Matt Randisi writes, "What makes a boss battle memorable? Some say it’s a blistering and soul crushing difficulty that just makes you dread ever having to fight him/her/it again. Others might say it’s a unique presence that offers something inimitable from otherwise typical fight formulas. The truth of the matter is both are very important. A memorable boss battle is one that comes to mind above others when recalling your time with a certain game because something special made you remember its name or appearance. It is that time again where we take a look back and acknowledge some of the best boss battles in a year of gaming. 2012 was rich with quality titles, and many of them boasted some interesting and challenging encounters."