Video game Easter eggs come in a variety of flavors. Some are meant to amuse the player, some are meant to creep the hell out of the player and some ... some have no discernible purpose other than making the player go what the actual fuck?
These are the latter kind.
7Silent Hill 2: The Dog Ending
The Silent Hill franchise is generally recognized as one of the most terrifying game series ever produced. It's all evil gods and twisted limbs and beings with geometric objects for heads.
So these games are pretty freaky to begin with, but somehow, a secret ending for Silent Hill 2 managed to make the entire franchise even weirder. The second game is about James Sunderland, a widower who goes into the haunted town of Silent Hill to look for his dead wife. To see the coveted ending, you need to beat the game at least once and play it over again to find a bone-shaped key, which grants you access to a secret room.
It may take you as many as three playthroughs to get this right, but it's totally worth it, because once you open the door, you'll find ...
... a dog in a headset, mucking around at a control panel. Apparently, everything that happened in Silent Hill was his work -- that isn't us talking, that's the game.
"Now it all makes sense!"
Realizing that the search for his wife has all been for naught and he's been a puppet of a freaking dog all this time, James falls to his knees for the small comfort of said dog licking his face.
"Damn you, evil ... haha ... evil beast ... aw, I can't stay mad at you."
Then the credits roll to circusy organ music, accompanied by yapping dog sounds and random pictures. And we mean random.
This is what a brain stroke looks like.
By the way, this isn't the last we see of the dog -- in Silent Hill: Origins, one of the endings has an alien beaming down to help the protagonist get his missing truck back. Wanna guess who's with him?
Now we know why the fans hated the movie so much: No dog ending.
6Gears of War 3: Magic Chickens Everywhere
Gears of War is a dark, gritty trilogy of shooters where the planet is in ruins at the hands of alien invaders and the only thing between humanity and extinction is a bunch of muscular soldiers pattering on about their missing fathers and wives while shooting said aliens to shit. It's not a game where you'd expect to find a hidden race of chickens with magic powers, but life is full of surprises.
Perhaps we should elaborate. In the first level of the third game, you'll come to a docklike area with pipes. At one point, a chicken jumps out of one of those pipes.
Just a regular ol' pipe-dwelling chicken.
Now, as a video game player, your first instinct upon seeing the harmless little hen will most definitely be to shoot it ...
Did we learn nothing from the Zelda games?
... at which point it will magically transform into a giant golden chicken and come at you with a vengeance.
That's the second largest golden cock we've ever seen.
Wait, make that a giant fire-breathing golden chicken, zipping around, flamethrowering your sorry ass.
And then, if you manage to kill it, it will explode into confetti, of course.
Somehow, this isn't even the most baffling of the game's chicken antics. If you're playing on the hardest difficulty setting and don't disturb any of the dead bodies at the beginning of Act 4, you can find a chicken wearing a neon-trimmed pirate hat in a storage room. This one skips the fire-breathing bit and goes straight to the "exploding into confetti when shot" part.
"Seriously? What do I have to do to get some chicken wings?"
However, this is actually the beginning of an optional side quest for a secret weapon called the Cluckshot, which, as you've probably guessed by now, is a rocket launcher that fires exploding chickens. And yeah, you can kill enemies with it, or yourself, if you're not careful.