3 Modern Video Games That’ll Make You Laugh ‘til You Cry
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There’s no dodging the fact that, for the most part, society has it in for video games. It seems that one of the most beloved pastimes of – well, all-time – is constantly being blamed for the ills of the world. Disobedient children misbehaving and grown adults carrying out horrific crimes can somehow all be linked back to playing video games – or at least that’s what these morally-righteous groups will have you believe.
The truth is, however, there are a whole host of games out there that don’t rely on any sort of violence at all and yet are still enormously popular, charming and high-quality. This post has been penned to point out the modern video game titles that have built their reputation on mixing engaging game play and hilarious writing. Here are 3 modern video games that’ll make you laugh ‘til you cry!
The original Portal was a masterpiece but somehow, developer Valve managed to go one better in Portal 2. Chances are between soaking up the amazing game play and battling your way through test chamber after test chamber, you would have found yourself in stitches simply by listening to the banter between Wheatley and GLaDOS.
Portal 2 boasted such a high level of charm and comedy that it will forever be remembered as one of the greatest games of all times. I would love to see an enraged parents group try and build a case again kids playing Portal 2; it challenges you mentally, its violence is near non-existence and the humour is better than anything Hollywood has trotted out in the last 5 years.
This XBLA title snuck up out of nowhere and went under the radar for many gamers but once people found out it was the creation of gaming God, Tim Schafer (Monkey Island, Psychonaughts) the word spread like wildfire.
The overall concept of the game is simple – you play as a series of Russian nesting dolls that must use their unique abilities to solve puzzles. There are so many different dolls and numerous ways to solve one puzzle so the game really challenges you to think outside the box.
The art design is amazing and the game play is satisfying due to the fact that the puzzles aren’t linear and can be solved in alternative ways. The title truly shines with its sense of humour, though! I won’t spoil it for you in case you haven’t played it but some of the ‘unique abilities’ these quirky dolls have are utterly hilarious. The only people who could build a case for this video game not being one of the 3 funniest games in recent history would be the fun police.
Scribblenaughts Unlimited effortlessly made this list because of the sheer potential it offers players for fun, legitimate laugh-out-loud moments. It is unrivalled by any other game I’ve seen in my 15+ years as a gamer when it comes to honest, clean enjoyment that appeals to a broad array of players, regardless of age.
It’s hard to put into words just how funny it can be sitting down and bringing to life a robot pig to fight a Mexican Lucha libre wrestler, only to have both of them gobbled up by a crocodile.
If you’re not familiar with Scribblenauts, before you read that last sentence and think I’ve gone insane, check out the game’s official site to see what I’m talking about.
Regardless of whether you’re a teenager or a fully-grown adult, don’t let Scribblenaughts’ child-like graphics fool you into thinking this is a silly kid’s game. It is hands-down one of the most genuinely funny and enjoyable gaming experiences you’ll ever have.
Ridiculous scenarios, over the top humour and a concept that literally has you smiling from the moment you start the game to the moment you switch it off, Scribblenauts Unlimited is not only one of the 3 modern video games that’ll make you laugh ‘til you cry, it’s also the shining example of how video game players don’t rely on mindless violence to have a great time.
What do you think about that, outraged morality groups?!