This is part 2 of our Deep Dive into the many weird games that have come out over the years. Video games allow for so much creativity, both in the writing and in the gameplay. It’s a young medium, and pretty much every aspect of it except the voice acting is still in flux.
There’s room to innovate and get weird in gameplay, in level design, in story, and in graphics. For each year, we identified the four weirdest games, and picked a winner.
Be sure to check out part 1, covering the years 2000-2008! In this installment, we’ll look at 2009-2016.
Release Year 2009
Weird Game of the Year – 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
Before 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand came out, we thought we were done with the “Hollywoodization” of games. The term was coined over 10 years ago to describe moviemakers getting involved with games, without really knowing what they were doing.
50 Cent isn’t a Hollywood moviemaker, of course, but the idea of a rap star funding a game is pretty out there. What makes Blood on the Sand stand out among several weird games that year is that it also starred him. Or rather, a fictionalized version of 50 Cent who travels to the Middle East to shoot his way to a coveted diamond-encrusted skull.
The weirdest thing? It wasn’t a bad game at all. Solid shooting.
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin – This makes the list for its ending, in which the protagonist becomes a ghost baby. Look it up.
Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad – Predating Bayonetta by a year, Onechanbara leaned hard on the idea that everyone wants to see girls in bikinis chop up zombies.
Noby Noby Boy – One of the weirdest games ever made, Noby Noby Boy only lost out because its weirdness is so self-aware and intentional. It’s more a piece of digital art than a game.