Hidden treasures and looted corridors often feature in mass across our favourite titles from throughout the ages. There’s something distinctly satisfying about discovering one of these gems within a game.
However, looking past the coveted jewels and everyday secrets that have become more of an expectation than surprise, today we’re looking at the wonderful world of gimmicks. Today, we’re looking at, The Easter Egg.
Metal Gear Solid 3 – The End dies of Old Age
Known as the “Father of Sniping”, Metal Gear Solid 3’s The End was affected by a parasite that greatly lengthened his lifespan. Taking down The End in the traditional sense can be a lengthy process, having to sneak around several areas to execute the pensioner avoiding detection. However, there is an alternative method.
By quitting the game and turning your PlayStation clock forward by a month or two you can actually stop The End without even playing. If successful, when you start the title back up the senile boss will have died of old age, allowing you to pass through this fight unscathed.
The Stanley Parable – Disco Room
The Stanley Parable is known for its secret endings, out-of-the-box thinking, and general dry humour. Perhaps the best of these comes in the form of a secret disco kitted out so you can end the game in funky fashion.
This groovy gimmick presents its self to players who spend too much time waiting in the hall of cameras. In normal circumstances, the games beloved narrator will ask you to move on from the room reminding us of our general insignificance in the world that we live in.
However, by generally waiting about players are presented with a new button to press and in doing so gain access to this classy dance pad.
Alice Madness Returns – Corpse of Raz
Psychonauts star Razputin Aquato seems to have strayed a bit far from the path in this one. The depths of Wonderland are certainly no Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp. Whilst our young protagonist has certainly seen his fair share of mind-bending madness perhaps falling down the rabbit hole was a step too far.
Throughout your time as Alice, you can visit the corpse of Raz positioned firmly in its resting place within this dark and dreary cavern.
Just Cause 2 – Island From Lost
I for one enjoyed Lost back when it hit the scene throughout the 2000’s. Well, at least for the first four seasons or so! That being said, it seems I wasn’t the only one, with Square Enix incorporating an island with an uncanny resemblance to that of the hit TV show.
Traveling to the island by plane is likely to end in disaster as forces surrounding the land mass destabilise any aircraft entering the perimeter. The Island also bears several other references to the iconic series including the “black smoke monster”, the infamous hatch and the word search spelled out across one of its beaches.
Psycho Mantis – Metal Gear Solid
Perhaps not quite an easter egg, but a masterclass in game design here by Hideo Kojima. Metal Gear Solid’s terrifying boss battle against the dreaded Psycho Mantis encompasses some of the best fourth wall breaking the games industry has ever seen.
With the premise that this MGS villain can read your mind, the key to beating Psycho Mantis actually involved disconnecting your PlayStation controller from port one and reconnecting it into port 2. Doing so would break Mantis’ mind control powers.
On top of this, the telekinetic killer would also read your memory card, predicting which games you enjoy in sinister fashion.
Borderlands 2 – Minecraft Caves
It’s fairly common knowledge that Minecraft is one of the most successful video game titles ever. What’s probably less common knowledge is the inclusion of the game’s prolific Creepers in Borderlands 2.
Hidden in the games Caustic Caverns, players who opt to follow the train tracks can drop down a small cliff, revealing some rather familiar textured blocks. Going through these blocks opens up a creeper filled cave for you to explore… albeit with caution!
Uncharted 3 – The Last of Us Newspaper
Back in 2011, Naughty Dog almost leaked the launch of The Last of Us when they included a newspaper clipping outlining the game’s plot in Uncharted 3.
Initially, Naughty Dog were set to reveal The Last of Us before the release of Uncharted 3, with the Newspaper clipping set to tease the upcoming apocalyptic driven title.
However, when the publishers delayed the launch party, they also forgot to remove the clipping. Leaving a huge potential leak plastered across this desk in Drake’s third outing.
The Witcher 2 – Altair Dead in a Bale of Hay
We’ve all spent countless hours throwing assassins from the highest rooftops into bales of hay, wondering how on earth they walk out unscathed.
Throughout so many of the Assassins Creed titles, these bales act as a marker for hiding bodies, performing parkour stunts and possessing a rare ability to negate fall damage.
However, it seems that when Altair bridged the gap across into Geralt’s turf, the assassin took a fatal tumble with the hay on this side of the pond not cradling his fall.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II – Guybrush Threepwood
When the team at LucasArts launched Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II they left a special surprise for players in the form of Guybrush Threepwood – the lead protagonist of the Monkey Island series.
In the game’s second level, right after escaping Kamino, players can find a room decorated with statues in Threepwood’s honour. Destroying the stonework will unlock the character allowing you to play as the mighty pirate throughout the game.
Threepwood’s image is no stranger to being used as an easter egg, also featuring in Uncharted 4 as a portrait.
Grand Theft Auto V – The Infinity Killer
GTA V is littered with easter eggs, intertextual references and hidden finds. From Alien saucers to a reenactment of Thelma and Louise, exploring the vast landscapes of Los Santos opens up a world of quirky happenings.
Perhaps one of the most fascinating of these is the trail left behind by the mysterious “infinity killer”. Throughout the world, graffitied walls and clues are left behind by the killer who’s path of destruction will take you around several locations across the city.
This list features a few of our favourite Easter Eggs spread across the gaming world. If you’d like to get in touch and send us your all-time greatest hidden gems then you can, by tweeting us @quillstreak.
And, of course, from everyone here at Quillstreak, we hope you have a fantastic Easter!