Pretty terrible Spider-Man game, but pretty terrific Lost reference. The second mission is set on Tangaroa Island, which according to Spider-Man's computer briefing, is "largely unexplored," was "once believed mythical," and is "located at latitude 4.815 and longitude 162.342."
All that and the level hasn't even started!
Meet Desmond, from Fallout 3's Point Lookout expansion. He's a radiated ghoul, not a time-traveling, universe-spanning, electromagnetic sailor. He prefers dogs named Freki and Geri to women named Penny. His mortal enemy is a brain in a jar, not a wealthy father-in-law. He's British, not Scottish. At first, he seems nothing at all like the Desmond from Lost.
Then his mansion is destroyed and he moves here:
You know what he calls that panic room? His "fail-safe." If that phrase doesn't ring a bell after this week's penultimate Lost, or from mentions in previous episodes starring Desmond, you haven't been paying attention. Besides, any remaining doubt as to the connection is instantly removed once you lift the hatch and head inside. Play this video to experience an overdose of Swan Station déjà vu:
The sixth level – "Enter the Cheatrix" – is one long joke about videogames, but the developers do manage to squeeze in a quick Lost mention as well. Bart and Lisa are infiltrating a game factory, where Mario fixes the pipes, Sonic runs in a treadmill, buckets of blood are poured into all the products and every guard is either a Street Fighter or a Madden quarterback.
So when one of these football players counts down a hike, which numbers do you think he uses? Watch 23 seconds of the video above for an answer you already know.
Another hatch. Another set of numbers. Before you accuse Blizzard of unoriginality, though, take a closer look. They’re not the numbers… they're the numbers plus one. Holy shit. Mind-blowing creativity like that is how you end up with 11.5 million paying subscribers, we suppose.
But seriously, they did add some cool and eerie Lost-esque music to the Sholazar Basin island on which you find this secret. Check it out:
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