Fun games that don't take themselves too seriously

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#1 Edited by afrihan (125 posts) -

I'm a little burned out of grimdark/heavy story games, since that's all I've been playing lately. I've played through the likes of Bioshock trilogy, the last 3 Tomb Raider games, The Last of Us, Uncharted series, Assassin's Creed games until Black Flag, Alan Wake, Far Cry 3 and 4 (havent's started Far Cry 5 yet), Mass Effect until the third one, All Batman Arkham games.

I want to switch to games that are more fun than "deep", maybe more lighthearted or with an arcade-feel to them, but that are still good and challenging without relying too much on serious narrative.

Platforms: Pc, Ps3, 360, DS, 3DS, Ps Vita

edit: forgot I still have my WII and Wii U.

Genres: anything but sports and strategy

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#2 Posted by Blazepanzer24 (140 posts) -

Game Dev Tycoon (PC) comes to mind.

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#3 Posted by Metroid_Other_M (437 posts) -

Just Cause 2

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#4 Edited by Sushiglutton (7119 posts) -

Have you played Guacamelee 1 and 2? Sooo fun to play. There are other great metroidvanias like Ori and the blind forest, Strider etc.

There are many shooters that fits the bill: Doom 2016 (and the brutal Doom mod), Bulletstorm, Vanquish etc.

DmC: Devil May Cry, Bayonetta, God Of War 3.

I'd recommend to get the ones you can on PC, because some of them (Bayonetta) plays like crap on Ps3.

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#5 Posted by xantufrog (11017 posts) -

Buggy on PC, but Psychonauts is good clean fun.

In that vein, an absurd adventure: Grim Fandango. Or Day of the Tentacle.

Ratchet and Clank.

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#6 Edited by freedomfreak (51055 posts) -

Earth Defense Force 2017 (or 2025) for Xbox360.

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#7 Posted by uninspiredcup (32191 posts) -

Rayman Origins/Legends

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#8 Posted by Vatusus (9271 posts) -

Any suda51 game, pretty much

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#9 Posted by sakaiXx (5161 posts) -

+1 for earth defence force. Great game, those aliens/bugs needs to be destroyed.

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#10 Posted by aia89 (2818 posts) -

Out of those I tried:


  • Saints Row: The Third
  • Saints Row IV
  • Bully: The Scolarship Edition
  • Sonic & All-stars racing Transformed
  • Sonic Mania
  • Crazy Taxi
  • South Park; The Fractured But Whole.
  • Katamari Damacy Reroll
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Bayonetta
  • Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition
  • Enslaved
  • Vanquish
  • Yakuza 0
  • Sleeping Dogs


  • New Super Mario Bros DS
  • Henry Hatsworth DS
  • Mario Kart DS
  • Wario: The Master of Disguise DS
  • Wario Ware Touched!
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story


  • Metroid: Samus Returns
  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • Super Mario Bros 2
  • Luigi's Mansion
  • Luigi's Mansion 2
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
  • Mario Kart 7
  • Kirby: Planet Robobot
  • Kirby Triple Deluxe
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns: 3D

PS Vita:

  • Crash Bandicoot (PSN)
  • Crash Bandicoot 2 (PSN)
  • Crash Bandicoot 3 (PSN)
  • Crash Team Racing (PSN)
  • Spyro 1 (PSN)
  • Spyro 2 (PSN)
  • Spyro 3 (PSN)


  • Super Mario Galaxy 1 - 2
  • New Super Mario
  • Super Paper Mario
  • Mario Kart Wii
  • Boom Blox
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns
  • Mario Strikers Charged
  • Wario Ware Smooth Moves
  • Punch Out Wii
  • Wario Land The Shake Dimension Wii

Wii U:

  • New Super Mario Bros U
  • New Super Luigi U
  • Super Mario 3D World
  • Bayonetta 2
  • Mario Kart 8
  • Rayman Legends

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#11 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (25225 posts) -

The Ur-Quan Masters aka the free, reworked version of Star Control 2 (1992). It's like a point & click adventure game with arcade spaceship battles. See my sig (3rd game, right side).

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#12 Posted by mrbojangles25 (43558 posts) -

You should play Spec Ops: The Lin---no, just kidding. Way too serious.

  • If you want a fun, good, not-serious game you need look no further than Brutal Legend. It's Grimdark....humor. Dark humor :P Basically Jack Black voices the main character who goes to this fantasy world full of heavy metal stereotypes, where all the allies and enemies are voiced by metal legends. Amazing game that has aged well.
  • Bulletstorm was pretty fun and goofy and over the top for a shooter.
  • Divinity: Original Sin 1/2 are not only some of the best RPG's ever, but they are quite humorous. I recommend taking the "animal friend" perk not only because animals know a lot of things in the game ,but also because they are hilarious.
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is another goofy shooter with an 80's action movie vibe. I actually thought it was more fun than the base Far Cry 3. Voiced by Michael Beihn (of Terminator), it's full of jokes, one liners, fun references, and just great.
  • Gunpoint is a fun 2D game with funny bits to it.
  • If you like XCOM and base management games, but don't want the whole "AHHH THE WORLD IS ENDING" kind of deal, Halcyon 6 is a pretty fun!
  • Hitman 1/2 has some pretty amusing methods of killing people, plus it never takes itself too serious. I mean it can be serious, but the corny voice acting plus the characters themselves and how you can eliminate them, is pretty great.

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#13 Posted by MonsieurX (38900 posts) -

Shadow Warrior 2

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#14 Posted by Shewgenja (21139 posts) -

Earth Defense Force would be high on that list.

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#15 Posted by robert_sparkes (2786 posts) -

Stranglehold was a fun game.

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#16 Posted by Mitazaki (1501 posts) -

The Messenger on either PC or Switch

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#17 Posted by pitty8982 (1056 posts) -

On Pc I can suggest the following:

Rayman Origins and Legends

Sonic Mania

Sonic Generations

Sonic All Stars racing

Okami HD

River City Ransom

Rocket League

Sunset Overdrive



Pang Adventures

Metal Slug collection


Road Redemption


Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Freedom Force

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#18 Posted by bandicoot89 (435 posts) -

Donut County

Overcooked 1 & 2


Crazy Taxi

Jet Set Radio

Simpsons Hit 'n Run


Alien Hominid


Lollipop Chainsaw

Crash Bandicoot Trilogy

Katamary Damaci Reroll

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#19 Edited by nepu7supastar7 (5014 posts) -


If you like Ps Vita, you should try to get into the Hyperdimension Neptunia series. The Vita has tons of them and not all are rpg. Also there's Y's VIII and Hatsune Miku, which is a fun rhythm game. The Vita is an awesome anime game machine. The majority of those games are light hearted and silly.

For the big consoles, Spyro Reignited and Crash N Sane Trilogy are great too. Fun pick up and play! There's also the almighty Kingdom Hearts.

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#20 Posted by PAL360 (29518 posts) -

Dead Cells


Axiom Verge



Look at indies. You will find hundreds of plug and have fun games ;)

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#21 Posted by sleepnsurf (3120 posts) -

Serious Sam

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#22 Posted by quatoe (7231 posts) -

Crazy Taxi is up there as one of the best "just fun" games I can think of. Stardew Valley as well. Fucking love Stardew.

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#23 Posted by Yams1980 (3371 posts) -

Saints Row 3-4, Sunset Overdrive, Katamari series, Broforce, Earth Defense Force

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#24 Posted by italygamer (665 posts) -

Sonic Mania, Splatoon, Sunset Overdrive

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#25 Posted by pitty8982 (1056 posts) -
  • De Blob 1&2
  • World of Goo
  • Kororinpa
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy
  • Metroid Other M
  • Guacamelee
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#26 Posted by TheEroica (18358 posts) -

@Mitazaki: +1

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#27 Posted by DocSanchez (5154 posts) -

Can't beat the old SNK games for that. You can get them on all those platforms now. Metal Slug Anthology on your PS4. goes cheap in a sale.

Also, and I use every opportunity to pimp this game and make no apologies: Outrun 2.

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#28 Edited by Jackamomo (2157 posts) -

Assault Android Cactus: Twin stick shooter.

Defence Grid: The Awakening: Tower defence.

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#29 Posted by Archangel3371 (27357 posts) -

God Hand on the PS2 was hilariously awesome. Something more recent would be Bulletstorm.

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#30 Posted by XVision84 (15598 posts) -

Yakuza 0. I'm playing it now and the game is really funny. Doesn't take itself seriously at all.