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The Weird Fish Easter Egg Returns In Borderlands 3

The Borderlands series has always been filled with Easter eggs, references and hidden secrets. For example, you could literally find Creepers from Minecraft in Borderlands 2. But one Easter egg has popped up in every Borderlands game without fail and it involves shooting some barrels and a giant fish. And this classic secret returns in Borderlands 3.

As showcased in a video released by YouTuber and Easter egg hunter FunWithGuru, Borderlands 3 continues the series tradition of containing a shit load of references and Easter eggs. You can find Pickle Rick from Rick and Morty, a shotgun that plays the Doom (2016) guitar riff, a parody of Batman and a lot more.

But my favorite Easter egg in Borderlands 3 is the one that involves shooting some barrels to get a woman to spawn who eventually rides a giant fish. This same weird secret can be found in the original Borderlands. It can also be found in Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel. Even Tales From The Borderlands makes a reference to this fishy secret.

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By the way, the woman on the fish is Patricia Tannis, a character from the series. Why is she riding a giant fish? I don’t know. Maybe Borderlands 4 will answer that question.

Source: Kotaku.com

Fans Found An Assault Rifle Texture Hidden In Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Princess Peach is powerful and not to be messed with in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. But I never expected that she was secretly carrying an assault rifle. Yet that’s what fans found when they dug around the files of Brawl.

YouTuber Oddheader recently released a video showcasing some secrets in video games that players and fans were never meant to find. Yet people found these secrets anyways because people have too much free time, I guess. Like the assault rifle in Brawl. It is a small icon that can be found in the game files for Peach. It is never used in the game, but I like to think Peach has it just in case. She is fighting people like Solid Snake and a giant monkey. Having a gun might be useful.

Another odd discovery is some hidden animations in Halo 2 featuring the Master Chief flipping off the camera while holding dual SMGs. That Master Chief fella is such a grumpy soldier.

The full video has more secrets that players have found. I wonder how many developers see stuff like this and suddenly realize that secret mistake or code they left in one of their old games might not be as hidden as they thought.

Source: Kotaku.com

An Easter Egg In Half-Life: Decay Can Only Be Found After Hitting A Corpse 600 Times

Screenshot: MarphitimusBlackimus (YouTube)

Some secrets in video games are found after hitting a hidden button or jumping out of a certain area. Sometimes you can find a secret by just doing nothing, which is the case in Far Cry 4. But in Half-Life: Decay, to find a small Easter egg you will need to do a lot. Like hitting a floating corpse over 600 times with a crowbar.

Half-Life: Decay was a PS2 exclusive co-op mode developed by Gearbox Software. It was included as a bonus mode in the PS2 port of Half-Life and stars two scientists. Using split-screen, two players control these scientists as they explore and survive Black Mesa during the events of Half-Life. This PS2 only mode has since been ported to PC, but this particular secret is only found in the PS2 version.

As shown off MarphitimusBlackimus, a YouTuber who creates wonderful videos showcasing and detailing different aspects of the Half-Life games, this Easter egg involves a dead security guard.

The body of this guard is found floating in a pool in the fifth mission of the Half-Life: Decay. At first glance, the body doesn’t look special. But this isn’t an ordinary floating corpse. This body actually can be destroyed using weapons. It will take some time though. The body has over 3000 health, making it tougher than the final boss of Half-Life.

If you decide to use a crowbar it will take you over 600 whacks to pop the corpse. You can also speed the process up by using a gun or explosives. Once the body is destroyed you will be rewarded with Snarks. These are small aliens which can be used as a weapon. Toss them at enemies and they will attack them for a few moments and then explode. They can also turn around and attack you, so be careful.

Gearbox, the developers of most of the Half-Life expansions which includes Decay, seem to love these types of Easter eggs. In Half-Life: Blue Shift, players can find a small cardboard box in a locker. Shoot it 68 times and it will break open, revealing a Chumtoad. This was an enemy originally cut from Half-Life, but returns in a few spots via Easter eggs like this.

So the next time you are running around a video game and see an unbreakable box or random dead body, maybe stop and shoot it like 500 times. Who knows? It might be a hidden secret.

But probably not.

Source: Kotaku.com

Insomniac Developer Reveals A Spider-Man PS4 Easter Egg Nobody Noticed

Spider-Man on PS4 was filled with little secrets and easter eggs. From a failed marriage proposal to Seinfeld references and more, the game is packed with easter eggs. But one secret was so subtle it seems nobody actually noticed it until someone at Insomniac revealed it on Twitter.

Yesterday, Elan Ruskin, a programmer at Insomniac, revealed a hidden easter egg in Spider-Man that involved pedestrians. Specifically, the easter egg involved Orthodox Jewish pedestrians in the game. In real life on Saturdays when you play Spider-Man, these NPCs won’t spawn in the city. This is a reference to the Sabbath and how many Jewish individuals will not work or go out on Saturdays.

This is another small detail in a game that is already stuffed with small audio and visual details. So, because today is Saturday, you shouldn’t see any of these citizens shown in the picture above if you fire up Spider-Man.

It seems this secret has been in Spider-Man since the game launched and because it was so subtle, nobody really noticed. It makes me wonder what other easter eggs are hiding in Spider-Man on PS4 that players have yet to find.

Source: Kotaku.com

Insomniac Developer Reveals A Spider-Man PS4 Easter Egg Nobody Noticed

Spider-Man on PS4 was filled with little secrets and easter eggs. From a failed marriage proposal to Seinfeld references and more, the game is packed with easter eggs. But one secret was so subtle it seems nobody actually noticed it until someone at Insomniac revealed it on Twitter.

Yesterday, Elan Ruskin, a programmer at Insomniac, revealed a hidden easter egg in Spider-Man that involved pedestrians. Specifically, the easter egg involved Orthodox Jewish pedestrians in the game. In real life on Saturdays when you play Spider-Man, these NPCs won’t spawn in the city. This is a reference to the Sabbath and how many Jewish individuals will not work or go out on Saturdays.

This is another small detail in a game that is already stuffed with small audio and visual details. So, because today is Saturday, you shouldn’t see any of these citizens shown in the picture above if you fire up Spider-Man.

It seems this secret has been in Spider-Man since the game launched and because it was so subtle, nobody really noticed. It makes me wonder what other easter eggs are hiding in Spider-Man on PS4 that players have yet to find.

Source: Kotaku.com

Ubisoft, Please Stop Teasing And Give Us More Splinter Cell

The last Splinter Cell game was released in August 2013. It’s been nearly six years since we last got to play as grizzled spy Sam Fisher. Near Six years since we got to creep around the shadows and use those sweet goggles that make that cool noise. Going this long without a new game in the franchise would be easier if Ubisoft would stop constantly referencing Splinter Cell in all their other games.

I loved Blacklist. It felt like a perfect balance between the faster, more action-filled Splinter Cell games and the earlier stealth focused games. It became my most played game in the franchise, even if I missed original Sam Fisher actor Michael Ironside. I remember thinking shortly after it came out that I couldn’t wait for the next game. Over five years later, I’m still waiting.

It would be one thing if Ubisoft just stopped making Splinter Cell games and never referenced the series again, leaving the franchise to rot and be forgotten. That would still suck, but it would at least make it easier for my mind to move on. However, Ubisoft is doing the exact opposite of this. It seems nearly every game they release has some small reference or wink to Splinter Cell.

Some examples!

The suit players can find in New Dawn.
Screenshot: The Easter Egg Hunter (YouTube)

The most recent Splinter Cell tease pops up in Far Cry New Dawn. In that game, players can find a crashed military cargo plane which contains an entire treasure trove of Splinter Cell goodies and references. These include notes from characters in the franchise, the computer from Blacklist and even Sam’s famous suit, complete with tri-goggles. New Dawn players can even take the suit and wear it.

Ghost Recon Wildlands took the Splinter Cell references to a whole new level by actually having Sam Fisher show up in a special event and letting players work with him to complete a mission. Ubisoft even got original Fisher voice actor Michael Ironside back to voice the character, making this tease even more frustrating. Bringing back Ironside and then using him for one mission in Ghost Recon seems like a lot of work to just tease fans again.

During an interview on Inside Xbox with Major Nelson about the Splinter Cell/Ghost Recon event, Ironside even hinted at future Fisher adventures saying “Let’s see if the storylines allow an organic [way to bring], Sam, back.”. Still, a year later and it seems we aren’t any closer to a new Splinter Cell game with or without Ironside.

Beyond these bigger easter eggs and references, Ubisoft has continued to include smaller nods to the series in other games.

The most commonly found easter egg is a pair of the famous tri-goggles that Sam often wears in the games. These useful goggles appear in Assassin’s Creed Odyessy and The Division. Will a pair appear in The Division 2?

Other games like Watch Dogs, Watch Dogs 2 and Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag have included the cover of Splinter Cell games in their worlds. The weirdest reference to Splinter Cell is Ubisoft’s voice assistant who is named Sam, a nod to the franchise’s lead spy. Sadly, Ironside doesn’t voice the digital assistant.

After all these easter eggs and other references to Splinter Cell we still don’t have any confirmation of a new game in the franchise. I would at this point be happy with some remasters, at least of Blacklist.

Image: Ubisoft

Jade Raymond, a former producer at Ubisoft, confirmed in an interview with GameReactor that there was a new Splinter Cell game being designed at one point. “There is a design that we actually had and worked on that we would have wanted to make,” Raymond said. “But since I am not at Ubisoft anymore I can’t talk about it and I don’t know who wants to share that concept.”

E3 2019 isn’t that far away and as all these references seemingly prove, Ubisoft still seems to like the Splinter Cell franchise. Or at least they still know it exists. Is the year when we finally get a new Sam Fisher adventure?

Or maybe in five years, I’ll write a follow-up post to this one about how it has been 10 years of teasing.

Source: Kotaku.com