Well, yesterday was Easter: a time to celebrate Jesus and also find some eggs or something. If this were a religious website, I’d write some stuff about the holiday in detail, but since it’s not, let’s discuss Easter’s most important geeky contribution: the Easter Egg.
Easter eggs in video games have been around since the very beginning. Even “Adventure” for the Atari 2600 included a secret credit room with text that read “Created by Warren Robinett.” Although the limitations on games back then made it difficult, creators love to slip in little jokes here and there for players to find. They can be as well known as Samus taking off her suit at the end of Metroid if you collect all the items and beat the game within a time limit. Or they can be as obscure as the ability to play the entire game of Maniac Mansion in its spiritual sequel Day of the Tentacle.
One of the franchises with the most ludicrous Easter eggs is the Silent Hill series. This game was largely marketed on the replay value from its multiple endings. In addition to this, it contained a secret ending that could only be unlocked in a bizarre and esoteric way. This trend continued for many of the other games in the series and each one is more ridiculous than the last. So without further ado, let’s get this Easter egg hunt rolling looking at all the secret endings in the original Silent Hill trilogy. Spoilers abound ahead, so even though they were only joke endings, if you don’t want the spoiled, skip this article.
- The UFO ending (Silent Hill 1)
This is the one that started it all. Whereas the entirety of the game seems to be taking on a supernatural tone as you struggle to solve the mysteries of Silent Hill, this ending is a hilarious 180. It shows that in fact aliens were behind the evil monsters the whole time. In order to unlock this ending, you have to use the channeling stone in a variety of locations.
- the roof of the elementary school
- the hospital gates
- in the motel
- in front of the lighthouse from inside the boat
- and at the top of the lighthouse
- The UFO ending (Silent Hill 2)
This ending was added to all of the remakes of Silent Hill 2 including the Xbox version and Director’s Cut edition. It depicts, in black-and-white silent movie style, James Sunderland meeting the protagonist from the first game, Harry Mason. As they ask each other about the people they are looking for, an alien shoots James with a laser and both the alien and Harry drag James off. “Never to be Heard From Again,” the achievement reads as the credits roll. To unlock this strange bit of cross-generational Easter egg fun, you must first find the blue gem located in the rest stop bathroom and use it in three locations.
- The hospital garden (post-boss)
- in front of the row-boat at the dock (post-boss)
- and in room 312 (upon entry)
- The Dog Ending (Silent Hill 2)
This is one of the more lighthearted endings in the series. In it you discover that it was Mira, a shiba inu puppy, that was behind all of the mysterious going on in Silent Hill and apparently predated Doge on the whole Shiba inu’s are hilarious thing. She controlled it all from a control panel covered in levers and gauges, and seems to have no canine remorse about causing so much trouble. Unlocking this one is a bit complicated because you have to already have the other three endings under your belt. After you do this on one save file you start it up one more time. There is an open yard near Jacks Inn the first time you see it. When you get there you can see a doghouse. Get the key inside of it. Then make your way to the third floor of the Nightmare Lakeview Hotel. Watch a videotape in Room 312 then use the key to open the door to the Observation Room.
- Revenge Ending (Silent Hill 3)
In an ending that seemed like it came from the mind of a five-year-old, Heather Mason returns home to find her father alive and having tea with James from the previous game. An alien just sort of chills out with them. Harry Mason becomes enraged by Heather’s tales of woe and then takes an alien armada to blow up Silent Hill. As the credits roll, a goofy Silent Hill theme song plays with a Japanese Raffi vibe. To unlock this ending you must use the Heather ray to kill thirty enemies before you enter your dad’s apartment.
Silent Hill’s creators knew they could get away with a lot by hiding their secret endings behind ridiculous trial and error tasks. But thanks to the internet we all can enjoy the zany joke endings. But there are always more Easter eggs to discover. So, Happy Easter and Happy Hunting!