Sons of the Forest is the funniest videogame on the internet right now

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(Image credit: Endnight Games)

It dawned on me this week, just moments after gnawing on the crispy arm of a guy that tried to kill me, that Sons of the Forest, the hardcore survival sim that's currently dominating Steam, is a deeply funny game. Not so much because of the cannibalism part (though I did chuckle the first time I barbequed a human limb for all of 12 seconds and then ate it whole), but because I then turned around to find my faithful but bumbling NPC companion Kelvin ankle deep in a pond, staring blankly at the water. He'd been trying to yank fish out of the pond with his bare hands, something I had asked him to do about 15 minutes earlier and then swiftly forgotten.

I felt bad, because Kelvin was clearly so desperate to please me that he wouldn't let his lack of a fishing pole, hooks, bait, or functioning fish trap stop him from completing my arbitrary chore. I was on my way to give him a well-deserved pat on the back when I tripped over a fish. No, not a fish. It was 13 fish. A baker's dozen of trout haphazardly piled behind Kelvin, who presumably didn't have time to organize them because he'd just hoisted another from the water. Kelvin is a god of fishing! Of course he is! This game is so dumb. I'm into it.

I'm not the only one having a laugh with Kelvin. He's become everyone's favorite, bestest boy. I wouldn't want to survive the forest without him. But Kelvin, like all of us, has gaps in his knowledge that can get him in trouble. For instance: the man absolutely cannot and should not be trusted around a treehouse.

Kelvin says "f*ck this tree, in particular"

Asked Kelvin to get me some logs... from r/SonsOfTheForest

It's very cool that Sons of the Forest's freeform building makes it easy to pick your favorite tree and make it your home. Treehouses are not only a tactically sound idea (raiding locals can't get to ya), but easy to expand upon. Unfortunately, Kelvin does not value vertical architecture. Currently when you ask him to gather logs, he's programmed to simply chop down the nearest tree. Even if it's the tree attached to the exact treehouse that he's gathering logs for in the first place.

At first I thought this was an anomalous bug. The developers would make Kelvin smart enough to not routinely demolish his own home, right? But… uh, yea no.


♬ original sound - AcrossFrosty

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♬ original sound - SWOL

"I can't even be mad at this guy. I can't even be mad at him," said streamer SWOL after losing a promising foundation to Kelvin's buffoonery. It's true. Kelvin is far too innocent and well-meaning to hold a grudge against. Even when he's literally just destroyed everything you've worked for, the genuine thumbs up he sends your way is enough to make the heart soar.


♬ were finally landing - lily

♬ original sound - SkyKnightGaming

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Kelvin's arborous exploits have become so notorious that he's even getting an entirely appropriate Breaking Bad meme treatment.

Kelvin STOP from r/SonsOfTheForest

♬ original sound - trollfacersadhappy

Fun with physics

To be fair to Kelvin, he's just one leading cause of sudden home loss. The game is pretty finicky about how much punishment a structure can weather before it explodes into a pile of lincoln logs. All it can take is one misplaced axe swing and:

Then there are some physics interactions that aren't quite explainable. I'm not sure what's going on with the snow in this spot but I'm making a note to Mario stomp my friends ASAP.


♬ Aesthetic - Tollan Kim

Sometimes the physics are on your side. The spear is a particularly great weapon to keep on hand, partly because it's capable of stuff like this:


♬ original sound - Scratty

Forest antics have definitely reached a new level now that players are discovering what's possible with the 3D-printed sled. Those snowy mountains are just as fun coming down as going up:


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I'm surprised at how safe sledding is in the Sons of the Forest world. I probably would've gone hours without giving the sled a whirl out of fear of cracking my head on a tree, but you seem to be darn near indestructible once you're strapped in.

As it turns out, you don't even need a sled to shred the slopes. Apparently if you take out your notebook while standing on a hill you adopt the physical properties of a rubber bouncy ball.


♬ original sound - Slugly
Morgan Park
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Morgan has been writing for PC Gamer since 2018, first as a freelancer and currently as a staff writer. He has also appeared on Polygon, Kotaku, Fanbyte, and PCGamesN. Before freelancing, he spent most of high school and all of college writing at small gaming sites that didn't pay him. He's very happy to have a real job now. Morgan is a beat writer following the latest and greatest shooters and the communities that play them. He also writes general news, reviews, features, the occasional guide, and bad jokes in Slack. Twist his arm, and he'll even write about a boring strategy game. Please don't, though.