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Festive Feature #4 - Top 5 Easter Eggs of 2010

Festive Feature #4 - Top 5 Easter Eggs of 2010

Written Thursday, December 23, 2010 By Dan Webb
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Easter eggs! We bloody love ‘em! No, not the chocolatey kind, although we are partial to their milky goodness when April rolls around – except dark chocolate Easter eggs of course... they’re made from the devil’s semen... true story! We’re talking about Easter eggs in video games and that’s why they’re appearing as the main focus of our Festive Features for the third year running. Can I get a “huzzah”?

2010 was as good as any other year in terms of Easter eggs – if you don’t believe us, check out our 2008 and 2009’s article on the same subject – so let’s not delay the pure joy any more.
 
Although technically – when I say technically, it totally was – Batman: Arkham Asylum was released in 2009, this Easter egg in particular wasn’t discovered until 2010, which is why it appears in this year’s feature. And by discovered, I mean revealed by the game’s developers themselves. That’s right, Rocksteady hid this Easter egg so well that no-one actually stumbled upon it or discovered it until after they announced it themselves. As you’ll see in the video below, that’s probably because it’s so well hidden that you need to place three globules of explosive gel in exactly the right place to unlock it.

What you’re unlocking is a secret room behind a wall in Warden Quincy Sharp’s office in Arkham Mansion and behind it is a treat for Arkham fans. Not only does it show that Rocksteady already knew where the sequel was going before you even stepped foot inside the game, but it’s another testament to Rocksteady’s fan service. On the notice boards you’ll find concept art from Arkham City, as well as a “Gotham City proposal” that has an “Approved” stamp on it. On the blueprints there are numerous areas highlighted as well, including a “steel plant,” “psychiatric” and the “penitentiary,” but whether they’ll be in the final game, who knows? What we do know is that it’s too awesome to ignore... or even to throw out on a technicality like... Arkham came out in 2009.

 

NBA Jam has always been an Easter egg goldmine and this year’s high definition revival on the Xbox 360 is no different. Thanks to a series of cheat codes – which can be found here – you can unlock characters to kick ass with on the game, which is what Jam is all about.

Thanks to these cheat codes you can access a whole host of unlockable characters that include: a Democrat team with the likes of Obama, the Clintons and Al Gore; a Republican team with the likes of Palin, Cheney and George W. Bush; a mascot team with the likes of Rocky, Rufus and Rumble; a team including ESPN SportsNation hosts Michele Beadle and Colin Cowherd; Team Sprite; Team Adidas; a team made up of J-Cole and the 9th Wonder; an NBA Jam team consisting of original creator Mark Turmell and Jam announcer Tim Kitzrow; and even a team including the Beastie Boys! It would have been nice to see other EA franchise characters make an appearance though, like they did with Mortal Kombat in the original when Midway was publishing, but a good bunch of characters nevertheless.

Oh, and the announcer even says “No hoop for you!” in the new title and if that’s not the coolest Easter egg ever, nothing is! Check out the video below for a look at all these and more in action... even catch the infamous line too!
 

 

What’s better than politicians and others appearing as basketball players? Why, that’s easy... It’s other game’s main character’s costumes appearing as unlockable costumes in other games. Yes that’s right, worming its way into our number 3 slot is Metal Gear’s Raiden costume appearing in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. So if the white robes – or whatever colour you dye them – aren’t cool enough for you, surely Raiden’s futuristic looking get-up is.

It’s a fairly simple one, if not slightly time consuming to unlock, and after you get any medal on all of the Virtual Challenges found in the pause menu, you’ll be able to stalk Rome’s Templars looking like a badass. Sure, it’s not very fitting and you stand out like a sore thumb, but who the hell cares, it’s a neat skin. Thank god we didn’t haven’t to put up with Raiden himself though and we get to keep Ezio... that dude whines too much. Raiden that is.

 

Treyarch not only raised its own bar this year with Call of Duty: Black Ops, but they also raised the bar as to the amount of Easter eggs we now expect from Call of Duty. I could sit here and throw praise at them for a whole host of Easter eggs like the Castro and Kennedy zombie level, the Rolling Stones tune that can be activated in Nuketown and so on, but there is one – well, kind of two – that really stood out in our mind. Yes, of course we mean the Dead Ops Arcade game that can be found away from the chair at the main menu screen.

Dead Ops is a simple twin-stick zombie shooter that can be accessed by typing DOA into the old Amstrad style PC at the back of the room that acts as the main menu. With gameplay that is hugely addictive, plenty of bonus weapons, loads of levels and even a crazy monkey type dude that frequently goes bananas, it’s almost good enough to be sold on the Xbox Live Arcade. Before you get any ideas Activision, I said almost... we know your track record!

If that’s not enough, type Zork into the machine and try out the text-based mini-adventure game. Talk about fan service. Treyarch, you’ve outdone yourselves and set a shining example for other developers out there with this kind of thing. Keep it up. Here’s a gold star.

 

That Bungie crew really knows how to create amazing Easter eggs and hide them deep inside the cavities of their titles. Taking the gold this year is none other than Halo: Reach and Bungie for its DJing Brute shenanigans – yes, you read that correctly. Bungie not only wins points for effort, but also garners huge points for not only hiding its secrets incredibly well – who the hell found this one, for instance – but for also how bizarre and interesting they are.

If you click a button at the other side of the game world at a certain point in the game’s seventh level, after heading back to the mission objective, which is usually a club full of crazy Hunters, you’ll find a Brute playing tunes with Grunts dancing to their heart’s content around them. Now I’d say that pretty much checks all the boxes – effort, check; unique, check; bizarre, check; and interesting, double check.

It’s pure brilliance if you don’t mind us saying so. Watch the video and check out the amazing Easter egg yourself!


Check back tomorrow for our Top 5 finale where we look at which game had the best game world of 2010. And by “look,” we mean rip them apart and marvel at their beauty. Awwww, look at the pretty water!





 
 

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Comment #1 by II KaotiK
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 04:40:30 AM
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DJ Bruticus spins tunes better than Deadmau5. Or so I heard anyway...

Cool editorials guys, keep them coming :)

~Bryce


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Comment #2 by Brockxz
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 04:44:06 AM
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heh will try the Halo Reach and Batman AA eastern eggs. Never new about those two.


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Comment #3 by jd070993
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 04:44:50 AM
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Hmm... can't argue much here.

Gotta try to find the Arkham City easter egg in Arkham Asylum later. Still, glad to see that the disco easter egg made it to number 1. And I did say in the forums that this was the best easter egg I've seen since the giant bunny in SR2...


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Comment #4 by dylanmannen
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 04:58:39 AM
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najs list. but on halo and the winner... i thing the one wher you could fly a Pelican & Phantom Ship was the best and coolest easter egg of the year! extreamly more epic then the dj brute. I have alwas wanted to fly one of them. and now i can!


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Comment #5 by DJSambob
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 05:00:39 AM
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I liked the Portal reference in Fable III


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Comment #6 by Wulf
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 05:09:08 AM
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My favourite was in Singularity: the Frozen Donkey Wheel from LOST. There was even an achievement for it, but it wasn't until I actually arrived on the spot until I understood the achievement.


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Comment #7 by A Pharmacist
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 08:41:55 AM
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always my favorite list...not enough easter eggs in games anymore


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Comment #8 by The Dark Wyvern
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 09:05:23 AM
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I want that Halo tune o.O


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Comment #9 by Wehttam
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 09:28:17 AM
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Haha imagine another easter egg in the next DJ hero game where the halo brute is an unlockable character.


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Comment #10 by blackout529
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 12:28:05 PM
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How about the giant meat monster from Splosion Man making an appearance in Comic Jumper?! He was one of the final bosses!


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Comment #11 by bio187
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 01:29:37 PM
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i think arkham should have won considering the developers had to show us....... a year later.


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Comment #12 by Jan
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 01:46:22 PM
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Raiden wins this session.


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Comment #13 by jordanwireman
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 02:45:47 PM
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This reminds me of the easter eggs from Halo 2!


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Comment #14 by jamie1000013
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 04:23:48 PM
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I got all excited when I thought you could play as Raiden, I was like OMFG I am going to electrocute so many people. Then I found out it was some dude from Metal Gear solid (I think). I do expect too much sometimes :-P.





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Comment #15 by sam0hT
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 08:40:09 PM
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I have so many hours on Arkham Asylum and this is the first I've heard of that secret room. Really cool addition to the game. Maybe there will be another easter egg in Arkham City to hint at a third game.


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Comment #16 by mjc0961
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 12:13:37 AM
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Obama got an achievement in the NBA Jam video, that made me laugh.

I swear at the end the guy did say the actual "no soup for you!" line rather than a modified version. He is talking rather fast though, so it's hard to be sure.

I also hadn't heard of that Batman: AA easter egg before, so thanks for including it even if it is a game from last year.


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Comment #17 by litepink
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 03:29:27 AM
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I know you can't have Call of Duty twice, but I was also hoping to see the Double Rainbow in Nuketown.


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Comment #18 by xTJB
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 12:33:42 PM
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Wow, they hid the easter egg so well you couldn't find it. I reckon they will have a pun on that in the next game :)


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Comment #19 by bLaKgRaVy
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 02:30:35 PM
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What about the easter egg in Halo where you find the doctor's secret tribute room?


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Comment #20 by Blackdawn61
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 04:07:32 PM
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I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if in the next Batman game, they create a giant room with massive flashing neon lights saying 'Secret Room Ahead!'

Super secret easter eggs are awesome, but I always prefer the ones in open-world games :)
Like the crazy clown from GTA San Andreas :')


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Comment #21 by Axel Desade
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 04:34:36 PM
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@17 I'd hardly even consider that an easter egg. Actually, I wouldn't even remotely consider it one, especially since it isn't in any way shape or form hidden.


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Comment #22 by Helen Keller HD
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 11:42:10 PM
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@#10, that is possible. seeing they are in partner ship for 10 years....


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Comment #23 by theMAYFLOWA
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 12:41:00 PM
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Halo. Yes. Best ever.


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Comment #24 by RunDMC
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 01:41:47 PM
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Wolverine is from 2009?


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Comment #25 by Timmsy
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 05:16:28 AM
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wow i need to find those Batman AA and Halo Reach titles, too bad i sold Batman :(


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Comment #26 by JPez20
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 09:55:49 AM
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I had no idea about the Wardens office, gonna have to check that out.


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Comment #27 by Dr Popodopolus
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 02:24:27 PM
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Portal in Fable 3!

The cake isn't a lie!


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Comment #28 by ChillcutZ
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 06:11:47 PM
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sounds more like 'no shoot for you' than 'no hoop for you'. either way i was loving that video there. may even have to find it for a decent price if i can...


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Comment #29 by W1cked Seraph
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 06:12:46 PM
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"except dark chocolate Easter eggs of course... they’re made from the devil’s semen... true story" Your opinions just lost a lot of weight


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Comment #30 by Peperonici
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 03:23:18 AM
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nothing can beat the Saint Row 2 bunny, best easter egg this gen ^^


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Comment #31 by ViNyLek
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 09:46:53 AM
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The top 2 I have to agree with!! Think Batman should be 2nd and no preferences on the others. I always sucked at finding easter eggs, but always go back to see them after reading online ;-) Good job here


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Comment #32 by DaChiefOfOwnage
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 @ 09:30:02 PM
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Two things. Dead Ops is the worst kept Easter Egg of 2010

and

the Pelican/Phantom Easter Egg in New Alexandria is IMO better/cooler than the Covie Dance Party. But still, a well deserved number 1.


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Comment #33 by II griever II
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 08:58:00 PM
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@1... if you have something wrong with Deadmau5... then there is something definitely wrong with you


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Comment #34 by zombyeater
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 11:41:20 PM
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good easter eggs but dead ops come on that should not have gotten a spot they must have had nothing else to go on


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Comment #35 by BlandYoshi
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 12:24:22 AM
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The DJ easter egg is awesome. I'm going to have to check that out when I get there!


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Comment #36 by DHc FiReHawK
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 03:03:01 PM
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Bungie always rocks with Easter Egg. This one is just the best ever. But there are so much of them in Reach. Also liked the hidden race:
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheDHcommunity#p/u/14/Cc0ELRC8TJI
Please subscribe ;)


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Comment #37 by Blue Thunder28
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 04:49:55 PM
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Any Easter Egg that involves the TV show LOST deserves to be in the top 5 in my humble opinion.


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Comment #38 by zachKNY
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 10:21:16 PM
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What about being able to see master chief in his Halo 1 armor in reach


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Comment #39 by PuK3
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 12:00:39 AM
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How have I never heard about this Batman easter egg? Definitely pulling the game out asap! Bungie always has awesome Easter Eggs


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Comment #40 by Opiate42
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 12:37:59 PM
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HAHA!! I had no idea about that one in Reach, that is awesome!


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Comment #41 by JamesHolt23
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 02:40:30 PM
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did just cause 2 come out in 2009 cause that had a shit load of easter eggs


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Comment #42 by JaCoNDoRR
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 07:10:38 PM
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Isnt that club in the reach easter egg a like for like remake of the crater firefight map in ODST?


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Comment #43 by Beechbone
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 12:03:11 AM
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There's also pretty classy MGS easter egg in Castlevania Lords of Shadow :)


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Comment #44 by xvatchi
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 06:23:13 AM
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what about flying pwlicans and phantoms in reach


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Comment #45 by heepyjeep49
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 01:16:33 AM
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what about ME2 probing Uranus easter egg that was classic.


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Comment #46 by l.maciver
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 09:15:07 AM
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obama unlocked an achievement in NBA, that was funny.


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Comment #47 by 123abc
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 10:16:28 AM
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whats so special about the double rainbow in black ops? there so common in real life and i spotted it the first time i played black ops


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Comment #48 by papanesta
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 08:50:10 PM
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Where is the sandcastle from Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam?! It's definitely top 5 material...


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Comment #49 by matt08buzz
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 11:03:13 PM
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Gears of War 2 should be on this list


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Comment #50 by XxStuartxX 1990
Thursday, January 13, 2011 @ 07:15:42 AM
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@49

eerr why???


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Comment #51 by Flekshin
Thursday, January 13, 2011 @ 04:22:58 PM
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lol @49. the black ops dead ops game is awesome. i had a lot of fun playing it.


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Comment #52 by darkpipboy
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 07:38:34 AM
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i should try out the batman one.


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Comment #53 by KennyP702
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 12:17:58 PM
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love the Halo one


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Comment #54 by Legendary Dante
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 01:35:55 PM
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Aw, you showed dj brute and the dancing brutes, but not the bartenders...


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Comment #55 by Sonixboom
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 @ 10:08:06 AM
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Been along time since ive heard the siege of madrigal...

brings back memories of playing through the siege for the first time with some friends.

good times... good times


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Comment #56 by Sinful Samhein
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 @ 07:13:21 PM
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I personally think Dead Ops arcade was the best. Black Ops had may great options. The main story was however a total bore.


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Comment #57 by mrperson379
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 11:10:03 AM
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I've done the black ops and halo ones and they are pretty awesome.

PS: The Black Ops Campange was great Sinful Samhein


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Comment #58 by EnkiduV3
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 12:02:17 AM
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@1 No one spins better than Deadmau5!


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Comment #59 by ZACK GSF
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 12:24:40 PM
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What about flying the pelican on Halo: Reach?!?!?!


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Comment #60 by DborKnowsBest
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 07:28:29 PM
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How do you get the rolling stones song to play on nuketown? lol nuketown...


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Comment #61 by G Machete
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 06:38:32 PM
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Batman and Halo were the best ones...


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Comment #62 by Spongebrick
Monday, March 28, 2011 @ 09:13:57 AM
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the batman one was great and even better than nobody found it lol!!!


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Comment #63 by xxxthrillerxx
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 03:56:39 PM
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im going to have to try the batman one and halo. that just looks fun.


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Comment #64 by kingfatass010
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 07:59:26 AM
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man they should try azombie 'thriller' easter egg as an easter egg in one of the blackops zombie mappacks LOL


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Comment #65 by Maxgc
Saturday, September 24, 2011 @ 05:55:32 PM
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Loved assassins creed sometimes i go on a masacre killing every guard in the game just one of the reasons why i love this game


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Comment #66 by resevil239
Thursday, November 03, 2011 @ 08:25:22 PM
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If they do a list for this for 2011 they should put the dog statue from the fallout new vegas lonesome road add on in. It was a statue of fry's dog from futurama (cant remember his name, though it said it when you move the cross hair over it). I beat there will be at least one from skyrim as well, since bethesda games tend to have tons of easter eggs.


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