10 Funniest Button Prompts In Video Games

Just about every video game involves pushing buttons in some capacity, but if a sequence calls for something beyond the normal controls, games will usually give players a prompt to push a specific button to accomplish a specific action.

Everyone remembers the likes of "Press X to pay respects" or the infamous boulder punching from Resident Evil 5, and now that LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has dedicated a button to breaking protocol droids in half, it is time to reflect on some other hilariously strange button prompts from video games.

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Extend Arm, Asura's Wrath

Gameplay from Asura's Wrath

Asura's Wrath is an absolute chaotic power trip of a game. The game centers on the titular demigod Asura as he enacts vengeance upon the other demigods who wronged him and kidnapped his daughter. After some incredible action set-pieces, Asura finally comes face to face with villain Chakravartin.

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After Asura has proven his capabilities, Chakravartin will stop the battle and offer Asura a deal. Asura can rule the planet and have his daughter back. Chakravartin extends his arm in peace, and players are given a prompt to do the same. When pressed however, Asura decides to extend his arm a little further and a lot faster, straight into Chakravartin's face.

Honk, Untitled Goose Game

Geese in Untitled Goose Game

With video games allowing players to take control of everything from super soldiers to demon hunters, a regular goose was likely not the obvious choice for a playable character. Geese can do about three things in real life, fly, honk, and incite mayhem. Untitled Goose Game allowed players to do two of these three.

While terrorizing the small English village where the game takes place, players are given a dedicated button to honk on command. This can be used to help complete objectives at times, or it can simply be a fun way to mess with the human characters. Untitled Goose Game is certainly unique, but it is also very entertaining.

Doubt, L.A. Noire

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An image that many people who have never played the detective thriller L.A. Noire have likely seen, "Press X to Doubt" has become a famous meme online. A large part of L.A. Noire revolves around interrogating suspects, to which players can respond with a variety of emotions.

While interrogating suspects, protagonist Cole Phelps can respond to their statements with the options "truth", "doubt", or "lie". It is the middle one that has become something of a meme, as the image of Cole sitting there blank-faced with the prompt "doubt" by his head is an amusing and versatile image. Sadly, the prompts were reworded in the remaster, so "doubt" is no longer an option.

Shut Starscream up, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Megatron prepares to blast Starscream in Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

There are several great prompts in Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, including "struggle", "awaken", and "destroy Megatron", but the funniest involves Deception turncoat Starscream. After Megatron is very unceremoniously and definitively dispatched early in the game, Starscream proclaims himself the new leader of the Decepticons.

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Needless to say, when Megatron is miraculously rebuilt by Soundwave, he is not too happy about the new regime and goes to dethrone Starscream personally. When the two finally meet, players are given a button prompt to "shut Starscream up". When pressed, Megatron transforms into tank form, and gives the usurper a satisfying energon blast to the chest. Players can even silence Starscream again later as Grimlock.

JASON!, Heavy Rain

Ethan Mars searches for Jason in Heavy Rain

The video game that launched a thousand memes, the infamous "Press X to Jason" section in Heavy Rain has been a point of ridicule since the game's release. While playing as one of the protagonists, Ethan Mars, players must find his son Jason in a crowded mall.

To accomplish this, the game gives players a prompt to continuously shout Jason's name at the top of their lungs. This would be understandable in an actual situation, but since there are only three recordings of the line, and players can hit the button as much as they want, it quickly veers almost into self-parody territory. Even better, players can do it again with Ethan's other son Shaun.

Say "Apple", Portal 2

Wheatley asks Chell to say "apple" in Portal 2's prologue

Portal 2 is an incredibly smart game both in its puzzles and in its witty writing. Its characters are endearing and it contains several unforgettable video game quotes. The game makes its clever sense of humor very apparent almost from the very beginning, introducing characters to the off-kilter robot Wheatley.

When the game begins, Wheatley wakes protagonist Chell up after a very long slumber. Fearing that she might have some brain damage, he asks her to talk to make sure she is still cognizant. Players are told to press the jump button to talk, but instead of talking, they jump. Wheatley gives it a second go and tells them to say "apple", and the exact same thing happens. Not only is it an amusing exchange, it also teaches players how to jump.

LNENY, Red Dead Redemption 2

Arthur and Lenny line dance while drunk in Red Dead Redemption 2

Heavy Rain is not the only game that gave players a button to shout someone's name at will, but at least Red Dead Redemption 2's was intentionally funny. During a now famous level, Arthur is told to take fellow gang member Lenny into town to calm his nerves.

Before long, Red Dead 2's best duo have consumed more than a few drinks and are separated. As Arthur roams the saloon looking for his friend, players can press a button to shout his name. What makes this hilarious is that the further the mission progresses, the more distorted Arthur's yelling and the button prompt get, with both almost unintelligible by the end.

Spank, God Hand

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God Hand was a high-octane beat 'em up for the PlayStation 2 that has gone to become somewhat of a cult classic. Part of this is due to its unique combat, and part of it is due to God Hand being an absolutely outlandish game.

There are a variety of punishing moves that players can unleash on foes once they have stunned, but the strangest has to be spanking. After grabbing an enemy, protagonist Gene will bend them over his knee, and players are given the prompt to mash the attack button to spank them repeatedly before delivering an almighty slap that sends them flying. Not many other games would be bold enough to have this as an attack.

Throw Baby in the Oven, The Witcher 3

Geralt is told to throw a baby in an oven in the Witcher 3

Witcher protagonist Geralt likely spends much more of his time fighting legendary monsters than caring for children, but even he likely knows what is and isn't safe for them. During one of the best side quests in The Witcher 3, he is tasked with a rather unpleasant choice.

To draw out a monster called a Hym, Geralt must make it think he has done something horrible. Geralt is given a baby and given a very short window to toss it in an oven before people come to save it. If players do what the prompt says, the baby will be saved through another opening in the oven, but since this is not mentioned before, many players were likely taken aback at this prompt.

B**** Slap, Deadpool

Gameplay from the Deadpool video game for PlayStation 4

Any game based on Marvel's famously irreverent anti-hero Deadpool is going to be filled with crude jokes and meta humor, and 2013's Deadpool did not disappoint. The game is full of bizarre prompts like using a toilet or escaping an exposition dump in particularly violent fashion, but there is one clear standout.

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After crashing the X-Men's jet, Deadpool attempts to wake up an unconscious Wolverine. In doing so, players are given the two prompts of "press X to b**** slap", or "B to be a quitter". With two hilarious prompts in one, players are not only allowed to smack Wolverine to their heart's content, they are even made fun of for stopping.

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2022-08-14T22:00:07.000Z

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