Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The funniest games you'll ever play

I like games for many different reasons. They're fun to play, great ways to relax, and they let me explore new worlds. There's another factor, too, and that is many games are just downright hilarious. And who doesn't love to laugh?

Easily one of my favourite games from 2007, Portal is an incredible puzzle/platformer experience. And to top it all off, it's amazingly funny! GLaDOS (The criminally insane AI that guides you through the game's many bizarre tests) is the big source of humour here, with her insane and sometimes violent rambling being expressed with a perfectly calm computer voice.

Throughout the game, GlaDOS keeps things moving with a constant stream of darkly humourous lines. Some of her finest quotes are as follows:

"Please note, we have added a consequence for failure. Any contact with the chamber floor will result in an unsatisfactory mark on your official testing record, followed by death. Good luck."

"Momentum, a function of mass and velocity, is conserved between portals. In layman's terms, 'Speedy thing goes in, speedy thing comes out'."

"The device has been modified so that it can manufacture two linked portals at once. As part of an optional test protocol, we are pleased to present an amusing fact. The device is now more valuable than the organs and combined income of everyone in (SUBJECT HOME TOWN HERE)."

"The Enrichment Center promises to always provide safe testing environments. In dangerous testing environments, the Enrichment Center promises to always provide useful advice. For instance, the floor here will kill you. Try to avoid it."

The way she treats death as a minor inconvenience is just brilliant. This is easily the funniest game of all 2008, no question. After all, who could forget the game's incredibly hilarious ending credits song, "Still Alive"? That was the icing on the cake.

Note: The cake is a lie.

There are many sources of humour in Jak II. From Torn's dry insults to Pecker's entire existence ("I am Pecker! Yes, I know. My mother, she was... Very vindictive"), there's no shortage of funny in this game. However, these two are nothing compared to the comedy dynamo that is Daxter.

The small, fuzzy, once-human Ottsel spends most of the game situated on Jak's shoulder, spitting out witty retorts and observations at rapid-fire speed. Following are some of Daxter's best lines:

"'d better keep us alive or I will never speak to you again...obviously"

If I had the Precursor Stone with all the power... I'd use it to build a giant palace. With the biggest harem of women the world has ever known! And there'd be a swimming pool, filled to the brim with chocolate! ...slightly minty."

"Hugs for everyone!"

"Ding ding! Third floor! Body chains, roach food, torture devices!"

And of course, Daxter's always a laugh riot when he's drunk. You just can't get any more funny than an intoxicated Ottsel!

The legendary series known as Ace Attorney brings plenty of drama, action and mystery to the table, as well as a big heaping bowl of comedy. From the bumbling Dick Gumshoe to the often insane witnesses, this courtroom is bursting at the seams with hilarity. The laughs come from many people in Ace Attorney, and here is but a small sampling of the comedic genius they often make use of:

"If you wish to hang yourself, Mr. Wright, you're welcome to, but not inside my courtroom."

"I object! That was... objectionable!"

"The witness will refrain from wonton winking!"

"Old windbag sure has balls! Or... well, you know what I mean."

Whether it's an innocent misspoken phrase or a strangely humourous quip, the comedy in this game is always worth writing home about. When it comes to how funny this game is, I have no Objection!

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1 comment:

Kuefler said...

South Park, is the funniest game I'll ever Play, so I guess your wrong?