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Six Fantastic Video Game Opening Moments

"Nothing says “play me” like the opening moments of a game. They have to be gripping, punchy and enjoyable, providing a snapshot of what you can look forward to playing.

"Not every game manages to do this well though. Some start off far to slowly, relying heavily upon your own interest and drive to push on forward to the juicy meat that the game offers further in.

"Others reveal their goods prematurely, tempting you in with their alluring visuals and – what could be – interesting plot lines. Only to leave you bitterly disappointed just a few minutes later, just like a drunken kebab.

"When you do find that perfect balance though, it’s unforgettable and undeniably brilliant."

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ShadyDevil1270d ago

Idk about God Of War 3. Bioshock 1 is missing. and I think Half Life 1 should have made it not the 2nd one.

Tastynoodle1270d ago

The beginning of HL1 was a little too drawn out. HL2 managed to paint a stronger overall picture in a smaller timeframe than the first.

Just my thoughts :P

Starfox8111270d ago

This isn't an ultimate list, its just six titles. There are tons that could have been there. Uncharted 2's opening is hella powerful way to start a game too. Personally HL2's opening is far superior to HL1's where you sit for ages on a train into Black Mesa doing little to nothing, then you go about your daily working day. It's smart, but it doesn't have as big an impact on you as the destroyed lives of all those affected by your actions.

RustedMan1270d ago (Edited 1270d ago )

I agree with shadydevil.
I loved the opening to Bioshock.
And I feel like the opening to the first half life was shocking and disturbing at the same time.
I actually like it when games take their time, allowing the player to be exposed to the world before the sh*t hits the fan. And the second that the lab test went wrong, my reaction is the same now as it was the first time I saw it, "Holy sh*t."
These are the nuances in pace that I enjoy, with a slower buildup that leads to absolute destruction and decay.
I suppose that I felt the same way playing through Chronicles of Riddick on the first xbox, walking towards the prison with the music playing and the dramatic movie title text slowly fading in and out.
It's all about the setup.

I loved seeing normal everyday life in Jurassic Park before the power went out, as I feel like I'm not being entirely thrust into chaos, but rather pulled every so slightly into an unavoidable situation.

The first half life did that to me.

Tontus1270d ago

Idk about your opinion, God of War 3 has the best opening of any game ever, amazing game. God of War: Ascension is the only game that can and will top it.

cpayne931270d ago (Edited 1270d ago )

Yeah I think GoW3 had the single most epic opening to any game ever, at least that I've played. There are others that are more emotionally powerful, but nothing that epic, I couldn't take my eyes off of it, it was insane.

Ascension may end up being a better game overall but I doubt it will be able to top that opening.

konnerbllb1270d ago

It would be nice if they can bring those games over.

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ExCest1270d ago

I think the best opening goes to [insert Modern Shooter Game] where the building/plane exploded and I'm thrown into a firefight against terrorists with my fellow Marines.

Starfox8111270d ago

I found that far to slow to start for me. It wasn't until the Bollet mission that it took off. The Ifrit cave was fun, but once again the pace was a little dull - although it fitted the slow moving story well. =]

Qrphe1270d ago

Oh man, I remember not having a memory card when I first got this game and replaying it several times until the Dollet mission. Geez, the memories.

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Riderz13371270d ago

God of War games always have amazing openings. I've seen the 30 minute starting gameplay (I'm sorry but I couldn't resist watching) and it looks incredible. Fighting on a monster that has over 100 arms? What other game can you play that has that???

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