Among the many joys of playing a new video game is the experience of stumbling upon a delightfully nerdy Easter egg hidden away by the developers. Video game movie references offer an entertaining look at the pop culture that shaped the creators of your favorite games. While some are easy to spot, such as a nod to a famous Star Wars scene in Skyrim, others are more obscure, like the easy-to-miss shout-out to Office Space in F.E.A.R.
The pleasure of these little cinematic nods is often directly proportional to how out of the way they are. Plenty of games rub our noses in their pop-culture pedigrees, but the selections below demonstrate that a little subtlety can go a long way.
The Goonies weren't the only ones after Chester Copperpot's gold. In Torchlight II, there's a side quest called Ghosts of Plunder Cove.
After accepting it, you'll discover a mysterious corpse near the entrance. Upon further examination, the corpse is revealed to be Chester Copperpot from The Goonies. If you search his body, you'll obtain a gem called One-Eyed Willy's Other Eye.
In the WWI shooter Battlefield 1, an amusing Easter egg pertaining to Pixar's Up is found in the DLC called "They Shall Not Pass." Players may spot a little house flying across the battlefield with three balloons tied on top, representing the tricolors of the flag of France.
While the Easter egg is charmingly simple, the player actually has to initiate a series of actions to trigger the event. The player must fire at all the three hidden wine bottles in the Verdun Heights map, then fire at three rooster-bearing weather vanes afterward.
Hidden in the zombie-infested island of Banoi lies one of the scariest horror villains of all time: Jason Voorhees. The Friday the 13th Easter egg in Dead Island isn't just a detour - he's actually a survivor that the player can fight against in the game. Jason's cabin is located within the Jungle section, surrounded by the bodies of his targets.
Living up to his horror legacy, Jason is a powerful boss who's capable of taking out high-level characters with one slice of his machete. If the player defeats Jason, they can equip his chainsaw and use it to mow down zombies for the rest of the game.
When you're making a medieval fighting game like For Honor, you just gotta reference one of the greatest medieval comedies of all time, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In the multiplayer map called “Citadel Gate,” you can find a deceased knight dressed in black sans arms and legs.
This is a reference to the hilarious Black Knight scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, where the stubborn knight refuses to back down from his fight with King Arthur, despite losing all of his limbs in battle.