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."
i would say it's Tie with God Of War 3 Opening for me
No way. Last Of Us tugs at the heartstrings. Made the beginning of Heavy Rain look like a comedy.
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.
@dboy 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.
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.
reminded me of heavy rain both are emotional and great start to a game
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.
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.
IMO, no, its not, i still prefer MGS2's opening till this day
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.
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.
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.
Nah, sorry bro....The Last of Us takes that crown, it was the best by far.
nah sorry bro, no opinions allowed -_-
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.
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.
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.
It made me cry :'( *sobs*
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
To me its tied with God of War III
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.
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. :)
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.
I watched everything I could. I still was completely unaware! They did an excellent job of keeping the story under wraps
It's pretty close with God of War III and Mass Effect 2, but I give it to The Last of Us.
buying mine today
MGS3 Snake eater by a foookin mile.
"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.
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
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.
I thought they did a really good job with the opening.
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//
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.
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.
It sure set the tone for what you will experience...
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.
I had to go kiss my daughter while she was sleeping after that intro. To much for this dad.
Same m8, it was a choker
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.
@ bigxbossx, lol me too!!! I had a tear in my eye. This was Friday night... ( freaky )
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.
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. ^~^
Quick answer: no
Quick answer: yes
Try Final Fantasy VI and VII and VIII.
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.
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
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.
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.
Far Cry 3
Yeah I have a daughter about her age. That scene def made me think what the hell would I do in that situation??? And people are not talking about him but Joel's brother really drove home what you do for family. The way he showed up, the way he spoke and covered for Joel as he carried his daughter...wow.
I teared up...and I watched it again when I made my friend play it and it gave me goosebumps. This game is truly one of the greatest games I have ever played.
When Sarah died, my heart just shattered.
If not the best its definitely up there. Its the first game thats ever moved me emotionally during a cutscene. Dont get me wrong, there have been times that I am enamoured by graphics and awesome action scenes, but the opening of this game had me going "woh""wtf" just happened. Great job Naughty Dog.
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