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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

DJ's Top 5 Favorite Easter Eggs in Gaming

I like to enjoy the hidden goodies in video games. Like all good things you develop favorites and that is what I have to share with you today. My 5 most favorite video game Easter eggs of all time.
An Easter egg for those of you who don't know is a hidden goodie that can be sometimes hard to find. The idea is that when you find or stumble upon it that it brings a couple of laughs or some greater realization about the game that most people who not understand without seeing it. Mostly they're just fun and that's what I have to share with you.

5:  Scarab Gun

  • Game: Halo 2
  • System: Xbox
  • Year: 2004
I personally have spent several hours with this Easter egg. What's better than being able to shoot a green energy beam that fills your entire view with blinding light? It took two people to even fully enjoy the gun because without the side view you were unable to see just how big of a kick the gun really had. It was a ridiculously exaggerated based off of the size of the gun.

4: Sarcastic Announcer

  • Game: Wave Race: Blue Storm
  • System: Game Cube
  • Year: 2001
This one is on the list for two reasons.
  1. It remained as a hidden easter egg for 9 years before anyone found it. Why? Well, the game has a cheat input menu screen so one would think it would end their for inputting codes. This is in fact wrong. This particular "code" was input on the audio settings screen as shown in the video below.
  2. The results of this easter egg are quite hilarious. "I was lucky enough to figure out this code and all I get in return is an announcer who basically just makes fun of me."

3: Surfing Pikachu and Amnesia Psyduck

A Screen Shot of the Pikachu's Beach Minigame in Yellow version.
  • Game: Pokemon Stadium / Pokemon Yellow
  • System: N64 / Gameboy Color
  • Year: 2000 / 1999
These two Easter Eggs were slightly unique in that it required two games to fully enjoy the Easter Egg. For the Surfing Pikachu you must have Pokemon: Yellow. You have your Pikachu companion following you the entire game and only that Pikachu alone could learn the special Surf move that all water Pokemon could use.
In order to teach your Pikachu Surf you must use your Yellow cartridge with Pokemon Stadium and beat the Master Cup stadium challenge with that Pikachu. If you select a rental Pikachu you do not get the option seeing as you wouldn't be able to keep it.

2: The Ratchet and Clank Insomniac Museums

  • Game: Ratchet and Clank 2 / 3 / A Crack in Time
  • System: PS2 / PS3
  • Year: 2003 / 2004 / 2009
The Insomniac Museums were only found in Going Commando and Up Your Arsenal but the Insomniac Moon that greatly resembled the insomniac museums could also be found in A Crack in Time
This one is so high on my list for a few reasons.
  1. You could only teleport their from 3-4 in the morning in some.
  2. The teleporters were in a completely random location that was hidden and out of the way.
  3. The only other way you could go to this place was by achieving 100% completion of the game.
  4. These museums were so vast with so many things to do and see. You could get lost in them and spend hours just exploring. In fact, there were hidden Easter eggs inside these Easter eggs. How awesome is that?!
Here are some videos on how to get to them and about them:

This one is one of the teleporters that only worked from 3-4 in the morning

A video on how impossible it seemed to find the museums

A quick sample of what could be found inside

Sorry about the quality on the one. They're not mine.

1: Grunt Birthday Party

  • Game: Halo 3
  • System: Xbox 360
  • Year: 2007
Now this isn't so much of an easter egg anymore seeing as they made achievements out of getting all the skulls in Halo 3. But back in Halo 2 skulls were not so talked about and stayed hidden for quite a while. The reason this easter egg made number 1 is because I find no greater joy in life than killing something who's head explodes into flashing lights and confetti while innocent children cheer for more.

The "Almost Made It" List:

Just Cause 2:

Just Cause 2 has quite too many that I enjoyed but didn't come above these 5 so here's a list:
Out of all of them I think the island from Lost and the sign vandalism were my favorite. They took so much time to work on an exact replica of an entire island but also added in the feature of the plane blowing up without notice.

GTA: Vice City and San Andreas: Literal Easter Eggs

Vice City's Literal Easter Egg

Vice City's Literal Chocolate Happy Easter Egg

There are no easter eggs up here

San Andreas' There are no Easter Eggs up here. Go away sign on top of a bridge

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