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Video Thirst: Is Portal 2 The Funniest Game Ever Made?

by Joseph Garrett on April 30th, 2011, under Funny Stuff, Valve, Video Thirst

Comedy in a video game isn’t an easy thing to do. And I mean real comedy, not one liners cracked during cut-scences. To get the comedy timing right, when you don’t know what the player will be doing or where they will be looking is no small feat. So the fact that Valve managed to create a small group of characters that will keep you howling with laughter throughout, is a true testament to there game design, as well as the games brilliant writing.

The moments that I appreciated most, are when your actions are directly part of the humour. The constant eye contact from the robots and there spot on reactions to what you do, really brings everything to life, you feel like YOU are being talked to. I spent a good couple moments just hanging around the characters just to see what else they are going to say, and was rarely disappointed.

No other game has kept me laughing so consistently from start to Finnish. Some games can give you a cheap laugh through the occasional one off funny line, but portal 2 (in my eyes) has masted humour in an interactive game. So lets sit back and enjoy some of the games best bits. One the best new additions to the portal world is the one eyed babbling robot Wheatley. He is by your side from the very start and his presence is always with you throughout the game, even if he isn’t. He is instantly likeable and one of the players biggest source for laughs. I have therefore compiled a montage of some of Wheatley’s funniest moments.

SPOILER WARNING: This vide contains huge spoilers.

2 Comments

  1. Sun, 1st May 2011 at 4:01 am

    i dunno, i found GLaDOS funnier then wheatly.
    no though, definetly not the funniest game ever made.
    uncharted 2 was funnier, but i would not call that the funniest game ever made either.
    uncharted 2 was a classic though, i mean the hotel rooftop marco polo game.
    or the hey theres a hotel up there, chloe this is hardly the time for…… its easily the highest vantage point.
    oh, yea of course!
    or, is that a anchient tebetan ritual dagger down there or are you just happy to see me?
    hmmmm, shame you have to sit on something so sexy!
    the best one has to be at the end though where elana asks drake if hes scared of anything.
    clowns!
    clowns?
    hes not scared of zombies, anchient tebetan purple guardians who take a million bullets to kill.
    but hes scared of freaking clowns!?
    well, i guess drake will never be enjoying twisted metal.
    ;)
    i should send david my bill for a new keyboard, i spat coffee all over mine over his latest tweet!
    gotta love how that guy reacts to everything, i mean talk about blowing things out of proportion!

  2. Sun, 1st May 2011 at 6:50 am

    Ha! Yeah Twisted is a funny series. Portal 2 is def funny. Good points overall, Nick.

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