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Sometimes, life is too stressful for a serious shooting or role-playing game. After a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is get frustrated by a video game.
Instead, you’ll have a lot more fun with a lighthearted gaming session. Turn to these hilarious video games to get some quick comic relief.
1. Saints Row IV
Saints Row IV takes the limits off of gaming. Not only do you get to create your own character, but you also get to use super strength, speed, and jumping powers to fend off aliens.
One of the funniest parts about this game (besides the outrageous happenings) are the weapons themselves. You can use a dubstep gun, a poop launcher, a cannon that uses people as ammo, along with a whole host of wacky and raunchy guns.
2. Grand Theft Auto V
You can always count on Grand Theft Auto (GTA) games to have some hilarious dark humor, and GTA V doesn’t disappoint. GTA V follows three different characters: Franklin, Michael and Trevor, and their adventures in Los Santos, a fictional town based on Los Angeles.
Throughout the game, you’ll encounter comedic missions—like the one that involves infiltrating the Facebook-esque headquarters, called “Lifeinvader”—along with plenty of oddball dialogue and NPCs.
3. Borderlands 2
Some gamers might think the humor in Borderlands 3 beats Borderlands 2, but I disagree. Borderlands 2 has some of the best comedic writing in all of video games.
From the side quest that requires you to shoot a bandit named Face McShooty, to another short mission that tasks you with delivering a cringe-worthy love note, the twisted humor in Borderlands 2 definitely stands out from its successor.
4. Job Simulator
If you have a VR system, you’ll definitely want to play Job Simulator. Don’t worry, it won’t make you feel like you’re going back to work—in fact, it might even help you take out some of your frustrations with your job.
Job Simulator takes you to a future where robots have taken over all human jobs. This game allows you to experience what it was like to hold a job as an office worker, mechanic, cashier, and chef in the most hilarious way possible.
5. Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a father who’s also an octopus? Octodad: Dadliest Catch lets you experience the challenges associated with having eight arms. As you attempt to use the intricate controls to move each one of his arms, you’ll definitely encounter some silly moments.
6. Garry’s Mod
Garry’s Mod is a physics-based sandbox game that pretty much allows you to do anything you want. You can spawn random objects, attach them together, and build your own strange gadgets and gizmos.
Users constantly create mods for this game, so you can always expect something new. If you ever want a more guided game, you can play one of the many game modes—become a detective in Trouble in Terrorist Town, or play a game of hide-and-seek in Prop Hunt.
7. Human: Fall Flat
Human: Fall Flat is another physics-based game that involves plenty of unique and challenging puzzles. You play as a blob-like human, Bob, who doesn’t have the greatest coordination. That means you need to use complex controls to move Bob’s arms and legs.
As you solve puzzles, you can expect Bob to clumsily flop and wobble his way around the map. Make sure to take advantage of multiplayer mode—it’s way more fun to play with a friend!
8. Soda Drinker Pro
Soda Drinker Pro is one of those games that you can’t fully understand unless you play it. While this game isn’t blatantly funny, it’s just extremely bizarre.
The game is described as a first-person soda-drinking experience—it lets you explore strange environments all while enjoying a refreshing cup of soda.
9. My Friend Pedro
My Friend Pedro may look like a serious side-scrolling shooter, however it centers around a hilarious storyline. If you’re familiar with the flash game My Friend Pedro, then you’ll already know what I’m talking about.
Your friend Pedro isn’t a human, he’s actually a talking banana. He asks you to kill people, and because you’re his friend, you listen. As a result, you go out on the streets to cause chaos and destruction in a very stylish manner.
10. WarioWare: Smooth Moves
WarioWare: Smooth Moves consists of a series of quirky minigames that you can play with your friends. This game was released for the Wii in 2006, but it still holds a place as one of the best party games (at least in my opinion).
WarioWare will give you and your friends endless laughs. It challenges you to pluck nose hairs, fill cavities, swat flies, and much more.
11. Katamari Damacy
Katamari Damacy was originally a game for the PlayStation 2, but it has since been remastered. In this quirky game, you play as a prince who must work to reconstruct the stars and the moon.
The only way to accomplish this enormous feat is to use a katamari—a sticky ball that picks up everything it rolls over. You’ll use this ball to gather various objects (and people) to make it big enough to become a star.
Game Hard, Laugh Harder
Serious games are overrated. Comedy is hard to find in video games, and these games prove that funny gaming moments do exist. The next time you’re feeling down, one of the above games can definitely cheer you up.
For more hilarious games, check out the Jackbox party packs that are fun to play as a group.