During last year’s Listmas, we spent a week discussing our favorite comedic gaming moments. This year, for the Duck’s free choice, I thought it would be fun to list some of the funniest games, in general, that I’ve ever played. After all, who doesn’t want to end the holiday season with some good cheer? As usual, these are in no particular order…
- Psychonauts: One of the most recent funny games I’ve played was the original Psychonauts. This game is just full of quotable dialogue (most notably, “I am the milkman. My milk is delicious.”), not to mention a whole bunch of memorable moments, like when Raz enters the mind of a lungfish and finds that he is now an oversized monster in a lungfish-inhabited city. I mean, the whole plot revolves around a crazy dentist stealing kids’ brains by making them sneeze really hard!
- Ratchet & Clank: While this particular franchise isn’t quite as funny as it used to be, the original trilogy on the PS2 was quite the comedic treat back in the day (and to a somewhat lesser extent, the Future trilogy on the PS3). This series is filled with lovably goofy characters, most notably the bumbling Captain Qwark and the hammy mad scientist Dr. Nefarious. Heck, even the titles had some rather funny puns. Up Your Arsenal, indeed.
- Jak and Daxter: Even though the series took a darker, grittier turn after the first game, Jak and Daxter has always been a pretty funny franchise, particularly thanks to everyone’s favorite ottsel, the loud-mouthed Daxter. He’s…kind of awful in the first game, to be honest, but he more than redeems himself afterward.
- Portal: Our silent protagonist Chell may not have been laughing at the AI GLaDOS’ many insults, attempts to murder her, and frequent lies about rewarding her with cake, but I certainly was. GLaDOS might be passive aggressive and cruel, but she also manages to be one of the funniest characters in gaming. The little robot Wheatley can be pretty funny in the sequel, as well, even if he can get a tad annoying after a while.
- Undertale: Undertale has one of the best collections of quirky and lovable characters, most notably the skele-bros Sans and Papyrus. Sans is a lazy guy who loves bad puns and apparently messing with me, such as the time he piles hot dogs on my head when I can’t fit anymore in my pockets. (He also sells me both hot dogs and hot cats and comments that I must really like hot animals.) Then there’s his goofy and oblivious brother Papyrus, who thinks he’s the most amazing person ever (in his defense, he’s right) and believes that a fire sale involves selling actual flames.
- Deltarune: Clearly Undertale wasn’t just a one-time comedic masterpiece because Toby Fox has done it again with Deltarune. Chapter 1 featured the lovable Lancer and a checker piece with oddly…shapely legs. I also couldn’t help but laugh at a lot of Queen’s dialogue in Chapter 2 (even though I’m not sure why I found it so funny when she asked me to get the banana…twice). If the first two chapters made me laugh this much, I can’t wait to see what awaits us in future installments!
- Earthbound: Earthbound was a previously overlooked RPG gem from the SNES. I haven’t played the game in a long time, but I remember it being pretty darn goofy. At one point, we even fight…um, a pile of vomit. Okay, yes, I apparently have the sense of humor of a small child.
- Rayman Origins/Legends: This colorful and zany pair of platformers can be pretty silly, from undead grannies whacking you with purses to several levels where you’re transformed into a duck. Considering these games have next to zero dialogue, they are a great example of visual humor.
- Immortals: Fenyx Rising: All right, I have to admit that I have yet to actually finish this game, but I plan to eventually. For now, I’m just basing this off of the demo, which featured some comedic banter between the Greek god Zeus and Prometheus, including a reference to The Sixth Sense, of all things.