Matthew Walker, Freelance Writer
There have always been moments in gaming that are funny and probably shouldn't be. For instance, when games are translated from their native language and then released here in the U.S., a lot is lost in translation. Sometimes, you have this really serious moment in a game and the dialogue is spot on. Other times you have these off the wall dialogue boxes and you're like, "There is no way they just said that." Then there are the glitches and graphic mishaps that show our characters performing things that we knew they should not be doing. Of course, these little mishaps became gaming nostalgia, and if you are in the right frame of mind, one or two of them might have made you laugh out loud. In recent years though, developers have accepted that games do not always have to be serious, end of the world stuff and have released great games for us to sit back and laugh when appropriate; at least that is the idea.
The game that does an above the call of duty and great job at blending good gameplay with hilarity is Rayman Raving Rabbids. Maybe it's because the game is still so fresh in my mind from my recent review, but I am going to roll with it. As I witnessed these semi psychotic bunnies doing things that reminded me of MadTV or, better yet, Monty Python's Flying, I laughed out loud repeatedly. I am proud to admit that I am not ashamed of enjoying a good flatulence joke from time to time, and that type of humor is rampant in this game. The other aspect to the humor was the running gags in the videos you unlock after achieving certain goals. The joke I am referring to is, of course, "Things a Bunny Can't Do." The premise is simple - bunnies can't do any of things that they are referencing. The payoff is pretty much the same, with a bunny screaming at the top of their lungs in disgust at the task before them. However, the second payoff, yes, that's right, you get two payoffs, is usually so well done that you are laughing so hard you have to watch it several times in order to catch all of it. The whole scene, the animation, the "voice" acting, the expressions on the bunnies' faces, weaves together so brilliantly funny that you are obligated to share this little gem in gaming with your friends and family.
The hilarity is not just in the little movies you can unlock either. Several of the mini-games the bunnies put you through are chock full of classic comedy gold. So much so that several of the games, while playing them with my oldest son, were so funny to him that neither of us could complete the task at hand. Thus, we need to restart the game with only the same outbursts of laughter from him, which only resulted in my laughter and caused the process to start all over again. Games like Rayman Raving Rabbids may not be all that new, but at least I can say that I wish there more of them available on the market. We all need a good reason to laugh that we can share with everyone.
Cole Smith, Freelance Writer
When it comes to pure, unadulterated, shocking entertainment, no game has given me so much enjoyment as Conker 's Bad Fur Day. It's a game that I can't wait to show unsuspecting parties, particularly those with little interest in video games. Sure, Conker's Bad Fur Day may reflect my penchant for all things in bad taste, but this game is just too damn funny for me to care.
Conker's Bad Fur Day was originally intended to be one of those "cutesy" platformers with the typical "cutesy" mascot, namely the warm and fuzzy squirrel known as Conker. Having already made a few appearances in video games, Conker's reputation had already been established as a generic, garden variety Sonic clone. So, it was with great delight that I beheld the transformation of this cuddly creature into a foul-mouthed, raunchy mammal that would make Howard Stern blush. But the game has much more to offer than just shock value. It's a well-designed platformer loaded with a variety of great gameplay elements. And it's funny. If you're not laughing out loud when playing it, you probably don't have much of a sense of humor - or you just might take offense to poo-related gags and references.
Says the Great Might Poo: "Ah! You cursed squirrel! Look what you've done! I'm flushing! I'm flushing! Oh, what a world, what a world! Who'd have thought a good little squirrel like you could destroyed my beautiful clagginess! Ah! I'm going! Oh! Ahh! No! Aaaaaaah!" To which Conker replies: "Now that's what I call a bowel movement."
There are very few quotes that can be published from this Conker game as most of them would contain the following symbols: #!%&*+. Yes, the game is loaded with F-sharps, and it makes me feel like I'm playing with my friends because this is the language that we use in everyday life. But there's more to the game than just dirty words. There are many fascinating characters including Carl the Cog, the Professor, Jizza, the Panther King, Gregg, and Bugga. These characters are rude, crude, lewd, and hilarious, dude. But they actually have depth to their personalities; they aren't just foul-mouthed cliches. You can tell the developers had a field day with this game, and it shows. If you've ever liked to tell someone what to do with their stinky cigar, and then actually see them do it, Conker's Bad Fur Day is for you.
I still love this game, and in the words of Conker and his buddies, if you don't, then just #%$& off!
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