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411 Games Top 5 3.01.14: Top 5 Video Game Intro Videos
Posted by Sean Garmer on 03.01.2014

Hello everyone, I hope it has been a good week for all the readers out there. Unlike this intro

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Video Game intros, whether they be the video that plays before the title screen or the first thing you see after you press "new game" they serve a great purpose to get you into the game and the game's story if it has one. So, I was just thinking about video game intros that really got me pumped for the game I was about to play and decided to ask the rest of the staff. So, this week we have the Top 5 Video Game Intro Videos.

Todd Vote (Games Zone Reviewer, Regular Contributor to Four Player Co-op)

5. Double Dragon - such a simple little opening. Gang-bangers walk up, punch your girl right in the breadbasket, scoop her up and walk away. So simple, yet it worked so well.

4. Darksiders - The opening cut-scene really sets the pace for the whole game. It starts off detailing the horsemen, and the Charred Council, a war raging among Heaven and Hell. Then we see the title screen, and it is followed by what looks to be a news report showing what is happening on Earth.

3. Indigo Prophecy - Opening credits... a murder mystery that has to be solved, only thing you know for sure is that it was definitely you doing the killing.

2. God of War - The Gods have forsaken me.... nuff said.

1. Injustice: Gods Among Us - Superman at his most badass. Injustice has probably one of the best openings I've ever seen in gaming. It was just so awesome to see Superman go full on Terminator, then for it to end with the screen going black as the shrieks of the Joker fill the audio... chilling.

John Cash (Reader Voice, Occasional Contributor to Four Player Co-op)

HM: WWF SmackDown!: Just Bring It! (PS2) - YOU ALL KNOW WHY, and you should also remember the disappointment when the graphics didn't (and somehow still don't) look like that in the final product.

5. TIE: WCW/nWo Revenge & WWF No Mercy (Nintendo 64): I tried very hard to decide one over the other, but I just couldn't do it. They were just unlike anything I'd ever seen before. The mini-cutscene that makes zero sense at the beginning of Revenge is something I will LITERALLY never forget, and the way they used the heart-beat sensor! COME ON. You can't deny the amazing music in No Mercy's intro either. Anytime I hear either intro song from these games I get just a little bit pumped up, even to this day.

4. Mass Effect 3 (360/PS3/PC/Wii U): *Spoilers if you've been living under a rock and haven't played ME1 & ME2 yet* BioWare has this strange habit of giving away big, emotional scenes away for free in the demos for their games (as you'll see later on my list.) I might be stretching it with this one, but considering if you 100% complete Mass Effect 3 without skipping any scenes or dialogue, you'll end up with a 70+ hour save file by the end (without DLC), this sequence is about 1% of the game, so I think it'll be alright. The previous game, depending on how you played it, ended on a possibly sour note, as you may have won out against the collectors, but many paid with their lives. BioWare went with the right decision and had that sour note continue into this game, having Shepard witness countless deaths, including a small child she (or he) had tried to rescue, within the first hour of the game. It was a way of showing the player that there will be many losses to come, a sucker punch to let the player know that there would be many more where that came from.

3. WWE SmackDown vs Raw (PS2): My snap reaction to this topic involved mostly wrestling games, because when I was growing up, the intro video tended to be the first "game footage" you saw on the internet, and as a wrestling fan/gamer those were the ones I searched out the most. The way they showed all the previous games in the series at the beginning in black and white, and then switched to color for the new graphics of the game was a cheap but effective tactic that, along with Jim Ross' exclamation that "sports entertainment will NEVER be the same!" was just *instant hype*. The following montage, that for the time may as well have been real television footage considering it was done with the in-game engine and looked that good, was fantastic, with great use of Powerman 5000's Last Night on Earth (PM5K and Saliva were just made for wrestling video packages, I think.) It really felt like a big deal that it was going to be SmackDown fighting RAW, even though in retrospect that brand vs brand stuff didn't mean all that much in the end (it could've been interesting when ECW came back, but that's a whole other tangent for a different section of 411mania!)

2. Red Dead Redemption (360/PS3): The opening scene, much like the rest of the game, is amazing. It really shows the attitude of the public at large in the beginning of the industrial age in the United States. Between the preacher telling the wide-eyed young woman about the difference between an innocent and a savage, to the two old gossiping hens talking about how despicable people are in the west, all the while Marston and Bonnie MacFarlane sit in silence, knowing the harsh truth about life in the "Old West".

1. Mass Effect 2 (360/PS3/PC): It's a five year old game, but still, if you haven't played the Mass Effect series and don't know anything about it, this will be a major spoiler. There are many reasons why this was absolutely a lock for my #1 choice, but I'll try to be brief. It was an introduction from BioWare to their shift in direction of the series to make the games more cinematic in an "action-blockbuster" way and not a "40 minute chat between Solid Snake and a radio" or "QTEs are enough gameplay to call this a game" way. The part before you go to save Joker, where you have to walk through what was once the galaxy map hub, full of busy officers working on data and maintenance, and just seeing it completely annihilated and exposed to space, no survivors to be seen, was breath-taking (especially if you take the time to look at the nearby planet). Then of course there's the fact that, after putting Joker in an escape pod, Shepard gets knocked away and just enough time to eject Joker to safety alone before the ship truly begins to break apart, it was seriously shocking to me. I kept thinking "and here's where a Cerberus cruiser shows up and kidnaps Shepard," but no, you see Shepard knocked about by space debris, eventually damaging her suit, which causes an oxygen leak, and then for the first time I think in any video game I've ever played, I watched helplessly as the protagonist dies within the first 15 minutes of the game. That was some seriously mind-blowing stuff, and a brilliant marketing tactic by BioWare by putting that sequence in the demo and making people wonder who they'd be playing as if Shepard dies in the first scene of the game!

Sean Garmer (Games Zone Reviewer, Games Top 5 Organizer, Regular Contributor to "Cooperative Multiplayer" The Official 411 Games Podcast, WWE Roundtable Organizer)

5. WCW/NwO Revenge & WWF No Mercy: I love both of these intros and even though they are long, Revenge gets you into all the wrestlers that are going to be in the game and No Mercy has The Rock at his best at the beginning and continues stories of wrestlers throughout the intro. Just great stuff here. Plus JR doing the "he kicked out, he kicked out," is priceless.

4. Uncharted Series: I'd never gotten to play this series until a couple weeks ago and I am still half way through Uncharted 1, but I've seen the intro's for 2 and 3 and they just keep getting more amazing with every iteration. They definitely pump you up to play the game and by the end I wanted to skip to Uncharted 2 already.

3. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch: I am a huge fan of Studio Ghibli movies and when I heard that their art team was going to be doing the animation for this I was pretty excited. There's also a nice ode to old school RPG's in here as well, but the art style will keep you paying attention way after you might want to put down the game. The intro for this game goes a long way in establishing the beauty of the game as well.

2. Final Fantasy IX: My favorite Final Fantasy game for many reasons, which also includes the intro videos that showcases all the main characters and cool FMV's from the story itself that got me into playing the game rather quickly.

1. Chrono Cross: I wanted to include Chrono Trigger, but it isn't really fair since the original SNES version of the game did not have the very cool PS1 version OSV that has since been added into other re-releases of the game. But then I remembered Chrono Cross had a very nice intro as well with some fantastic music and it showcased many of the characters and some cool moments that would happen in the game. I remember being very excited to play the game after watching it, but ultimately the game wound up having issues that took me out of playing it later on. But that doesn't take away from how good I think the intro is and I believe it should stand on its own for that.

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