When bosses go big

Our pick of the most oversized overlords

Stage 3, R-Type
In the R-Type scrolling shooters, the boss of Stage 3 is Stage 3 - a massive war machine that you spend the entire level picking apart, gun emplacement by burner rocket, while avoiding being shot down or crushed beneath its moving parts.

Above: That's not a roof above you, but about a fifth of R-Type Final's destroyer

The original R-Type's battle cruiser gets the nostalgia vote but the PlayStation-only sequels have the most imaginative reruns. R-Type Delta on PSone offers a stomping great four-legged walker, while PS2's R-Type Final has a mothership so massive that it features a parking garage big enough for a giant robot sub-boss to pop out of mid-way through.

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