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Modern Warfare 2's coolest Easter eggs

Modern Warfare 2 isn’t all apocalyptic deluge and end of world madness. Yes, the story hustles you from one extravagant set piece to the next on a gasoline-tinged blast of spectaculosity. But there are plenty of tiny details to discover if you hang back and poke around the nooks and corners instead of dashing from checkpoint to checkpoint. The developers have dropped many sly nudges and winks for those who take the time to explore their creation. Here are a few of our favorites so far.

 


Dramatic chickens

Aside from traffic and civilians, you’ll also encounter caged chickens in the favela. When you ruthlessly murder the helpless poultry, watch closely and you’ll see them perform a dramatic death animation that’s more Looney Tunes than Black Hawk Down. Perhaps this Easter egg is meant for PETA, who had a problem with the dog killing in World at War.  


Departures – Delayed


Above: The least of our worries

In the controversial airport massacre scene, while wading through a mess of bullet-riddled vacationers, the flight times all suddenly flip over to “delayed.” It’s darkly humorous to think that in the midst of this horrifying bloodbath, some anal retentive desk-jockey wouldn’t flee for his life until he’d properly updated the signage. Now that’s putting the customer experience first. You’re looking at Employee of the Month right there.


Blow up doll in Makarov’s safehouse


Above: Don’t pretend like you didn’t consider it

Just think of all those haggard, lonely men, holed away in a remote mountain cabin guarding Makarov’s precious intel with no way to gratify their baser urges. But Makarov knows how to take care of his hired goons - he’s provided a deluxe novelty sex doll for them to pass around in their off-duty hours. When was the last time your boss was so considerate?


Standard Hotel rooftop bar


Above: Swanky! And yes, those tanks explode

Call us jet set hipster trash if you must, but we immediately recognized this perfect recreation of the rooftop bar at The Standard, a trendy hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Not pictured: flavor of the minute DJs, overpriced drinks, skeezy gold diggers.
 

Above: Suites at The Standard come with a giant black foam rubber foot, for some reason

60 comments

  • lehmaqr - June 6, 2011 1:24 a.m.

    3 things. One, in the museum, for the part sowing the first level, the guy doing push-ups pulls out a random gun when you hit the "Do not press" button. Two, in Multiplayer, if you use one man army, your character changes clothes. Three, every TV in the game has a reflection, but it doesn't match up.
  • ThEsNiPeR - February 27, 2011 10:35 p.m.

    also there is one where there's a multiplayer map ( i forget which one) and u go up 2 this building, and u shoot the corners of the door, and then, an old lady comes out, goes back in, and then comes out again with a UMP-45 and kills u.
  • ThEsNiPeR - February 27, 2011 10:27 p.m.

    replying to Cyberninja: Samantha
  • theMaN1997 - December 5, 2010 10:38 a.m.

    hey there is also one in team player when you start look at the blown out car there is a guy doin nothin and eating a bar of chocolate
  • xXwatsthepointXx - May 26, 2010 5:30 p.m.

    i didnt notice the death screen in cliffhanger on here ya no the one that says hang on for dear life if you dont make that one jump.
  • nicholas-stenson - April 2, 2010 9:40 p.m.

    has any one looked @ the money you dropped when you die.... captain mctavish is the face of the money
  • sterlins16 - March 24, 2010 2:07 a.m.

    TEDDY BEAR LOCATIONS 1.SCRAPYARD ONE IS IN THE SEWER NEXT TO ONE OF THE WAREHOUSES 2.ESTATE/MISSION LOOSE ENDS IN THE ESTATE THERE IS A TEDDY BEAR BETWEEN TWO CABINETS IN TEH GROUND FLOOR ALSO IN THE BASEMENT UNDER TEH STAIRS IN LOOSE ENDS IN THE BATHROOM WHERE TEH GUY WITH THE SHOTGUN COMES OUT OF TEH BATHROOM BEFORE YOU BREACH TEH ROOM IN THE SECOND FLOOR THERE IS A THROWING KNIFE STUCK IN A TEDDY BEARS FACE ALSO IF YOU LOOK IN TEH NECK OF SOLDIERS IN THE ESTATE THERE IS A TATTOO OF A NAKED LADY. 3.AFGHAN ON THE CATWALK IN THE BACK OF THE MAP AND IN THE LITTLE ROOM PLACE. 4.
  • golferpro - March 14, 2010 12:34 p.m.

    There is actually 2 sex dolls in loose ends it is under there stairs by all the computers.
  • mattol58 - February 28, 2010 8:17 p.m.

    in some Brazilian levels, you may see infinity ward posters that show a small picture of ssgt griggs... it says ssgt griggs karaoke night or something like that. When you raid the room containing the sex toy an enemy soldier exits that bathroom and runs over from the right side of the room hinting that he may of been 'with' the sex toy.
  • Bri77777 - February 26, 2010 5:33 a.m.

    I think i might have found one. on the gulag mission, in the beggining when the harriers fly by, you see IW4 on the tail of the closest one. it could be a reference to this being IW's fourth COD game. reCAPTCHA: the bestride what a concidence
  • keeger3100 - February 22, 2010 3:43 a.m.

    Now I know how to get on the rooftop for Highrise.
  • hoverman97 - February 7, 2010 7:33 p.m.

    theres two actullay. the jugernaut [the huge guy in spec ops and the museum beating the holy crap out of a ranger] has a message in the middle of his legs that seyz "get sum"
  • hoverman97 - February 7, 2010 7:25 p.m.

    yo guys theres another one they forgot it is a quote on the soldiers dog tag in the muesum [i have a habitit of killing them] and i whent close up and they say "we make war that we live in peace" -aristotle
  • BLAQstorm - January 23, 2010 7:50 a.m.

    who kills chickens?you should spend that extra time trying to shoot the bad guy in the face,no wonder they die dramatic they feel helpless they donthav achance in that cage
  • JROD814 - December 18, 2009 8:34 p.m.

    in the first mission when you get on the bridge the Big tank next to you is named Punta Gorda in other words Fat BI#@!
  • narutofreak1 - December 13, 2009 2:17 a.m.

    EGG HUNT!!! (LOLZ)
  • RanGo - November 29, 2009 3:49 p.m.

    "@fourzerotwo You’ve probably heard of Robert Bowling, aka @fourzerotwo: he’s the public face of Modern Warfare 2 on the internets. During one of our sessions with Infinity Ward, Robert let us in on a fun little insider fact – that’s his voice screaming advice at you during the training exercise in the pit. But don’t get the wrong idea: in person he’s a really nice guy" Is he?. After reading all he had to say prior to MW2's release, I can only think of him as a presumptuous, lying bastard.
  • ComradeKhani - November 28, 2009 7:21 a.m.

    In one of the Suburban American missions, when you enter the house that has a plane crashed through it and find the guy whos apparentely committed suicide next to his briefcase, on the bottom floor of the house, you find a russian raiding the fridge. Not much of an easter egg, but I thought it was funny
  • barrage7667 - November 24, 2009 1:11 a.m.

    waiot was hudson pissing?? it looked like it.
  • Spockoledong - November 19, 2009 8:50 p.m.

    *Spoiler Warning-ish* Seriously. has no one else noticed that Gaz died at the end of COD4 and in MW2 he is called GHOST? Ya know as in the disembodied soul of a dead person, there's also the fact that Ghost wears a mask of a skull i.e. decomposed head of a dead person. Watch out for "Spectre" in MW3, he WILL survive a game lol

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