Enemies in video games, you hate them, but deep down you know you love the feeling of exhilaration they bring you. Whether you’re being hunted through the halls of the USG Ishimura by ravenous Necromorphs or simply smashing Goombas in Super Mario, enemies in video games are what make each game unique. Here’s my top 1o!
#10 Goombas (Super Mario)
I’ve been killing these little guys since I was 7 years old and I’m yet to get bored of doing so. At the same time…it’s kind of sad. I mean they really have no way of defending themselves. They just walk back and forth innocently and if you happen to get in the way you die. But who’s fault is it really? Well, whatever the answer, I’ve been fighting these little guys for a long time and they’ll always hold a special place in my heart.
Topper the carrot…what is there to say about this guy? Well, it’s a frickin’ carrot. The fact that they literally put a carrot in the the tutorial area of Banjo-Kazooie is hilarious. For that reason alone I can’t help but put him on my list. What’s next? Cauliflower? Boulders? A turnip? Oh wait…
These guys are on my list not because they make the game enjoyable, but because there is no greater feeling than killing these bastards after they’ve practically killed you with the lightning balls they shoot out of their mouths. Cacodemons are the bane of my existence when I play DOOM, especially in dimly lit rooms. Half the time I don’t even know they’re there until they emerge from the dark and practically kill me in one fell swoop. I hate them…
#7) Psychos (Borderlands 2)
I just recently started playing through both Borderlands games and Psychos are truly some of the most comical enemies I’ve encountered in any game I’ve played. At times, certain Psychos will quote entire soliloquies from Hamlet, which will probably confuse you at first, but their dialogue almost becomes entrancing. There are a large variety of lines to be heard by these weirdos as well, but what makes these guys great are their over the top wardrobe and what seems like zero tolerance for pain. Psychos, you’ll love to hate them.
I’m yet to find a more psychotic and unrelenting enemy than that of the splicers from Bioshock. In general, the splicers are creepy enemies due to their lack of morality, but the spider splicers take things to a whole new level. They wield hooked blades in each hand, which they use to crawl along walls and the ceiling. They also use those very same claws to rip their enemies apart. I’ve hit these guys with shotgun shells to the chest from point blank range and they still don’t let up. If you want to play a game that makes you feel tense at almost all times, give Bioshock a try. The splicers won’t disappoint.
Although not the most agile enemies in the game, Iron Knuckles pack a punch and force you to use a fair amount of strategy when fighting them. What I like most about them as enemies is the way they ominously walk toward you, forcing you to retreat. Very few enemies in either Zelda game on the N64 demand as much respect as the Iron Knuckles do. Plus, they have really sweet looking armor and a giant battle axe!
You probably saw this coming, but let’s be honest…Necromorphs are terrifying and make amazing enemies in the Dead Space franchise. The first time I ran into one of these little devils I practically crapped myself. I had just entered the room of the Ishimura where you check the status of the ship when a Necromorph dropped from the ceiling and proceeded to stab the hell out of one of my crew members. In conjunction with the adjoining action sequence in which you haul ass to the elevator while being chased by hordes of these freaks, I was sold. In fact, I like these guys so much I played through the first game 10 times! I guess I’m just a glutton for punishment or something…
Halo is easily one of my favorite franchises and a huge part of that are one of the many alien factions in the series, Elites. In many video games the normal enemies you face are usually smaller and weaker than you are while relying on sheer number to pose any sort of threat. Elites, on the other hand, are taller, faster, and stronger than you are while playing as Master Chief and they attack in larger group of enemies. If you ever want to feel challenged, just play any of the Halo game on Legendary and you’ll learn to truly respect Elites as worthy opponents.
#2 Dark Link (Ocarina of Time)
I’m going to start things off with Dark Link from Ocarina of Time and yes I know he is technically not an “enemy,” but for my sake let this one slip. It may sound a bit cliche, but I’ve always been a fan of enemies that represent your dark side. Even though Dark Link doesn’t require a whole lot of strategy (you just bash him with the Megaton Hammer) it’s still one of my favorite enemies I’ve encountered in a video game to date. There’s something so ominous about the room as well. From the foggy background to the thin layer of water that stretches across the room, the battle against Dark Link is one of my favorites.
#1 Tank (Left 4 Dead)
Okay, let me set the scene for you guys. You and a group of friends are blasting away hordes of zombies when all of a sudden a gigantic zombie plagued by steroid abuse busts out of the restroom you just passed by and begins chasing you through the entirety of the level. I cannot count how many amazing moments my friends and I have had while fighting Tanks in Left 4 Dead. There’s something extremely scary, yet comical about a behemoth of a person running wildly toward you with his tongue hanging out while simultaneously being lit on fire. Tanks are one of the best video game enemies, straight up.
What are some of your favorite enemies from video games? Let me know in the comment section below!
-Ocarina of Time Nerd