Written by Rick Warren / gfn21
From double rainbows to NPCs with arrows in their knees, just about every game is packed with references and hidden details. Some are simple, others are complex, but all are fun. With this list, I'll be sharing my absolute favorite easter eggs - give it a read and share yours in the comments below!
5.) Creeper Cave - Borderlands 2
In a game packed with easter eggs, this one stands out. By "mining" a random cave in Caustic Caverns, players will stumble across a well-hidden group of Minecraft's destructive green enemies and some familiar-looking blocks of coal. It's completely out of left field, but the cameo is a super enjoyable one. Best of all, though, is the reward that comes from taking down the Creepers: individual skins for each character! Designed with the same pixelized, blocky style as Minecraft, they stand out from everything else in the game and are a great way for vault hunters to show off their exploration skills.
Next up, another out of the blue pairing...
4.) Assassin’s Creeds Origins - The FF XV Tomb
While traveling the desert, Bayek eventually stumbles upon a blue (ahhhh, see what I did there? With the "out of the blue" setup? ...I'm sorry...) comet crashing onto the sandy floor. When moving towards it, players reach an elaborate tomb covered in hieroglyphics... and a figure that looks startlingly like Noctis from Final Fantasy XV. After solving a puzzle, the tomb opens and a cutscene plays. Out walks XV's excellent villain, Ardyn Izunia, and before he can do or say anything, Bahamut arrives and forces him to escape through the same portal he arrived by. It's completely random and insanely cool. The rewards, the Engine Blade and a rideable chocobo, make the short easter egg worth doing for any XV fan. This entire easter egg caught me off guard during my playthrough, and it was fun to see Ubisoft paying homage to Final Fantasy just like XV did with its Assassin's Creed event.
In the third spot, a big (literally) easter egg...
3.) The Megalodon - Battlefield 4
It's big, it's scary and it's in the water during every match of Paracel Storm, apparently. That's what the Battlefield community wanted to believe anyway, and for many months after the launch of Battlefield 4 it was a running gag. Parodied in the popular series Battlefield Friends and bringing about pages of forum posts, the hunt for the Megalodon was a very real thing. At some point, DICE caught on to the excitement and got in on the joke, urging players to keep searching. They had put a Megalodon into the game, and after a lengthy search, the community completed their goal and triggered the easter egg. By gathering around twenty players in one specific area, the prehistoric shark will leap out of the water and kill everyone in proximity. It's incredibly stupid, and incredibly entertaining. I still remember doing this easter egg myself and looking the wrong way. It scared the crap out of me...
This week's runner-up is an extremely creative way to beat a boss...
2.) Defeating The End Using Time - Metal Gear Solid 3
Snake Eater's incredibly old sniper was one of my favorite boss fights in the game, mainly due to the variety of ways he could be taken down. None, however, beat this easter egg. By advancing the system clock on the PlayStation console and changing the date, or simply by waiting a year and coming back, players will find that the boss fight is over. Naked Snake is free to move forward, as The End has died due to old age. It’s genuinely hilarious and shows Hideo Kojima's ability to think outside the box (pun very much intended).
And now, in this week's top spot...
1.) Psycho Mantis Reads Memory Card - Metal Gear Solid
Every Metal Gear fan knows about the classic, fourth-wall breaking encounter with Psycho Mantis in the original Metal Gear Solid, yet those without experience with the series probably don't know of this mind-blowing easter egg. When reading a player's memory card (to give the illusion that he's reading players' minds), Psycho Mantis can stop and make special comments if he sees saved data for another Konami game, as well as a few other titles. Seeing and hearing "you seem to like The Legend of Zelda, don't you?" or "you like Castlevania, don't you?" for the first time is a jaw-dropping moment, and the easter egg is one of the many, many reasons why MGS became the industry icon that it did.
Thanks for reading! Check back for a new Top 5 right here next Friday.