Easter is finally here and we here have decided to put together a list of some of our favourite Easter eggs to be snuck into video-games. A few honourable mentions go out to Doom 2′s Romero’s head, Final Fantasy Tactics’ Cloud, loads more of Easter eggs from Metal Gear Solid and so on…
Without any further delay, here is a short list of some of our favourite Easter Eggs!
Rage, Doom level – Post-apocalyptic FPS, Rage, is littered with little references to Doom. This Easter Egg actually takes you to the first level of Doom. As opposed to being a wee reference, we have an entire level! So much for subtlety, right? Since it is actually a rather long and drawn out way to get there, I’ll hand it over to the lovely people at Roosterteeth to explain it, here.
Hitman: Absolution, Loch Ness Monster – The Hitman series has always prided itself in it’s well thought out design and above all else, it’s Easter eggs. On the first level on Hitman: Absolution, in the ground floor of the mansion, open the blinds, go downstairs and then shoot the shell next to the piano and then the one in the middle left upstairs. Then just turn around and enjoy your sighting of the grand Nessie in the ocean.
Far Cry 3, Christopher Mintz – Before the release of Far Cry 3, fans were treated to a video series that followed the exploits of a team and the acting talent of Christopher Mintz, developing Far Cry 3. However, it’s not long before the team are taken and killed or taken hostage, by mental antagonist of Far cry 3, Vaas. Following this big starter episode, the series then becomes about Vaas torturing Mr Mintz. Now, on paper, this sounds terrible, but it’s actually rather comical. At the end of the series, it is explained that you can actually find Mr Mintz, buried neck deep in sand IN the game. If you want a gander, head to the coordinates X: 620.5, Y: 557.7.
Left 4 Dead 2, Half Life 2’s gnome – During Half Life 2 Episode 2, you can get an achievement for taking a gnome with you through the entire game. As you can imagine, anyone that tried this, became heavily attached to the gnome, or they were driven crazy. In the Left 4 Dead 2 campaign, Dark Carnival, at the start of the second level, you can play one of the shooting games. If you beat the high score, then you are rewarded with the loveable gnome. Enjoy battering zombies to death with everyone’s favourite garden gnome!left-4-dead-2-gnome
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Dying of old age – Another game that is absolutely infested with Easter eggs! MGS3 played a lot on the concept of time passing in real life. For example, if you had food in your inventory, you saved and then left the game for a few days; when you next turn on the game, odds are, your food will be rotten. In this case, when you get to the boss fight with the ancient sniper, The End, you can kill him with the passing of time. Save during the fight and then move the Playstation’s system clock forward a few days and then load up the game. You will be treated to a cutscene and the death of The End.
Dead Space, Nicole is dead – Dead Space isn’t one for subtle horror, or at least that’s what you’d think until you find this little secret. Dead Space’s protagonist, Isaac Clarke treks around a Necromorph, a creature created from corpses and an alien virus infested ship, trying to escape and find his loving girlfriend, Nicole. Unfortunately for Isaac, it is revealed at near the end of the game, that she committed suicide via lethal injection and Isaac has slowly been going insane. Well, who wouldn’t after stomping on corpses that may get up and rip you apart at any moment!? The easter egg, however, lies in the first letter of each chapter in the game. If you take each later from the first letter of each chapter, you get: NICOLE IS DEAD. Oh, wow…
Skyrim, Minecraft Pick – Skyrim is the fifth game in the Morrowind series, in which you play the dragonborn. And what does every dragonborn need? A minecraft pick! Right at the top of a mountain called, The Throat of the world, you can find a pick embedded in the rock. Although the Notched Pickaxe isn’t the best weapon in the Skyrim universe, it is probably one of the most fun. I mean, flogging things to death with a weapon inspired by such a calm and constructive game, awesome!
Pokemon Red/Blue, Missingno – Almost everyone who has played a Pokemon game is aware of Missingno, its advantages and it’s harsh disadvantages… For all of you who aren’t, let me lay it out. Missingno is a glitch Pokemon that you could catch after a few simple steps. First, you talk to the old man in Viridian city and let him show you how to catch Pokemon. After that, fly to Cinnabar island and then surf along the edge of the east coast. You will eventually run into Missingno; a hodge-bodge of silly broken code, that can give you infinite items of whatever is in your sixth item slot. Despite that, it could also supremely mess up your save file. But that did not stop an entire generation of kids from abusing the Missingno.
Fallout 3, dinosaur remains – Another entry from Bethesda here, with the ever entertaining Fallout 3! Fancy role-playing a sequel to Jurassic park? Head to the costal grotto, look out to sea, swim towards the bouy just to the right and there you have it! You can find the exact location in this great little video-guide. So, this officially proves that Fallout 3 was actually planned to be the best dinosaur game ever, but was scrapped in favour of the long awaited Fallout game. Damn fans, always getting their way! We all know that Fallout: dinosaurs would have been the best game ever.
Silent Hill 2, Dog Ending – Known for being one of the scariest and mentally unsettling games made, in which you play James Sunderland, searching for his dead wife. In the darkly and depressing world of Silent Hill, you guide James through hell and back, until you get to the end of it all. Then you get the dog ending. In said ending, James discovers a wee control room, occupied by a dog. James falls before the dog and says “so it was all your work?” and the dog, as it would, just licks his face. As you can imagine, this ending was an incredibly peculiar flavoured cherry, at the end of a rather disturbing game. Is it possible that this ending makes things even more… disturbing?
That’s our countdown of some of gamings top Easter Eggs. So why not get out there and go on your own hunt. Or, maybe you think you’ve got a few better Easter Eggs? Let us know what you think!
Until next time!