Fallout 4 is one of the most anticipated game titles in recent years. It's likely it will continue the series' proud tradition of cramming in as many sci-fi and fantasy Easter eggs as possible. To get us primed for this new release, we took a look back at our favorite Fallout Easter eggs mentioning popular genre staples.
1. Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Shortly after leaving the initial vault in Fallout 3, the Lone Wanderer can arrive at the town of Megaton. The town got its monker from a live atomic bomb located at its center. In a nod to the nuke-worshipping mutants of Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Megaton has its own bomb-deifying Church of Children of the Atom. The name itself is a nod to the 1953 Wilmar Shiras novel Children of the Atom.
2. Doctor Who
After entering the map in the original Fallout, the Vault Dweller encounters this iconic blue police box. Upon approach, the box spins and flashes a light, then disappears.
3. Conan the Barbarian
For the Lone Wanderer's 10th birthday, they receive an intact edition from the comic-book series Grognak the Barbarian. Its use grants the player a +3 bonus to melee weapons (because we all know comic books boost fighting skill; that's why comic-book collectors are so physically intimidating).
The Fallout: New Vegas mission, "Even a God-King Can Bleed," challenges the player to kill Caesar with spears to his head. This is a nod to 300, where Leonidas tells Xerxes, "and before this battle was over, that even a God-King can bleed."
5. A Boy and His Dog
According to the lead programmer/designer for Fallout 3, the art director had the apocalyptic film A Boy and His Dog running in his office constantly. So they decided they give a nod to the film with a character called "dogmeat," a nickname the protagonist of A Boy and His Dog calls his canine companion.
6. Doctor Strangelove
New Vegas casino The Atomic Wrangler has a nod to one of the most iconic images of the classic film Doctor Strangelove. A cowboy riding an atom/atom bomb mashup is intended to mirror Strangelove's Major Kong riding a falling payload.
The player is given the option of completing the mission "A Slave Obeys" in the New Vegas add-on Gun Runner's Arsenal by slaying the helpless Mr. House with a golf club. This is a direct homage to one of the most memorable scenes of Bioshock, in which the player is forced to kill the unarmed Andrew Ryan, while Ryan taunts with the phrase "a man chooses, a slave obeys."
8. Blade Runner
Fallout: New Vegas has a pistol modeled to resemble that of Rick Deckard from Blade Runner. Humorously referred to by the in-game name "That Gun," the firearm can shoot over a thousand 5.56mm rounds before breaking.
9. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Fallout: New Vegas gives the player the opportunity to stumble upon a refrigerator containing a skeleton and a brown fedora. This is, of course, a nod to the infamous Crystal Skull scene in which the hero survives a nuclear bomb by hiding inside a fridge.
In Fallout 2, The Chosen One paraphrases this line from the Goonies film, originally uttered by Corey Feldman's character.
Shoehorning in the numbers from LOST is an extremely popular way to give a tip of the hat to the classic series. Fallout 3 uses the final four numbers as the combination to a safe.
12. The Planet of the Apes
Fallout: New Vegas downloadable mission "Lonesome Road" gives the option to nuke two separate factions. If the player chooses this, then the end-game slides will feature a picture of the two hand-shaking rangers at the Mojave outpost half-buried in sandy debris. This image is intended to pay homage to the classic ending scene of The Planet of the Apes.
Fallout 3 even gives a shout-out to the cyberpunk graphic adventure game, Snatcher. A Fallout character named Gibson is found beheaded in quite a similar fashion to a similarly-named Snatcher character.
Sporting the parody title of "Those!" a Fallout 3 mission has the Lone Wanderer battling giant ants. Any fan of classic sci-fi films knows that giant ants were the main antagonists in the 1950s film Them!
A staple of every Fallout game, Mentats are a chem which grant a bonus to intelligence and perception. Mentats are named after a type of human in Dune, who is engineered to mimic the processing power of computers.
One might have gazed upon the wreck of the USS Ozymandias in Fallout 3, and assumed it was a reference to one of the most important characters in The Watchmen. However, both the ship and the graphic novel character are named after a poem by Percy Shelley.
17. Soylent Green
The Fallout series works in several references to the classic dystopian film, Soylent Green. One such allusion is the product "Salient Green," in the humor-packed New Vegas add on, "Old World Blues." However, in a werid departure from the theme of that film, Salient Green is actually not made of people.
Found living in a doghouse in "Old World Blues," the diminutive deathclaw bears more than a passing resemblance the main antagonist of Gremlins. The game further hammers home the similarity by putting a chicken leg nearby (Stripe from the movie loved chicken).
19. 2001: A Space Odyssey
Scattered throughout the Capital Wasteland of Fallout 3 are security cameras with eyes bearing a striking resemblance to that of HAL 9000 from 2001. There are several other HAL references in the series, including a computer from Fallout 2 that speaks the line, "I'm sorry, Dave, I can't do that."
20. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
A splattered whale and daisies await the player in a section of Fallout 2. This is a tribute to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in which a pair of missiles are transformed into a pot of flowers and a sperm whale, both of which immediately plummet to the ground.
21. Star Trek
A special encounter in Fallout 2 has the player stumble upon a shuttlecraft. Strewn around the craft are dead bodies wearing the classic red shirts that hinted at a minor character's upcoming death in the Star Trek series.
22. Star Wars
As would be expected from a series with so many sci-fi nods, Star Wars is amply represented with Fallout Easter eggs. One notable reference occurs after the player take out a ranger sniper in New Vegas. Calling in to base on the radio, the player quotes a line from a similar situation in A New Hope.
An unmarked quest in Fallout 2 challenges the player to assemble the body of an advanced security system named Skynet. Though the name is clearly a nod to the superintelligent system from Terminator, that seems to be where the similarities end, as there is no time traveling robot plot in the game.
The Futurama episode, "Jurassic Bark," revolves around the former pet of main character Fry. The New Vegas DLC "Lonesome Road," gives a call out to this by including a fossilized dog named, of course, Seymour.
25. Forbidden Planet
It's quite clear that the Protectron robots in the Fallout series were modeled after Forbidden Planet's Robby the Robot. The connection, thus far, is merely cosmetic: There is no evidence that Protectrons have any extraterrestrial origins.
What's your favorite Fallout shout-out? Which neglected part of sci-fi history are you hoping gets an Easter egg reference in Fallout 4? Tell us in the comments, and happy wasteland wandering!