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Title: What is the best game intro ever?
Post by: TESLA on June 25, 2009, 01:49:05 pm
Just a random Q that got stuck on my head, after reading the other thread on best games that wowed you.


What games had the best intro or even trailer that got you really interested in playing it!


For me, it would have to be Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Einstein, Hitler, The Hell March, deadly!!!!!

Other worthy ones would be "World In Conflict"  or "Republic: The Revolution"
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Post by: Mobius on June 25, 2009, 01:53:26 pm
Colony Wars 2: Vengeance had a very cool intro cutscene. Same thing for CW 3: Red Sun. :)
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Post by: Rick James on June 25, 2009, 01:56:08 pm
Me love the Homeworld Intro (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrW4jkQdmjI) long time.
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Post by: General Battuta on June 25, 2009, 02:00:40 pm
Mechwarrior 3 was great. Ground Control. World in Conflict. Freelancer.

MECHCOMMANDER.

Hrm...

Starcraft: Brood War!

Will post others if I recall.
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Post by: TESLA on June 25, 2009, 02:01:53 pm
Me love the Homeworld Intro (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrW4jkQdmjI) long time.


yeah that was pretty cool!
Reminds me of the Nexus intro:  here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWjxTLwnhKk&feature=PlayList&p=31201E1C4AFA4B39&index=0&playnext=1)
and Freelancer: here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsWPFUzxgRU)
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Post by: Angelus on June 25, 2009, 02:04:47 pm
1. MW 3
2. MC 1
3. MW 4 ( the game is crap compared to MW 3, but the intro was cool )
4. Homeworld
5. Gothic
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Post by: Flipside on June 25, 2009, 02:06:23 pm
Diablo 2
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Post by: headdie on June 25, 2009, 02:09:30 pm
FS1 (better than FS2) ~ good suspense and voice acting
Raptor - Call of the Shadows ~  Blistering soundtrack especially for a dos game
Mechwarrior 3 ~ ├╝ber macho narrative and good tension
Ground Controll II

Probably more
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Post by: mxlm on June 25, 2009, 02:21:54 pm
Dawn of War
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Post by: Aardwolf on June 25, 2009, 02:22:48 pm
As for FS1 versus FS2,

I like everything in the FS1 intro but the guy's eyes. They should either have made them better-looking (considering they are so central to the movie), or not focuses on them so much (considering they are so bad-looking). Or a mix.

FS2's intro... well, let's just say it was my criticism of some scenes from it that earned me my custom title "I'm a spoiled n00b who expects every game to have 2008-era graphics". Of course, they changed it when 2009 came, but... whatever. The scenes were: the explosion of the GTB Medusa which is hit by a missile, and the fiery explosion as the Lucifer's beam impales the Orion. Oh, and the fire on the Faustus and on the Herc as it spiraled to its cloudy demise.

Either way, they're both pretty good.



As for intros in general:

(unordered list)
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Post by: jdjtcagle on June 25, 2009, 02:30:59 pm

Empire Earth - I always really liked the intro... even better than the game sometimes.
FreeSpace - Favorite intro, favorite game.
Tachyon - I seriously think it was because of the guy looking out into space from a window.
Civ III - It was a cool spirally thing of history.
Assassin's Creed - Disappearing into the crowed of monks, didn't see that coming!


That's all that come to mind as far as intro's go. 
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Post by: Sushi on June 25, 2009, 02:43:24 pm
Star Control II. (The original intro is better than the 3do one, IMO).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3guaqAj5EVM&feature=PlayList&p=D8A9F58D69334972&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=2
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Post by: jdjtcagle on June 25, 2009, 02:53:05 pm
Star Control II. (The original intro is better than the 3do one, IMO).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3guaqAj5EVM&feature=PlayList&p=D8A9F58D69334972&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=2

That reminds me...

GEX for 3DO had a great intro.
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Post by: Rodo on June 25, 2009, 02:56:36 pm
Warhammer 2

the bold guy is just  :eek2:
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Post by: SpardaSon21 on June 25, 2009, 03:31:42 pm
Sword of the Stars: Born of Blood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijAYZimvpww).  Scary as frak.  The Zuul are some of the scariest and most evil bastards ever.
Starcraft: Brood War for awesome.  I just wish I could equip my Marines with missile launchers like they had in the intro.
Freespace for atmosphere.
Total Annihilation.  Who doesn't like a war that has lasted for millennia and consumed the resources of an entire galaxy?

Nothing else has really ever got my attention.  Dawn of War's intro was cool, but marred by the poor tactics the Blood Ravens displayed.  A tactical squad should never leave cover to charge a mob of Slugga Boyz, especially if they have an assault-cannon-equipped Dreadnought there with them.
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Post by: Sushi on June 25, 2009, 04:01:30 pm
I'll also submit Half-Life 2, even though it doesn't really have an independent "intro."
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Post by: Titan on June 25, 2009, 04:06:11 pm
Uhm... The Supcom ones come to mind. Definetly not the best.

Duke Nukem Forever was pretty good.

Freespace was good...

I dunno.
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Post by: Davros on June 25, 2009, 04:13:34 pm
The answer is of course the intro to Independance War
enjoy the greatness all 13 minutes of it

part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7QuM4kI9ts

part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDD33aivOxI
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Post by: Demitri on June 25, 2009, 05:02:57 pm
FS1 gets my vote by some distance.
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Post by: Mongoose on June 25, 2009, 05:34:47 pm
I'll jump on the FS1 bandwagon as well.  Poor Lt. Ash's hysterics sent chills up my spine the first time, and every time afterwards.  Descent II also gets a vote for the first true opening cinematic I can remember seeing, and Descent 3's made for an excellent resolution to the cliffhanger its predecessor left.  ICO and Shadow of the Colossus also get nods for how they represented the beautifully cinematic atmospheres that each game was steeped in.
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Post by: Aardwolf on June 25, 2009, 05:43:16 pm
Duke Nukem Forever was pretty good.

Wait, what?

Edit: Also, same here as far as this:
Descent II [was] the first true opening cinematic I can remember seeing
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Post by: Scotty on June 25, 2009, 06:40:50 pm
In no particular order:

StarCraft: Brood War
FreeSpace 1
MechWarrior 3
MechWarrior 4 (Mercenaries gets extra points: see sig)
Call of Duty 4

I'm sure more will come to me.
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Post by: The E on June 25, 2009, 06:47:16 pm
CoD 4
Half-Life 2
Ace Combat 4+
Final Fantasy VII, X, and XII
And +1 for FreeSpace 1 (Although FS2's intro was pretty damn impressive back in 1999, it lacks the sheer emotional punch of FS1's intro)
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Post by: NGTM-1R on June 25, 2009, 08:01:58 pm
MECHCOMMANDER.

Seconded. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MQPWE_M_EM)

MechWarrior 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm76b8tzzWI)
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Post by: Phoenova on June 25, 2009, 11:17:04 pm
I always liked the intro to Oblivion, seemed very movie-esque, especially with the epic music and the pan over the city.

The FS intros are up there too.
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Post by: Uchuujinsan on June 26, 2009, 05:47:05 am
FS1
C&C RA 2+3
Fallout 2
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Post by: Mikes on June 26, 2009, 05:50:51 am
Another one for Independence War 1. Simply superb all around and creating a perfect atmosphere for the actual game. - An intro without equal even today, imho.
It's really amazing how far along they were with animated characters and movie sequences already back in that day. ... and nowadays no one seems to care anymore about making a good intro anyways lol.


Also, Wing Commander 2-4 of course. Hard to beat the "big cinema feel" of these games. (and yes, i'm including WC2 in this. It was still 2d cutscenes, but already did include a fully featured storyline (unlike WC1). And the opening sequence was just awesome back in the day as well hehe)


As far as Freespace goes i found the Intros to be ok/decent, but nothing spectacular. Spectacular came later as you actually played heh.
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Post by: Enigmatic Entity on June 26, 2009, 06:39:22 am
FS1 for a game-style intro.
FS2 for a more cinematic intro.

I haven't seen any others that I can comment on... ;)
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Post by: Titan on June 26, 2009, 09:27:33 am
Duke Nukem Forever was pretty good.

Wait, what?

You didn't hear? (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/748-Duke-Nukem-Forever)
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Post by: TESLA on June 26, 2009, 09:59:01 am
Love the World in Conflict intro / trailer:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq0tXBs0PWE
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Post by: Retsof on June 26, 2009, 11:48:29 am
No love for Sins of a Solar Empire?

It's not so much about it's graphics (it is composed of "paintings" with the occasional moving bit), but the atmosphere.  When the intro was over I was moved to say. "Wow...that was intense."
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Post by: Molybdenum on June 26, 2009, 12:46:24 pm
Total Annihilation hand down:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6mZZiI4ShQ
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Post by: General Battuta on June 26, 2009, 01:12:47 pm
I thought the Sins intro was a bit silly.
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Post by: Snail on June 26, 2009, 01:20:11 pm
Total Annihilation hand down:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6mZZiI4ShQ
What? What's so hands down about that? Seems bloody generic.
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Post by: General Battuta on June 26, 2009, 01:24:34 pm
Yeah, although TA is allegedly great (haven't played it), that wasn't much of an intro.
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Post by: headdie on June 26, 2009, 01:30:22 pm
guys you have to remember TA is early - mid 90s and for its time it was a very advanced intro in terms of graphics and the fact it was voiced over, if its generic its because of the number of times its been emulated sice by other games

Dune 2 had a good intro
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Post by: General Battuta on June 26, 2009, 01:33:50 pm
Oh, come on, there were much better intros from the early nineties. Mechwarrior 2 and its expansion sets, for instance.
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Post by: starbug on June 26, 2009, 03:05:15 pm
Urm mine are
Z, one of the funniest intros ever!
Warcraft2 & 3, Starcraft, broad war, ghost SC2 teaser of intro, Diablo 2.
C&C red alert.
mark of Chaos
Dark Omen
Total Annihilation
Warhammer online
Deadspace
Realms of the Haunting, without a doubt one of the best ever in my opinion.
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Post by: NGTM-1R on June 26, 2009, 03:59:56 pm
I thought the Sins intro was a bit silly.

You weren't the only one.
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Post by: Roanoke on June 26, 2009, 04:06:15 pm
Quake2. Probably because it was the first PC intro I ever saw. Otherwise, I dunno, Gran Turismo ?
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Post by: mxlm on June 26, 2009, 04:22:14 pm
Mechwarrior 2 and its expansion sets, for instance.
Bravo cadet reports four Summoenrs on site.
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Post by: General Battuta on June 26, 2009, 04:27:15 pm
Now, the weird thing was, that intro clearly screwed up a bunch of stuff the game itself got right. Clanners using contractions, for instance.

Probably done by an outside house?
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Post by: eliex on June 26, 2009, 04:52:27 pm
Probably the original Dawn of War intro for the sheer atmosphere and capturing the zealousness of the Space Marines.
The SCII one, although the actual intro is quite boring, I can't help but admire the graphics.
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Post by: CP5670 on June 26, 2009, 05:49:58 pm
Both FS intros are still among the best I have seen. Apart from those, some of my favorites are Mission Critical (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvm5EPUH_I8), C&C (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS9irxBAwb0) and Megarace (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aBz9KjREdM), for varying reasons. :D
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Post by: BloodEagle on June 26, 2009, 08:49:23 pm
Picking one introduction (or anything, for that matter) as the 'best ever' is impossible. There are too many factors to take into consideration.

As for trailers that get your attention: this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuoexT9AK5I).
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Post by: mxlm on June 26, 2009, 10:03:46 pm
Now, the weird thing was, that intro clearly screwed up a bunch of stuff the game itself got right. Clanners using contractions, for instance.

In hindsight, it's amazing how much effort was put into capturing the feel of the BT universe. At least within the game itself. Didn't it have lengthy excerpts from the sourcebooks and novels dealing with the War of Refusal?

Then again, those were the days when Jane's relaxed realism titles had manuals that were hundreds of pages in length, so...
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Post by: asyikarea51 on June 26, 2009, 10:28:11 pm
Still the FS1 intro over here. The Lucifer appearing right in your face... as scary as Doom 3's central premise or even worse, if only for a few seconds...
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Post by: BS403 on June 26, 2009, 11:59:11 pm
Dynasty Warriors 4 XL
FS1(Best)
Dune 2 (first one i ever saw)
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Post by: Falcon on June 27, 2009, 06:16:44 am
World in Conflict definitely, very awesome intro, wish they had done it with the rest of the cinematics in game though.
Liked the opening intro in Descent II even though it was short.
Age of Empires had a cool intro as well.
Mechwarrior 4 intro also wins.

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Post by: TESLA on June 27, 2009, 09:34:19 pm
World in Conflict definitely, very awesome intro, wish they had done it with the rest of the cinematics in game though.


Did you buy the add-on pack for it? I was disappointed to how short it was (not to mention the lack of availability)
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Post by: Vidmaster on July 02, 2009, 01:26:52 pm
As for trailers that get your attention: this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuoexT9AK5I).
Portal is legendary. Including legendary for this trailer.
Another brilliant trailer (http://www.gametrailers.com/video/e3-09-uncharted-2/50366). I do not only believe the game will obliterate any bar set by similar ones but also be the most cinematic action experience to date.

Back to intros:
Crysis has a mad intro. Or God of War titles of course. Blizzard's games usually have one too.
The Aquanox Series has brilliant cinematics and the intros are wonderful (although the english translation isn't very well done).
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Post by: NGTM-1R on July 02, 2009, 06:59:34 pm
Crysis' intro actually struck me as very poor because it wasn't able to effectively integrate its gameplay videos with its renders...and the gameplay vids looked horrible.
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Post by: General Battuta on July 02, 2009, 07:03:41 pm
Gotta second that. Crysis' pre-rendered FMV stuck out like a sore thumb and its gameplay segments managed to actually make the game look bad (I don't know how they managed that.)
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Post by: Pred the Penguin on July 15, 2009, 06:28:27 am
The FS1 intro is one of the most memorable video game experience I've ever had...
And the first time I saw it I was like 10 years old, scared the crap outa me. XD
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Post by: 0rph3u5 on July 15, 2009, 04:52:27 pm
My current top 6 of game intros... (with youtube links - except for FS & FS2)

1. FallOut (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkBNKa2KXZE)

2. Freespace

3. Freespace 2

4. Legacy Of Kain: Definace (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVy3PoLXUaI)

5. Legacy Of Kain: Soul Reaver II (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jws63E9dNN8)

6. The Witcher (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVAHVaqcpyc)
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Post by: Enzo03 on July 19, 2009, 07:25:33 pm
I liked FS1's intro MUCH BETTER than FS2's. Everything was well polished, especially for that era...


...'cept Lieutenant Ash's eye!!! That eye still bothers me because it's ugly - just a texture! It should have been modeled and made shiny and stuff but NOPE... they just used that texture... other than that it was a great cutscene.

As far as "best ever", I don't really know. I can't decide :P
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Post by: Colonol Dekker on July 19, 2009, 08:14:25 pm
I war, Starlancer, Freelancer, Wing Commander 4. . Total annihilation (for its time) and so many more i've forgotten. . .
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Post by: Nuke on July 23, 2009, 08:34:41 pm
pong!
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Post by: eliex on July 24, 2009, 12:45:48 am
...'cept Lieutenant Ash's eye!!! That eye still bothers me because it's ugly - just a texture! It should have been modeled and made shiny and stuff but NOPE... they just used that texture... other than that it was a great cutscene.

Remember at that time such a texture would have been . . . "shiny" at that point. In any case, the emphasis on the eye was required for the effect.
Don't worry, you're not the only one to complain about this.  :p
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Post by: Leeko on July 24, 2009, 04:38:12 pm
In no order:

MW2 & 4
both FS intros
C&C:RA, RA2, and Yuri's Revenge were all great (Hell March!)
Dawn of War
WoW: Wrath of the Lich King
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Post by: Vidmaster on July 25, 2009, 05:14:44 am
Crysis' intro actually struck me as very poor because it wasn't able to effectively integrate its gameplay videos with its renders...and the gameplay vids looked horrible.

I was actually not referring to that FMV video but to the first gameplay minutes. The airplane, the briefing, the parachuting part  :)
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Post by: Colonol Dekker on July 25, 2009, 05:56:41 am
Pretty poor considering.........So much potential, Ending was crap too :nod:
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Post by: Androgeos Exeunt on July 26, 2009, 04:49:41 am
Best game intros...

- Descent: FreeSpace - The Great War;
- FreeSpace 2;
- Freelancer;
- Death Rally;
- Duke Nukem II;