Festive Features #5 - Top Five Best Easter Eggs of 2013

Festive Features #5 - Top Five Best Easter Eggs of 2013

Written Thursday, December 26, 2013 By XBA Staff

It's done. Christmas is over, you've eaten more food than anyone should, you've stuffed that crappy pair of slippers your Nan gave you into the bottom of your wardrobe, and our Festive Features are coming to a close. So as the celebration of Jesus' birth farts to a sleepy end, we're rounding things off with something that alludes to his re-birth. Yes, it's Top Five Best Easter Eggs Time!

Tucked away in our favourite games, easter eggs offer up nice little surprises for fans, knowing references, extra little bits of info and the occasional bizarre diversion. Done right they can be completely ace. Our top five picks certainly are. But which of them won? Find out below.

5. Blood Dragon's Heroes in a Half Shell

It’s fitting that Ubisoft’s ode to 90s action-fests should include a nod to everyone’s favourite mutated martial artists. This optional side-mission from Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon sidesteps any tricky legal licensing issues, but with the sewers, the pizza boxes and those painted on bandanas, we all know what they’re getting at. Cowabunga dudes.

4. Tiny Tina's Dark Soul

Another easter egg that hints at its source material rather than outright naming it, this Dark Souls reference in the Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep DLC for Borderlands 2 is really nicely done. Bonfires, souls, swords, skeletons, humanity - it’s all there. A lovely nod from one fan favourite to another.

3. GTA V's Ghost of Mount Gordo

If you stumbled across this ghost in GTA V, you could be forgiven for thinking ‘huh, that’s cool’ before getting on with your adventures. But this is the easter egg that gives as much as you put in. Dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that the game’s letter scrap collectibles and the Mystery of Leonara Johnson, as well as one of Trevor’s Stangers and Freaks missions all tie together to provide clues to this supernatural occurrence. Remarkable stuff.

2. Booker and Elizabeth's Circle

Wander slightly off BioShock Infinite’s beaten path and into the Graveyard Shift bar, and you may be treated to this touching moment between Booker, Elizabeth and… a grubby urchin living under the stairs. The song choice is rather apt too, if you know what we mean. It’s a gorgeous scene.

1. The End of a Decade-Long GTA Mystery

You could fill an entire list just with GTA V’s easter eggs, but this one’s a cracker. After years of rumour and speculation about the presence of bigfoot in GTA: San Andreas, Rockstar took the opportunity to put their own spin on the long-running myth in their own unique manner. There is a yeti in the woods and he’s… well you can see for yourself in the vid below.

What makes this so great isn’t just the history, it’s the lengths that Rockstar went to to deliver the joke. Only accessible once you’ve reached 100% completion, bigfoot is encountered during a mission that many players would never come across. Only the most dedicated would find it. Plus, it’s bloody hilarious. GTA V’s bigfoot is the best easter egg of 2013 by miles.


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Comment #1 by Hurricane Of 87
Friday, December 27, 2013 @ 01:43:15 AM
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Dead Space 3 had some Easter Eggs, but they were so bad I rip the piss out of my own post before it's even over.

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Comment #2 by Maka
Friday, December 27, 2013 @ 01:45:37 AM
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SRIV had the Men in Black Noisy Cricket! One of the better Easter Eggs of the year:

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Comment #3 by Italian Swagg
Friday, December 27, 2013 @ 02:26:38 PM
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I was hoping he'd kick Bigfoot off the cliff at the end. :/

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Comment #4 by swKarma
Friday, December 27, 2013 @ 04:40:27 PM
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Damn that's good

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Comment #5 by HugTheBear
Saturday, December 28, 2013 @ 02:11:19 AM
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I am still yet to see an easter egg that made me laugh as hard as the elevator easter egg in Crysis 2

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Comment #6 by Dazz
Saturday, December 28, 2013 @ 09:29:48 PM
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It's a shame none of the brilliant Easter eggs from Saints Row 4 were included in the list. Then again, I guess the inferior games needed a chance to shine so that's why they were listed. Especially GTA V being on the list twice.

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Comment #7 by Dazz
Saturday, December 28, 2013 @ 09:30:53 PM
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Also, I find it odd that I still don''t know what a lot of the Easter eggs actually are due to a lack of description on what the eggs are. Doesn't help those of us who can't watch videos.

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Comment #8 by CoffeeAddict5
Monday, December 30, 2013 @ 07:13:24 PM
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My favorite was the Game of Thrones Easter egg in Tina's DLC. I bitch slapped that punk far longer than was needed to complete the quest. Best DLC I played this year.

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Comment #9 by kfitz9
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 @ 12:06:11 PM
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@6/7 "Doesn't help those of us who can't watch videos." I'm not even going to touch it!

Partially agree with your other comments, apart from the bad attempt at sarcasm, maybe this list should have been a top 10, because there's some great stuff missing!

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Comment #11 by oCYBERPUNKo
Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 12:53:05 AM
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#5 do you mean Crysis 3?

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Comment #13 by Scuvo
Saturday, January 18, 2014 @ 12:20:06 AM
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xbox one come at me :)

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Comment #14 by TwinTowers2311
Monday, February 03, 2014 @ 03:24:12 PM
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Pretty good list

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