If there's one thing video games can guarantee, it's that they'll make us laugh. There's always something worth laughing at in video games, whether it's in-game glitches, cheesy gameplay, or genuinely well-written humor. However, it's not often that you see comedic video games, as it's usually a widely hit or miss genre. Some developers have taken a stab at it and they succeeded by delivering some of the funniest video games ever made.
Some of these games integrate the whimsical delivery of some of our favorite comedic shows into video games. While others, simply work off of well-written comedy and the fact that they are trying to be a parody. Regardless, there's no shortage of sarcastic, cheesy, or dark humor from the games in this list. When you're ready for a laugh, be sure to check out the five games on this list of the funniest video games ever made.
5. The Simpsons: Hit & Run
The Simpsons: Hit & Run is a third-person open-world game that seems like a cross between Crazy Taxi and GTA. So with that in mind, you already know you're getting into no good. The game worked because it felt like nothing more than an ongoing episode of The Simpsons with hilarious playable mechanics. So if you're a fan, you'll undoubtedly be crying by the time you're done with this game as it's the epitome of Simpsons witty humor.
The game is a bit tedious in its missions, and it can be more entertaining for a younger audience, but if you're a fan of the show then you'll appreciate the writing. Plus, the mechanics are fun in themselves as they just feel clunky and awkward, reflective of Homer's character. Speaking of, Homer's scream or Bart's laugh is something that never fails to get a chuckle.
4. Saints Row IV Re-Elected
As the exaggerated parody equivalent to Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row IV rapidly became a comedic success. The plot is essentially that you have become president and must fend off an extraterrestrial invasion. Wait here's the best part, with superpowers, in a robotic suit, using downright weird weapons. So right from the get-go, it's no surprise that the game is intended to be a parody. The writing in Saints Row IV consists of crude and frequently sarcastic humor throughout the game's plot, cutscenes, NPC interactions, and even taglines, yet it works so well.
The original game already has plenty of entertaining things to do, but the Re-Elected edition comes with 25 DLC packs, such as the Dubstep Gun, that just add to the laughable moments. Even customizing your character is meant to be a spoof. The number of creative options there are just to make your character the weirdest thing possible adds to the comedic presence in the game. It's especially hilarious when you get to a serious cutscene, of you the president, except you look like a cartoon character.
Saints Row IV is a game that has endless potential to be funny. Playing it with friends is just a riot, and for that, it's one of the funniest video games ever.
3. The Stanley Parable
The Stanley Parable quickly became a success because of the game's groundbreaking original idea. What if gamers could choose to follow the storyline of a video game or not? That is precisely the situation with The Stanley Parable; you have complete control over your decisions, yet there is a hint of persuasion from the clever narrator, who guides or occasionally distracts you. It's done so well that it feels methodical in its attempt to be funny.
The game is nothing less than funny, as laughs are constantly being delivered. The writing is full of ironic, sarcastic, and straight-up cheesy jokes, that shouldn't be all that funny, but the delivery of them is on point. With that, they usually come at a time relevant to one of the bizarre situations you're going to get into, like stepping inside of Minecraft, within the game, for a brief moment. That's something you'd never expect to happen, but it's your own hilariously curious mind that gets you there.
2. Portal 2
Being a co-op game, with a completely original idea, Portal 2 delivers some of the funniest moments you can experience from co-op gaming. If you haven't played, essentially you and you're robot friend are working to test out new portal guns for Aperture Laboratories. Throughout the journey, you are guided through each level by Glados, the not-so-friendly and slightly sadistic AI. She's constantly looking to make a fool of, or embarrass you, but she also has her own fair share of laughable moments.
When you make progress or get past a level she will often make a sarcastic joke, same as when you interact with each other or die. Also if she tells you there's a cake for you, don't listen it's a lie. Portal 2 succeeds in being one of the funniest video games ever because of all the small things. There's obvious care behind the dialogue that hit's at just the right moments, there's one of the most notable easter eggs in gaming history, and working your way through levels with your friend has to be one of the funniest and invigorating experiences in the world.
1. South Park: The Stick of Truth
It's no secret that South Park is over the line funny. If you've seen the show, you'll know most of the time it works on offensive and often vulgar comedy. South Park: The Stick of Truth is no different. The game quite literally feels like an episode from the show, which thank goodness for that, because it brought us one of the funniest video games ever.
The whole gang is here for the journey and ready to take on their biggest enemies, by farting on them. I'm not joking. On a more serious note, as quirky and odd the game can be, it's full of classic one-liners and perfectly incorporates the show's dumbfounded humor into the game. But the game doesn't just solely succeed off its comedic efforts, it also has an excellent story. This just makes the game more immersive, and as a result, the material is a lot more entertaining. For delivering on all fronts, especially in the humor department, South Park: The Stick of Truth is the funniest video game on our list.
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