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A lot of video games are very complete experiences that have you going on adventures or competing to reach a high score in a game of skill, all without too many frills. Every now and then, you might come across a game that has little Easter eggs hidden away, something that a developer or two might have placed in some obscure spot for the player to witness.

Most times, these Easter eggs are just fun tidbits that are inconsequential and have no bearing on the main objectives of the title, existing simply because the developer thought it would be a cool thing to do. While a good number of Easter eggs are discovered within a game's release window, sometimes it takes a little longer to find the more secret ones. Let's put saving Hyrule on hold we explore some Easter eggs that were hidden a little too well and took a while to find. Just a heads up, some of the video footage may contain language and content that is NSFW.

Halo 3: Happy Birthday Lauren

Halo 3 was released in 2007 to much excitement. Who doesn't love a good first-person shooter and seeing Master Chief wreck Covenant face the only way he knows how? During Halo 3's creation, one of the developers sneaked in a little message that took years to find. In fact, he actually had to reveal the secret himself after seven years since no one had found it. Adrian Perez revealed in 2014 that he hid a secret message in Halo 3's main loading screen. The only way to get it was to set your console's clock to December 25 (or play the game during this actual day) and press in both thumbsticks while the game is loading. "Happy Birthday Lauren" will appear on the loading screen if done correctly. Lauren must have been a lucky lady.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - Chris Houlihan's room

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is regarded as one of the greatest games ever made. Link's no stranger to time travel, and this was one of his first temporal treks. With that in mind, let's skip around a bit and start in 1990, when Nintendo Power ran a contest that would allow a fan to get their name included in an unannounced SNES game, which turned out to be A Link to the Past. It was revealed in early 2000s that the winner was a fan named Chris Houlihan. In order to see his name, you'd have to glitch Link into a secret room full of rupees and a plaque that featured the lucky fan's name.

Final Fantasy IX: The Nero Brothers Quest

You either really loved Final Fantasy IX or you were kind of just indifferent to it. Regardless of how you felt, it was one of the biggest games to be released in 2000. Since its debut, many players have burned through its very sizable amount of content. But it wasn't until 2013 that the final quest in the game was found. This quest had players encountering the Nero brothers as they taught Zidane the finer points of gambling. What made this secret so difficult to track down was the fact that you had to find them throughout multiple points in the game in order to continue with the quest's progression. After all that work, you would have received a Protect Ring. Yay?

Batman: Arkham City - Calendar Man's Creepy Message

Here's a bit of a weird, slightly meta Easter egg in Batman: Arkham City involving the psychotic and wholly unnerving serial killer, Calendar Man. Batman can visit this member of the Rogues Gallery on different holidays in the real world to listen to some unique dialogue. But if you set the date on your PC or console to December 13, 2004 (the date Rocksteady Studios was founded), you get a totally different message that references Batman: Arkham Knight, the next game in the series. This is definitely a guy obsessed with dates who'll never score a date himself. After the Easter egg remained undiscovered for three years, Rocksteady Studios intervened and revealed how to discover this hidden bit of dialogue.

Splinter Cell: Double Agent - Seals!

This is probably one of the strangest, cutest Easter eggs on the list. Splinter Cell: Double Agent was released in 2006, but it wasn't until 2010 that players learned, courtesy of one of the developers, that you could take on a very unique mission involving baby seals. During co-op mode, you could find a secret mission that tasked you with rescuing baby seals wearing party hats. They're just these cute little things with names like Pepperoni and were beamed up after you rescued them, because apparently they're aliens as well. Considering how gritty and dark the Splinter Cell series is, this was a welcome, light-hearted distraction, albeit one that was found pretty late.

Wave Race: Blue Storm - Sarcastic announcer

The GameCube jet-ski racing game, Wave Race: Blue Storm came out in 2001 and offered a great multiplayer experience that was accompanied by an announcer who would provide color commentary whenever you performed something worthwhile on the water. In 2009, it was discovered that players could input a code on the audio settings screen in order to activate an alternative announcer who was decidedly more sarcastic and insulting. As you raced, he would say things like, "pathetic!" or "greeeat…" in the most bored voice imaginable. It was greeeat.

Dead Space: Nicole is Dead

One of the most mind-blowing easter eggs in the fantastic survival horror game, Dead Space, is a huge spoiler that only the most observant of gamers could find. In Dead Space, protagonist Isaac Clarke heads to the derelict ship, the USG Ishimura, to find and rescue his girlfriend, Nicole Brennan. What he finds instead is a nightmare floating in space as he fights his way through the ship and avoids being killed by the horrific Necromorphs roaming around. The horrors he faces are bad enough, but if players pay attention to the chapter titles, they'll notice that if they take the first letter of each chapter and put them together, they spell out the sentence "NICOLE IS DEAD." That's a bummer.

Borderlands 2: Minecraft Cave

There's a whole lot of fun to be had in Borderlands 2 and a fair amount of the game involves pop culture references and nods to other video games. At one point in the cel-shaded shoot-and-loot adventure, players can come across a really hidden cave that's designed to look like it came straight out of the blocky world of Minecraft. To access this area, players must head to the northwestern area of the Caustic Caverns and go to the top of some train tracks in order to reach this really obscure area. Not only are some features of the cave all blocky and pixelated, but there are also enemies that are based on the Creepers from Minecraft and they drop Minecraft-themed loot. This is one tribute you have to see.

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Heart of the City

This one's an oldie but a goodie from Grand Theft Auto IV, the game that let us explore Liberty City once more. To get to this Easter egg, one must hop in a helicopter and fly out to the Statue of Happiness (GTA's version of Lady Liberty), where they'll see a platform that's not accessible by walking. This means that they'll have to hop out and land on the platform, where they'll find doors with signs that say, "No hidden content this way," a message that sounds highly suspect. If players head inside, they'll discover a huge, anatomically-correct heart for the statue that's got chains and pipes coming out of it. This is a pretty awesome pun because it's the literal heart of the twisted city. Gross.

Battlefield 4: Dinosaur roar

The Battlefield games are chock-full of incredible Easter eggs that require a lot of time, dedication, and coordination. This is one such Easter egg and it can only be found in multiplayer, requiring two players to push two different buttons at once on the Rogue Transmission map. The Easter egg involves getting to the top of a hill and waiting to press a hidden button while another player lands on the giant radar dish and blows up some wiring in order to land on a little platform with another hidden button. The second hidden button has a drawing of a cartoon T-Rex coming out of some trees, indicating that you've found the correct button. Press both buttons at the same time and you'll trigger the sound of trees rumbling and then a loud T-Rex roar. The best part? The roar comes from the part of the map that has a dead goat in a cage, just like in Jurassic Park.

Assassin’s Creed 3: Turkey assassin

This hilarious Easter egg requires the player to have memorized the infamous Konami Code. If you don't know it or you just plain forgot, here's a refresher: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left Right, B, and then A (Circle and X on PlayStation, A and B on Wii U). After Sequence 6 in the main story, you can head back to the Davenport Homestead and duck behind the back wall near the porch. Make your character whistle from this position and a random turkey will appear. Once the little gobbler arrives, you can perform the Konami Code and marvel in wonder as the turkey is transformed into a bonafide assassin. Instead of cranberry sauce, this turkey will be covered in the blood of his enemies.

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!: Bald Bull's tell

Now here's an Easter egg that actually helped players out in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! The Easter egg involves the fight with Bald Bull and wasn't discovered for 22 years. In 2009, the late, great Satoru Iwata revealed that there was an easier way to beat Bald Bull that didn't require you to punch him after his third hop in order to interrupt his Bull Charge. All you had to do was look at the background and try to spot an audience member who was taking a picture with a flash camera. Once you saw the flash go off, you could deliver a body blow to Bald Bull to bring him down, without waiting for him to telegraph with his hops. How's that for a late training tip?


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