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Easter Egg Hunt: Top Five Video Game Easter Eggs

Easter Egg Hunt: Top Five Video Game Easter Eggs

It’s common practice for developers to place hidden references and treats for players throughout their games. Gamers are always on the lookout for these Easter Eggs, as finding them represents an additional challenge as well as a source of humor. Here’s a list of some of our favorite Easter Eggs in video games!

The Cow Level

Fans of Blizzard’s popular game Diablo might remember some rumors of a well-hidden “cow level” somewhere in the game. Unfortunately, the rumors were just that—no hidden level prominently featuring cattle of any sort existed within the game. But, just as we had given up all hope, in 2000 Diablo II came along with a very special Easter egg—a hidden cow level. Combining a few items (Wirt’s Leg and a Tome of Town Portal) in the Horadric Cube while standing in the Rogue Encampment will create a portal leading to the cow level. The area was home to enemies known as Hell Bovines—giant, axe-wielding anthropomorphic cows—and the legendary Cow King.

John Romero’s Head

In one of the quirkier video game Easter Eggs, turning on the ‘No-Clipping’ option in Doom II after shooting the final boss with a rocket allows players to walk through a wall, which is located through the face of the game’s final boss, in the final room of MAP30 (Doom II’s final level). Upon walking into this secret room, players are greeted by the severed head of John Romero—creator of the Doom series—impaled on a pole. His appearance is actual quite helpful; Mr. Romero’s severed head tells you exactly what you need to do to beat the game. While he unfortunately says it backwards, Romero’s severed head informs the player: “To win the game, you must shoot me, John Romero.” Launch a few rockets at his head and you do, in fact, beat the game.

Psycho Mantis Knows Everything

Metal Gear Solid was a revolutionary game for a number of reasons: it had a deep, mature—sometimes convoluted—story; it redefined stealth gaming; and it had a lot of fun, interesting boss fights. One boss fight really stood out among the rest, as it included a nice little Easter Egg for players with save files from other Konami games on their memory cards. When battling with the foe Psycho Mantis, he will actually read your memory card and taunt you based on some of your game saves. For example, he’ll even go as far as to tell you how many times you’ve saved in Castelvania: Symphony of the Night—a nice nod to faithful Konami fans.

Jill Sandwich

References to classic video games are some of the best ways to make gamers geek out. Capcom’s 2006 zombie survival game, Dead Rising, does just that. While strolling through the food court in the Willamette Parkview Mall, you might notice a restaurant called “Jill’s Sandwiches.” For those not in the loop, this doesn’t seem out of the ordinary in any way. But, for those who have played Capcom’s classic survival horror title, Resident Evil, this restaurant has an entirely different meaning. Its name comes directly from one of the more memorable lines of the game’s very, very well written script. After one of the protagonists, Jill Valentine, is nearly crushed between two walls, her partner, Barry Burton, says, “That was too close. You were almost a Jill sandwich!” Small nods like that are always appreciated by gamers.

Linken’s Quest

Over the years, Blizzard has made countless pop culture references in its popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. One of the more entertaining Easter Eggs in the world of Azeroth is Linken’s quest line. Found in Marshal’s Refuge in Un’Goro Crater, Linken is a gnome who wears a green cap and tunic—hmm, sounds a lot like another hero we all know and love. Some of his quests have the titles “It’s a Secret to Everybody,” and “It’s Dangerous to Go Alone,” obvious nods to classic Legend of Zelda lines. Upon completing his series of quests, two of Link’s—err—Linken’s rewards are “Linken’s Boomerang” and “Linken’s Sword of Mastery,” paying tribute to legendary items in Link’s arsenal. This is hands down one of the best Easter Eggs and tributes in any video game.

So, what do you think of our list? What are your favorite video game Easter Eggs? Let us know in the comments below!

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