TA Top Five: Dragons

By Jonathan Barnes, 4 years ago
With this weekend's release of the latest reincarnation of Godzilla, the thoughts of the writers here in the TA offices turned to notable, fire-breathing monsters in games, and that means dragons. As always, if your favorite flamethrower isn't included on this list, it's meant as an intentional slight to see you breath flames in the comments.

Honorable Mentions

Bound Serpents - Brutal Legend

While not an enemy, freeing the Bound Serpents gives Eddie a great stat boost. Plus, they were designed to look like the dragons off of Dio's "Killing the Dragon" album cover, and Dio rules.

Hellkite Dragon - Dark Souls

For a game known for its punishing difficulty, the insertion of a dragon, especially early in the game, was enough to make a gamer pull a Bill Paxton imitation from Aliens. Fortunately, with some planning and a few tricks, the Hellkite Dragon can be taken down without a ton of fuss AND yield the Drake Sword, one of the best early game weapons.

Top Five

5- Blood Dragons - Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
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It's a frickin' dragon that shoots frickin' laser beams out of its eyes. How could these neon beauties NOT make the list!? While initially terrifying, even a powered up Rex Power Colt still had to fight for his life against these apex predators.

4- Grigori - Dragon's Dogma

When writing up this list, I felt that a game with the name of "Dragon's Dogma" was most-likely to have... well... dragons in it. Unfortunately, I haven't played the game, so I asked our team's resident Dragon's Dogma expert, Marc Pilkington, to hit me up with another good dragon.

Grigori isn't your standard breathe-fire-and-burn-the-place-down type of dragon, although he takes great pleasure in doing so. Throughout the Arisen's adventure, this red eyed beast regularly taunts and beckons the heartless (literally) warrior to come and take their heart back as though a greater purpose is yet to be fulfilled. If you're brave enough to face him in battle, expect an arduous yet epic battle full of skillful dodges and singed bottoms.
3- Archdemons - Dragon Age: Origins
High Dragon

According to the lore of Dragon Age, Archdemons are the Old Gods which manifest themselves as powerful dragons. Possessing an intelligence and power beyond the "standard" dragons of the Dragon Age universe, the Archdemon rarely makes an appearance unless their direct intervention is necessary, but when they do, they rain fire and destruction down upon all of their enemies... not to mention an army of vicious Darkspawn which obey them with the loyalty of a hive-mind.

2- Saesenthessis - The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

The Witcher 2 has many different (and amazing) story beats, and one of the best lies in the fate of Saesenthessis, the terrifying dragon that is introduced in the game's prologue. With choices being so vital to experiencing Geralt's story to the fullest, the tale of Saesenthessis can turn out several different ways depending on the path gamers choose to take. Without delving too deeply into spoilers, let's just say that the resolution of the drama around this dragon is one of the high points to the game.

1- Alduin - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

While I like to give people nicknames like "Champ", "Sport", "Chief", and "Cutie Pie Kitten Face", Alduin's nickname is "World Eater". That is bad ass. Alduin was so powerful that he was actually worshiped as a god by some of the people of Tamriel and couldn't be killed by normal, mortal means. While the armies of men were eventually able to defeat Alduin, they couldn't kill him, so they did the thing that old people have done with their problems for generations: pawned it off off on the future. Using an Elder Scroll, they sent Alduin forward in time and basically told the future inhabitants of Skyrim, "You guys figure it out!"

Arriving at the outset of The Elder Scrolls V, Alduin reemerges as the game's primary antagonist, the game's primary focus is to stop Alduin from destroying the world. No matter how powerful your Dovahkiin ends up, the final battle with Alduin is one not to be taken lightly, but if you've got a crazy good bow and a quiver of Daedric Arrows you've got more of a fighting chance.

The TA Team will be bringing you The TA Top Five every Sunday until we run out of coolness to debate and discuss. If you have an idea for a Top Five you'd like us to do, be sure to let us know in the comments!
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.