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Old 01-21-2014, 03:06 PM   #31
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Nice thread. There are so many...

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon - so funny, it had me hooked. I haven't finished it yet, but from the intro I knew this was going to be an epic game. Aside of the hilarious beginning movie, the tutorial was also just plain awesome!

Skip to 1:25


Wild Arms 2 - I don't know what it is about this song, and intro movie, but it's just so damn epic to me. Plus, it's a badass game! Bring it to the One, please!



Mega Man 2 - So, it seems like I'm taking a nostalgic approach here, but seriously, when I was a kid, that intro had me wet. Also, Mega Man has some of the best 8-bit music around!





Edit: Hmm, I tried to add the videos via spoilers, but that isn't really working for me... so, sorry for those with slow 'puters!
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GTA V, best opening because it's PLAYABLE! Right off the bat you're knocking off a bank and then fighting off a bunch of cops. AWESOME
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My bad, by the time I got to the thread there are only a handful of vids.

Really impressed with some of these openings I've never seen before!
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I haven't even played, seen, or heard of half these games before, haha!
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Judging from this thread it seems most badass intros are from back in the day, no solid good intros are made anymore.
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Nah there's still plenty of awesome happening.
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We Love Katamari is probably my favourite intro to any game, weird, colourful and with some of the best music created for any game.
I'd post a video but i can't find one of sufficient quality to do it's magnificence justice.
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Or just two in the last fact years in fact. Nothing has caught my attention in a long time.
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The only ones I can think of are Hitman and Dishonored myself :/ Hitman because he gets a contract to kill his boss, and Dishonored because the dude gets framed for murdering a queen. Those aren't necessarily the best, but pretty cool, imo Max Payne 3's intro was pretty funky, too, now that I think about it. But leave it to me to have something good to say about that game lol.
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The only ones I can think of are Hitman and Dishonored myself :/ Hitman because he gets a contract to kill his boss, and Dishonored because the dude gets framed for murdering a queen. Those aren't necessarily the best, but pretty cool, imo Max Payne 3's intro was pretty funky, too, now that I think about it. But leave it to me to have something good to say about that game lol.
I forgot about Hitman Absolutions intro, the women in the shower..was a pretty decent intro to the game indeed. Max Payne 3's one was a little depressing which is it'd get credit I suppose. Watching it everytime you'd start a new playthrough kind of got mind numbing soon.
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I forgot about Hitman Absolutions intro, the women in the shower..was a pretty decent intro to the game indeed. Max Payne 3's one was a little depressing which is it'd get credit I suppose. Watching it everytime you'd start a new playthrough kind of got mind numbing soon.
Hahah, everything in that game got numbing by the 5th playthrough. Darn those certain unskippable cutscenes!
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Only one intro has me hooked ever since I played this game. It's the combination of the song and the pictures.

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Glad to see people taking to this thread so well ^_^ Thought it was time we had something new to discuss and it makes up for the derpy thread I made on the XB1 board a few days ago. lol

I'm loving the variety here. In the #51 posts so far, I'm pretty sure we've had more than 50 unique titles listed, which goes to show just how much the opening of a game can draw a player in and hook him instantly.


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Advent Rising-
This game was strange because it was running 3 different graphics engines. It had the in-game graphics, standard cutscene graphics that utilized prettier version of the the in-game models, and than 4 or 5 cutscenes randomly distributed throughout the game that utilized CGI. The opening scene of Advent Rising utilized said CGI and it was gorgeous. You immediately start off in a bright and strange world with these floating creatures that look almost Human, except they're flying and they do not speak. One floats over to another group of two, than it suddenly cuts out without so much as a howdy-do and jumps over to a ship flying through a rainstorm. It eventually breaks free of the atmosphere and you find your character in a space ship floating away from the planet's gravity... upside down.

As a huge sci-fi fan, this cutscene gave me every reason to be excited for the rest of the game and even better, right after the cutscene ends, you assume control in the middle of space and are expected to gracefully guide your shuttle to the space station for a landing while avoiding a fatal collision with the others ships moving in every direction (and resisting the temptation no to slam into the giant alien ship after your brother kindly asks you not to) although the beginning level starts a little slow with the tutorial bits, it quickly picks up as you make your way to the enormous alien ship to make first contact.


Breakdown-
Another excellent game from the original Xbox and EXTREMELY underappreciated, this is quite possibly my favorite game ever, topping even the Halo and Mass Effect franchises. The opening to this game has you in a room staring at a ceiling with a broken angel suspending in the air. You overhear somebody discussing you and mentioning total memory loss and being in a comatose state. As you fall back into sleep, you are quickly awakened to find yourself in a lab. A woman comes out of some kind of portal and begins shaking you while speaking in gibberish before vanishing again. Having now recovered from your coma, a nearby scientist sends you on a combat course and gives you a refresher on how to use martial arts combos and do backflips and combat rolls (keep in mind, this game is 100% in First-Person at ALL times during cutscenes, flips, physical attacks, and even eating, using vending machines and picking up items off of people's corpses.)

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I like threads like this. It's nice to see videos and hear music. It speaks on its own, whether I agree with the opinions people write or no.

I'm with DarkReign on Mass Effect 2's intro being really good. I think it stands in stark contrast to the original Mass Effect, which starts out incredibly slowly and, despite throwing you into a battlefield immediately, didn't grab my interest until I was thoroughly embroiled in pointless mini-quests on the Citadel. Mass Effect 2 was sudden, and surprising, and it worked because it played on the emotional investment the player (hopefully) already had with Shepard and her crew (or his, if you enjoy wooden voice acting). I know that for me, the reason it worked was the little details, like the reminder of Joker's frailty, and the few words spoken with your romantic interest, and the fact that Shepard had on the same armor I equipped her with. Mass Effect 3's beginning tried to be surprising and engaging as well, but I was too busy wondering why everyone had their heads so far up their asses to be impressed at the immediacy of a danger I'd spent the last two games warning them about.

Halo 2 did have a great intro, and set the stage for its dual-mission setup. The talented storytelling displayed by the contrastive intro is only matched by the ham-handed failure of an ending that Bungie squeezed out of their empty idea jar. Still, considering how important a role the Arbiter plays in Halo 2, it was completely appropriate to give him his ironic beginning in the ashes of John 117's victory. I personally have loved Keith David since I saw him in John Carpenter's The Thing, so you'll hear no complaints from me.

Half-Life 2 deserves a mention. Nothing the G-Man says can ever touch his closing lines in the original Half-Life, particularly his "It's time to choose.", but waking up and smelling the ashes of a police state never felt so sinister. Waiting in bureaucratic lines can be surprisingly anxious.

Dead Space 2 was good throughout, and genius in a few parts. The intro would have to be one of them. Most games practically tie your hands together during the introductory parts while they assume your tiny brain struggles to understand the concept of moving two joysticks at the same time. Few games have the balls to literally put your character in a straight-jacket and make the introductory bits a scramble to get away from insane, blood-drenched monsters who will easily and quickly kill you if you simply make a wrong turn.

Halo: Combat Evolved wins for me, though. And it's a really stupid, simple thing. In the beginning, the technician who wakes you up from cryo-sleep asks you to calibrate your helmets HUD by looking at two lights, one high and one low. Obviously, this is just a chance to invert your controls if you're a fruitcake, disguised as a reasonable task in the game's universe. But in a world of gaming where I just spent 10 minutes customizing the eyebrows on Femshep, because somehow the imported face took on green eyebrows, a game that didn't break immersion before shunting you right into the action was really, really nice.
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Halo 2 did have a great intro, and set the stage for its dual-mission setup. The talented storytelling displayed by the contrastive intro is only matched by the ham-handed failure of an ending that Bungie squeezed out of their empty idea jar. Still, considering how important a role the Arbiter plays in Halo 2, it was completely appropriate to give him his ironic beginning in the ashes of John 117's victory. I personally have loved Keith David since I saw him in John Carpenter's The Thing, so you'll hear no complaints from me.
Hey, Frag.

Nice to see some Halo 2 Intro love coming from you. However, I'm surprised - well not really (I'll write why soon) - that you're disappointed by Halo 2's ending. Why is it? I feel like everywhere I read on the internet, people say it was the worst (or one of) ending to a video game. I don't know, I usually like cliffhangers, and Halo 2 probably had the biggest cliffhanger in any video game I have played. The war is raging on, John left behind his A.I., Arbiter just murdered a huge threat, we learn that the Prophet is ape-shit-nuts and going to activate all the other rings…and boom, "Master Chief. You mind telling me what you're doing on that ship?" "Sir, finishing this fight." Maybe it is the Halo nerd in me, but that is a "badass" ending to the game given the events that kept on piling and piling up towards the last level.

On an agreeable note though, Keith David was great for the role of The Arbiter. His voice work was fantastic.
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These are my two favourites as well. You pretty much get to be a part of what's happening from the start, and it really draws you into the story
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Fallout 3 obviously. Name one game where you climb out of the womb in the introduction and walk around as a baby.
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3. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion-
This is one that you would really have to have been there back in 2006 to truly appreciate. Less than a year into the new generation of consoles and coming off of the more-than-a-little-dated graphics of Morrowind, it was already obvious from screenshots that this game was going to be gorgeous, but you never really grasped the scope of it's beauty until you start the game with an airborne camera flying gracefully around the entirety of the enormous Imperial city, shown in all of it's glory. As if that weren't enough to make you tear up, couple the beautiful scenery with a beautifully narrated summary of the games opening plot by none other than Patrick Sterwart, the second sexiest voice in America. Before you've even created your character, you already know you're in for a treat out in this world of beauty and mystery.
Totally agree about this one. The intro is amazing. Seeing the Imperial city and the White-Gold Tower and hearing Uriel Septim talking about the 'final hours of his life...' Whoooo... GOOSEBUMPS!

Love Oblivion. Shame it loves to crash on my PC, and it has a serious stuttering problem (not just me). Still runs great on PC with insane frame rates. Got over 3000 at one point.


Almost forgot... QUAKE 3 ARENA INTRO!


And of course Quake 2! This one gives me serious chills.

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