Most of the time, video game developers do everything they can to make you forget that you’re playing a video game. They put forth an absurd amount of effort attempting to create a deep sense of immersion that brings you deep into the game’s world.
Some games, on the other hand, throw all that out the window and break the fourth wall in hilarious and entertaining ways. Today we’re going to look at seven of the best fourth wall breaking moments in the history of video games. You’ll know you’re playing a game, but you’ll enjoy these moments so much you won’t care about immersion at all!
7. Deadpool: The Whole Game
Deadpool is known for breaking the fourth wall. Whether you’re watching his films, reading his comics, or playing his video game, he spends just as much time talking to you, the viewer, as he does to the other characters in the game. There isn’t really any particular moment that stands out, but the whole game has enjoyable fourth wall breaking moments that’ll make you laugh.
6. Flowey Knows What You Did
Undertale is a game that’s built around subverting your expectations, and Flowey really rounds out the mentality of the game. Flowey remembers everything you did throughout the game and it’s not afraid to use that information against you. The fight makes you really contemplate your actions, which is what Undertale is all about.
5. X-Men Makes You Hit Reset
In the days before memory cards, X-Men on the SEGA Genesis made players reset their game right after a boss fight. The idea of doing this was utterly terrifying because you could lose your progress if what the game asked you to do didn’t work. This is one of the older examples of games breaking the fourth wall, and it’s done quite well within the X-Men universe.
4. Eternal Darkness Deletes Saved Games
Game: Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
A video game threatening to delete your saves? It’s hard to think of something scarier. Eternal Darkness did exactly that, and it scared players the world over into thinking they were about to lose their precious progress. All those hours, gone. Thankfully, it didn’t actually delete the save file, but it definitely brought out an intense feeling of fear in players at the time. The internet wasn’t nearly as prevalent, so it wasn’t as simple as just going to Google and finding out what was happening. Players had to figure it out on their own.
3. Scarecrow’s Messing With Your Head
Game: Batman: Arkham Asylum
At first, this seemed like a pretty generic attempt to mess with the player, but without spoiling it, I will say that it goes to some pretty interesting places. While the characters in the world are suffering from Scarecrow’s madness, the way it alters Batman’s mental state is shown to the players in way that really makes it feel like you’re going nuts.
2. Colonel Campbell Loses It
Game: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed this scene in Metal Gear Solid 2. Every crazy codex call from the Colonel had me giddy with joy, wondering what ridiculous thing he was going to say next. But when he told me to turn off the game, I knew this was a moment to remember.
1. How Does Psycho Mantis Know?
Game: Metal Gear Solid
When Psycho Mantis is able to read your mind in the first Metal Gear Solid game, every gamer in the world had their minds blown. Of course, he was only reading your console’s memory card, but that didn’t make it any less awesome. When you mix it with what you had to actually do to beat the fight, this is easily the best fourth wall breaking moment in video game history.