Brace yourselves, Easter is coming.

It’s only proper to honor Easter with a feature about video game easter eggs, the developers’ way of telling us that they are, indeed, human and have a healthy distance to their creations. Of course picking only ten Easter eggs is ridiculous by itself, since there are tons of games, many of which have multiple secrets.

Without further ado, let’s see what amusement the developers have hidden from us.

Top Games with Easter Eggs
Hitman 3 2022-01-20 Stealth IO Interactive
God Of War 2022-01-14 Action Santa Monica Studio 55%
Horizon Zero Dawn 2020-08-07 Adventure Guerrila Games 77%
Assassin's Creed III: Remastered 2019-03-29 Adventure Ubisoft Montreal
It Takes Two 2021-03-26 Cooperation Hazelight Studios 59%
The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim 2016-10-27 Adventure Bethesda Game Studios 82%
Halo Reach 2010-11-14 Action & Shooter Bungie
Wolfenstein: The New Order 2014-05-19 Action & Shooter Machine Games 73%
Call of Duty: Black Ops II 2012-11-12 Action & Shooter Treyarch
Diablo 3 2012-05-15 RPG Blizzard Entertainment
Batman Arkham Asylum Goty 2010-03-26 Adventure Feral Interactive (Mac) 91%
Fallout New Vegas 2010-10-21 Action & Shooter Obsidian Entertainment 72%
Dead Space 2008-10-20 Adventure EA Redwood Shores 79%
Monster Hunter World 2018-08-09 Action CAPCOM CO., LTD. 81%
Ghost Of Tsushima Directors Cut PS5 2021-08-20 Action-adventure Sucker Punch Productions
Kingdom Come Deliverance 2018-02-13 Adventure Warhorse Studios 84%
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002-10-29 Adventure Rockstar Games
Grand Theft Auto V 2015-04-14 Adventure Rockstar North 62%
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt Goty 2015-05-18 RPG CD PROJEKT RED 65%
Batman Arkham City Goty Edition 2012-09-07 Adventure Feral Interactive (Mac) 88%
Divinity Original Sin Enhanced Edition 2015-10-27 Adventure Larian Studios 62%
Diablo 2 2000-06-29 RPG Blizzard Entertainment 55%
Doom 2016-05-12 Action & Shooter id Software 74%

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – Easter egg

Developer:Rockstar Games

This one is a literal Easter egg and one of the weirdest and most infamous things you can find in Vice City. There’s not much to be said here, it’s an Easter egg, that’s it. But how can you find it?

Video by blurcle

Well, this requires you to locate the 8-10 VCN news building, which you can find on the western island of Vice City. Once that’s done, you need to get on the roof. It’s simple: just walk through the door at the ground floor.

Once on the roof, you’ll see a cream-colored building. Aim for the window closest to the helipad, sprint towards it and jump. You will be transported to the room where you’ll find the Easter egg. The end.

Key features
  • A loving tribute to the 80s
  • Perfect for 30-year-old boomers

Ninja Gaiden – prototype Xbox

Genre:Action-adventure, hack and slash
Developer:Team Ninja

Now, here’s an Easter egg that’s not just fun to find. It can actually help you out with the game, since Ninja Gaiden is far from the easiest one on the market, to say the least.

Video by FlorianBonhoure

To locate it, you need to make it to chapter four. There’s an alley near Han’s Bar where you need to perform a wall run to find some stuff secretly stashed there.

The most important thing of these is a prototype Xbox monument. Kinda cool, really, but what’s even cooler is the fact that this gizmo gives you full health and refills your ninpo slots. This might come in handy, as you can revisit the place pretty much as much as you want.

Key features
  • Plenty of weapons
  • Plenty of spells
  • The city of Tairon works as a hub
  • Various regions to explore

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest – No Hopers


This Easter egg is for completionists. In order to find it, you need to reach number one, which means that you’ve 100% completed Donkey Kong Country 2.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest – No Hopers

What’s interesting is that there is a trashcan with a “NO HOPERS” sign next to the podium. Lying next to them you’ll find Sonic’s red shoes and the gun famously wielded by Earthworm Jim.

Dropping your boots or iconic pieces of clothing in the ring is how you retire in wrestling, so this might signify the fact that these two characters simply gave up. It’s kinda sad, to be honest, since we’re yet to see a new Earthworm Jim game (although there are plans for one).

Key features
  • One of the greatest 2D platformers of all time
  • You play as Diddy Kong or his buddy, Dixie Kong
  • 52 levels
  • Eight different worlds

Halo: Reach – Tribute Room


Halo: Reach is the last game made by the series’ original developer, Bungie. The Easter egg we’re about to describe is a fitting tribute to the franchise’s history, then.

Video by RoosterTeeth

This one can be found in the Package mission. In order to access the Tribute Room, you will need to set the difficulty to Legendary and get another player to join you. The latter is because you’ll need to press a switch outside the bounds of the map. If you die while trying that, you will respawn next to your buddy. Otherwise, you’d have to reload the game from the last checkpoint.

The switch will open a door somewhere close to the beginning of the mission. Get there and you’ll be teleported to the Tribute Room where you’ll find all sorts of, well, tributes to the Halo community. Neat!

Key features
  • The last Halo game made by Bungie
  • You play as a supersoldier known as Noble Six
  • The gameplay is very much in the vein of the first Halo game
  • Music by Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori

Grand Theft Auto V – Thelma and Louise's final scene

Developer:Rockstar North

This egg is a reference to the ending of one of the cult classic road movies from the early 90s. This one will spoil the plot, though, so if you’re looking forward to watching Thelma and Louise, skip this one for now.

Video by PS5Trophies

To find this Easter egg you’ll need to get a helicopter and fly to the Raton Canyon in the Chiliad Mountain State Wilderness between 7 pm and 8 pm.

If everything’s done properly, you’ll witness police forces chasing a Tornado with two females in the car. When cornered at the edge of the cliff, they’ll accelerate and fall to their deaths. Kind of an interesting thing, isn’t it?

Key features
  • Three different protagonists to play as
  • First-person and third-person perspectives available
  • You’ll get to pull off some pretty impressive heists
  • It’s considered to be one of the best video games ever made

Wolfenstein: The New Order – the first level from Wolfenstein 3D

Genre:Action & Shooter
Developer:Machine Games

Don’t you just hate it when your nightmares are a recollection of past events, but as a retro video game? This is what happened to B.J. Blazkowicz.

Video by GamesRadar

The game features a bonus mission which is a recreation of the very first level of Wolfenstein 3D, complete with various secrets to discover. One of the downsides is that if you die, you have to restart the entire mission, but completing it is not necessary to progress in the game, so you might skip it if you wish.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood features the complete first episode of Wolfenstein 3D. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus goes even further, as it boasts Wolfstone 3D, a modified version of the entirety of Wolfenstein 3D.

Key features
  • A more detailed look at the character of William Joseph Blazkowicz
  • Plenty of weapons – and you can dual wield and upgrade a lot of them
  • There’s a cover system here, too
  • Soundtrack by Mick Gordon

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – Activision’s classic Atari games

Genre:Action & Shooter

Feel like you need some retro gaming in your life? CoD: BO2 has just what you’re looking for.

Video by RoosterTeeth

This Easter egg can be found on the Nuketown 2025 map. If you shoot the heads of all mannequins within two minutes, you’ll see Activision’s logo on the screen board. This will let you play four classic Atari 2600 games: Pitfall II: Lost Caverns, H.E.R.O., Kaboom!, and River Raid.

It’s a lovely little throwback that you might enjoy.

Key features
  • Non-linear gameplay
  • Various possible endings
  • The campaign is set both in the late 80s and 2025
  • Lots of changes to the multiplayer mode

Assassin’s Creed III – assassin turkey

Developer:Ubisoft Montreal

This one’s more on the silly side. If you want a turkey to don the assassins’ iconic hood and cloak, it’s quite simple.

Video by IGN

Step 1: Find a turkey.
Step 2: Feed the turkey.
Step 3: Input the Konami code (in case you need a refresher here: it’s UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A).
Step 4: The turkey’s now an assassin, just like yourself!

Key features
  • Set in 18th-century Colonial America
  • You play as Connor AKA Ratonhnaké:ton
  • You’ll get to explore Boston, New York, and the Frontier
  • Plenty of new additions to the gameplay, including hunting and dual wielding

Diablo III – secret unicorn level

Genre:Hack and slash, action RPG
Developer:Blizzard Team 3, Iron Galaxy (co-developer of the Nintendo Switch version)

Yeah, the secret cow level is a long-running gag. Starting with a rumor that Diablo 1 features it (no, it doesn’t), the whole thing came true in Diablo 2 where players were finally able to find it. Diablo 3 takes things even further.

Video by ForceGaming

Speak with the ghost of the Cow King and you will be able to face the deadliest threat so far: My Little Pony-style unicorns. They await you in the realm of Whimsy shire. Will you dare?

Man, we’re kind of afraid of what Diablo IV will bring.

Key features
  • The third installment in the most revered hack and slash series of all time
  • You’ll get to save the world of Sanctuary for the third time
  • Various character classes to pick from
  • Hardcore mode is also available

Doom II: Hell on Earth – John Romero’s head

Developer:id Software, Nerve Software (Xbox 360 version)

Who knew that Doom 2 has a sort of an alternative final boss? This Easter egg is surely an interesting way for you to complete the game.

Video by hinsten

If you want to access it, you need to resort to using cheat codes, unfortunately. But it’s just one, so… Anyway, what you gotta do is shoot the final boss – the giant demonic head – with a rocket launcher. Once that’s done, use the “noclip” cheat code and enter the hole you just made in the demon’s head.

There you’ll find John Romero’s head which will tell you to kill it if you want to win. Shoot it a couple times to kill it and voila! You’ve finished the game!

Key features
  • One of the best video games of all time
  • Plenty of new stuff
  • Large, non-linear levels
  • Obliterating demons is as fun as ever

Hitman 3 - Potato Jesus

Developer:IO Interactive

The Hitman series, including the recent trilogy, are serious games about serious people. But even as Agent 47 is a humorless killer, the developers certainly aren’t above having fun.

Video by xGarbett

From a guided briefcase, through 47’s often incredibly silly disguises, to the topic of this entry: the Potato Jesus, the heavily memed-on effect of a famously botched attempt at restoring a 1930s fresco.

To find the memetic image you need to play the Apex Predator mission. If you go backstage and find the club owner’s office, you’ll find the painting towards the back, partly hidden behind other stuff. Amusingly enough, this isn’t even the first appearance of Potato Jesus in the series – the meme was present back in the first part of the new trilogy, on the Sapienza level.

Key features
  • A trilogy of immersive assassination sandboxes
  • Sprawling, complex maps filled with murder opportunities
  • A mix of live content and static missions
  • Interesting plot

Batman: Arkham Asylum - City map

Developer:Feral Interactive (Mac)

There are some Easter Eggs you really wonder how they got discovered in the first place, and this one is among them.

Video by Rooster Teeth

Some time after the release of Batman: Arkham Asylum it turned out that there is a very strong spoiler for the story of the next game in the series, Arkham City. But discovering it isn’t easy, and might not ever work if you already know how, because it requires a measure of precision.

First of all, you have to go to the warden’s office once it becomes accessible. Then you have to go towards the wall on the far left (before the elevated floor) and put 3 doses of the explosive gel in a very tight cluster right in the middle. If you do it right, the wall will be destroyed, revealing a secret room filled with evidence of the warden’s ambitions, including plans for the Arkham City.

Key features

Dead Space – The missions are spoilers

Developer:EA Redwood Shores

Dead Space does its best to be among the scariest horror experiences in gaming. From the monstrous necromorphs built of dead bodies, to Isaac Clarke’s own struggles, there’s no shortage of brutal sights and harsh reveals.

Chapters in Dead Space

One of the plot’s major twists is actually teased in the mission names, spoiling the game for the eagle eyed who spotted the letters forming a simple, but impactful phrase.

If you pick the first letter from every mission name and put them all together, they say “NICOLE IS DEAD”. While it is hardly a fun, quirky easter egg, it is an easter egg, nonetheless. If you’d like something less awful, if you beat Dead Space 2 on Hardcore difficulty you unlock a bright-red foam hand which doubles as a rocket launcher. I guess being hardcore is required to have some cheesy fun in space.

Key features
  • A science fiction horror
  • Horrifying enemies
  • Unsettling plot
  • There is a remake of the original Dead Space coming

Fallout: New Vegas - refrigerator skeleton

Genre:Action & Shooter
Developer:Obsidian Entertainment

The Fallout games are no strangers to easter eggs and popcultural references. While the 3D-era games have toned them down, there are still to be found.

Video by ZeTriXxMedia

One of them can be found in Fallout: New Vegas, and to see it you have to pick the “Wild Wasteland” perk for your character. If you do, your travels along Route 160 might bring you to a fridge with a skeleton inside.

As you might gather, it’s the reference to the movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It has a scene where Indy survives a nuclear blast by hiding in a fridge. While Indy emerged unscathed from a fridge hurled hundreds of feet, whoever hid in the Fallout fridge clearly didn’t have so much luck in life.

Key features
  • Post-apocalyptic story-driven sandbox
  • Flexible character builds
  • Lots of cool stories and locations
  • Excellent expansions

Diablo 2 - the cow level

Developer:Blizzard Entertainment

It would be unwise not to include the Diablo II cow level, seeing how it might be the world’s most famous easter egg.

Diablo 2 Resurrected – Video by xGarbett

Motivated by a persistent myth surrounding the original Diablo, Blizzard decided to make the myth come true in the sequel and put a full level filled with murderous cows in D2. It’s fully your own fault if you die there, you went to all the effort to reach that place, after all.

To reach the fabled Cow Level, you have to combine Wirt’s Leg and the Tome of Town Portal by using the Horadric Cube in the Rogue camp. Provided you’ve already defeated the final boss, a portal will appear taking you to a fight against polearm wielding demonic cows and their mighty king. Well, now you know how to get there, go make royal beef.

Key features
  • Diablo II is a genre-defining hack’n’slash
  • Several characters/classes with distinct playstyles
  • A lot of room for making powerful and entertaining builds
  • Dark fantasy setting and plot

Monster Hunter World - Dark Souls bonfire

Developer:CAPCOM CO., LTD.

Dark Souls has become an integral part of the gaming culture, so it’s not surprising to see games trying to emulate the series’ style and paying homage to it in various ways.

Video by Eco Games

Take Monster Hunter World, for example, which snuck in a DS easter egg and put it in plain sight in an area you’re most likely to visit during one of the side-quests tied to the Elder’s Recess map.

While you’re focused on dancing Galajaka, a fire with a sword sticking out of it is right there, mocking your attention focused elsewhere. While it doesn’t let you rest like a proper Dark Souls bonfire, you can set up camp not too far away from that place, so that’s something. It’s a nice touch, especially considering that the Monster Hunter series shares some DNA with the Souls games.

Key features
  • Several large biomes in the base game
  • Tons of weapons, armor, and other helpful gear
  • Exciting boss fights
  • Huge Iceborne expansion, adding a new biome, new difficulty, new monsters, and more

Horizon Zero Dawn - Rabbits

Developer:Guerilla Games

This one’s a deep cut that might feel completely random to people who don’t know obscure games from the 90s. To find it you must travel west, towards a mining camp.

Video by Machtyn

There’s a small alcove where you’ll see two rabbits, just chilling. If you scan them, you’ll learn they are called Jazz and Jack, a reference to Jazz Jackrabbit, a 90s platform game programmed by Arjan Brussee, who would later cofound Guerilla Games.

It’s a nice tribute to not only a seasoned developer, but also to a series of games which is fondly remembered by many 30 gamers. That’s about it.

Key features
  • A fascinating post-apocalyptic setting dominated by robotic animals
  • Excellent voice acting
  • Large open world
  • A sequel taking the adventures to a new region of post-apo Earth

God of War 2018 - Infinity Gauntlet

Developer:Santa Monica Studio

Kratos and Thanos have more in common than being bald and having Greek names. They also happen to enjoy gauntlets which can be accessorized with colorful magical gems.

Video by IGN

While Thanos has the Infinity Gauntles, Kratos can find and fix the Shattered Gauntlet of Ages. The finding that fancy glove becomes possible after completing The Sickness quest, and accepting two side-quests from Sindri.

After completing Family Business Favor you’ll get the gauntlet itself. The gems you’ll find by completing side-quests, defeating bosses, or exploring the map. There six of them, but even the fully upgraded gauntlet can hold max 3 of them. The good part is that, once socketed, the gems provide new effects for th gauntlets shockwave power and significantly increase Kratos’ stats.

Key features
  • Easily one of the best games to launch on PS4 (now also on PC)
  • Shifts the action from Ancient Greece to mythic Scandinavia
  • Intense, brutal third-person action
  • Great story

Ghost of Tsushima - origami figures

Developer:Sucker Punch Productions

Ghost of Tsushima is a quite serious game, set amid a historical Mongol invasion of Japan and starring a samurai who has few reasons to smile.

Video by xGarbett

But, once again, the serious matters aren’t enough to prevent the developers from putting something cute or funny in the game. This time it’s a bunch of tiny origami figures based on other PS4 games from several different studios.

To find the location of these cute easter eggs, you’ll have to wait until you complete the main story and unlock Jin’s island house. You’ll the origami figures on a table with a sword display. There are twelve figures total, and identifying them is its own treat, so you won’t see spoilers here. Test your own game knowledge and see how many of the references you’ll recognize.

Key features
  • A stunning open world based on a real-life Tsushima island
  • Several fighting styles you unlock by defeating enemy leaders
  • Engaging, dramatic plot
  • Open world worth exploring

It Takes Two - A Way Out figures

Developer:Hazelight Studios

Hazelight Studios is very keen on making games which can only be played by two players working in tandem.

Video by MrGezmou

In 2021 the studio released a deceptively cute game It Takes Two, a platform game relying heavily on cooperation, and it features an easter egg referring to Hazelight’s previous co-op game: A Way Out, a significantly less cute game about two people escaping prison.

This easter egg is located in Chapter 3, in the pillow fort in the bedroom of the playable characters’ daughter. It comes in the form of figures of Vincent and Leo. You can make them recite lines from A Way Out, and if you activate both at the same time, a short cutscene will play out. In the same area you might also find another easter egg, based on the game director’s famous speech from 2017.

Key features
  • Co-op only
  • Looks lovely
  • Excellent platforming
  • Touching, and occasionally brutal, plot

Uncharted 3 - a newspaper from The Last of Us

Developer:Naughty Dog

Here’s a fun one, and its backstory is even more amusing than the egg itself, but first things first. In Uncharted 3, the penultimate instalment of a series depicting the life and times of a lucky rapscallion Nathan Drake, in one location you can spot a newspaper with a headline reading “Scientists are still struggling to understand deadly fungus”.

Video by IGN

Which on its own might seem innocent enough, except we’re talking about Naughty Dog, who have also developed The Last of Us, where the zombie-calypse has been caused by a fungus overriding human nervous system.

Uncharted and The Last of Us shared universe confirmed? Eh. Amusingly enough, the Easter Egg ended up being a spoiler. As investigated by Kotaku way back when, it turns out that the announcement of The Last of us was supposed to come before the launch of Uncharted 3, but due to things being ever in flux, the dates changed and people have only heard about The Last of us after they’ve already played Uncharted 3 to the end.

The best part is that Naughty Dog forgot the Easter egg was even in the game, or they would have simply removed it to avoid spoiling their secret project.

Key features
  • An excellent third-person action game
  • Charming cast
  • Phenomenal action sequences
  • Exciting treasure-hunting story

Kingdom Come Deliverance - Horses

Developer:Warhorse Studios

For all of its talk about historical accuracy and realism, Kingdom Come: Deliverance doesn’t really shy away from doing something fun, either. There are several Easter eggs in the game, but perhaps the most useful of those are two horses you can get during the game.

Video by Game Guides Channel

One of them is called Epona, a name also shared by Link’s horse from The Legend of Zelda. Of course (we totally googled it) it is also the name of a Gallo-Roman divine patron and protector of horses, which grounds the name in the historical context a little bit, even if it’s unlikely that someone in late-Medieval Bohemian village would know anything about “pagan” gods like Epona.

The other horse is even more cheeky, and she’s called Roach. Which is a pretty common word, but also a name of Geralt of Rivia’s memetic horse. The game even acknowledges that, saying the horse merchant bought it “from some odd Polish fellow“. She reportedly has a mind of her own. It checks out. There’s also a line that the fellow’s wife would want to stuff the horse, a reference to the original books and The Witcher 3 saying and showing that Geralt and Yennefer would gladly have sex on a stuffed unicorn.

Key features
  • Stunningly devoted to historical authenticity
  • Complex combat system
  • Some quests won’t wait for you, some things really are urgent
  • A revenge story

Grand Theft Auto V - Sasquatch

Developer:Rockstar North

Rockstar has a thing for Sasquatch. The myth first emerged in GTA: San Andreas, then you could encounter one in Red Dead Redemption (you monster), but it wasn’t until GTA5 that things really started to get weird.

Video by GTA Series Videos

First we can spot a Big Foot with a thermal scope during the Predator mission. Then during The Last One we end up on a Sasquatch hunt only to find it’s a guy in a suit roleplaying one. He even offers a reference to RDR for good measure.

The last one is easily one of the most convoluted Easter eggs in history. Grab your seat folks, it gets crazy. For a good start it requires the player to have completed 100% of the game, AND found all 27 Peyote Plants (which are trippy on their own). Then and only then golden Peyote plants will start appearing… on a narrow time window, in a different locations each day, and only if there’s a specific weather. The player character has to eat all seven of them, specifically in order from Sunday to Saturday.

After eating the last one, a corpse of a big foot hunter will be laying nearby. Once you growl (as the character, not yourself, though it would be understandable too), a distant roar initiates a hunt, where you follow a breadcrumb trail of hunter bodies. If you manage that, a fight with a Beast (looking like Michael J. Fox’s Teen Wolf character, because nothing makes sense anymore) will begin.The process is shown neatly above in a video by GTA Series Videos.

Win that and you’ll unlock the Bigfoot and Beast as models for the Director Mode. How on Earth anyone managed to find it is beyond me.

Key features
  • One of the finest urban open world games you could play
  • Three playable characters
  • Robust multiplayer segment
  • Cool crime story

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - DRM of evil


The Witcher games definitely aren’t above taking a friendly jab at the industry. The Assassin’s corpse from The Witcher 2 is well known already, but The Witcher 3 had one even better.

Video by Theofanis Kerasidis

In a quest The Tower Outta Nowheres on Skellige you encounter an obstacle in the form of a Defensive Regulatory Magicon, which locked down the tower for everyone except the one who legally owned the key. The way around it could be found in Gottfried’s Omni-opening Grimoire, a simple way to bypass the lock.

Of course this is meant to poke fun at the DRM practices preventing players from sharing games, and in certain forms harming the performance, or even preventing players from playing the game they purchased because of failed verification. Goffried’s Omni-opening Grimoire stand in for GOG, CD Projekt’s platform publishing games free of any form of DRM. What makes the entire thing even more amusing is that The Witcher 3 can also be bought on Steam (of course it can), which is a DRM itself.

Key features
  • Several large open world maps
  • Based on a bestselling Polish fantasy book series
  • The final chapter of Geralt’s story
  • Two fantastic expansions

Batman: Arkham City - Calendar Man

Developer:Feral Interactive (Mac)

There’s always a degree of creepiness involved when the games access your system for some inscrutable reason.

Video by Caboose

There’s no shortage of games which do something festive when your PC or console’s calendar shows Christmas, but the Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham City goes a bit further.

See, in one of the cells Bats can find Julian Gregory Day (horrible parents with terrible sense of humour), a guy better known as Calendar Man (no idea why). When approached on specific dates (easily manipulated by changing your system’s time manually), Calendar Man has something to say about a number of holidays.

One for each month, to be exact, and he speaks of murders he committed on those days. Here it is, documented by WikiGameGuides. One has to admit, the guy has a grim sense of humour, and is a pretty decent storyteller, because his tales are rather interesting. The deeds were despicable, sure, but one has to admire the dramatic flair.

Key features
  • A flooded, crime-ridden open world
  • Sequel to Arkham Asylum
  • Cool new Bat-gadgets
  • Appearances from both Batman’s rogue gallery and Bat-family

Divinity: Original Sin - Battle of the bands

Developer:Larian Studios

Here’s one for the audiophiles. So you know Divinity: Original Sin? Yeah, the first one. It was a fairly cheeky game, with an unobtrusive narrative and plenty of humour.

Nine Inch Nills Easter Egg DivinityNine Inch Nills

An inquisitive player would spot a number of references are Easter eggs, but there is a couple of them that share a common theme, which is what we’re writing about here.

Early on in your adventure among various items to pick you can spot a pile of Nine Inch Nails, an American prominent rock band founded by Trent Reznor back in the late eighties. A bit further on you can unearth an undead on the Cyseal cemetery, a guy called Rob. A Rob Zombie, if you will, a musician active since mid-eighties, who over the course of his career has worked with the likes of Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne.

In Homestead, the game protagonist’s intertemporal HQ an item a perceptive character could reveal is Hanneman’s Axe, a reference to Jeff Hanneman, a co-founder of the metal band Slayer, and his signature guitar. Something tells me that somebody at Larian enjoys the soothing tones of electric guitars and drums. Respect.

Key features
  • Excellent as a two-player co-op
  • A role-playing sandbox
  • Vivid setting
  • A good sense of humor

Doom (2016) - Classic levels

Genre:Action & Shooter
Developer:id Software

The sequel/reboot of Doom published by Bethesda back in 2016 was a jackpot, an instant hit with critics and audiences for its unrelenting bloodbath and surprisingly competent storytelling, including a strong, if silent, characterisation of the Doom Slayer.

Video by Neil Dinsmore

A hardcore original soundtrack didn’t hurt either. But in the end it boiled down to it being, you know, DOOM. It’s DOOM so much, in fact, that the developers, id Software, have included the original Doom’s levels hidden in there.

There is one classic level per each of 13 levels of the new game, each opened with a cleverly hidden lever and entered through a door somewhere nearby. And when we say ‘classic levels’, we mean it.

They are flat corridors filled with sprite-based enemies. And since the Doom Slayer and his weapons don’t change, it is a nice way to see just how much the video game visuals have progressed over the 23 years since the original Doom.

Key features

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Notched Pickaxe

Developer:Bethesda Game Studios

There is a peculiar item in Skyrim, located on a mountaintop called Throat of the World. It can normally be accessed only at the end of the quest of the same name, but patient and dedicated players can go there using the ages-old solution of jumping up the mountain slopes in video games.

TESV Notched Pickaxe Throat of the World

The item is called a Notched Pickaxe, and has a simple enchantment: gives you 5 to Smithing, and its attacks are boosted with 5 points of shock damage. But its enchantment isn’t the interesting part. On the surface, the joke is clear: it refers to Minecraft, where pickaxes are the basic tools, and the game’s creator, Markus Persson, who goes by “Notch”. Thus: Notched Pickaxe.

However TES Wikia suggests a different possibility: a reference to a marked pickaxe left by an unlucky expedition to Mount Everest back in 1924. It was found relatively near the top, but it seems the mountaineers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine had never made it.

Key features
  • A frigid open world of a Scandinavia-inspired Skyrim province
  • Very flexible progression around combat, magic, crafting and more
  • Plenty of dungeons, caves and ruins to investigate and plunder
  • You can build a house, become a vampire, forge demonic armor, adopt a child…

Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes - Psycho Mantis

Developer:Konami Computer and silicon Knights

Remember the part with Calendar Man? The original Metal Gear Solid was even more nosy, since it read your PlayStation’s memory card looking for game saves from other games published by Konami.

Video by The Gamer Liquid

The nosy character in question was Psycho Mantis, whose fourth-wall powers also involved being able to read your controller…until you plug it into a different port.

If your card had saves for games like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Suikoden, or Vandal Hearts the antagonist would address it in dialogue. There would also be a double-special dialogue should you have saves from both Snatcher and Policenauts, games developed by Hideo Kojima before MGS. Is Mantis spots that, a message from Kojima plays, thanking for support. That’s nice. Disturbing and somewhat invasive, but nice.

Key features
  • A 2004 instalment of the venerable stealth game series
  • As complicated as the rest of the Metal Gear story
  • Sequel to MGS2: Sons of Anarchy
  • A remake of the original Metal Gear Solid

Silent Hill 2 - The Mastermind

Genre:Survival horror

Sometimes an Easter egg takes you by total surprise, destroying what you felt real and supplanting it with madness, which feels just about right when it’s Silent Hill that we’re talking about.

Video by Ken McDougall

This one is pretty well known, mostly by word of mouth, but still worth writing about for the sheer absurdity of it. It can only be accessed on a second playthrough at best, since it requires having achieved specific endings (In Water, Leave, and Maria, or Rebirth), using a Dog Key and entering the Lakeview Observatory room.

Then it turns out that everything that happened was controlled and masterminded by a very clever Shiba Inu called Mira. Why a nice and rather friendly dog would go to such lengths to torment James with all the horrors of the game remains unknown to this day. Perhaps this dog was actually a cat. That would explain everything.

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That’s just a tip of a retired simile as far as the old and vast world of video game Easter eggs are concerned.

Hundreds, perhaps thousands could be spotted across the past decades of gaming. We’re pretty sure you’ve got some favorites, too!