Best Video Game Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs aren't just for April.
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Since video games first began capturing our attention during the 1958s, creators and developers have been pouring their hearts, imaginations, and time into the creation process. But, just how much time have these creators spent? Well, on average most modern games take 3-5 years to complete, which is an impressive amount of time for any one person or group of people to work on a single project.

While their names are listed at the end of the project, many developers have more personal ways of leaving their calling cards on their projects and that's through the inclusion of Easter Eggs.

A virtual Easter Egg is an intentional hidden message or feature..."

According to Wikipedia, "An Easter egg is a message, image, of feature hidden in a video game, film, or other, usually electronic, medium." They're a fun experience for gamers to discover and a cool way for them to communicate directly with players, often without the approval of the publishing company. There are a ton of different video game Easter Eggs out there.

To catch you up on some of our personal favorites, here are the 30 Best Video Game Easter Eggs you'll find.

Please note: There will be spoilers ahead for those who haven't played some of these games. There are also a lot more that weren't covered in this guide. If you have one that isn't on this list, tell us about it in the comments below.

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Atari Adventure.

Developed by Atari, Inc.

Release year: 1980

Following the success of Atari 2600 in 1977, Atari, Inc. developed and released the first action-adventure video game for a console. Adventure was met with positive reviews and is known as one of the greatest games of all time. It also features the first easter egg in a video game, and it was a very subtle way to stick it to the man, so to speak.

In the early days of video game programming, Atari was afraid to lose its top video game programmers to competing companies. To keep their programmers hidden, they removed the inclusion of the programmer's names in credits at the end.

This angered programmer Warren Robinett and, upon completing Adventure, he spent some extra time adding a level that would direct players to a room. A secret message would flash in the room, a message that read:

NAME

His rebellious actions and his sentence started the era of video game easter eggs.

Double rainbow.

Developed by Gearbox Software

Release year: 2019

Borderlands is a series known for its wild atmosphere, wacky dialogue, and manic characters. The same can be said Borderlands 2 and its Easter Eggs!

As players tromp around the fictional planet Pandora in search of mysterious caches of alien technology called The Vaults, they have the opportunity to stumble across an isolated campsite on a cliff near Hyperion Bridge. Stepping foot in the campsite will trigger the formation of two double rainbows that span the sky in front of the player. This grants players the "What Does It Mean" achievement/trophy.

This is a reference to a video posted to YouTube by user Yosemitebear62. Ol' Yosemitebear62 discovered a double rainbow while camping and filmed a video during which he emotionally cries, "What does it mean?" Since it was posted 11 years ago, the video has amassed a staggering 49 million views.

There have been many parodies of Yosemitebear Mountain Double Rainbow 1-8-10, but you can watch the original here.

Creeper.

Developed by Gearbox Software

Release year: 2019

When I told you Borderlands is a game known for its crazy collection of Easter Eggs, I meant it! For our 3rd Easter Egg, we're returning to the violent and nutty world of Pandora, where players will find references to another video game northwest of the Caustic Caverns.

Upon breaking into a hidden cave, players will encounter unique exploding enemies known as Creepers. Getting too close to the Creepers makes them explode, causing damage to any nearby players in the process. The Creepers and their blocky environment are references to the popular independent video game Minecraft.

Minecraft is a survival game set in a procedurally generated and heavily pixelated world where violent mobs spawn every night and attempt to kill the player. This includes Creepers, and they have gathered quite the internet reputation, with many players flocking to Reddit to share tragic deaths at the hands of the annoying creatures.

If you're curious and want to see this Easter Egg in action, watch out for the Badass Creeper lurking in the cave.

Star Wars Battlefront II.

Developed by DICE, Criterion Games, and Motive Studios

Release year: 2017

Following the success of Star Wars Battlefront in 2015, Electronic Arts quickly developed the sequel Star Wars Battlefront II. In the game, players choose which faction they fight for and rage war against their enemies across a collection of the fandom's fan-favorite locations. These battles are interrupted by short cinematic scenes, one of which features Stormtroopers preparing for a battle.

As the scene focuses on one Stormtrooper receiving battle instruction via portable hologram, two other Stormtroopers can be seen in the far distance, walking from right to left beneath a set of stairs. The Stormtrooper closest to us can be seen smacking his head on the stairs.

This Easter Egg is a hilarious tribute to a scene in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope where a particularly tall Stormtrooper wacks his head on a door. This scene stood out to fans because it made it to the movie's final cut. It does beg the question:

If we can't expect Stormtroopers to aim well, how can we expect them not to run into low-hanging obstacles?

Dead Space.

Developed by EA Redwood Shores and Electronic Arts

2008

A survival horror game developed by EA Redwood Shores, Dead Space features the chilling atmosphere of a mining spaceship, the Ishimura, overrun by terrifying and deadly monsters called Necromorphs. Players control engineer Isaac Clarke as he navigates the Ishimura searching for his girlfriend, Nicole, while simultaneously battling psychosis and the creatures.

As Isaac explores the ship, he is visited by ghostly hallucinations of Nicole throughout his journey. While part of his psychosis, these hallucinations hint that Nicole is very much alive. However, one of Dead Space's Easter Eggs would tell you otherwise.

There are 12 chapters to the Dead Space game, all with different titles. When read in order from 1 to 12, the first letter of each chapter spells out a haunting message and a major spoiler.

Nicole is dead.

Here's a breakdown of the chapter names.

Chapter Number Chapter Title
Chapter 1 New Arrivals
Chapter 2 Intensive Care
Chapter 3 Course Correction
Chapter 4 Obliteration Imminent
Chapter 5 Lethal Devotion
Chapter 6 Environmental Hazard
Chapter 7 Into the Void
Chapter 8 Search and Rescue
Chapter 9 Dead on Arrival
Chapter 10 End of Days
Chapter 11 Alternate Solutions
Chapter 12 Dead Space
Assassin's Cree squid.

Ubisoft Montreal

2009

Assassin's Creed 2 was a delight for many people because it allowed fans of the first Assassin's Creed to experience the Renaissance period of Italy. As players control Desmond controlling ancestor Ezio Auditore da Firenze during 1476, a man bent on exacting revenge against the corrupt magistrate Uberto who executes his father, they have the opportunity to explore some of Italy's most popular Renaissance cities, such as Venice.

While exploring the flooded underground of the Santa Marie della Visitazione church, Ezio will pause the edge of a platform and the camera will move up and to the right. This movement offers a clear view of an Architeuthis dux gliding just beneath the murky water's surface. While players can't be hurt by this creature, as Ezio dodges an oncoming attack causing the creature to flee, the squid is certainly very creepy.

Oh, aren't familiar with the term Architeuthis dux? It's the binomial nomenclature, or scientific name, for giant squid which makes the entire scene a lot more unnerving.

Assassin's Creed in Witcher 2.

Developed by CD Projekt Red

2011

A series inspired by The Witcher fantasy novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher 2 takes players back to the monster-infested world of The Continent. Players control Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter with heightened combat and magical abilities called a Witcher. As players explore the open-world map, hunting monsters, and completing different quests for loot, they have the opportunity to stumble across the many Easter Eggs developers hid throughout the game.

Once such Easter Egg can be found as early as the Prologue while exploring the Ballista. Geralt will discover a dead body lying facedown over a cart of hay. The body, dressed in a white robe with a red sash around the middle, will trigger Geralt to comment, "Guess they'll never learn."

The body is a reference to the popular video game series Assassin's Creed which features (you guessed it) assassins throughout different time periods. In the first Assassin's Creed, players control Altaïr, an assassin during the Third Crusade. Exploring the cities through the practice of parkour, players can leap from high places and safely land in carts full of hay.

This might've worked out well for Altaïr, but the would-be assassin in The Witcher met an unseemly end by, presumably, missing the cart. Regardless, Geralt's comment will result in the player earning +1 to the Assassin Attribute.

Turkey assassin.

Developed by Ubisoft Montreal

2012

Like many games on this list, the Assassin's Creed series is full of references, hidden secrets, and more. Some of them are unique, while others are, admittedly, quite silly. This is especially true of the adorable and unexpected turkey assassin that players can find in Assassin's Creed III.

The game is split into different sequences or chapters. After completing the sixth sequence, players can travel to the Davenport Homestead. Upon taking cover on the back porch, perform a whistle. This will cause a giant turkey to approach you from the woods.

Now, turning the turkey into an assassin is a little tricky, and it involves a code called the Konami code to be input into your console. Highlight him as you would normally highlight an item of interest in the game and input the Konami code.

Here are the codes according to each gaming console.

Console Sequence
Xbox Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A
PlayStation Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, O, X
Wii I Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, A, B

Successfully inputting the Konami code will grant the turkey a little white assassin's hood. What's more, is the turkey actually follows you around like a little turkey assassin companion. Strange, but there's no denying it's adorable.

Indiana Jones.

Developed by Obsidian Entertainment and Bethesda Softworks

2010

Straight out of one of the most popular post-apocalyptic universes, Fallout: New Vegas offers many strange interactions, weird lines of dialogue, and straight-up wacky happenstances. As players customize their PC's appearance, they also have the opportunity to choose traits that enhance things like combat, carrying capacity, radiation resistance (a necessity in a nuclear fallout world), and more.

One such trait called Wild Wasteland adds some even more random and weird alienesque encounters throughout the game. In addition, players with the Wild Wasteland trait have the opportunity to find unique Easter Eggs, such as a reference to Indiana Jones and the Kingdon of the Crystal Skull.

Just southeast of Goodsprings, the first in-game location, players will discover a refrigerator lying on the ground. Taking a peek inside will reveal a skeleton wearing a fedora-style hat called a Suave gambler hat. This references the intrepid explorer Indiana Jones who manages to survive a nuclear test blast inside a lead-lined refrigerator. As a bonus, players get to enjoy an Indiana Jones-like hat.

Frodo Baggins.

Developed by Bethesda Game Studios

2006

A massive open-world RPG, Oblivion redefined the genre of fantasy role-playing games with its immersive graphics, world exploration, and hilariously goofy NPCs. Of course there are other reasons to love and remember Oblivion fondly, one of the most memorable aspects are the NPCs as their stories are so carefully and thoughtfully intertwined with each other.

One such NPC is Agarmir, a Nord thief who lives in the Talos Plaza District of the Imperial City. Agarmir is met while completing the side quest Unfriendly Competition. Players will eventually be directed to sneak into Agarmis's house where they have the opportunity to discover a journal with names written above a list of items. The name from the seaside city of Anvil? Oford Gabings which is an anagram for the main protagonist of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings series. The items Agarmir stole from Gabings? A travel cloak with a silver and green leaf, an enchanted shortsword, and a gold ring (cursed?). A side end for such a hero as Frodo.

Pac Man.

Developed by Bethesda Game Studios

2011

Lovers of The Elder Scrolls series were certainly impressed with many aspects of the series' fifth installment, Skyrim. The game was known for its revolutionary dragon-fighting combat (silly bugs aside), sweeping epic quests, and beautiful vistas. Despite being nearly a decade old, Skyrim is still considered a fan favorite by many.

The game also has a plethora of Easter Eggs, including a funny Pac-Man reference located inside Endon's house in the city of Markarth. Upon entering the house, players will discover a Pac-Man-esque scene featuring a wheel of cheese, three pieces of garlic, a Slaughterfish egg for Pac-Man's eye, and a bowl of Glowdust. The scene represents the Pac-Man's mechanic of eating points – or in this case garlic – while leading toward a ghostly enemy – or the Glowdust. Very clever, Skyrim.

As seen through the window.

Developed by Nintendo

1998

Like most games in the Legend of Zelda series, Ocarina of Time is set in the fictional kingdom of Hyrule. Players control Link as he helps Zelda take down Ganondorf, an evil Gerudo King who seeks a powerful holy relic called the Triforce.

Exploring Hyrule allows players to experience the many Easter Eggs hidden throughout the map. Nintendo owns several popular franchises, such as Super Mario, SimCity, and more. The Legend of Zelda series features many references to their most popular games.

Ocarina of Time was the first game in the series to feature 3D graphics!

In Princess Zelda's Courtyard, for example, players can see the portraits of Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, and Bowser from the Mario franchise. This is one of several Mario Bros. references throughout the game.

Jar Jar in carbonite.

Developed by LucasArts

2008

Meant to bridge the first two Star Wars trilogies, The Force Unleashed features Darth Vader's secret apprentice, Starkiller, tasked with hunting down Jedi survivors after the Great Jedi Purge. As players progress through the game, Starkiller begins questioning their morality, eventually working down a path of redemption.

The game was generally met with positive reviews. Still, one Easter Egg detail that made many players extremely happy was the Gungan prisoner found frozen in carbonite in the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk. Unfortunately, the prisoner was never named by the developers, but many players presumed the Gungan was one of the series most hated characters Jar Jar Binks.

Since he first appeared in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Jar Jar has been one of the few characters from the series that fans hate. It's no wonder they presumed the frozen Gungan to be Jar Jar.

Injured knee.

Developed by iD Software

2016

When it was released in 2016, Doom was the first installment in the series since Doom 3 was released in 2004. After the 12 year hiatus, fans of the Doom series enjoyed the 2016 Doom, praising its single-player campaign, the graphics, the soundtrack, and, yes, the Easter Eggs.

One such Easter Egg can be found during the sixth mission of Doom. Leaning against a pillar in a corner of a dark cave, a skeleton can be found wearing a horned helmet with a long arrow sticking out from the kneecap. This is a nod to the classic line from Bethesda's Skyrim.

Adventuring around Skyrim will often take you walking past city and hold guards. Walk close enough and your Dragonborn will trigger a series of dialogues, one of which includes the now infamous line:

I used to be an adventurer like you, then I took an arrow in the knee."

Oh, Dragonborn. Looks like you stumbled into the wrong cave and met your...Doom.

Cabbit.

Developed by Volition

2008

There's something really satisfying about video game developers referencing their other works as Easter Eggs, and Volition is no exception to this! In their second installment of the Saints Row series, Saints Row II, Volition included a nod to one of their older games.

Players exploring the Saints Row II map will stumble across a Secret Area island on the western side of the map. Entering the island will trigger a series of arrows to pop up on your screen. Following them will lead players to a boat which, when navigated in the direction of the arrows, will take them far from shore. Far enough to sea and a giant pink bunny will rise from the ocean.

Yes, you read that right. This giant pink bunny is called a Cabbit, and Cabbit is a reference to Volition's 2000 action role-playing game Summoner. In the game, Cabbits were small enemy creatures that resembled comical bunnies with long floppy ears. While they were enemies creatures in Summoner, the giant Cabbit in Saints Row II is harmless.

Thelma and Louise.

Developed by Rockstar North

2013

Known for its large open-world map, its wanted system that can take you from average street-walking Joe to wanted criminal in 2 crimes or less, GTA V has been a fan-favorite since its release 8 years ago. Full of pop culture references, GTA V is full of Easter Eggs, ranging from hilarious to slightly disturbing. One such Easter Egg pays a macabre homage to Ridley Scott's 1991 classic Thelma & Louise.

Thelma & Louise follows the story of best friends Thelma Dickinson and Louise Sawyer as they set out for a weekend road trip turned crime spree. The crimes of their road trip escalate, and the movie ends with the two women driving over the edge of a cliff in the Grand Canyon to avoid being caught by the police.

In GTA V, players flying a helicopter through the Chiliad Mountain State Wilderness near Raton Canyon will spot a Tornado convertible surrounded by police cars. Getting closer to the scene will cause the convertible to drive over a cliff, mirroring the movie's end.

Hat and cane.

Gearbox Software

2013

Set in the same and terrifying universe as James Cameron's 1980s Aliens, the video game Aliens: Colonial Marines occurs shortly after the film's events. When a full battalion of Colonial Marines is sent to investigate the Sulaco spaceship, they discover the ship has been infested with Xenomorphs. As members of the battalion explore the Sulaco and the Weyland-Yutani research facility, battling Xenomorphs and personnel of the evil android Michael Weyland, players can find a hilarious Easter Egg.

During the mission "One Bullet," enter the laboratory to find a containment pod to the right of one of the examination rooms. In the containment pod on the right, players will see a little straw hat with a cane lying next to it. This is a reference to the 1987 Mel Brooks film Spaceballs.

Hello, my baby! Hello, my honey, hello my ragtime, summertime gal!"

Spaceballs is a comedic parody of the original Star Wars trilogy, but it also features references and parodies to other popular sci-fi films, including Alien. For example, during a Spaceballs scene that features a diner, Alien's character Kane eats the Chef's Special, resulting in a small alien bursting from his chest. The alien hisses at the diner, puts on a straw hat, grabs a cane, and proceeds to perform "Hello! Ma Baby" from the 1950s cartoon One Froggy Evening.

Talk about your metaphysical Easter Egg.

Falling Gandalf.

Coffee Stain Studios

2013

Otherworld sci-fi meets tower defense gameplay meets FPS in this follow-up game to Sanctum. Following a team of four Core Guardians on a colonized human planet inhabited by hostile creatures known as Lumes, players have the opportunity to customize their base's defenses by placing turrets, walls, and other base building items.

Exploring the base, specifically the Bio Lab, will reveal a funny if tragic Easter Egg.

Walking through the Bio Lab will take you through an open door to a balcony that's been ruined in an attack. At the edge of the balcony, you'll find a man clinging to the edge of a panel. Upon getting close to the man, you'll trigger the line, "Fly, you fools," and the man will drop. This is an homage to everyone's favorite falling wizard, Gandalf The Grey from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Let me tell you, it's just as tragic in Sanctum 2.

Jill's sandwiches.

Developed by Capcom/Capcom Vancourver

2021

Created by Japanese video game producer Keiji Inafune, Dead Rising is an action-adventure sandbox game that follows playable character Frank West as he explores a riot taking place in Willamette, Colorado. Unfortunately, the riot turns out to be a zombie outbreak, and Frank, the true photographer he is, decides to stay and search of the perfect shot.

While walking through Paradise Plaza, a section of the Willamette Parkview Mall, players will walk past a restaurant located on the first floor called Jill's Sandwiches. This a reference to one of the most famous (or infamous) lines in video game history. In the first Resident Evil, the character Jill Valentine escapes a harrowing trap where she's almost crushed. Her teammate, Barry Burton, voices this line after Jill escapes, "You were almost a Jill sandwich!" Hilarious, Capcon.

Crop circles.

Developed by Kojima Productions

2008

Winner of many 2008 Game of the Year awards, Metal Gear Solid 4 is one of the few games out there that gathered near perfect reviews. In fact, it's considered one of the best gaming titles in video game history by many. Players can enjoy taking control of an old Solid Snake as he sets out on a final mission to assassinate his enemy, Liquid Snake. The plot is split into 6 acts, and players have the opportunity to discover a strange Easter Egg during the fourth act.

After fighting and defeating the Laughing Octopus, you'll exit the house and be directed to cross a river. Before you cross it, head left. This brings you to a large grassy field where you'll find the tall grass pushed down in the shape of a crop circle. Crop circles were first coined during the 1980s by a man named Colin Andrews and are presumably an elaborate hoax done by pranksters or the work of alien UFOs landing.

Last of Us headline.

Developed by Naughty Dog

2011

The Uncharted Series is one of the best-known action-adventure games, featuring one of the most beloved video game characters: Nathan Drake. Throughout the series's 9 games, Drake, a charismatic, good-natured, and rebellious explore, embarks on several sweeping adventures searching for priceless treasure. Uncharted, as a series, is known for its gorgeous and beautifully rendered graphics, with destinations and backgrounds that are packed with details, and Uncharted 3 is no exception to this. One such gorgeously and beautifully rendered detail was a hint to what would be one of Naughty Dog's most popular titles.

After Drake is involved in a bar brawl, players have the opportunity to explore the bar. In the corner of the bar, right beneath a "Richmonds Reserve Whiskey" sign, players will find a newspaper. Zooming in reveals the headline: Scientists still struggling to understand deadly virus. This is a nod to the deadly virus that causes the apocalypse in The Last of Us, which wasn't released for another two years after Uncharted 3.

While Naughty Dog has released statements since the widespread circulation of this Easter Egg claiming that they "screwed up" by leaving that detail in the game. Regardless, very interesting detail, Naughty Dog!

Slender Man.

Developed by Gaijin Games

2013

While the full name is technically Bit. Trip Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, the game Runner2 is a side-scrolling platformer where players guide their chosen character through levels that are riddled with obstacles. Each level is colorful, crazy, and almost distracting enough to cause players to mess up. One such distracting detail can be found in one of the forest levels. Lurking behind three floating stacks of gold is the tall, lanky no-faced character in a suit that many of us know as Slenderman (or Slender Man).

Slenderman is a fictional character that originated as a Creepypasta meme. Since Slenderman's conception in 2009, he's become a bit of an internet legend as many people have taken to developing lore around him. He's known to lurk in the shadows, stalking and traumatizing victims, particularly children. While Slenderman is fictional, he's certainly a creepy addition to many video games, including Runner2.

Hayato's message.

Developed by Ubisoft Montreal

2012

Nominated for several end-of-the-year accolades such as Game of the Year and best shooter, Far Cry 3 is a first-person shooter with role-playing and survival games elements. Players control Jason Brody, who embarks on a journey to save his friends after a vacation to a tropical archipelago goes horribly wrong. Exploring the island gives players an edge against enemies and offers the opportunity to learn more about the island's mysterious inhabitants. Exploration also allows players to experience an Easter Egg reference to the Assassin's Creed.

Did I ever tell you what the definition of insanity is?" - Vaas, Far Cry 3

While playing the Insane Edition of Far Cry 3, a series of special missions called the Lost Expeditions would give you access to a letter called Letters of the Lost Lab. The letter, written by Hayato, describes with displeasure a group of scientists searching for "Pieces of Eden and Edison's electrical experiments into 'genetic memory.'" The scientists Hayato is referring to at the scientists of Abstergo Industries, or the company that creates the machines that sends you back in time in the Assassin's Creed Series. Freaky to think Far Cry 3 could take place in the Assassin's Creed Universe.

The plane as viewed through the window.

Developed by 2K Martin

2007

The second game in the Bioshock series that takes place in the fictional underwater city of Rapture, Bioshock 2 takes players back to the dystopian metropolis inhabited by genetically modified creatures. Instead of controlling Jack, the protagonist of the first game, players control Subject Delta, the first-ever Big Daddy in the city. Through the experience of Subject Delta, players have the opportunity to learn about the Big Daddy/Little Sister dynamic while exploring the city further.

In Bioshock, the protagonist is traveling across the Atlantic sea, right above Rapture, in an Apollo Air Flight DF-0301 flight. The plane crashes into the sea and scatters ruined plane bits through the water above the city. As players of Bioshock 2 explore the city, specifically the Adonis Luxury Resort, a part of the plane's tail can be seen in the open area. Impressive considering the plane has been submerged for 8 years underwater.

The two marines.

Developed by 343 Industries

2012

Following the well-known supersoldier, Master Chief, Halo 4 continues the franchise by allowing players to explore an ancient civilization's planet, fighting a splintered faction of the series' main antagonist, the Covenant, and mechanical warriors of the Forerunner empire. The campaign is broken up into different levels, each with various tasks and to-dos the player must complete to beat the game. The Shutdown level of Halo 4 is noteworthy for many reasons. Not only does it feature a funny Easter Egg, but it's also the first time you can pilot a D79H-TC Pelican (specifically the gunship). It's also in the hangar near the Pelican, where you can find this Easter Egg.

Standing next to a stack of crates, you'll find two armed marines. The Marines won't speak until you face the direction they're facing and take a few steps forward before turning around to approach them once more. Doing this will trigger a series of conversations between the two. The conversations, ranging from rugs to aliens, are voiced by Conan O'Brien, a late-night talk show host, and his announcer and sidekick, Andy Richter. While it might feel random to feature Conan and Richter in a Halo game, they're actually fans of the franchise!

Thirsty grunt.

Developed by Bungie

2001

Since its initial release just after the turn of the century, Halo redefined the landscape for first-person shooter games with its revolutionary 3D environment view, complex maps, and entertaining gameplay. In the 26th-century, humans have means of faster-than-light travel and have spread to different planets. This, of course, exposes them to advanced enemy alien races called the Covenant who rage war against humanity. For the most part, the Covenant are all a creepy group of creatures except for one of the final Grunt species in the game.

During The Maw level, a small passage on the right side will open up as cross the bridge where the Foe Hammer is shot down. Entering that passage will ultimately lead to a dead-end, but the end of the tunnel will also lead to a Grunt. The grunt will only offer one line of dialogue: "Good thing that Food Nipple's waiting for me at the starship 'cause man, whew, have I worked up a big, grunty thirst!"

Shiba Inu ending.

Developed by Konami

2001

Developed with the intention of exploring Silent Hill's backstory, specifically, the history of the town, Silent Hill 2 features one of the first and "finest examples of narrative construction in gaming to this day," according to IGN writer Jim Sterling. Progressing through the game, players must accomplish several tasks. Completing these tasks will unlock different endings for the game, and each ending wraps up the events of the plot in very different ways. One such ending, called the Dog Key ending, doubles as an Easter Egg.

The Dog Key ending features James walking into a room attached to the Observation Room on the third floor of the Lakeview Hotel. Inside the room is a dog, a Shiba Inu, wearing black headphones and operating a complex machine. James, dismayed, will fall to his knees, and the Shiba Inu will approach him and lick his face. Does this ending make sense? Not really. But is it attached to one of the most popular horror games? Absolutely.

Krogan.

Developed by BioWare

2014

The third game in the Dragon Age series, Dragon Age: Inquisition opened up the Thedas map for fans of the franchise by allowing players to travel to destinations that weren't available in earlier games. Players control the Inquisitor as they embark on a series of quests to unite the neighboring countries against the game's main antagonist, Corypheus. While exploring these new areas, players will encounter fortresses, homes, and more with various levels of decoration adorning the walls. Throughout the game, often found on walls that feature several trophy heads, players can also find Krogan trophy heads.

Krograns are a species found in the popular BioWare video series Mass Effect. For those not in the loop, the Mass Effect series takes place in the not-too-distant future when humans have spread throughout the Milky Way galaxy, integrating with the alien races that inhabit the many systems. Krogans are a reptilian species known for their aggressive demeanors and resilience, having been known to thrive in harsh environments. Because they're both made by BioWare, developers have fun putting Dragon Age references in Mass Effect and vice versa. It creates a fun Easter Egg hunt for fans of both franchises.

Manbearpig.

Developed by Rockstar Games

2018

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel to the 2010 video game Red Dead Redemption, and it follows Arthur Morgan and John Marston, the lather of which was the protagonist in the first game. Like RDR, RDR2 is set across the Western, Midwestern, and Southern regions of the United States in 1899. Players can explore the open-world map, experiencing the American Wild West as members of the Van der Linde gang who are attempted to get enough money to leave the world of crime.

The game is, without a doubt, really beautiful. It's known for its long, languid traveling sequences across the beautiful vistas of the large map. On maps that larger, things tend to get creepy. West of the Van Horn Trading Post, players will find an abandoned house on the horizon. While barging through the door is impossible as the door is barred, players have the option of climbing through the window by using a cart. Inside the house, players will discover the macabre body of a pig's head sewn to a bear's upright standing body, similar to South Park's famed mutant monster Manbearbig.

Master Chief reference.

Developed by Bungie

2014

Available online only, Bungie's first-person shooter Destiny was the first console franchise since the Halo series. Similar to Halo, Destiny is set in a science-fiction version of Earth. After a strange celestial being arrives on Earth, players design and take control of Guardians, super-powered soldiers that wield a power called Light. The arrival of the being, the Traveler, brings the attention of different violent aliens who seek to control the Traveler, and the Guardians are tasked with protecting the Traveler and the last city on Earth.

Destiny is an interesting game that blends a lot of different genres. For starters, Destiny allows players to enjoy PvP and PvE combat and, because it's an online-only game, players can team up with other players to take down large enemies and explore the various maps. While exploring the right end of the Cosmodrome, players have the option to scan a sleeping pod, triggering dialogue that references Halo's Master Chief.

Well played, Bungie.

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