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Submitted by smiller1 897d ago | opinion piece

Is The Last of Us’ Opening The Best Ever?

VideoGamer: "With Naughty Dog's latest cleaning up both critically and commercially, Steve looks at the game's opening to see what made it so good and what the developer could have done better. Spoilers within." (Naughty Dog, PS3, The Last Of Us)

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Ezz2013  +   897d ago
i would say it's Tie with God Of War 3 Opening for me
TongkatAli  +   897d ago
No way. Last Of Us tugs at the heartstrings. Made the beginning of Heavy Rain look like a comedy.
dboyc310  +   897d ago
Exactly! Though GOW 3 is still one of the best openings I believe The Last of us is at another level. Everything about it was simply amazing. It made you care for the characters within 10 mins. It's really hard for games to do that. It's just amazing how far games have come in the way they tell a story.
Lovable  +   897d ago

Oh no Spielberg disagrees with you.

But seriously, for someone to be invested in a character within 10 minutes of the game, is something not many games can do.
Septic  +   897d ago
Yeah the beginning was amazing. Just left you awe struck at the quality of the visuals, the sublime Hollywood voice acting, the emotional depth to the characters was apparent immediately and the whole set piece was really atmospheric. You knew you were going to experience something special from that opening scene.
alien626  +   897d ago
reminded me of heavy rain both are emotional and great start to a game
creatchee  +   897d ago
God of War 3 is still my favorite opening due to the action that you pop in immediately and the fact that you are in control the whole time, getting wowed by the scale of the battle on Olympus.

That said, TLOU's is just as impressive, but on an immersion and emotion level. No spoilers here, but damn, they invested me immediately and haven't let go since.
grailly  +   897d ago
for me the top openings would be, the last of us, god of war 3, bioshock: infinite, uncharted 2 and brutal legend. I'm completely unable to choose between those.
ginsunuva  +   896d ago
and Uc2!
fsfsxii  +   897d ago
IMO, no, its not, i still prefer MGS2's opening till this day
TheFinalEpisode  +   897d ago
MGS2's opening was badass, TLOU's is emotional and made players cry with intructory scene which is much harder to achieve than with a concluding scene.
Also TLOU's set the tone for the whole adventure perfectly.
MGS2's showed off what a badass Snake is to then make the player take control of Raiden.
Blacktric  +   897d ago
I've just saw the 15 minute long intro on YouTube and as someone who've played every single Metal Gear Solid game out there except for Peace Walker and Portable Ops, I can say that it was the best damn opening for any videogame ever.

The way that they tell the story alone is mindblowingly good. The way that the [SPOILERS FOR INTRO] character switch happens towards midpoint and the way everything ends makes YOU feel responsible for the fate of Sarah while giving you a clue of what will happen to the people and to the world in the following ten or so years. It's just the perfectly paced emotional rollercoaster ride from start to finish.
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Snookies12  +   897d ago
I might not say the best, but we can definitely agree that it's a fantastic opening nonetheless!

My personal favorite is Kingdom Hearts 2's opening. Followed closely by Final Fantasy VIII's.
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sobekflakmonkey  +   897d ago
Nah, sorry bro....The Last of Us takes that crown, it was the best by far.
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CrossingEden  +   897d ago
nah sorry bro, no opinions allowed -_-
PockyKing  +   897d ago
The opening was done perfectly imo. Not even trying to be on the "oh the game's so perfect banwagon". It seriously gave me a rush of feelings once everything started going down. I didn't know what to do, where to go and just the way it was presented made it feel so intense. I wish they had spent more time allowing us to play through the opening events. But man, my heart rate was up for those first few.
ceballos77mx  +   897d ago
Felt the same carrying the kid and running for your life and daughters, and like you said not knowing where to turn or were to go, adding all that chaos and the screams of people and infected all around made it very realistic.
ceballos77mx  +   897d ago
Best ever? I doubt it, one of the best this year yes.

Before I get heat and hate pm Im not speaking badly of it on the contrary I loved it.
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TheCrazyMerc  +   897d ago
It made me cry :'( *sobs*
BattleTorn  +   897d ago
I was blown away by the intro! I wasn't expecting to see... what they showed.

It really threw me off keel, and left me going into the beginning of the game not knowing what to expect next

It's one of the best
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BigBoss1964  +   897d ago
To me its tied with God of War III
Lovable  +   897d ago
Definitely. It not only set the tone to what actually the game is, but also invoke emotions from the player right out the bat. Magnificent is the only word I can give.
caseh  +   897d ago
Depends on the definition of 'opening' really.

it could have been achieved without it being playable which would have just made it an intro instead of a prologue.

With that niggling detail aside, I know i'm not the only guy out there who was whimpering like a big girl when it happens, those of you who have experienced it ya know which part I mean. :)
Philoctetes  +   897d ago
I hadn't read any reviews of this game prior to popping it in (didn't want anything spoiled), so I had no idea that this prologue even existed. Needless to say I was blown away.

Great opening.
BattleTorn  +   897d ago
I watched everything I could. I still was completely unaware!

They did an excellent job of keeping the story under wraps
WeAreLegion  +   897d ago
It's pretty close with God of War III and Mass Effect 2, but I give it to The Last of Us.
S2Killinit  +   897d ago
buying mine today
solidworm  +   897d ago
MGS3 Snake eater by a foookin mile.
hankmoody  +   897d ago
"The Last of Us" basically takes something we've all seem before in countless horror/ suspense/ thriller films, the beginning of a world eradicating pandemic, and puts you right in the middle of it. I don't think I've ever truly felt what being in a situation like what the beginning of "The Last of Us" details for the player until I played this game. It's funny, playing the beginning of that game, you can almost predict what's going to happen in a way and it contains many of the end of the world scenario cliches that you've seen dozens of times before but the way it was presented and the fact that I was the one controlling the characters really made it effective. The game is worth the cost on that beginning alone.
christian hour  +   896d ago
I felt the exact same, I could tell where the intro was going to end up as soon as the game gave me control, and even at that I still welled up and found myself feeling quite panicked and distraught throughout the whole intro, absolutely fantastic game design, definitely going to be an intro I won't forget for a long time.

Don't even get me started on the rest of the game :)

Congratulations Naughty Dog, I was worried this would be another fantastic title that didnt sell as well as it should have, but thankfully the world took notice :D
hankmoody  +   896d ago
I finally just met up with Ellie. It's been a great ride so far. Just thinking about the beginning gives me the chills. I behaved just like I would have in real life, continuing to run forward with my kid in my arms but I kept looking back whenever I heard screams or an explosion. It definitely left me unsettled.
Kenshin_BATT0USAI  +   897d ago
I thought they did a really good job with the opening.
manaxknight1  +   897d ago
this definitely is statement that even after all the years film has been around, these talented video game developers are starting to blur the line between film and video game. Even my fiancee who thinks video games are still for kids was like, "This game is probably the best one ive seen so far..."i'd say more but it would spoil the intro/prologue//
Williamson  +   897d ago
SPOILERS* well kind of....I was expecting to see a tragedy with Joel and his daughter but the way it happened was just too sad.
bakagaijin78  +   897d ago
Yeah, its like, you kind of know its going to happen, but when it does, its heartbreaking.

Its rare for a video game to make me cry & its usually at the ending. But this one had me in tears after about 10 minutes. Bravo.
Gridloc  +   897d ago
It sure set the tone for what you will experience...
Nac  +   897d ago
Still haven't played it but I found out at E3 that the beginning of TloU was designed by the same person who designed the desert chapter(18) in uncharted 3. Here to hoping its as great.
xBigxBossx  +   897d ago
I had to go kiss my daughter while she was sleeping after that intro. To much for this dad.
Slysi  +   897d ago
Same m8, it was a choker
ShwankyShpanky  +   897d ago
I got choked up there at the intro-end myself. Played it again the next day for my wife and she teared up. I actually got more choked up in the lead-up while watching it the second time, knowing what was coming.

And yeah, having a daughter of my own probably factored into it.
sparta76  +   897d ago
@ bigxbossx, lol me too!!! I had a tear in my eye.
This was Friday night... ( freaky )
xBigxBossx  +   897d ago
It's ok we can all shed at least one man tear. But you can def tell the writers have children because wow that was close to the chest.
o-Sunny-o  +   897d ago
I cried like a baby on the beginning I was amazed. The game looked so good and played perfectly fine. I'm half way through now. ^~^
Kos-Mos  +   897d ago
Quick answer: no
Slysi  +   897d ago
Quick answer: yes
Kos-Mos  +   897d ago
Try Final Fantasy VI and VII and VIII.
izumo_lee  +   897d ago
Personally i was kinda shocked that Naughty Dog showed us Joel's past at the very start of the game. I was thinking that he was gonna have flashbacks during the game but seeing it right away made me more interested in seeing how a good man & father can be the man he is now.

In just a few minutes with the characters that we see in the beginning i got attached to them. It made me care for their well being. The scariest moment is when everything goes to hell & seeing it all go down right before the players eyes is frightening. And to see it end the way it does is heart breaking. With all the horrors going on around them it took something that was supposed to protect us to end it.

Makes you think who are the real threats the infected or other humans.
Jovanian  +   897d ago
No, that would be point insertion in half life 2

nearly a decade later and that intro just saturates me with atmosphere and awe every single time
thelaughingwiseman  +   897d ago
For this Generation, I have to go with God of War III, and Mass Effect 2. In Mass Effect 2 the main character get's offed, who the hell see's that coming?! But this opening is really good too.
Tontus  +   897d ago
Weird, I was just going to write the EXACT same comment as you. My favourite openings are God of War III > Mass Effect 2 > Bioshock.
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andjudunno  +   897d ago
Far Cry 3
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