So, we finally got some word from Bethesda. Oh sorry, not about Fallout 4 I meant Prey 2. Though thankfully Fallout 4 wasn't included in this cancelation announcement. Prey 2 has been officially cancelled, a game that I recall really looking forward to, though faded out of my memory some years ago. Prey was an exceptional game and I adored playing it, but I'm not too fussed about the sequel disappearing.
However, on the other hand, if Bethesda were to announce that a Fallout 4 game had disappeared from existence, a number of gamers may also disappear from existence. As of yet we have no real word from our beloved developers surrounding the creation of this game. Therefore, I thought I'd take a glance at the past and see the wonderful easter eggs that were placed within the Fallout universe.
Let's take a look at some of these great moments from Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas that featured references to some of cinema's greatest moments and more!
Fallout 3 Easter Eggs
The story that we gathered about Vault 92 in Fallout 3 was that it was to preserve the world's best musicians. The moment of shock came when I found out the name of the Vault's Overseer - Rick Rubin!! Rick Rubin is one of the most influential record producers of all time, check him out above on life and art.
I think the "world's best musicians" back story is completely clever because Rick Rubin is an incredible talent, he most recently helped Metallica, create their best work since the 1980s with 2008's "Death Magnetic". Awesome stuff.
The Farragut name, which lies on the Farragut Metro station for example, is actually the name of a vampire village from Bethesda's other title, Oblivion! Just patting themselves on the back their. Also, the Republic of Drave's safe has the access code '1138'. Fans maintain that this actually a reference to George Lucas' film THX-1138. This film introduced some of the aspects that Lucas would explore in the Star Wars saga and seems to be a film that Bethesda admire!
The side-quest Those! is a reference to the cult b-movie from the 50's called Them!, which was about giant ant created after atomic bomb testing. This fits in with the Fallout theme, of a 50's styled post-war wasteland. The quest itself is about fire breathing ants accidentally created by a scientist.
Dirty Harry also appears in the game (well not directly of course)! To be exact, the Magnum from the film can be found! It can be found like this: Enter the Citadel, jump into the very large crater, find the only door in the crater, enter the door, walk up the stairs, take a left until you reach the wall , take another left and you will find a Hard safe and a Hard Terminal to unlock the safe and cubical. The safe is called Callahan's Safe.
The weapon's name is a reference to Harry Callahan from the Dirty Harry movies who carries a Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum as his signature weapon, even though in the films it was never scoped. Indeed, if you use Callahan's terminal to unlock the safe, it is revealed that this certain Callahan's first name was "Harold"!
In the northern/middle part of the map there is a U.F.O. that has crashed. It is directly north of Minefield. When you are near the U.F.O. you will pick up a signal called the "Recon Craft Theta Beacon." Follow this noise until you see a U.F.O. crashed into the mountains.
Towards the front is an alien that did not survive the crash. It is found holding a corny gun known as the Alien Blaster, which happens to be the most powerful weapon in the game. David Reynolds, One of the map creators for Fallout 3 was also a programmer for the game "Destroy All Humans." The Alien and his spaceship resemble Krypto and his spaceship. This is hidden very well so it may take sometime.
In every Fallout game these features pop up from Mad Max! The leather armour design in every game is the same as Max’s, the companion Dogmeat’s Blue Heeler breed is the same as the dog in The Road Warrior, The Pitt arena resembles the Thunderdome, a random encounter with a character named Mel who carries a leather jacket and sawed-off shotgun (clear reference to Mel Gibson who plays Mad Max), and countless other references.
Fallout: New Vegas
A fan of Futurama? Did you happen to know that Bethesda are too? Yep, in Fallout: New Vegas we can see a friendly companion of Fry's still faithfully waiting. That's right, the dog that features in one of the most upsetting Futurama episodes appears in The Cave of the Abaddon in the Lonesome Road add-on; it’s even named Seymour. A loveable throwback to a great show!
Here is another reference that demonstrates Bethesda's admiration for Lucas' best work! It seems that our world houses the bodies of two that lived and died on Tatooine. Doesn't exactly make total sense but we love the reference anyway! Two burnt corpses outside a Nipton house are named Owen and Beru, after the unfortunate carers for Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Episode IV.
I had to include this one because I absolutely adore this film! Blade Runner and Alien are two of the greatest sci-fi films of all time, with atmospheres and designs that are beyond anything I've seen in a film. I mean the design of Blade Runner is jaw dropping, the film basically predicted how large modern day Chinese cities would appear. Incredible.
Anyway in Fallout: New Vegas we couldn't help but notice the reference to the film in the form of a familiar gun used by Rick Deckard!
Rodents of Unusual Size
Yep, that's right, The Princess Bride is in Fallout: New Vegas, I LOVE this game's references!! Numerous places throughout the world, large rats can be spotted that are labelled as "rodents of unusual size". Bethesda, please never stop making games. Me like them.
Do you guys have any other easter eggs and references you know of? Let me know!