Top 10 Funniest Video Games That We’ve Played
For the most part, video games don’t try to be funny, in fact it may even come as a shock at just how few funny video games there are out there in the world. For all those times when you were younger staying up far later than you should have with a great big smile from ear to ear, it’s largely because of the social situations where we played them and the people we played them with that brought us joy as opposed to their active attempt at humour or comedy.
Especially during the 80’s and 90’s, it was extremely difficult for developers to even convey emotion let alone humour in video games – restricted by the lack of stereo audio, voice recordings and true comic timing. And as well all know the key to a funny video game is always……..timing! These are our top 10 funniest video games, the rare few who not only stand out of the pack, but also inherently take on the role of the joker also!
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Released in 2014, South Park: The Stick of Truth perfectly encapsulated the crude and lude humour one could find in a typical episode of the show, successfully translating it to a video game. Absolutely oozing with subtle in-jokes and references with characters like Man Bear Pig and Towlie all making an appearance, fans of this long running cartoon will feel right at home with the gang’s larger than life exploits when sitting down to play The Stick of Truth.
If ever there was a character that successfully strikes the right balance between gruesome action and witty humour, it’s everyone’s favourite merc with a mouth, Deadpool. Developed by High Noon studios, Deadpool continues the popular character’s ability to regularly break the fourth wall to actively taunt and spur on the player all the while spouting one-liner after one-liner as you journey to save the world and search for the world’s greatest chimichanga.
Mortal Kombat II
Now bear with me on this one. Whereas the first entry in the Mortal Kombat series established itself as a fairly competent fighting game with a focus on gore, it wasn’t until the second game that player’s could finish off opponents with babalities. These largely consist of over the top finishing moves that makes a point of shaming the round’s loser by turning them into a baby. Not only were these instances pretty hilarious but so was the game’s creepy commentator exclaiming “whoopsie!”
Saints Row: The Third
Ridiculous, neon and over-the-top. Three phrases that perfectly explain the kind of humour and overt absurdity the Saints Row series has become known for, most definitely peaking with it’s third entry. Dubbed by some as the “warioware of open-world games”, Saints row the third never took itself too seriously or outstayed it’s welcome, allowing players to run riot in an expansive setting with a bat shaped like a particular sexual appendage – need I say more?
An old-school point and click adventure type game from the genius minds at Double Fine, Grim Fandango’s type of humour is unique in that it comes off as very dry, being all the more hilarious for it. As if the setting and scenario of placing you in the role of a grim reaper trudging through the Mexican underworld wasn’t funny enough, the game is full of witty dialogue and unique characters that will never fail to make you chuckle.
Is it the monotone delivery, expertly dry humour or masterful voice work that makes Portal 2 one of the funniest games in recent memory? Let’s just go with all three! If there’s one thing that makes you feel more uncomfortable than being threatened, it’s a villain who takes pleasure with toying with you for pleasure, and worst of all? The cake really was a lie! Wheatly and Glados are the stars of the show here, delivery sadistic dialogue in a stiff tone that is both funny and unsettling.
Personally one of my most favourite and one of the funniest games I’ve played these past few years, Guacamelee! is a 2D metroidvania that simply drips with style, character and of course, humour. Placing you in the role of a lowly luchadore tasked with saving the princess, in Guacamelee! you’ll come across old men that can transform into goats, voodoo witches that like to shake their hips and warrior jaguars that will have you wanting to throw your controller – all set against a day of the dead background that is always vibrant and never dull.
Chock full of memorable characters, a colourful world and an incredible central villain that never seems like he’s through roasting you, Borderlands 2 is a video game where the comic writing cannot help but just outshine everything else, even the tight gunplay. The result is a funny game with hours of dialogue that never fails to surprise you, being crude, perfectly timed and downright hilarious. Handsome Jack is yet another example of a villain that we cannot help but love to hate.
Our second Double Fine entry on this list, Brutal Legend is one of those rare games that features a Hollywood actor that simply gets what the game is trying to achieve. With Brutal Legend Tim Shafer has created a game in which Jack Black can live out his fantasies as a rock legend, executing plenty of hysterical improvised dialogue with the just the perfect delivery. As if in-game appearances from heavy metal legends such as Ozzy Osbourne and Lemy wasn’t quirky enough. Definitely one of the top funniest games that you should give a go.
The Sims is a series of games where the scenarios you place your respective sims in, essentially determines how funny it is, essentially placing you In the role of director. Anyone who’s played this game has at some point either starved their sims within an inch of their life, made them lose in a game of strip poker or even burned their own house down for one simple reason – because they could. Not just a game but a platform where you get to be creative as well as funny, the sims can create some of the most hysterical situations.