Despite having one of the most polarizing endings in the history of television, it’s impossible to deny the influence that American drama series Lost has had on popular culture. Lost started as a cult television show that quickly gained a mainstream audience and even though a significant part of that audience left to never return, the massive popularity of the show guaranteed parodies and references in other media, including video games. There have been Lost Easter eggs in several games and while this isn’t a comprehensive list with all of them, below are some of the best ones. There will be spoilers, so if you haven’t watched Lost and intend to do so at some point, I wouldn’t read any of the descriptions below.
Finnish lead writer of Alan Wake, Sam Lake has often cited Lost as a direct influence to his action thriller (the game was also influenced by the works of Stephen King and David Lynch) and it shows. The light vs dark themes presented in the games were part of the TV series and black cloud of smoke that rips trees is basically the “Smoke Monster” from Lost.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Do you remember that in Metal Gear Solid 4’s weird introduction, you could switch the channels to see different commercials? In case, you didn’t pay attention, the numbers of the channels are 15, 16, 23, 42 and 48. This isn’t the only game in which the numbers appear, of course. They also appear on Half Life 2: Episode 2, Singularity, Call of Duty: World at War, World of Warcraft, Dune Nukem Forever and Fallout 3, among others.
Half-Life 2: Episode 2
Apart from the numbers, Half-Life 2: Episode 2 features a more overt reference to Lost in the form of the logo of the Dharma Initiative and a computer where you need to input the aforementioned numbers. But it doesn’t end there, according to a lot of people, Lost references the Half-Life franchise several times. Jack’s father resembles the G-man and in an episode of the series some characters are playing the original Half-Life and one of them even mentions the crowbar.
Those who took their time exploring this massive open-world game maybe ran into a ghoul called Desmond who hides in an underground bunker that has a hatch. This makes reference to Desmond Hume (whose name is a reference to Scottish philosopher David Hume) who spent three years living in a hatch and pushing a button every 108 minutes to prevent the world from ending.
In a level from Singularity, there’s a hidden passage that leads to a wheel and when the player approaches it, you unlock an achievement. In Lost, there’s a frozen wheel that’s considered the heart of the island and this artifact allows anyone who rotates it, to randomly travel through time. The description of the achievement reads: “Found the wheel. Will they ever explain this?” Also, the numbers make an appearance.
Banjo & Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts
One of the Jinjos (this is the name of the collectible items that are scattered around the world) is called Hurley and he’s “lost in the island” and says “dude” a lot, just like Hugo “Hurley” Reyes, one of Lost’s main protagonists and survivor of Oceanic flight 815.
Batman: Arkham City
At one point during the game, Arkham City breaks the fourth wall and references Lost quiet overtly. The Joker mentions a television show that people liked that had several twists and turns and it ends with a man in a church. This is an obvious reference to the (absolutely terrible) series finale. Also, one of the random thugs keeps asking if they “ever explain what the island was.”
In puzzler Quantum Conundrum, there’s a drinking bird called Desmond who pushes a big red button every once in a while. As in Fallout 3, the character makes reference to Desmond who spent years of his life pushing a button to prevent a catastrophe from ever happening.
In the desert portion of the game in Act II, there’s a wrecked ship called The Black Rock and its captain was called Hanso. If you read the ship’s log, you’ll also find out that a mister Reyes and his friends want to know what happened to the ship while they try to survive from monsters. This ship appeared on Lost and it was carrying slaves, dynamite and mining equipment. The Black Rock crashed violently into the island after a storm and it was located in an area called “The Dark Territory.”
Just Cause 2
Just Cause 2 features one of the most impressive Lost references to ever grace a video game. At a point in the game, anyone who has a boat or plane can travel to an island on the north-west of the map (you can’t fast travel to it.) Hantu Island is very strange and weird things happen in it: you need to deactivate a device that protects the island, your plane or boat crashes as you approach it, there’s an almost invincible smoke monster, the words “Search” can be read on the beach near a plane wreckage, there’s a hatch, there are electrical stations and the island can only be accessed once as part of the campaign.
For more references, check out this article on the Lost Wikia.