Game News The Last of Us, Bioshock… 7 action video games with no final boss
In the world of video games, there are many unique final bosses, good or bad (Elden Ring, Hollow Knight, Resident Evil…). But some especially shine by their absence. Here are seven action video games that surprisingly don’t have a real boss at the end.
Bioshock made an impression with its very memorable ending. If the boss that follows the final reveal doesn’t have as much flavor as the latter, there’s a great way to end the game in style. surprisingly, Bioshock 2 does not follow this pattern, and this is despite some well thought out bosses throughout the game. The final fight is really about surviving the final Lamb attack that sends a whole slew of Splicers at you. You are not happy to kill the evil Sofia Lamb, instead you find yourself a mere spectator of her death. A most frustrating situation that repeats itself in Bioshock Infinite. The final fight is really about shooting down an airship and not defeating a powerful enemy face to face.
If the Fallout series has accustomed us to dynamic boss fights against emblematic villains (The Master and Frank Horrigan in particular), its third opus, Fallout 3, leaving some people with a bitter taste in their mouths. The final mission doesn’t offer any big bad guys to take on. You can get it on some opponents, sure, but there’s no final boss in sight. To make matters worse, the game does not end once victory is achieved. To get the final credits, you have to make a difficult and irreversible choice (well, until the DLC Broken Steel arrives.)
Halo: Combat Evolves
The Halo franchise offers plenty of enemies to kill without much hesitation. What could be better than a license like this to offer as many epic final bosses as possible? Well, that’s not what Bungie chose for the first installment of its flagship franchise: Halo: Combat Evolves. The studio went beyond a simple lack of a final boss. After killing hundreds of enemies, the game ends in… an escape scene. You find yourself ignoring the enemies around you so you can save yourself and leave the planet you live on. Funny ending for an action game.
If there’s one ending game that raises questions, it’s Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain. Episode 46, obviously named “Truth”, confused more than one player. This is partly due to the fact that it questions most of the things players think they know, but not only… this Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain does not offer a final boss in the true sense of the term. The only difficulty you face? The truth.
If the majority of Mirror’s Edge consists of doing parkour on colored walls and roofs, the game of Dice and Electronic Arts still offers us some action scenes and in particular bosses to defeat. Ropeburn and Celeste paid the price, although calling them bosses is debatable. But the great antagonist of Mirror’s Edge, Jacknife, can never be called “end boss”. When you chase him at the end of the game, all it takes is one kick to see him fall out of a helicopter. As the death of a big bad, we see more shocking that it is real.
The Last of Us Part II
Unlike its predecessor, The Last of Us Part II chose to offer more 1v1 battles similar to boss battles. In fact, we can see in Colossus and David a kind of boss, but these phases get a new importance in duels such as against the powerful infected or Abby (that’s why we chose it here). But surprisingly, the players are not entitled to a real final battle between Abby and Ellie. When the two protagonists clash at the end of the game, it is in a very different way and the conclusion is not at all what some expect. The final boss fight they were expecting never happened.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
If Wolfenstein: The New Order made us sweat General Deathshead (Wilhelm Strasse), Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus doesn’t bother with a final boss. There is no long stage of the duel against the terrible Frau Iren Engel who will surely die by your hand, but does not follow a fight in good and appropriate form. We’ll admit it’s still satisfying to see him with a small ax on his head. But to end this long epic, we can expect a more surprising ending and a tougher fight, as we have been used to in the franchise until now.