Everyone loves the big games that put a lot of money into making it as pretty as possible. Whether it be with cool weapons, epic environments, polished npc’s e.c.t. But what I love about the really intelligent games is when they hide the small, interesting details. In gamer terms these are called Easter eggs, namely because you have to find them. They normally explain some lore friendly story, pay tribute to other games or are simply the designers messing about. Bioshock infinite has plenty to find. I’ve done my research and I’ve found a bunch for you to look out for on your way through Columbia.
Big daddy and little sister
When Elizabeth transported Booker to rapture I was very excited. I love it when games mix with other games, especially with sequels. But, I presume like many others playing the game for the first time, I didn’t notice the little cameo in the background. When Songbird moves out the way you can see a corridor leading between two buildings and sat on the floor is a Big Daddy and a Little Sister. The Little Sister appears to be fixing the Big Daddy, but whatever the case it’s a cool little cameo.
Whilst walking through Columbia you might start to sing along to some of the songs being played. But how do you know songs from 1912? You may have old-fashioned music taste but that’s not the reason. When your on your way to Lady Comstocks grave you may notice a little music shop to the left that floats up and down and has a small tear in it where you can hear “girls just want to have fun” being played. Basically, the musicians of Columbia have been using tears to rip off other artists before they have even made their songs. You can hear tunes like “god only knows” by the Beach Boys being sung by a barber quartet or Tears for Fears. It’s great how they mixed in with the lore and how it’s so subtle.
The Possession whisper
This is the creepiest Easter egg I’ve seen since I set fire to a cymbal monkey in the Nazi zombie level, Der Riese. When you’re going through the fair at the start of the game and you receive your first Vigor, Possession, you may have noticed the subtle whisper after you drink it and trip balls. When reversed the whispers says “when I shall die, take him and cut him out into little stars”. Now out of context that is one of the creepiest lines you will hear anyone say but it is in fact a quote from the Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet. When you use the Vigor on someone, the whisper is longer and the full quote reads, “Give me my Romeo. And when I shall die, take him and cut him out into little stars. Come, gentle night, come, loving, black browed [night]”. Actually I’ve changed my mind. Even in context it’s creepy as hell!
Revenge of the Jedi
When you first meet Elizabeth in the Tower you get to see her use the Tear power for the first time. She uses it in front of a painting of the Eiffel tower to transport herself to France. In the top right corner you can see a theatre playing “Le Revanche Du Jedi” which translates to the Revenge of the Jedi. This was the original working title for the 1983 classic, Return of the Jedi. Elizabeth explains to you later on that most of the time there isn’t much difference when she looks through the tears so I think this is supposed to be some alternate universe where that was the title of the film. Everyone loves a little addition of Star Wars.
Elizabeth and Bookers musical duet
If some of you rushed through the game you may not have had time to look in the Salty Oyster bar where you can find the key for one of the hidden chests in the game. When you enter the basement you see a small child who runs under the stairs. If you walk over to the right you see a guitar, which gives you the option to play it. You strum along as Elizabeth sings and gives an apple to the little boy. What’s quite interesting is the singing done by Elizabeth and the guitar playing by Booker is actually done by the two voice actors in real life. Commitment to the part if you ask me.
The Konami code
Most gamers know or know of the famous Konami code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A), which was a cheat code for the 1985 arcade game, Gradius. On the Xbox version of Bioshock Infinite, if you enter this code at the start menu you unlock 1999 mode immediately. (Instead of B, A for PS3 its O, X and for PC its cancel, confirm). I don’t know if a developer leaked this cheat but if someone figured this out on their own then they deserve the highest of fives.
There are some other, smaller Easter egg rumors floating around on forums but they just sound like Gamers searching for connections. If any of you have found or heard of other secrets in Bioshock Infinite be sure to add it in the comments section below and make sure you keep your eyes peeled on your next tour of Columbia.