As far as I know, everyone enjoys a good Easter egg. We see them pop up in films, television, or in this case, video games, all the time. When you think of the term you usually think of harmless little references or secret messages that were left behind by developers, sometimes for their own amusement. But we all know that is absolutely not true. In fact, these days Easter eggs seem to come in a dark shell.
The video game in question doesn't necessarily have to be a horror one in order to give you nightmares. I'm sure there are a few Easter eggs you can probably think of now that you found when you were 10 years old and they still give you the creeps. More often than not, these frightening Easter eggs don't just pop up in horror games, though those games can amp up the fear factor. Nope! You can find them in action, fantasy, oh heck... even sports games. Regardless of what the age range is for a specific game, it appears these game developers really love the idea of creating nightmares for kids and adults. To be fair, some Easter eggs can give players new knowledge. For instance, if they are playing a sequel in a franchise, they might find something they need. I have to admit, that can be very nice no matter how scary the Easter egg is.
11 The Bloody Teddy Bear - Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
10 The Kraken – Assassin’s Creed II
9 Coded Transmissions - Fallout 3
8 The Ghost of Jolene Cranley on Mount Gordo - Grand Theft Auto 5
7 Weeping Angels - Witcher 3
6 Helpless Headcrab Zombies - Half Life 2
5 HellValleySkyTree – Super Mario Galaxy 2
4 The Statue of Happiness - Grand Theft Auto IV
3 The Hidden Ghost – Hitman: Contracts
2 Secret Message – Sonic CD
When you think of Sonic the Hedgehog, the last thing that pops up into your head is anything but nightmare fuel because the Sega Classic isn't remotely scary. That is, until Sonic CD came out in the early 90s and everything changed when it granted us one of the most disturbing video game Easter eggs out there. To see it, all you have to do is pop in the Sonic CD, complete the following sequence: “Down, down, down, left, right”, and a sound testing menu will appear. Enter the sequence again. A page of Japanese text with Sonic wearing a demonic mask with human features appears. He is doing his signature finger shaking, and there is some devilish music to boot. This is what nightmares are made of, folks!
1 The Joker - Batman: Arkham Knight
This one may be a bit a of a spoiler to those gamers who haven't played Batman: Arkham Knight yet but the secret introduction is a downright creepy Easter egg that has made it to the sweet spot on our list. The game begins with the regular intro where you are at an incinerator, preparing to burn the seemingly “lifeless” body of the Joker. A command will come up to tell you to select any button to begin the process. Push a button…aaaand there goes the Joker. Or so you thought! Now go back to the sequence but this time wait until the background music ends, THEN press a button to start the cremation - you're in for a “pleasant” surprise. If all goes well, The Joker will pop up, screaming as his flesh begins to blister. His screams turn into frightening laughter as the flames consume him. He speaks too but I will let you check out the rest for yourself. One quick note: you must have completed the game in full in order to get this Easter Egg!
Sources: wikia, moviepilot
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