When video game developers are working on a new game, they sometimes like to slip in a little secret “treat” for players who are lucky (or stubborn) enough to come across them. Sometimes, it’s just a cute little nod to the player, but other times, it’s a hilarious joke or a whole new feature in the game!
So join us and read on to discover our favorite easter eggs that players have uncovered so far. And next time you sit down to play a game, keep your eyes peeled! There’s no telling how many other easter eggs are out there that have never been discovered.
10. Batman: Arkham Asylum: Arkham City Plans
Batman: Arkham Asylum is an action-adventure game released in 2009. This hidden easter egg, “Next Arkham,” is it reveals the plans for the next installment in this series: Batman: Arkham City (2011). This easter egg remained undiscovered for years until the developers revealed it to the public.
To find it, go to the warden’s office in the mansion. Spray all of the Explosive Gel in a specific spot on the left wall. This will detonate and explode a secret panel, revealing an office. Venturing into the office, you’ll find the blueprints of North Gotham, renamed “Arkham City.”
9. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Jar Jar Binks in Carbonite
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is an action-adventure game released in 2008. While it isn’t directly connected to the prequel movies, the developers decided to have a little fun with a certain infamous character. So, if you know where to look, you can see Jar Jar Binks frozen in carbonite.
To find this easter egg, head to the trophy room on the Imperial Kashyyyk level. Once there, note that the trophies depict a variety of creatures from the Star Wars universe. Look on the wall beside the door. There, you’ll spot Jar Jar Binks frozen in Carbonite.
8. Diablo II: Secret Cow Level
Diablo II is an RPG and hack-and-slash video game released in 2000. This easter egg started because rumors surrounded the original Diablo game about a “secret cow level.” The rumor grew so large that Blizzard added the level to the sequel. This easter egg still works in the updated version of the game, called Diablo II: Ressurected.
To access the secret cow level, players need to create a portal. While standing in the rogue encampment, combine Wirt’s Leg and a Tome of Town Portal in the Horadric Cube. A red portal will appear. Keep in mind that the portal will not appear until the player has killed the final boss. In classic, it’s Diablo. In expansion, it’s Baal.
7. Borderlands 2: Creepers
Borderlands 2 is a looter-shooter RPG released in 2012. This game has garnered a reputation for its humor, easter eggs, pop culture references, and references to other games. One easter egg that players love is a reference to one of Minecraft‘s most notorious critters.
To find this easter egg, head to the northwestern part of the Caustic Caverns. Then, head to the top and right of the train tracks. You’ll find a hidden cave. You’ll spot some square Minecraft-style blocks you’ll need to hit to break. Venturing inside the cave, you’ll find several Creepers and a Badass Creeper.
6. DOOM (2016): Original DOOM Levels
DOOM (2016) is an FPS, a reboot of the first game in the franchise, and the first major installment in the series since 2004. One of the more notable easter eggs in this game is a throwback to the original 1993 game that started it all.
The best easter egg in this game is the one that unlocks 13 of the classic levels of the original DOOM game. In the main campaign of the game, players can find the classic maps and levels by accessing retro secret areas. Upon finding a retro lever, it activates a secret door, unleashing original DOOM enemies from 1993.
5. Cyberpunk 2077: Bridge Baby
Cyberpunk 2077 is an RPG released in 2020. This one’s full of Easter eggs, many with references to video games. One references the 2019’s Death Stranding’s “bridge baby” or “BB.” This was a premature child reflecting the state between life and death that players would make a mental connection to.
To find the bridge baby in a jar, you’ll need to take part in River Ward’s side quests until you gain access to “The Hunt” side mission. As part of the mission, you’ll need to break into the medical clinic. Within one of the rooms, you’ll find the “bridge baby” in the artificial womb awaiting a connection.
4. Fallout: New Vegas: Indiana Jones and The Nuclear Fridge
Fallout: New Vegas, is an RPG released in 2010. Its creators made a pop culture reference to Indiana Jones in this easter egg. Anyone who’s seen the movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is aware of the controversial scene where Jones survives a nuclear blast by hiding in a refrigerator.
Well in this version, he wasn’t so lucky. To find him, players must roam the Mojave Wasteland until they stumble upon an open fridge. Inside the refrigerator, there are the remains of a fedora-wearing skeleton and other items associated with Indiana Jones.
3. Grand Theft Auto IV: Discover The Heart Of Liberty City
Grand Theft Auto IV is the sixth installment in this action-adventure series, released in 2008. The story is set in the fictional Liberty City. This easter egg is found at the Statue of Happiness on Happiness Island.
Players need to get to the upper platform by jumping from a helicopter or parachuting onto it. There will be four doors around the base of the statue. Look for the small sign next to the non-solid door that reads: “No hidden content this way.” Walk through it. Inside the statue, find the long ladder. Climb the ladder to access another platform. Inside, the giant heart will be hanging from chains.
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops II: Play Classic Atari Games
Call of Duty: Black Ops II is a first-person shooter video game released in 2012. It’s the ninth game in the Call of Duty franchise. Although this isn’t the first time an easter egg revealed classic games. But Call of Duty: Black Ops II earns bonus points for doing so elaborately and unexpectedly.
To uncover this easter egg, you’ll need to go to the Nuketown map. You’ll discover several mannequins. You’ll have to shoot their heads off within 30 seconds. When you do, the Activision logo will appear on the nearby TV. Then, voila! Four Atari 2600 classics will appear. Get ready to play Pitfall II, HERO, Kaboom!, and River Raid.
1. Silent Hill 2: The Dog Ending
Silent Hill 2 is considered one of the greatest survival horror games of all time. It was released in 2001. It may be a horror game, but this immersive experience goes beyond fright, delving into some serious issues such as mental illness, guilt, and grief.
To find this easter egg and reach “the dog ending,” you must first unlock three other “normal” endings. Be patient, as this will take some time. But it’s more than worth the effort to hear the happy ending organ theme music accompanied by barks. In this crazy ending, it turns out this whole adventure has been controlled by a Shiba Inu.
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