The Top 7... Most satisfying one-hit boss kills

5: GTA IV: The Lost and Damned

We considered 'That Special Someone' from GTA IV for this list, but on looking back at it, Niko actually shoots Brevic about 20 times. That's not a one-hit kill. But there is a particularly surprising one-hitter in the expansion story The Lost and Damned.

Above: Eleven, twelve... how many bullets are in this gun? Niko's execution of Brevic is NOT a one-hit kill

The scene is set up nicely for an epic encounter as Johnny calls for backup before starting an assault on a prison, where - sure enough - a massive firefight takes place. It's surely all building up to a shoot-out between you and Billy Grey - your former friend turned supergrass.

But after the shootout to actually get to Billy, it's a surreal, rather sadistic occasion. He's just standing there, totally unarmed. That's not to say it isn't still a moment of extreme satisfaction. Rockstar has done a great job of making your on-screen character's emotions run through your mind as you start to squeeze the trigger. This guy used to be your friend. You shared so much... But nobody crosses Johnny Klebitz.


See it happen:



4: Resident Evil 4

You could argue that this isn't a one-hit kill because it happens after what you'd normally call the boss fight. But the fact remains that Lord Saddler is alive, kicking and totally ready to eat you (or something) when you're handed the rocket launcher by Ada Wong. You get to align the sights. You get to pull the trigger. Some say it's the easiest boss fight in any Resident Evil game and they're probably right. And maybe it is cheesy for one of the greatest action games ever made to conclude with a grenade launcher. How very Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Above: Pretty-boy Leon clearly wasn't pretty enough for a Sarah Michelle Gellar-style close-up

But you can't deny, it's still damn cool. Leon is way better than Chris Redfield - his arms are proportionate to the size of his head, for a start. To see quietly awesome Leon just get the job done with one shot is a fist-pumping moment. He undoes the good work slightly by proceeding to turn down the amorous advances of the President's daughter. Honestly, he's saved her from certain death, blown up an evil mutant with a grenade launcher and escaped on a freakin' jet-ski while the island goes bango. Even the most professional operative is allowed a minor indiscretion after all that, right?

See it happen (the one-hit kill, that is, not a minor indiscretion):

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  • ShokuaHyuga - January 6, 2011 4:47 a.m.

    Saddler wasn't nearly as hard as Salazar, and my favorite one hit boss kill has to be Ganondorf's death in "Twilight Princess", even though it wasn't one of the main characters who delivered the final blow.
  • awesomesauce - December 29, 2010 5:46 p.m.

    i thought in mgs3 where you can kill the end early was awesome.
  • PastorOfMuppets - November 6, 2010 12:20 a.m.

    Taking out the the final "father" the doctor from Hitman: Codename 47 was a good one as well.
  • super0sonic - November 4, 2010 9:28 p.m.

    Why not the first assassins creed? One thing i love about the game is that the boss's were not just there fight but getting close enough to them to kill them. I don't know what it was but it was really satisfying.
  • Heyexclamationpoint - November 4, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    Spider-Man didn't kill Mysterio though, thus it doesn't go on the list.
  • g4m3rk1dd - November 2, 2010 6:58 p.m.

    you can slap the guy at the end of fable 2 i hear...kills him...
  • Clovin64 - November 2, 2010 6:08 p.m.

    The Bayonetta one was the best. And of course Leon didnt fool around with Ashley at the end of Resi 4. Clearly Ada is the lady for him. Ada > Ashley.
  • philipshaw - November 2, 2010 6:08 p.m.

    I have to agree with number 1 but I don't know why The Boss from MGS3 wasn't on here
  • Ded - November 2, 2010 9:27 a.m.

    Bayonetta's lipstick has written on it: "BALDER & ROSA 19.3.1394 WITH LOVE UNTIL THE END OF TIME" Meaning it was probably a gift from Balder to Bayonetta's mother, and her mother must have given it to her. Now she's giving it back to Balder :D NERRRRD!
  • phoenix_wings - November 2, 2010 4:27 a.m.

    Personally, I love the endings of the various Hitman: Blood Money levels if you do the levels well enough to make it look like an accident. There's no greater pleasure than pushing some snobby vineyard owner out of a balcony, or blowing up some playboy's hot tub with some carefully placed C4. Or...just pushing him off of another balcony. And the animations make it seem kind of funny. And there's nothing wrong with that.
  • dunc12 - November 2, 2010 3:20 a.m.

    Pruman has it with FEAR, I had forgotten about that, but it totally deserves to be on this list!
  • DonNatzi - November 2, 2010 3:03 a.m.

    The bullet in the Singularity picture, looks surprisingly like a penis.
  • The_Tingler - November 2, 2010 2:24 a.m.

    Totally agree with Bakakaba and DarkTone who beat me to it just a few minutes ago - when I read the title I thought Bob the Goldfish from Earthworm Jim would definitely be in there. That was superb. Well done for including Singularity though, a fantastic game that got absolutely zero love from Activision. They buried it in order to kill off Raven or downgrade them to a COD map pack developer. Unless Black Ops utterly blows me away I'll vote for Singularity as the best FPS of this year, at least in single-player.
  • NightCrawler_358 - November 2, 2010 2:17 a.m.

    haha in New Super Mario Bros i just saved a gigantic mushroom and plowed through dry bowser, bowser jr and whatever other freaks with bowser in its name. I was kind of dissapointed, but i was glad i was done that extremely annoying level.
  • DarkTone - November 2, 2010 2 a.m.

    Wheres Earthworm Jim?
  • bakakaba - November 2, 2010 1:57 a.m.

    The one that everyone seems to be missing is the one in Earthworm Jim, the original genesis version. As gamesradar pointed out in their article on best water levels, the original down the tubes levels in EJ were broken and super fucking hard and nothing gave me more delight then or since when I finally beat them after like the 50th try to find that the boss is nothing more than a goldfish in a bowl that you shoot and leave for dead as he gasps and flops around on the floor.
  • KaiokenKid - November 2, 2010 1:46 a.m.

    Where the hell is the one shot "jackpot" kill to the final boss in DMC 3? I loved Dante and Virgil coming together to do that.
  • soren7550 - November 2, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    I think that Modern Warfare 2's one-hit kill is better than CoD4's. I mean, Soap ripped that knife right out of his chest and nailed that bastard in his eye with the knife he tried to kill Soap with! That's just pure awesome bad-assery right there. (and why I believe Soap MacTavish is better than Chuck Norris)
  • buttercupforpresident - November 2, 2010 12:37 a.m.

    Mysterio from Spider-Man 2
  • blu_dud - November 2, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    WTF WHERE IS DEMON'S SOULS?... oh wait, you guys are NOOBS!

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