Sandbox games like Just Cause, GTA and Saints Row tend to have one big thing in common, Easter eggs. Huge, open landscapes encourage exploration, and devs are always cramming secrets, references and loot into every obscure corner of the map. Thing is, a lot of this stuff takes ages to find; scouring every last inch of the world map can’t be rushed, and it’s no surprise to see new Easter eggs in games that are years old.
Above: "Boom goes the dynamite"
Just Cause 2’s certainly filled to the brim with stuff as well; the game’s only been out for a week, and there are already a large number of videos on the net documenting the game’s hidden doodads. We’ve assembled a small list of the best ones so far:
Location: X-12665 Y-22595
Swimming around the water near the location you'll find a large shark fin patrolling the area. Closer examination will reveal it's just a little motor with a big metal fin. Insert obligatory Games Radar Jaws Unleashed reference here.
Location: X-4245 Y-25978
At these coordinates you'll find a tower in the middle of some cherry blossom trees. Use your grappling hook to get up into the tower and you'll find the Happy Bubble Blaster weapon on the table. While the gun’s stream of little bubbles doesn’t do any damage, it still pisses the guards off something fierce when you shoot them. Talk about no sense of humor!
Location: X-21902 Y-20264
This one’s a little simpler, just a bunch of bananas spelling out "BANANA FAIL" in the middle of some random jungle. Obligatory “Peanut butter jelly time” reference goes here.
I Am Legend
Location: X-18207 Y-21543
At the above coordinates there’s a table and chair at the end of a dock, a reference to the scene in I Am Legend where Will Smith is waiting for survivors to arrive.
Location: X-30375 Y-30637
This one’s a little hard to miss, but we figured it was cool enough to mention; there’s a huge rock sculpture similar to Mount Rushmore at this location and it sports the ubiquitous face of evil dictator “Baby” Panay.
Location: X-1769 Y-4351
Definitely the most popular of the Easter eggs, this secret involves a bunch of references to the show LOST, including the mysterious hatch, planes automatically crashing over the island, and noises mighty similar to those of the show’s mysterious smoke monster.
Final Fantasy-esque Airship
Location: X-29584 Y-11435
While it’s not literally an Easter egg (there’s an in-game mission that requires you to go here), the Mile High Club is pretty awesome. A floating dance club blasting house music into the clouds sounds like a fantastic party. Making it even cooler is the airship’s strong design resemblance to Final Fantasy’s favored mode of transportation.
Location: X-29603 Y-31351
At the bottom right of the map on the Selatan Archipelago you’ll find an enormous beached whale on the shore. But it’s not just eye candy, blowing the whale up with the timed explosive will reveal an armor upgrade in the belly of the whale. This is most likely a reference to the classic news video of a beached whale being blown up with explosives.
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