Guest appearances and surprise crossovers in video games usually distract the player and end immersion. But well-placed cameos are amusing — especially if you have to dig around to find them.
Check out the gallery below to see the cool (and bizarre) cameos we gathered from 13 recent games.
NBA 2K13 — Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber in NBA 2K13
Besides the 1964 Boston Celtics and the 1992 Dream Team, 2K Sports added a Celebrity Team which includes The Jersey Shore's Pauly D, rapper Bow Wow, and barfing sensation Justin Bieber.Source: Samir Torres
Hitman: Absolution — Kane & Lynch
Kane & Lynch in Hitman: Absolution
Agent 47 encounters fellow murderers Kane and Lynch in a bar and in a shooting range. You may terminate them if you want.Source: Samir Torres
Borderlands 2 — Solaire of Astora
Solaire of Astora in Borderlands 2
In a secluded corner of Borderlands 2's Caustic Caverns sits the laughing knight Solitaire, a reference to Solaire of Astora from Dark Souls. Next to him is a ghost, so Solitaire is not that lonely.Source: Samir Torres
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 — Ryu, Ken, and Akuma
Ryu, Ken, and Akuma in Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Man, Ryu and Ken have really let themselves go. You can trade blows with the chubby duo, as well as Akuma, in stage five of the Fight Lab.Source: Samir Torres
XCOM: Enemy Unknown — Sid Meier
Sid Meier in XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Game designer and programmer Sid Meier fights aliens like a boss in Enemy Unknown. BioShock Infinite's Ken Levine also makes a cameo as a super soldier. Go, Earth!Source: Samir Torres
Torchlight II — Creeper
Creeper in Torchlight II
The blocky menaces from Minecraft inhabit Notch's Mine, a small dungeon in the Sundered Battlefield. The creepers guard a chest that contains a pixelated sword.Source: Samir Torres
Borderlands 2 — Creeper
Creepers in Borderlands 2
These creepy monsters are everywhere these days.
In the Caustic Caverns, follow the train tracks until you see a giant door. To the right of it, you'll spot some funny-looking blocks. Hop over them and hug the left wall untill you reach Minecraft-like dirt cubes. Break them to enter a secret area inhabited by Creepers, including a massive Badass Creeper.Source: Samir Torres
Retro City Rampage — ‘Splosion Man
'Splosion Man in Retro City Rampage
The walking scientific experiment 'Splosion Man will be playable in the upcoming Xbox Live version of Retro City Rampage. The lovely Ms. Splosion Man will join him.Source: Samir Torres
Ninja Gaiden 3 — Robert T. Sturgeon
Robert T. Sturgeon in Ninja Gaiden 3
Ryu Hayabusa's mysterious helper from Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (NES) makes a surprising cameo as a jet pilot in Ninja Gaiden 3. Wasn't this guy dead?Source: Samir Torres
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim — Sheogorath
Sheogorath in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Daedric Prince of Madness from Oblivion's Shivering Isles is back. This time he's on vacation inside the mind of the insane Emperor Pelagius the Third. Classic Sheogorath.
"You take care of yourself, now. And if you ever find yourself in New Sheoth, do look me up. We can share a strawberry torte. Ta ta!"Source: Samir Torres
Gears of War 2 — Jace Stratton
Jace Stratton in Gears of War 2
Jace is one of the main characters in Gears of War 3, but did you know he made his debut in Gears of War 2?
Near the beginning of act 2, chapter 1, a bunch of grindlifts fall into the cavern you're in. One of the soldiers that emerge is Jace.Source: Samir Torres
X-Men Origins: Wolverine — Lich King’s Frostmourne
Lich King's Frostmourne in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Wolverine's claws can cut through pretty much anything, but can they drain the life out of his opponents?
The terrible Frostmourne sword from World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King glows eerily inside a hidden cave in Alkali Lake (chapter 2). Logan can't use it, but the skeleton next to it makes me think it's for the better.Source: Samir Torres
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed — Team Fortress 2
Team Fortress 2 kart in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
This cameo is unconfirmed, so don't get your hats too excited.
A video on YouTube shows an entire race with a Team Fortress 2 kart driven by Pyro (car), Spy (plane), and Heavy (boat) in the unreleased PC version of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The video looks very convincing, but it's also riddled with racist and anti-gay comments in the annotations. We will not link to it because of this.
So, is the cameo for real? Is it part of a DLC pack? I'll update this article as more information becomes available.Source: Samir Torres
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NBA 2K13 — Justin Bieber Justin Bieber in NBA 2K13
Besides the 1964 Boston Celtics and the 1992 Dream Team, 2K Sports added a Celebrity Team which includes The Jersey Shore’s Pauly D, rapper Bow Wow, and barfing sensation Justin Bieber.Source: Samir Torres
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