For as long as there have been games, there have been little secrets hidden by developers for the public to find. Sometimes they poke fun at other games, occasionally they reference movies or television, and every now and then they are a means for scorned devs to stick it to their bosses.
The 5 entries here serve as part one in a series of lists containing various Easter Eggs that you may have missed.
Fans of Sons of Anarchy, the show that is very loosely based on Shakespeare's Hamlet on motorcycles, were surprised to find a reference to the character Opie in Fallout 4. Although the last name is different, the physical description is pretty spot-on.
Despite the fact that the Assassins in Ubisoft's universe can survive a 60-foot fall if they land in a haystack, The Witcher 2 creators CD Projekt Red point out just how impossible this would actually be. Upon stumbling across the corpse near a haystack of someone sporting an outfit oddly familiar to that of Altair of Assassin's Creed fame, Geralt remarks that "they never learn."
GTA V is full of Easter Eggs that make reference to past games, urban legends, and pop-culture icons. This one recreates Thelma and Louise's demise from the end of the '90s movie in a spectacular fashion.
If you head out to the mountains of Blaine County between 19:00 and 20:00, you will see the duo, having been cornered by local law enforcement, taking the plunge of the edge of the mountain. Unlike the movie, however, there is no credit roll, so we have the opportunity to see the fiery explosion in all its glory.
In Hitman: Blood Money's mission Till Death Do Us Part, Agent 47 finds himself in the company of a crowd of men engaging in a spot of fist-fighting. If you head towards the north-western part of the map and shoot a silver disk on the ground near the water, the men will be instantly stripped down to their skivvies and run towards 47, clapping their hands with glee. They eventually get bored of the applause, however, and go back to their brawl, but they don't regain their clothes. As you can imagine, this provides the scene with an entirely different mood.
Hiding on a wall in Crytstal Dynamics' latest iteration in the Tomb Raider series is the iconic Soul Reaver blade from CD's other hit franchise, Legacy of Kain. It can't be picked up and used as a weapon, however, so seeing it serves as nothing more than a reminder that it's been far too long since we last had an opportunity to wield that beast.
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