Easter eggs are great arenât they? With their lovely chocolate goodnessâ¦ no not that kind of Easter egg. I am of course talking about Easter eggs that are found in games, excellent secret messages, hidden areas, complete silliness and in some cases outright insults to other games. Pretty much every game will have some kind of Easter Egg these days and I am here to list ten of my favourites. Itâs been stiff competition to get into my list as there are so many great ones to choose from so if your favourite one isnât here donât rage out on me. Strap in for Tickles Top Ten Easter Eggs in gaming.
10 â Rage â Quake Room
While scouting the wasted garage, if you are perceptive enough you may well unlock the Quake Room. There are 3 buttons that you need to activate that will unblock a set of stairs that was previously inaccessible. You go through a retro portal and enter the Quake Room. Itâs an old school throwback from another ID software game you might have heard ofâ¦
9- Duke Nukem Forever â Power Armour is for pussies
Duke NukemÂ Forever isnât a great game, I think we can all agree on that but in typical Duke fashion he has no issues throwing stones around that particularÂ glass house. As you approach a police van an NPC tells youÂ that your armour is ready,Â Power armour in the Mjolnir style of Master Chief from the Halo franchise awaits. Â Dukes only response is âPower armour is for pussiesâ.
8 â Fallout New Vegas â Indiana Jones
Fallout New Vegas may not be the most topical of games, it tends to stay away from pop culture references as a general rule however if you take the Wild Wasteland perk you can find a reference to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. For those of you who havenât seen it Indie survives a hydrogen bomb explosion by jumping into a fridge. In fallout thereâs a slightly different ending to this tale. But you do get a nice hat.
7 â Left 4 Dead â Frank West Joke
What kind of zombies pose the most risk? We have the old style slow zombies as are used in the Dead Rising games and then we have the fast paced, sprinting zombies from Left 4 Dead. When you think of zombie games over the last generation these two games will likely be in the forefront of your mind. Left 4 Dead put a little sucker punch in The Passing DLC. Scrawled on a wall of one of the rooms is a message that reads âOtis, Out of film, no helicopter. Zombies are too fast. Not going to make it â Frank Westâ. I guess the slower ones are more dangerous that we thought.
6 â Gears of War 3 â Giant Chicken
In Gears of War 3 if you shout down a bunch of piping in the right order you can release a chicken onto the deck of your ship. Being typical Gears players we will inevitably say âLook at the funny chickenâ before Gnasher shotgunning it in the face. Itâs not big or clever to be picking on a small chicken and EPIC knows this. When you shoot the poor little guy enough times he will mutate into an 8ft tall golden chicken that fires flames from its beak. Thatâll teach you.
5 â Diablo 3 â Secret area
Diablo 3 is a gritty and often hopeless world and the landscape knows this to be true. Most of the game is spent walking through bleak, abandonedÂ villages, desolate deserts, snowy battlegrounds or a corrupt heaven. All and all you couldnât accuse it of being âcheeryâ. I am here to tell you that there is a cheery happy land called Whimsyshire. By building a staff you can transport after talking to the ghost of the king cow. There are more teddy bears and unicorns than you can shake a stick at, which is bad news because they will all try and kill you. Best you donât let the kids watch thisâ¦.
4 â Red Faction Armageddon â Mr Toots
Red Faction Armageddon wasnât particularly successful largely due to the restrictive and generic feel of the game. There is however a brilliant Easter Egg to be had. If you can find a secret room you can get your hands on one of the most surreal weapons available in gaming. A Unicorn. You can turn this shoulder mounted unicorn into a weapon of mass destruction by squeezing it to make it fart devastating rainbows. Whatâs not to love about that?
3 â Borderlands 2 â Minecraft
In the Caustic Cavern of Borderlands 2, if you navigate and climb up to a certain point on the map you will encounter an odd looking wall. Borderlands 2 is a unique looking game but this wall seems to be incredibly pixelated. You can walk up to it and mealy through blocks of the wall in a few quick swipes. Inside there is a unique enemy called a Creeper taken straight from Minecraft. Its oddity and silliness is fitting of a Borderlands game.
2 â Witcher 2 â Assassin dig
In the prologue ofÂ The Witcher 2 there is a subtle yet cutting dig at Ubisoftâs Assassinâs Creed series. You can see a dead body lying on a bundle of hay in white robes. If you look up you can see a wooden perch typically used to leap off in the AC games. As you approach you gain the âAssassinâ skill and your character will say âGuess they never learnâ. Â Burn!
1 â Halo ODST â Destiny Awaits
Iâm sure you will have all played ODST at some point, I played the hell out of the game when it came out, what I didnât notice until very recently was a simple poster hung on a wall. The poster had a picture of the Earth with a white sphere and the words âDestiny Awaitsâ written on it. If you compare the poster to the cover art for Destiny the two match up, albeit at a slight angle. This goes to show that Bungie (creators of Halo ODST and Destiny) have been working on Destiny for a very long time.
So there it is people. My top ten Easter eggs, what are your favourite Easter eggs in gaming? Let us know in the comments and share the fun.