Friday Five - "Eggcentric" Easter Eggs
The Easter holiday is just around the corner, and I thought what would be a more fitting post than to talk about some gaming easter eggs? In video games, easter eggs refer to some secrets or references that are hidden somewhere in a game. This week's Friday Five will feature some of my favorites (not in any particular order).
1. Playground Break
This is probably one of the best Easter eggs in Resident Evil 6 (2012: Xbox 360 & Playstation 3). In chapter 3 of Chris Redfield's campaign, he and his partner, fellow BSAA squad member Piers Nivans head to China to find Ada Wong. During their mission, they reach a playground with a jungle gym, slide, and a riding panda. As Chris, you can approach the panda and ride it like the springed horses you see in playgrounds. What's so great about it is that Chris keeps his serious expression as he rides the endangered animal.
2: Hush, little baby..
Harley Quinn is all kinds of crazy, and the Arkham series makes sure to remind its players that. In Batman: Arkham City (2011: Xbox 360, Playstation 3 & 2012: Wii U), Batman returns to the steel mill, the Joker's base. When he gets to the top room where he first saw the Joker, there is a mannequin with Harley's Asylum outfit and a pregnancy test on the floor next to it. The test is positive. Sounds like a foreshadow into the next game, right? During the credits, if you listen carefully, you can hear Harley sing a famous lullaby, with her own words:
"Hush, Little baby. Don't say a word. Momma's gonna kill for you the whole damn world."
3: It's a Mad World
Gears of War has been known for violence, death, and heartbreak. Every game has featured a dramatic death scene. In Gears of War 3 (2012: Xbox 360), it was Delta member and fan-favorite Dominic Santiago's turn to die. During his sacrifice, the song "Mad World" by Gary Jules, which was used in the comercial for Gears 1, was playing. Gridlock from the first game returned as a multiplayer map, and it featured the ashed remains of people who were killed in the Hammer of Dawn strike. If you and the rest of the players in the lobby can go through a round without destroying a single ash person, the following round will start with an instrumental version of "Mad World" playing as ash falls like snow.
4: Psycho reads your mind.. Well memory card
This one is definitely an "oldie but goldie." In Metal Gear Solid (1998: Playstation) you face Psycho Mantis. As a way to freak players out, Psycho will read their mind and comment on their gaming habits or the games they play. Hence his question about Castlevania in the screenshot to the right.
Well, actually.. He just scans your memory card and finds out that way.
5: Tribute to a Vault Hunter
In October 2011, a young man by the name of Michael Mamaril died of cancer. His friend named Carlos wrote Gearbox requesting a eulogy from the one and only CL4P-TP (Claptrap, voiced by David Eddings). Gearbox delievered, and they made Michael a character in Borderlands 2 (2012: Xbox 360 & Playstation).You can find Michael in the city of Sanctuary. When you do find him, he'll give you a rare weapon matching your current level and you will also get the "Tribute to a Vault Hunter" acheivement and/or trophy.
When I learned what Michael's addition really came from, I almost cried. I respect Gearbox so much for doing this. The fact that they fulfilled such a request and honored a fan like that is why I love the video game industry. I left the video of the eulogy on the side as well as a picture of Michael's character.