. theInvincibleGamer said:
    Ebony Warrior from Skyrim


    i feel karstaag is a more difficult opponent.

    now here comes the most difficult opponent. a 9k mmr mid vs 4k[will be a massacre otherwise] mmr mid in Dota 2

    Anonymous said:


    For me the most consistently difficult boss I've come across is Darkeater Midir in Dark Souls 3. This fight is BS and is borderline unfair, at least you could see what Kalameet was about to do in Dark Souls 1 (Artorias of the Abyss DLC for XBox - "Prepare to Die Edition" for PC). In DS3 you are constantly fighting the camera (this occurs in the first phase of the Nameless King fight as well). Not only that, you have to stand in a certain spot or you get crushed for no apparent reason.

    I vote for Darkeater Midir in Dark Souls III - The Ringed City DLC. - *sorry I don't have a video of this one. Just know that almost every phantom I summoned died within seconds.



    tried DS3 from my friends steam account. leaft the game after facing defeat from abyssal watchers :(
    Reply to Lucky_SLS
  8. S&O is always there.... That is the hardest boss from DS? Really? Have you tried Manus?
    Every time someone uses O&M as a a way to insert DS I get the feeling that the person posting the information never played Dark Souls.

    Armstrong is easy. Its just different than other bosses in the game and requires to learn his moves better. Monsoon is the biggest jump in difficulty in that game.

    Havent tested Nier yet.
    Reply to cats_Paw
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