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Starfield’s VASCO might be Bethesda’s most ruthless companion yet

If you're not extra careful, Starfield companion VASCO can actually murder you with a brutal joke in your first conversation with him while playing on Xbox.

Starfield VASCO human joke: an image of Vasco with a wall of fire behind him

The long wait for Bethesda’s Starfield is finally over, if you have Starfield early access, and – despite some complaints – it looks like this might be one of the best RPG games of the year. Of course, as one of the most-anticipated upcoming Xbox games in a long time, it did have a high bar to reach. When it comes to comedy, though, Bethesda’s games have never had a problem with making players laugh – intentionally or otherwise. However, in this one, there’s one Starfield VASCO joke that might be too savage. He really is the most ruthless Bethesda companion yet.

When you talk to VASCO, at any point from what we can tell, you can ask him if he knows any “human jokes”. As a refurbished Lunar Robotics expeditionary robot adapted by Constellation, VASCO isn’t exactly equipped with the minutae of humanity’s humor. However, when you ask him if he has a joke, he calmly delivers – quite possibly – the best response you could hope for.

As you can see below, thanks to a Twitch clip from content creator ‘CohhCarnage‘, when you ask VASCO if he knows any human jokes, he says he is looking at one. Yes, it really is as savage as it sounds.

You can check it out below:

You’ll be pleased to know that VASCO is quick to explain why he’s so savage, although it doesn’t really explain why he needs to completely dismantle players like that right from the start. We certainly imagine quite a few wannabe Spacers will take this the wrong way and quickly leave VASCO for one of the other Starfield companions you can take on your adventures. Although, it really is quite funny.

We know this is quite amusing, but is it something that’s going to help Starfield cement itself as one of the best games of all time? Of course, there’s a lot more to a game than just the jokes its characters tell. But, only time will tell with this one. Bethesda’s open-world RPGs always have rocky starts, but we all know how popular Skyrim is – even well over ten years after it’s initial release. If you’re not sure about this one, though, you can find out what the first Starfield reviews are saying about it right here. We’ve collated a few different perspectives that should give you a good range of viewpoints to mull over.

Although, if you have Xbox Game Pass and you’re just waiting for the full Starfield release date, there’s plenty more to learn about. You can check out how Starfield has called upon a Fallout writer-turned-priest to help with its religions here, or read up on all the Starfield ship customization options right here. If you’re on PlayStation, we also have a list of the best games like Starfield for you to check out – although, don’t expect to play Starfield on your PS5. Sorry about that.

Still looking for more? While a good Starfield wiki can be a handy source of information, our new Starfield Database goes further, offering you daily news, searchable databanks, and even interactive tools.