Best videogame monster: now accepting your nominations
The best videogame monster. Now that’s a competitive category. Like best movie villain, except a heck of a lot more likely to make your palms sweat.
Even if you’re a novice videogamer, you’ve probably seen your share of incredible videogame monsters. Some examples that spring to my mind:
- the Big Daddies from Bioshock,
- the implacable Unseen Terror from Infocom’s Enchanter,
- the suicidal bombheaded screamers from Serious Sam,
- True Ogre, the oversized, winged, fire-breathing final boss from Tekken 3,
- the vicious three-headed Hydra from God of War, which you face in several stages (you actually take out a single hydra head early in the level, so you could call it four-headed),
- Psycho Mantis from Metal Gear Solid, who did some eerie personality analysis of you, the player!,
- Saddler from Resident Evil 4,
- and the Colossi from Shadow of the Colossus.
What makes a “best videogame monster”?
Obviously, everyone’s going to have differing opinions about what’s the best videogame monster. Sometimes it’s a devilish boss like Final Fantasy VII’s Sephiroth. Sometimes it’s just a common grunt like a zerg from one of Starcraft’s zerg rushes.
We could judge by gameplay, by backstory (this is a game writing blog, after all), by ingenuity, by shock factor.
But, my friends, this is a simple blog. Just let me know what’s the best videogame monster that you cherish most fondly. What fiend springs to mind, howling and spitting, when you think “best videogame monster”? It doesn’t have to be your best videogame monster of all time. Just your best monster of the moment or the week or the month. Lay it on us.
Best videogame monster of the moment
For me, right now, it’s got to be a miniboss from the PS2’s Bard’s Tale.
Two words: Haggis Monster. That’s right. An enchanted sheep’s stomach, stuffed with the other organs of the sheep, including the lungs*, liver, and heart. Mmm!
According to Answers.com:
A 150-g portion is an exceptionally rich source of iron; a rich source of protein; a good source of vitamins B1, B2, niacin, calcium, and copper; a source of zinc; contains about 33?g of fat, of which half is saturated; supplies 450?kcal.
* Because you can’t vend any product containing the lungs of an animal in the U.S., true haggis is illegal. Take that, you dirty Scots!