Festive Feature #5 - Top 5 Easter Eggs of 2011

Festive Feature #5 - Top 5 Easter Eggs of 2011

Written Friday, December 23, 2011 By Dan Webb
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In what is the only recurring Festive Feature of the last 4 years, mainly because it’s always so popular and they’re ever so cool, ladies and gents, let us present to you the last Top 5 of 2011: the Top 5 Easter Eggs of the year. Yes, these little beauties might not have much relevance or meaning to a large group of gamers in general, but seeing as we cater to the most hardcore of hardcore gamers here – and every other type, of course – these are our bread and butter. These are the little things that those brave souls developing games create, not for the purpose of shifting games or for use in their promotional push, but for their biggest fans. It’s the proof that these devs are loving what they do. It’s superb fan service… and that’s why we like to shine a big ol’ light on the year’s best every Xmas. Without further ado, here’s our Top 5 Easter Eggs of 2011.

Although Saints Row: The Third’s use of its “Cabbit” from its previous franchise, Summoner, might not be as epic as it was in Saints Row 2, it’s still a nice little nod to fans of the franchise – and of course, Summoner. While it rose from the ocean in Saints Row 2 after you followed a set of crazy signs, in Saints Row: The Third, it’s far less subtle. In various places all over Steelport you’ll find our Cabbit friend dotted around, whether that’s the one on the shelves in one of the shops, under a desk in one of the plastic surgeon’s offices, or the huge one caught in the net by the docks – presumably the one from Saints Row 2 – or on a rock by the nuclear plant. There’s Cabbits everywhere!!


Dear Epic… what is your fascination with chickens in Gears of War 3? If it’s not toasters – an Easter Egg from Gears of War 2 – it’s chickens… lots and lots of chickens. I mean, seriously, rather than choose one chicken Easter Egg from Gears of War 3, we decided to choose them all and throw them all under one heading… well, the main ones anyway. So when we’re talking about Epic Games being cluckin’ crazy, it’s because of their “Cluckshot,” the Chicken mini-game and the Golden Fire-Breathing Chicken. Words don’t do this amount of insanity justice, so just watch the video you mother clucker.


Rocksteady’s Arkham Asylum was a title that was so rich and deep with Easter Eggs and fan service, that any Batman fan would have been checking every nook and cranny to see what the British developer had snuck in. Hell, some of them were that well-hidden that Rocksteady themselves had to point us gamers in the right direction. It’ll come as no surprise then to hear that Arkham City is as Easter Egg crazy as its predecessor. Whether you’re talking about Scarecrow’s mask lying around or the brief appearance of Killer Croc if you fiddled around in the sewers after the Ra’s al Ghul fight, they’re all incredibly impressive. However, it’s the secret barge hideout that’s the most impressive. There’s a scary man in there too that will almost make you jump. Check it out yourself and see the attention to detail that Rocksteady has put into a room that the vast majority of gamers will never stumble upon.


Ever wanted to know what soldiers get up to in and around New York when a race of aliens invade the city looking to blow it to smithereens and what not? Well, Crytek painted a very vivid picture in Crysis 2 this year. Apparently they dance, and they don’t just do a little jig, they dance their little hearts out with an incredible passion and exuberance that only impending doom can bring to a man. Dance like there’s no tomorrow, boys… what’s that? There might not be a tomorrow? Oh, the humanity!


You all know that id Software created the classic FPS franchises Doom, Wolfenstein 3D and Quake, right? You all know that they also created Rage on the impressive new id Tech 5 engine too, right? Of course you do, but what you might not know is that they created little homages to those old skool classic franchises in Rage. All it takes is revisiting some areas, hitting a few really well-hidden buttons and then stepping into another dimension of each respective franchise and soaking in the 1990s nostalgia of the retro environments. Sure, there’s nothing really to gain from it, but each area has an artefact you can sell for a few extra credits, but that’s not the point. They’re cool as fuck! That’s the point!

Merry Xmas folks!


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Comment #1 by collin232
Friday, December 23, 2011 @ 12:54:01 PM
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Gears 3 had some of my favorite easter eggs of the year, but the flame throwing chicken was definitely deserves to be the one that made the list.

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Comment #2 by tigersoccerfreak
Friday, December 23, 2011 @ 01:09:10 PM
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where is the dancing wretch in gears 3???

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Comment #3 by Dlark17
Friday, December 23, 2011 @ 07:18:16 PM
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I always loved the little hidden goodies in Gears. Between the stuff in campaign to the hilarious and well-hidden multiplayer ones, they came up with good stuff.
I could never get the Crysis one to work, though, which still saddens me. That game was so beautiful, and I love they developer's style as well as their music direction (who happens to be the lead on one of my favorite British techno bands, Goteki. The guy always does good work, and I'm sad I couldn't find that one, myself).

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Comment #4 by theNomad
Saturday, December 24, 2011 @ 06:16:51 AM
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Even though you don't include the food munching/barrel/rag doll grunts from halo cea, I like the top 5 and respect the choice of Rage's Doom tribute from id as #1.

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Comment #5 by a dying animal
Saturday, December 24, 2011 @ 09:03:55 AM
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Loving the festive features Dan :D
I didn't realise Gears of War 3 had so many cool easter eggs, i didn't expect the chicken to be half dragon.

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Comment #6 by HugTheBear
Saturday, December 24, 2011 @ 09:25:53 AM
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Good choices.. 1 & 2 were actually my favorites too..

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Comment #7 by NoVaKaiiNE
Saturday, December 24, 2011 @ 12:40:22 PM
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I would of been epic if in the wolfenstein EE they let you kill hitler

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Comment #8 by NoVaKaiiNE
Saturday, December 24, 2011 @ 12:41:56 PM
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Comment #9 by xMEGADETHxSLY
Sunday, December 25, 2011 @ 07:00:17 PM
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gears 3 had some good ones

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Comment #10 by dracoroar
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 06:07:56 AM
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I agree. Gears had many funny easter eggs this time round.

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Comment #11 by Aussie27Legend
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 08:55:03 AM
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I'm sorry, but the Crysis 2 one HAS to be number one, I absolutely pissed myself when I saw that.

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Comment #12 by blackout529
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 03:10:07 PM
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Anyone else think the Cabbit is just plain creepy?

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Comment #13 by brudanoodle
Friday, December 30, 2011 @ 07:41:11 AM
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Love the Gears ones (even though I didn't know of the fire-breathing gold chicken) but I think the Rage ones are totally cool. Would have been good to have a 2D enemy running towards you as well

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Comment #14 by flechetteXXX
Friday, January 06, 2012 @ 10:24:17 PM
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I actually didnt know about the Arkham City or Crysis 2 easter eggs... thanks for sharing :)

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Comment #15 by M00P23
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 11:20:48 AM
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lol at the crysis 2 easter egg..didn't know that was in there

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Comment #16 by Verdinial
Sunday, January 08, 2012 @ 03:18:24 AM
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Whoa that dude in the barge made me jump, didn't expect that haha

Love Rocksteady so much, hope they keep up the good work.

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Comment #17 by brownstar ninja
Monday, January 09, 2012 @ 04:29:55 AM
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Haha i love these at the end of the year!

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Comment #18 by mcmtim
Monday, January 09, 2012 @ 08:08:13 AM
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Love the gears chickens... made the game interesting

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Comment #19 by GoldenEagle1476
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @ 02:56:41 PM
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I was planning on getting Rage someday, seeing that Doom easter egg makes me want it just for that!

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Comment #20 by I GOATslayer I
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @ 05:18:58 PM
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black ops?

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Comment #21 by RMDnRDY
Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 01:15:23 AM
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Batman was by far my favorite. But I'm still finding Easter eggs in pretty much everything. I like to see the historical references in Assassin's Creed also.

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Comment #22 by Beached GaGa
Friday, January 13, 2012 @ 02:52:32 PM
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gears lolololol

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Comment #23 by e Mathias p
Friday, January 13, 2012 @ 09:58:57 PM
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this makes me want to go play batman: arkham city

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Comment #24 by Gasatuma
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 12:23:51 AM
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The batman easter egg is the best one, creepy face of that bastard!

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Comment #25 by jpzappia
Monday, January 16, 2012 @ 03:10:08 PM
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What about the Easter Egg in Batman: Arkham City where you pay your respects to your dead parents in Crime Alley...thats a pretty sweet Easter Egg...

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Comment #26 by mmac001
Monday, January 16, 2012 @ 09:45:18 PM
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I like the ones from Batman myself - awesome game in general.

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Comment #27 by XXXWOLFFXXX
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 12:36:21 AM
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Haven't got to check any of the Easter eggs out yet in Arkham City as i just started it, but looks like there's a bunch. That Deus Ex one is funny :P

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Comment #28 by Melty
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 08:26:22 AM
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The Rage easter eggs look awsome. Can't wait to get my hands on the game.

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Comment #29 by bearmod
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 05:40:39 PM
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I know it's not a 360 game but the Assassins Creed easter egg from Witcher 2 is awesome

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Comment #30 by slayer3100
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 06:14:42 AM
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There is an area in Saints Row the Third where a giant fishing boat has caught the bunny from the second game. I think its at a mansion near the water in the bottom left hand corner of the map. I saw it when i was flying over in one of the S.T.A.G jets.

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Comment #31 by ShowKase
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 06:58:42 AM
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These are cool.

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Comment #32 by Or!on
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 07:21:03 PM
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Gears of War 3 had the best easter eggs, but Rage gave me some great flashbacks, truly amazing work from both EPIC and ID Software.

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