10 Weirdest Video Game Levels We Can't Stop Thinking About

No one will be able to unsee Sam Lake dancing in Alan Wake 2's outrageous musical number.

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Video game developers have treated players to a delightful smorgasbord of exciting and memorable levels over the years. From action-packed set-pieces of GTA V’s heists, the taut tension of Modern Warfare’s All Ghillied Up, and the epic boss fights of the Dark Souls series, there are some gaming moments that players will be talking about for decades to come.

Alongside these blockbuster moments, there are likewise some incredibly strange and bizarre gaming levels out there that are impossible to stop thinking about after playing.

The best of these kinds of levels come into existence when developers go all-out with their creativity to come up with some of the most unique concepts that have been seen in games. These can range from wonderfully silly encounters which inject some humour into more serious games to experimental moments which push the boundaries of what a video game can be.

While it’s possible for these ideas to fall flat at times, these madcap strokes of genius can become some of the most interesting and inventive additions to already amazing games when done right.

Whether these be bombastic musical numbers or downright surreal moments, these levels are as spectacular as they are seriously weird.

10. A Pleasant Day - Saints Row IV (2013)

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In a series where spraying pedestrians with sewage and committing insurance fraud is just a normal part of daily life for the leader of The Third Street Saints, the Saints Row games are littered with some of the craziest things that players can do. But it’s the fourth game where players were treated to the franchise’s weirdest mission to date, and that’s A Pleasant Day.

Early in the game, after the Saints’ leader becomes the President of the United States, an invading alien force arrive on Earth and kidnap the protagonist alongside their companions. It’s at this point where the bizarre level begins, opening with the leader waking up in a ‘50s-flavoured sitcom titled Leave It To The Saints, complete with jaunty music and a laugh track.

The mission tasks players with making their way downstairs to eat some pancakes and retrieve the morning paper before venturing outside to meet the folksy locals. Everything’s incredibly wholesome to this point. It’s the opposite of what players expect from a Saints Row game, and that’s why it’s so brilliant.

Concluding with a classic Saints Row rampage, this level stands out as being one of the most creatively silly levels from the series’ most outlandish entry.

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