BioShock: The Collection launched worldwide this week which gives us a chance to revisit some of our favourite games in glorious HD. But it also gives us the chance to find all the easter eggs that we missed on our first playthrough.
16-09-2016 - by Linda Wijnen
BioShock: The Collection allows us to experience all three BioShock games in the best possible way; all single-player content, with better graphics on current-gen consoles and in 1080p. Have you noticed all easter eggs and secrets the first time you played them? If not, you get a second chance to try and find them all. Here's the most notable ones from BioShock 1, 2 and Infinite!
There will be spoilers for all three games in this article. Don't say we didn't warn you!
Who doesn’t know Schrödinger’s cat? A hypothetical cat sealed in a box, which is simultaneously dead and alive according to quantum mechanics principles. Well, the famous creature makes an appearance in the frozen gallery of the Imago Fine Arts in the Dionysus Part level of BioShock 2. It looks like a regular frozen cat corpse, but its name is Schrödinger.
The fun thing about this is the fact that the cat cannot shatter, no matter what you try to do to it. This means, just like the Schrödinger’s experiment, you cannot determine if the cat is alive or dead.
Probably one of the coolest secrets, which hasn’t been officially acknowledged by the developers, is the Songbird’s dying screams heard in the original BioShock. When Elizabeth transported herself, Booker and Songbird to Rapture, Songbird dies being crushed by the pressure at the bottom of the sea.
This happens during the events of BioShock Infinite, however people have found evidence of Songbird’s death taking place simultaneously with BioShock’s Fitzpatrick piano scene. Hear for yourself (around 0:15)
If you have played BioShock Infinite, you will probably remember Preacher Witting, who gives you access to Columbia. But do you remember his first words to you? They're "Is it someone new?" The exact same quote by the first Splicer you encounter in the original BioShock game.
Coincidence? We think not.
BioShock Infinite has a vast amount of secret audio, but perhaps the coolest one is the Romeo & Juliet dialogue. The following line from the infamous Shakespeare play is hidden in the whisper of the Possession Vigor; "Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-brow’d night. Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars.” You just need to play the eerie whisper backwards and voila.
Yes, you are looking at Jack’s sunken plane from the first game, through the eyes of the Big Daddy character from BioShock 2. You encounter it when you are making your way through the ocean for the first time. Just look up and there it is, one of the neatest secrets that link BioShock 2 to its predecessor.
These are just some of our favourite easter eggs. The BioShock games are notorious for being filled with references and little jokes, so keep your eyes (and ears) open!