The 25 Best First Levels of All Time

Every game has a first level, but only 25 are timeless.

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GWAVE3604d ago

I really enjoy playing "let's forget about the PC". It's fun.

And Gears of War, God of War, and Halo get a higher rank than Super Mario Bros? Errrr....

Bnet3433604d ago

My list is:

COD4, Halo 1 and Halo 3, both Gears of War, Ratchet and Clank TOD, MGS1 and MGS2, Sonic 1 (Ahh Green Hill Zone), and of course like you said, Super Mario Bros.

SRU96003604d ago

My #1 pick is Bioshock.

The first 30 minutes of that game are truly special.

pansenbaer3604d ago


I was gonna say something about Call of Duty 4. I guess maybe its not considered the "First" level, but riding that helicopter, making your way to the crate and hauling ass out of that ship was nuts. That was my first "next-gen" experience this generation.

callahan093603d ago

I think it was a good list except that Gears of War shouldn't have been on there at all, it was kind of unmemorable for me. Super Mario Bros. should've been top 5, and Metal Gear Solid 2 should've been on there somewhere. Other than that, it's the least crappy list GameDaily's ever put together so that's something, right?

pansenbaer3603d ago

Ha. Yeah there lists are usually pretty crappy. And I hate the fact they feel the need to put each game on its own page. It takes forever to get through them all.

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Aclay3604d ago

Out of all the games I've played, I think that God of War 2 had the best First Level.... I mean, in the first level you fight a Boss and the entire level consists of you fighting this giant Boss while working your way through the level....Just pure Epicness.

I like it when games like God of War 2 just throw you right into the action from the beginning and I hope God of War 3 is the exact same.

Serjikal_Strike3604d ago

God of War 2 should of been #1 on the list

Megaton3603d ago

Yeah, God of War games are a real kick to the teeth right off the bat. Love how they do that.

Carbide73604d ago (Edited 3604d ago )

God of War 2, and Call of Duty 4's ship mission for me, incredible stuff.
And Shadow of the Colossus had an amazing beginning, though it can't be called a 'level' and Medal of Honor: Frontline had an intense first level.

Coconutz9193604d ago

Certainly for its time the opening D-Day sequence was incredible. I think it still holds up today, and I have yet to play an opening stage that packs the same wow factor I had back then after stepping off the boat. Neat stuff...

locos853603d ago

I hated the ship mission. I don't even like the ship map in the multiplayer.

man0fsteel3604d ago

...would have to be

World 1-1 -Super Mario Bros, without a shadow of a doubt

Ghoul3604d ago

Half Life

The intro sequence was groundbraking incredible cinematic and biggest "wow" effekt i ever had in gaming

Bnet3433604d ago

Half Life itself is one big level :)

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