Reminiscing about some of gaming's best intro cinematics.
Final Fantasy 8's opening CG is really, really bad. Not quality wise, but it's just a trailer, not an opening. Introductions have to prepare us for the story, not be the summary of the story and show spoilers. In FF8's opening we already learn that at some point we will fight that sorceress and that Rinoa and Squall will get together at the end of the game. So much for that "Rinoa loves Seifer" in the middle of the game. Why put that in the game if it showed us that she and Squall will get together? It would've been great if they removed Rinoa and Edea/Ultimecia from the opening and left only the fight between Squall and Seifer. It would be enough to show the things that really mattered in the beginning of the game, instead of showing things that don't make any sense at the time and that we'll learn at the appropriate time later.
God of War 3 anyone???
Gran Turismo 2 intro im done
Monkey Island 3 definitely for me :D
I love the mass effect 2 intro, the first half hour of that game does a fantastic job of introducing a sense of urgency and really draws you in emotionally, especially if you had played through the first game. The opening cinematic to RAGE was surprisingly cool too, and who can forget the opening to mirrors edge! One of few genuine 'wow' moments of this gen.
Curse of Monkey Island- you're in a dodgem floating in the sea. I just saw now that someone else already happens to have mentioned it. I liked Rage's opening too. It summed up Rage when that mutant jumps out at you- this is not massively going to be about walking around the Wasteland- it's going to be about scary action- in the long run anyway.
Killzone 2's intro is one of my favorites.
Just some I found memorable in no particularly order: Warcraft 3 - Resident Evil 2 - MGS 3 - MGS 4 - Demons Soul - Borderlands - Onimusha 3 (where IS my new onimusha, crapcom?!) - Dead Space.
Resident Evil 1 & 2
Shadow of the Colossus, Killzone 1/2, Cod 4, InFamous, Dead Space, Uncharted 2, and Arkham Asylum pop into mind.
Final Fantasy X has always been one of my favorite. Uncharted 2 is a close second
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