The original #Alien film totally horrified audiences for its liberally depicted viscera, dark, grimy setting and near-tangible tension, twisting even the most seasoned film buff's expectations so there was no telling who the next victim would be.
Several sequels followed 'lucky, lucky, lucky star' Warrant Officer Ripley's badass takedowns of the super-adaptable Xenomorphs that always had the advantage on the ruthlessly efficient (if short-sighted) Weyland-Yutani corporation. Shocking scenes and iconic lines defined a genre for many years, and deliberate references to goofy parodies are recognized in TV shows, comic books, movies, commercials and video games.
Here's five choice Alien Easter eggs from games both new and old!
Horizon Zero Dawn (2017)
As Aloy explores the Zero Dawn facility she must fix the combination locks on the door in order to progress her search. The puzzle seems fairly straightforward if Aloy follows the handy chart to the left, but that solution is a red herring. Using the Focus gleans the correct order from an audio message recorded by a maintenance technician called Parker. Press play to hear exactly what's wrong:
Another technician by the name of Brett has fitted the relays in reverse, leading Parker to grumble that they don't get paid enough for this. It sounds very familiar to Yaphet Kotto's and Harry Dean Stanton's characters from Alien (1979) that, even when there's an unknowable creature superglued to Kane's face, wring their hands over their pay grade.
However, as engineers, one could argue they'd be far more equipped to take on robot dinosaurs as opposed to the Xenomorph. Or door controls.
Fallout 4 (2015)
The next Easter egg is the very definition of 'blink and you'll miss it'. Among the colorful companions and desolate wilderness of the Wasteland, the Sole Survivor will pick up their fair share of radioactive, rusted miscellany. When rifling through this stuff looking for even cooler stuff, examine the serial number on this Flux Sensor that can be found in a shack.
'CM-88B 180924609' is the registration number of a custom Bison starfreighter, also known as the Nostromo, a serial code that is referenced only twice in the first film.
The highest of fives to Imgur contributor 1Times who spotted the obscure Easter egg, and handily provided just where to find this special piece of scrap.
Far Cry: Blood Dragon (2013)
With as many retrofuturist vibes and '80s to '90s pop culture influences jam-packed into this Far Cry installment, it'd be remiss not to include a nod to the Alien franchise. The mission 'What Is This Shit?' requires Rex to infiltrate the facility where Dr Sloan is keeping clutches of Blood Dragon eggs, and torch them with a flamethrower to foil the villain's intentions.
This is almost a shot by shot riff off Ripley's nail-biting encounter with the Alien Queen in Aliens (1986), down to the horribly tense elevator escape. An awesome homage such as this is made even better by Rex's hammy lines voiced by Michael Biehn, who played Cpl. Hicks in the second film.
Mass Effect 3 (2012)
As the denouement of Commander Shepard's branching narrative, this particular Alien reference relies upon the fate of the Rachni Queen on the planet Uttuku. The Rachni are one of the... less beautiful alien races to be found in Mass Effect - they're essentially telepathic shrimp-insects with a tendency to start huge interstellar conflicts. And that's before the Reapers get around to indoctrinating them.
Perched upon a throne before her many eggs and with cocooned Krogan ready to be subsumed by her children, it's hard not to be reminded of H. R. Giger's haunting Xenomorph concept.
The mishmash of Reaper tech and giant insectoid appendages creates a biomechanical nightmare. Horrifying. If Shepard decides to kill the Queen, Joker has something funny to say back on the Normandy:
You wanna nuke it from orbit? It's the only way to- Ah, forget it, it's probably fine.
Well, on the bright side it's a problem for the Milky Way galaxy and the Andromeda settlers are safe... right?
World of Warcraft (2004)
In the early scenes of Aliens, Ripley is debriefed of the events that occurred during her cryosleep, and what's next for her and the Company. Jonesy, the real MVP of the Nostromo, is sent back home to Ripley's apartment where he can live out the rest of his feline years in peace, a comfortable distance of light years from Kane's son.
That's not entirely true. In fact, Jonesy actually resides in Dalaran in World of Warcraft. He's contentedly snoozing in the Legerdemain Lounge. The cat survived multiple encounters with a fully mature Xenomorph where nearly all his bipedal crew members perished. Earth would just be too pedestrian — a floating city-state with a rich history of mystical libraries and inventions is a much better retirement destination.
These are just some of our favorites but there are so many titles that laud the Alien franchise as a key influence, or pay homage to those fantastically gruesome moments. The release of Alien: Covenant proves the chameleonic legacy of the 1976 film. After all, 'big things have small beginnings...'