20 Of The Weirdest Video Game Glitches
Bugs and glitches are part-and-parcel of playing video games. Sometimes, a glitch can negatively alter the way you play the game – and no one wants that – but generally speaking, glitches are usually pretty harmless and won’t massively disrupt your gameplay. Often they’ll make you giggle at their sheer absurdity, and it can even be fun to actively seek out and engage with glitchy aspects of games. Who wouldn’t want to see a flying mammoth in Skyrim?
Here are a few of the straight-up weirdest glitches you’ll find while gaming.
20. Sky Face in Mount & Blade
Some glitches are barely noticeable, or will appear and be gone in an instant, hardly impacting your gaming experience at all.
That is decidedly not the case with the ‘sky face’ glitch in medieval RPG Mount & Blade.
Mount & Blade features one hilarious texture glitch which caused a giant face to appear in the sky.
It doesn’t seem as though anything in particular triggers this – you could just be riding along and look up to see a face staring down at you.
The glitch is evidently an error where the texture for the sky is accidentally swapped out with a random face texture.
It’s equal parts terrifying and hilarious and has got to be up there as one of the weirdest glitches of all time.
19. Half-body in Dead Space 2
Dead Space 2 – a gory horror game set in space – is creepy enough as it is, but there’s one glitch that takes the game’s innate spookiness to a whole other level.
One elevator-related glitch makes the main character, Isaac Clarke, appear with no torso and truncated legs.
Somehow, Isaac is still able to go about his day-to-day life despite missing the entire upper half of his body.
The glitch has another gross detail: you can hear realistic ‘meaty’ sounds emanate from Isaac’s half-body as he walks around.
If you stop and look, you’ll be able to see blood pouring out of his severed leg and pooling on the floor behind you. Nice.
But ultimately, this glitch is more amusing than it is disturbing – Isaac certainly doesn’t seem too bothered by the fact he’s missing half his body.
18. Demon babies in The Sims
The Sims franchise may be one of the most popular video games ever, but it’s fair to say that it’s also one of the worst for glitches.
Arguably, the freakiest recurring glitch is the one that makes babies look like literal demons.
This glitch can be triggered in many ways – it doesn’t seem like there’s any reliable way of activating it.
Sometimes, without knowing how you got there, you’ll randomly end up with your baby suddenly looking like the spawn of Lucifer.
This has got to be one of the weirdest game glitches of all time, given the infinite ways in which it can manifest.
Out of the blue, your baby could suddenly appear with eyes on stalks; freakishly long fingers; or a mangled face. Or if you’re lucky, all three!
17. Giant goalkeeper in Volta
Reports of giant goalkeepers on Volta, the five-a-side mode on FIFA 20, began to pop up on social media soon after FIFA 20 was launched in September 2019.
Players would usually run into this giant keeper when challenging other players to an online match.
Naturally, his unusual size would block much of the goal, making it tricky – and sometimes literally impossible – to score.
It’s kind of annoying to not really be able to score, but some Volta fans actively sought out the giant keeper when it became apparent it was a thing.
It’s pretty amusing to see once you do stumble across him, and worth enduring the frustration of not being able to play properly.
The bug has since been fixed so you won’t be able to see any huge goalies if you’re playing FIFA 21, unfortunately.
16. Animal people in Red Dead Redemption
This glitch is bizarre. Shortly after the release of Red Dead Redemption in 2010, people started reporting seeing ‘animals’ that looked like people.
These hybrids included a pig man, a cougar man and, perhaps most famously, bird people that flapped their arms like wings.
To this day, nobody knows what caused this crazy glitch which caused these animal-human hybrids.
Unfortunately, it’s pretty difficult to find this glitch now, as it was patched in an early update.
Red Dead Redemption 2 features an Easter egg in reference to this funny glitch in the form of the ‘Donkey Lady.’
You can find the remains of the Donkey Lady tied to a mill in Cholla Springs.
15. MissingNo in Pokémon Red & Blue
It was fairly straightforward to encounter MissingNo. on Pokémon Red & Blue, if counterintuitive. First, you’d watch an in-game tutorial for Pokémon capture in Viridian City.
Then, you’d use a Pokémon with the ‘Fly’ move to travel over to Cinnabar Island.
Finally, you would use a Pokémon with the ‘Surf’ move to travel up and down the eastern shore of the island until you trigger an encounter with a wild Pokémon.
If you completed these steps with the correct timings, you’d be guaranteed a showdown with the infamous ‘MissingNo.’ Pokémon glitch.
MissingNo. is short for ‘Missing Number’ and isn’t a real Pokémon – it is just a glitch, not a bona fide, uber-rare creature.
While a handful of players reported that the glitch totally corrupted their game, most have found MissingNo. to be harmless.
14. Flying cars in Grand Theft Auto IV
Also known as the ‘car-cannon glitch’, this crazy glitch happens when players drive at speed into any one of the swing sets located throughout Liberty City.
After a few seconds, you’ll find your car catapulted into the air and flung across the city.
The landing will often propel players through the windshield of their car like a human cannonball – and, yes, you will die as a result.
However, sometimes you’ll make it through the ordeal alive – and the cars themselves usually escape unscathed and remain drivable in spite of being launched through the sky.
You can lessen the chances of dying by carefully choosing which swing set you use – the northernmost set is the best one to use as the southernmost one will almost always be thrown into an apartment block.
All-in-all, a pretty fun and harmless glitch to try out – especially if you find yourself in a spot of bother and quickly need to ditch the cops!
13. Flying mammoths in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Back when Skyrim was first released, it was possible to occasionally spot a huge creature floating in the sky.
While you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a massive bird or even a dragon, it turns out that this flying beast was actually a mammoth.
These flying mammoths could actually hugely benefit players, as when they’d eventually fall from the sky and perish you could loot their ivory and meat.
The material benefits aside, it was also a nice surprise just to stumble across a funny floating mammoth every once in a while.
Some users have even reported that if a dragon comes into contact with a floating mammoth, the mammoth will fly around on the dragon’s back.
Some have also found that the glitch can come in handy when you’re struggling in a fight against the tusked beasts!
12. Faceless people in Assassin’s Creed: Unity
Assassin’s Creed: Unity had its fair share of glitches at launch, but by far the most widespread glitch is one that involved characters’ faces.
The glitch would seriously mess up certain characters’ appearances, with some seeming to have nothing but eyeballs and mouths where their faces should be.
The game, usually so proud of its attention to detail in the name of historical accuracy, is set at the time of the French Revolution.
But it’s fair to say that people in 18th century France did not look like that.
Keza Macdonald, then-editor of video game website Kotaku, said of the glitches: “The fact that after Unity came out, the conversation has been almost entirely about how many bugs it’s got and how broken it is in certain areas, is really, really damaging for the company.”
The glitch was so bad that Ubisoft even apologised for it – but we think it’s pretty funny anyway.
11. Tiny Christian Kirksey in Madden NFL 15
If you’ve played the 2015 edition of Madden NFL, you might have noticed something odd about the game’s portrayal of Christian Kirksey, the linebacker for the Cleveland Browns.
For some reason, the 6’2”, 235-pound player was reduced to the size of a scrawny cat in the game.
The developers embraced the ‘Tiny Titan’ glitch – as did Kirksey himself. “I just immediately started laughing,” he said in a 2014 radio interview.
“It’s pretty funny, and my friends all joked around with me. They said that’s one way to get your face out there – is to be one foot tall.”
Kirksey said the thing he found funniest was the fact that his character had to jump several feet to high-five other in-game players.
As the Tiny Titan still had the power of a full-sized player, his diminutive stature didn’t really impact gameplay, and so developers decided not to even bother fixing the glitch.
10. Worm people in Battlefield 3
The Battlefield series is renowned for playing host to a number of bugs and glitches.
While these flaws have ultimately damaged the brand’s reputation, some of them added a certain charm to the shooter series.
One of the strangest glitches in the beta version of Battlefield 3 has to be the game’s notorious ‘worm people.’
The glitch would occur when players triggered the crawl animation – causing in-game soldiers to transform into grotesque human worms.
These worm-people would also bizarrely fire their weapons using their legs or feet instead of their hands.
The developers did patch the bug and resolve the glitch – which is a shame, considering this is probably one of the funniest glitches out there.
9. Aggressive Gandhi in Civilization
The first Civilization video game featured an ‘aggression level’ for each AI leader, ranging between 1 and 255.
The idea was that each leader had a default level of aggression towards the player at the beginning of the game, but the player’s actions could either negatively or positively change the leaders’ aggression levels.
Gandhi makes an appearance in the game, and, as one would expect, game developers gave the pacifist leader a baseline aggression level of 1.
However, they didn’t consider what would happen if a player tried to make Gandhi less aggressive.
As less than 1 results in a negative value, if you try to make Gandhi less aggressive, his aggression level will actually roll over to 255 – the highest aggression level in the game.
As a nod to this original glitch, other incarnations of Gandhi in the sequels to Civilization will also jump at the chance to nuke you.
8. Scaling walls with a trash can in Fallout 4
Fallout 4 offers a unique set of armour called ‘Freefall Legs’ which allows the player to never take damage as a result of falling.
You can find the Freefall Legs in a safe in a small room at the top of the Mass Fusion building – the tallest building in the game.
You can get to the top of the building by using a jetpack – or, alternatively, you can exploit a funny glitch which allows you to climb the building’s walls using a simple trash can.
If you pick up a trash can and stand with your back against the building’s wall, you’ll be able to magically scale up the wall.
You’ll have to be careful, though, as it’s easy to bash into things which will ‘deactivate’ the glitch and cause you to plummet to the ground.
But once you reach the top room you’ll be free to collect the Freefall Legs from the safe and jump back down the building without sustaining any damage.
7. Land sharks in Crysis
Crysis is a classic shooter game which sees you do battle with aliens on a remote island.
To stop players swimming off the edge of the game, deadly sharks will attack your character if you try to swim out too far.
These sharks are also incredibly glitchy – any attempt to engage them while you’re on land will trigger one particularly funny glitch.
The sharks will then approach the shore before lunging onto the beach and chasing you as if you were in the water.
They’re just as good at flying as they are at swimming so you’ll have to be agile to escape their snapping jaws.
Sometimes – terrifyingly – they’ll attack in a big group. Good luck to you if you ever come up against a swarm of land sharks.
6. Black hole in Super Smash Bros Melee
It’s a little complicated to trigger the black hole glitch in Super Smash Bros Melee, but it’s worth it. In order to see this glitch, get three friends to play as Peach, Fox, Falco, and one other character. Make sure the fourth character is teamed up with Fox or Falco and that friendly fire is turned off.
Go to the Temple and have Fox and Falco stand opposite each other. Get Peach to stand below, with the fourth character standing beside their partner with a Super Scope.
Using the Super Scope, fire 15 regular shots and two fully-charged shots, before charging it again. Have someone hit you from behind without firing and you’ll now have infinite ammo.
Fire the Super Scope non-stop while Fox and Falco use their reflector shields to bounce the blasts back and forth.
Get Peach to jump into the blast stream multiple times until a line of ‘clang bubbles’ appears. When this happens, stop firing the Super Scope.
Get Peach to toss around 10 to 15 vegetables into the stream of clang bubbles before gently pushing Falco off his ledge. And there you have it – a ‘black hole’ of projectiles that won’t despawn. If any character besides Peach touches it, they’ll immediately suffer 999% damage.
5. Relm’s sketch glitch in Final Fantasy III
Relm’s sketch glitch is arguably the wildest glitch in the classic SNES game Final Fantasy III.
The glitch happens when Relm’s ‘sketch’ ability misses its target. This, in turn, results in a programming error.
The effects of the error are wide-ranging, from simple freezes to total data erasure – so this isn’t something you want to try without planning.
Some players have figured out how to control the volatile glitch and use the bug for material gain.
For example, some have found that the glitch can result in your inventory filling up with Dirks and Gem Boxes.
Some have even managed to use the glitch to acquire infinite Illuminas, Economizers, or other high-value equipment.
4. Swordless Link in The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is notoriously glitchy, but perhaps the most famous glitch of them all is the Swordless Link glitch.
The glitch is easiest to encounter in v1.0 of the game. In the final battle with Ganon, save and quit the game once he knocks the Master Sword out of your hand.
An alternate (and more complicated) method requires Link to play the Sun’s Song to move time and restart the cutscene showing Ganon knocking away the Master Sword.
This causes the sword to be unequipped in Link’s inventory, and once you save and reset, Link will once again appear swordless.
This glitch in and of itself doesn’t make much of a difference to gameplay, but it’s a gateway to performing several other gamebreaking sequences.
Triggering Swordless Link will also allow Link to float through the air and add purple mist to Lon Lon Ranch.
3. The door glitch in GoldenEye 64
GoldenEye 64 had a fair few glitches, but the ‘door glitch’ is without a doubt one of the weirdest ones in the game.
If you shoot an NPC while they’re standing in a doorway, they’ll die as the door shuts, resulting in a glitchy and protracted death.
They’ll twitch around while appearing to be literally stuck in the middle of the door – not the most dignified way to go.
Shooting at the unlucky NPC again will just make them twitch and spasm around even more.
After a prolonged and humiliating death sequence, they’ll eventually collapse in a twisted, physics-defying pile.
If you’re feeling sadistic and want to watch NPCs suffer (and get stuck in a door), this is the glitch for you.
2. Creepy Dr Watson in Sherlock Holmes Nemesis
While there’s a lot to be said for outlandish, physics-bending glitches, more subtle and disturbing glitches can be just as interesting too.
Sherlock Holmes Nemesis, a 2007 PC game, featured an incredibly creepy glitch involving Dr Watson.
At certain points in the game, Dr Watson will follow you around – and sometimes, he will really go above and beyond to stay by your side.
It seems Holmes’ plucky sidekick is capable of teleportation, as he’ll often suddenly appear in front of you.
This glitch quickly gained notoriety. A YouTube video showcasing the glitch went viral and amassed over 3 million views.
The glitch became so well-known that the game’s developers went on to issue an April Fool’s Day demo for the game’s sequel titled ‘Creepy Watson: The Return.’
1. Shouting “Shaun” in Heavy Rain
At the beginning of Heavy Rain, the main character loses his son in a shopping mall.
For the next few minutes you can control him as he frantically looks around for his son, and pressing X will make him shout his son’s name: Shaun.
There’s a glitch where this ability to shout “Shaun” continues, even past the scene in the shopping mall.
Jarringly, you can still do this towards the end of the game, even as events take a dark turn.
The glitch results in players being able to hysterically shout “Shaun” during a touching scene in which you rescue Shaun and face up to his would-be killer.
While we don’t think the game’s developers intended these closing scenes to be funny, the ability to randomly shout “Shaun” certainly does add a comical touch to the game’s climax.