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Easter Eggs That Gave Shout Outs to Other Video Games

by on April 7, 2014

Getting dressed up, raiding Easter baskets for candy and painting eggs sounds just right this month, but a theme we get to share every month is the humor of Easter eggs in video games. Competition is strong in the industry, but when a game gives a shout out to another, it seems humbling, especially if it is hidden within the game. Take a look at some  popular titles that drops Easter eggs in homage to other video games.

Borderlands 2



In the northwestern area of the Caustic Caverns, at the top and to the right of the train tracks, there is a hidden cave containing an Easter egg referencing the popular indie game, Minecraft. The inside of the cave is totally themed like the video game, with its blocky signature, gold, ore and a special BL2-styled ore, Eridium ore. Within the cave are several enemies that come from Minecraft, such as Creepers with a Borderlands 2 twist, making a Badass Creeper. The Creepers drop items such as Minecraft-themed skins, heads and a Blockhead shotgun. Aside from themed items, the Badass Creeper drops the Longbow Sniper Rifle and the Blockhead Shotgun.

Grand Theft Auto V


Dead Island

There are numerous billboards scattered around the game for the TV Show “Rehab Island.” The commercial for the TV show can also be found on TVs in the game. The logo in the middle looks similar to the logo from the game Dead Island, with a marijuana leaf replacing the palm tree.

Killzone Shadow Fall


Dark Souls

In the beginning of the Killzone Shadow Fall story campaign, you first start out as young Lucas Keller. Once you gain control of the character, instead of following his father, walk around in his bedroom to the left and you’ll see a poster on his wall that says “Dark Trolls,” a nod to Dark Souls.

The Last of Us


Jak & Daxter and Uncharted

In the Pittsburg chapter in the The Last of Us, you make your way into a home. If you search all the rooms, you’ll then find a children’s room. There, you’ll notice two plush toys of a familiar duo, Jak & Daxter from Naughty Dog in the PlayStation 2 era. On the bed, you’ll also notice a plush version of Uncharted’s Nathan Drake.

Bioshock Infinite



1999 Mode – the Konami Code

The 1999 mode in Bioshock Infinite is an unlockable game mode that increases the difficulty of the game. According to creator Kevin Levine, the mode was put in place to give players a challenge. The mode does not feel like Bioshock at all.

To unlock the mode, players must go to the start screen and input the famous code that was used in Konami’s classic game, Contra. You can also unlock the mode by beating the game. Classic gamers, don’t act like you forgot, but here are the inputs depending on your platform:

PC: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Cancel key, Confirm key (Keyboard/Mouse)

Xbox 360: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A

PlayStation 3: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Circle, X.

Know of more games with Easter eggs that give a shout to another game? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: TLOU Wiki, GTA V Wiki, BL2 Wiki, Kill Zone Shadow Fall Wiki, BioShock Infinite Wiki.

Edited by: Avery Osborn

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