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Games Easter Eggs: Ten Of The Best

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Tamsin Oxford
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Games Easter Eggs: Ten Of The Best

It’s Easter! Time for chocolate eggs, terrifyingly large bunnies, weird mythology that makes no sense and a new set of clothes thanks to all the chocolate you’ve eaten. It’s also the time of the videogame Easter Egg. Bad, bad bunny.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Games Easter Eggs: Ten Of The BestThese games are more than just the coolest way to listen to fabulous music while smooshing the neighbourhood. Rockstar have always had a bit of a thing for sticking Easter Eggs into their games.

This one is my favourite of them all purely because it’s so damn innocent. Visit the helipad at the top of the news station on the west island. In the east you’ll see a grey building. Hop through the fake window on the side and you’ll find a little Easter egg with a sweet a message as you could give your dear old Auntie.

Adventure

Games Easter Eggs: Ten Of The BestThe origin of the Easter egg in the videogame as created by programmer Warren Robinett in 1980. He stuck his name down the centre of a secret room in the text game Adventure. His little moment wasn’t discovered until it was too late to change it so off it was shipped and so began a fabulous trend. I hereby thank Warren from the bottom of my crusty heart.

Diablo II

Games Easter Eggs: Ten Of The BestWhile I’ve not played this game, it’s still sitting on my “games to play before I die” list, I must confess to loving it pure because it has an Easter egg known as the Secret Cow Level.  Originally a rumour surrounding the original, it became a reality in the sequel and is one of the most challenging levels in the game. You have to complete the game and several specific tasks in order to unlock the portal that takes you to the cows of hell. Brilliant.

Halo 2 Games Easter Eggs: Ten Of The Best

Sometimes it feels a bit like the devs get more excited about the Easter eggs than they do about the game and this particular example is one of that crowd. Tons of these blighters abound in the game Halo but one of the most popular has to be the Grunt birthday party skull. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then do a little research on the interweb.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Games Easter Eggs: Ten Of The BestRemember this old 90s classic? Oh man, do I have the fondest memories of Alucard and the mental castle, not to mention the seriously brilliant twist at the end. Yeah. So it was with glee that I discovered that there was an Easter egg buried within. Open the disc as a music CD and you’ll uncover Alucard 2. While not aiming for Now 2010, it’s still worth a desk jiggle or three.

Runescape/ World of Warcraft

Games Easter Eggs: Ten Of The BestAs a huge fan of Monty Python I loved the idea of this particular Easter egg. The Knights Who Say Ni – the very ones that had me in stitches when I first discovered them – have been used quite a bit in the world of gaming. In Runescape there is a message “This is not the mightiest tree in the forest” when players use a raw herring on a tree and in World of Warcraft a NPC demands a shrubbery. I giggled my way through the latter quest like a complete child. Brilliant.

Metal Gear Series

Games Easter Eggs: Ten Of The BestAccording to internet lore this particular series of games by Hideo Kojima has quite a few of the eggs hidden away. I’ve not had the chance to play this fab series so I bet there are many of you who know exactly what I’m talking about. There’s the naughty – a zombie bashing minigame in Metal Gear Solid’s Snake Eater – and the naughtier – Meryl working out in her undies. No. I’m not telling you how.

Final Fantasy Tactics Games Easter Eggs: Ten Of The Best

Another classic from the eighties, Final Fantasy Tactics was a kicker of a game and also a rather big deviation from the norm for the series. While sporting an entirely different game structure and battle system from the other titles, it did include Cloud Strife as a secret Easter egg. It wasn’t easy to uncover him and get him to join your rusty band, but it was worth it.

Doom II

Games Easter Eggs: Ten Of The BestI has girl crush on John Romero. This is one of my all time favourite Easter eggs as a result. Apologies. So there is quite a bit of history behind this particular Easter Egg that includes in-office jokers replacing the head of the boss in the final level (in ‘no clip’ mode) with that of John Romero on a stick.

John Romero then recorded “To win this game you must kill me, John Romero” and played it backwards and distorted to get a modicum of revenge. It’s almost a touching moment.

Resident Evil 5

Games Easter Eggs: Ten Of The BestFancy a trip down memory lane, back to the old days of 1996 and the original game? A little birdie told me about this particular Easter egg the other day and inspired me to write this feature. Yes, I know I’m probably behind the times but still, I’m busy.

So in Lost in Nightmares, the new chapter for RE5, start a new game and when you gain control turn around and press the Investigate button. Do this until you see the ? prompt and press it again. Enjoy.

Add a comment7 comments
Bob  Mar. 22, 2010 at 16:01

Final Fantasy Tactics = Nineties

smj  Mar. 22, 2010 at 23:56

A supposed Video game blogger who has never played any of the Metal Gears... depressing.

Emma Kelly  Mar. 23, 2010 at 10:07

None of our authors has played every game in existence. I think that would be impossible. Or improbable.

Gunn  Mar. 23, 2010 at 14:51

It's not everyones cup of tea but I feel it should be on the list of must plays. I actually only recently finished MGS on PS1 recently, I found it too difficult back then :)

ODB  Mar. 26, 2010 at 14:41

cant stand MSG myself...have tried but its just not for me

Matt Gardner  Mar. 26, 2010 at 18:05

I can take or leave MGS...except for No. 2. MGS2 was astoundingly good.

Also...congrats Chris...the above was our 4000th comment :D

MyDogFarted  Sep. 23, 2011 at 15:48

I always remember the talking goat from Broken Sword 2, but that was probably because it was the only one I've ever discovered myself.
Did anyone else ever hear the John Motson "Rap" (audio commentary from the game re-organised) they had on Fifa '97? If you opened the game as a music CD it was one of the track listings. Made me laugh as a 14 year old

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