Saints Row 4: Easter Eggs & References
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Follow the many references, in-jokes and Easter eggs in Saints Row 4 with the expansive list below. There are so many to list, we can barely keep track of them all. Independence Day, Mass Effect, Air Force One, Breaking Bad, Minecraft, Starcraft, Star Trek, Star Wars — and the list goes on and on.
Keep checking the growing list of every reference and Easter egg we can compile below. If we’re missing something, let us know in the comments.
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Easter Eggs & References
The Boss sings w/ Pierce
Secret Developer Room
- Hidden in the Let’s Pretend store, there’s a door to the right of the counter. Shooting it will destroy it, opening a path to a secret room filled with developer headshots.
- There’s even a new weapon; the Loud Locust, a reference to J’s powerful pistol the Noisy Cricket in Men in Black.
- Learn more about this hidden room on the Saints Row 4: Dev Room Easter Egg Location Guide.
- The very first line of dialogue is from Pride & Prejudice. Classy.
- Some of the Zin Empire’s soldiers look very similar to the alien hunter from Predator.
- In two clothing nods to the Karate Kid, the player can dress up as a Cobra-Kai student, or put on a Skeleton Halloween costume similar to the ones used later in the film.
- Remember Predator? The Saints do, their chopper ride is very similar at the state of the game.
- To quote, “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” moment from the apocalypse film Armageddon.
- Air Force One’s famous “Get off my plane!” gets switched. This time it’s “Get off my lawn!”
- Star Wars gets the love with costumes surprisingly similar to a Jedi Knight, Boba Fett, and Han Solo. Even the guns get Star Wars make-overs, with a Light Saber option, and the ability to turn the pistols in Han Solo blasters.
- While in the giant simulation, there’s a reference to the Truman Show, with the control room hidden away in the sky above.
- The Matter Miller rescue is named “Zero Cool” which is itself a reference to the movie Hackers.
- The attack on the White House is oddly familiar to a classic video game. Is that Space Invaders?
- Minecraft is everywhere. One of the costumes is of the standard extremely low-poly player character.
- During the Matt Miller rescue, a theme very similar to Metroid will begin to play. Later, you’ll be given an arbitrary color-coded choice that will always lead to a bad outcome — a jab at the ending to Mass Effect 3.
- Continuing the Mass Effect theme, a sequence straight out of Mass Effect 2 plays out with the player leaping to an escape ship — only to survive thanks to Mass Effect voice actor Keith David.
- The “walk and talk” sequence in the White House is very similar to any number of similar scenes from the White House drama the West Wing.
- One of the suits in character creation? Star Trek. A pair of glasses is also very similar to the visor from Next Generation’s chief engineer Geordi Laforge.
- Cartoon hero Rainbow Brite gets her own costume.
- The male voice (one of the three main options) will often quote Breaking Bad’s Walter White with this famous line, “I am the one who knocks.”
- Mal’s gun from the cult hit Firefly makes an appearance as a pistol customization choice.
References in the Taunts & Compliments
- Boone Goes the Dynamite (Jim Boone at PAX East)
- Daniel-San (Karate Kid)
- Highly Illogical (Star Trek)
- Hoooooooooo (He-Man / Thundercats)
- Woah (Matrix)
- You Chicken? (Arrested Development)
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