Other than the cool cars you can drive and the ridiculous hijinks you’re able to get into, part of the massive appeal of “Grand Theft Auto V” is hunting down all of the Easter Eggs the game has to offer. Rockstar’s attention to detail is another one of the reasons we love the franchise.
Bigfoot Easter Egg
A very observant Redditor has managed to spot quite an amazing easter egg whilst playing GTA V’s “Predator” mission. OscarTheSwede, the Redditor in question, found Bigfoot whilst hunting for a number of guys that Trevor wanted dead. Trevor and Michael take to the air and use thermal imaging to locate the targets amongst the dense foliage of one of Los Santos’ forests.
According to “TheSwede,” to spot the elusive beast, you have to trail your iron sights over to the bottom right-hand corner of the area. But don’t place your weapon directly on Bigfoot, otherwise he will vanish into thin air.
Extraterrestrial Easter Egg
During the opening prologue to the game. After nabbing a getaway vehicle, the player is given the option to veer off the side of the road and drive along a frozen lake. Eventually, you will come across an alien entity encased within the ice below.
Unfortunately, your detour will cause you to fail the mission, but it’s well worth checking out.
Returning to San Andreas
Next up is a bit of nostalgia for anybody who played GTA: San Andreas. The below easter egg provides directions on how to access CJ’s house, located in Grove Street of San Andreas. The block is located just south of Franklin’s house, along the road from Grove Street Garage.
Los Santos’ Resident Zombie
This is a bit of weird GTA-esque humor. Vinewood has its own resident zombie, spewing forth all kinds of bizarre rhetoric, demanding sustenance in the form of human brains. The video goes on for a lengthy six minutes, so here’s a snapshot of the wannabe zombie’s machinations:
Zombie: I serve no purpose. I eat brains and I have none. I am the undead…
Michael: Ohhh. How you doin’ bro?
Zombie: Ahh, since you ask, I’m wearing makeup, I’m being cuddled by strangers, I’m riddled with self doubt, and I still think I’m better than everyone!
Red Dead Redemption Easter Egg
If you peruse through the bookshelf in Franklin’s house, you’ll see a reference to one of Rockstar’s other blockbuster titles, Red Dead Redemption. The book’s author is J. Marston. During Red Dead, John “Jack” Marston mentions that he would like to create a book about his father and the Wild West… it looks like he was a man of his word.
Back To The Future Reference
Although there’s a lot of Back To The Future references throughout much of the dialogue, between the ambling residents of Los Santos, this one comes in the form of a sign on an electrical box. Click the YouTube video below to see one of Doc. Brown’s classic phrases.
No Country For Old Men Crime Scene
If you’ve seen the Cohen Brother’s No Country For Old Men, you may very well recognise the following scenes. The easter egg shows the aftermath of a drug deal gone wrong, recreating the crime scene in the most minutia of detail.
Alien Invasion and Killer Clown Easter Eggs
To experience the “alien invasion” easter egg you must visit Barry, as Michael, at the Legalise Weed stand. As a pro-marijuana advocate, Barry hands out samples. As part of the mission objectives, you must then defeat an alien invasion, which is essentially a drug-induced hallucination.
Likewise, to get the “killer clown” easter egg, the player must return to Barry as Trevor. This easter egg is virtually identical to the alien invasion variant, with aliens simply replaced with bloodthirsty clowns.
UFO Easter Egg
Rockstar seems to have a fetish for aliens, as scores of alien easter eggs seem to be floating around the net. The UFO easter egg only materialises once you have 100% completed the entire game, and traverse to Mount Chiliad at night. Lo and behold, in the night skies you will identify a brightly-lit flying saucer.
Another UFO sighting has been observed around Fort Zancudo, near Mount Josiah.
The Shining Easter Egg
GTA V also makes a nice little reference to the Shining, and Jack Nicholson’s character from the movie. As the player, you are able to procure the “Overlooked Red Jacket,” which appears identical to the garment worn by character Jack Torrance from the renowned horror flick. “Overlooked” is an obvious reference to the Overlook Hotel, where Jack and his beleaguered family stayed.
Creepy Ghost Easter Egg
Creepy ghost of Mount Gordon, which appears between the hours of 23:00 and 00:00.
Jaws Easter Egg
Another film reference. This time, Rockstar has thrown in a homage to Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. Once you’ve been randomly chomped by a shark, anywhere along the ocean of Los Santos, you are presented with an achievement, stating “you needed a bigger boat… or ANY boat!”
See this giant orange on top of a juice stand?
You can knock it off the top of the building and send it flying down the mountainside. It’s located in the centre of the map.
Playboy mansion in the Vinewood hills.
Cannibal cult that let’s you give them people in exchange for money.
Fans of ABC’s “Lost,” the Hatch from the series is off the east coast of Los Santos.
A hippie named Jesse — who many are comparing to Jesus — is waiting to hang out on the Los Santos Del Perro Pier.
Head to downtown Los Santos and you can find a mime who will start putting on a show once you approach him.
After riding the cable car up to the top of Mount Chiliad, find this cryptic inscription on a wall.
Obviously, it has to do with the aliens found throughout the game. Looks like in addition to UFOs, we can gain access to a dinosaur(?), and a jetpack (sweet).
You can find a pink dinosaur outside of Rex’s Diner in Sandy Shores.
There are a few drawings on Mt. Chiliad. One player found a face thinking it’s Aaron Paul from “Breaking Bad.”
Off the Northwest coast, someone found the remains of what appear to be a sea monster.
There are a bunch of custom clothes you can buy in the game for your player. Among them is a nod to Ryan Gosling’s jacket from “Drive.”
At Sandy Shores, you can find a “Star Trek” reference “Beam Me Up” spray painted on a wall of the giant alien skate park.
Want to find Halo’s Master Chief and Superman in the game? Head over to Lester’s house and he has toy replicas of the two — along with a few others — sitting on a shelf.