Make fun: the art and the manner, lesson number 1. How to subtly laugh at your rivals while remaining a good child? These games have integrated it particularly well.
Rivalry in pop culture is nothing new. And inevitably, video games are no exception, especially since they have become a mass industry, brewing even more money than movies or music. If sometimes, these rivalries reveal a real insecurity on the part of actors who are nevertheless renowned in the field, they can also be particularly good-natured, as we will discover here. These games have indeed decided to blatantly laugh at their main competition, but in such a fun and good-natured way that it’s hard to blame them.
Duke Nukem Forever
Well, we know, Duke Nukem Forever is certainly not the best game of the decade. But there is one thing he does well: make fun of his competition. So, in Forever, Duke Nukem absolutely mocks all the other FPS licenses known to all video game enthusiasts: Halo, Gears of War, Half-Life, Dead Space, they all take it for their rank and it must be admitted how refreshing.
Donkey Kong Country 2
The 90s were unmistakably marked by the rivalry between Mario and Sonic (aka Nintendo and Sega). So necessarily, we are entitled to a little mockery in Donkey Kong Country 2, during a trophy ceremony, presenting a podium with Mario, Yoshi and Link. And if you look closely, below the podium, you see a pair of well-known shoes (Sonic) and an equally famous laser gun (that of Earthworm Jim), implying that these two characters from Sega are too late to appear on the podium.
The Witcher 2
When it comes to medieval games, The Witcher 2 didn’t have a lot of competition in 2011 (there was Skyrim the same year, though). But in the realm of third-person games, Assassin’s Creed games were certainly more of a direct competitor than Bethesda’s game. From where a small easter egg in The Witcher 2, where one sees an assassin of Assassin’s Creed crushed against the ground, with a small mention of Geralt: “they will thus never learn”.
Saint’s Row 4
As we know, Saint’s Row 4 is a festival of references, mockery and parodies of all kinds. But the one that struck us the most was the one about the Metal Gear Solid series. Indeed, these portions of infiltration of the game squarely take all the ingredients of Kojima’s games: a cry and a “WTF!” above the head of an enemy when he notices us, the possibility of hiding under a cardboard box, a villain who has a patch on his eye … In short, the references are obvious, and we are more about the tribute than the real mockery, but it’s nice to see anyway!
Left 4 Dead 2
If Dead Rising and Left 4 Dead are two licenses that feature zombies, they are very different from each other. But that didn’t stop Valve from making their usual little joke: in a building in Left 4 Dead 2, we can find a note from Frank West, the hero of Dead Rising, who says he has lost all hope of making it out alive in “this zombie franchise”.