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Offline NGTM-1R

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Best Opening Cinematic
Simple enough. Nominate yours. If you can actually track it down via YouTube or similar all the better.

Mine goes to MechCommander.
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Offline Sarafan

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Nova cats. ::) Mine goes for Metal Gear Solid 3. :yes: And it will definitely be replaced by the intro of MGS4 when it arrives. :nod:

 

Offline Flipside

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Warcraft 3 possibly, it was certainly one that made my jaw drop, but not as much as Diablo's did at the time....

 

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Offline Flipside

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Oddly enough, I actually originally typed 'In before someone says Freespace' but decided against it :nervous:

 
You know, I didn't care for the actual game that much, but the Cinematic Opening to Diablo 2 is pretty tough to beat

 

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Couldn't find the intro, but some choice moments...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybHAb0VoFT4

 

Offline Mefustae

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The opening cinematics from Starcraft, Diablo II, Warcraft II and Warcraft III [with their respective expansions] all come to mind. Pretty much any Blizzard cinematic, really. Which i'm sure we can all agree upon.

Relic's work has also been quite good as of late. The animatics from Homeworld2 were quite excellent. Although Homeworld1's have most certainly not aged very well at all. Further, the opening sequence for Dawn of War would without a doubt be one of the most intese opening sequences i've ever seen in a game. The only downside is that it was the only goddamned cinematic in the entire goddamned game!

The Star- and Freelancer opening sequences also come to mind, especially the latter. Nothing quite beats seeing those Coalition Carriers coming appearing in Europa's orbit and opening up with those excellent looking & sounding cannons mounted on the bow. A great moment in sci-fi oriented gaming.

Fable isn't all that bad, either. The slow montage of footage from the Great Hall with the nice music is most definintely a great way to start the game.

The Battlefield series, most notably Battlefield 1942, also have excellent opening cinematics. The '42 one might not look as spectacular nowadays, but back when it first came out, it was unbe-****ing-lievable.

Dungeon Siege II also had a rather fun opening sequence. Not all that great a game, but those first few minutes were quite excellent.

Fahrenheit, which I just bought yesterday, must also get an honourable mention. It's not a flashy intro, in fact the graphics are rather substandard for the time in areas. But it's the artistic integrity of the sequence that just makes it so awesome. The slow zoom on Lucas covered by the shadows of moving clouds, all on the expanding band of footage with a background of falling petals just looks plain beautiful any way you look at it.

And finally, let's not forget Freespace and Freespace 2. While the Battle of Deneb is unquestionably awesome, i'm going to have to say the opening for Freespace 1 is the better of the two.
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Offline Sarafan

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Further, the opening sequence for Dawn of War would without a doubt be one of the most intese opening sequences i've ever seen in a game. The only downside is that it was the only goddamned cinematic in the entire goddamned game!

The Star- and Freelancer opening sequences also come to mind, especially the latter. Nothing quite beats seeing those Coalition Carriers coming appearing in Europa's orbit and opening up with those excellent looking & sounding cannons mounted on the bow. A great moment in sci-fi oriented gaming.


Another downside to the DOW intro, the fact that Relic puts it in Winter Assault and even the demos. The Freelance intro is really good too. Do you know if there is even an image of those Coalition Carriers? I'd kill for that. :P

 

Offline Shade

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I'd have to go with the Star Craft: Brood War intro. Might not be as pretty graphically these days, but I don't care. Because it rocks anyway.
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Offline Backslash

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Yeah I wish Winter Assault had its own intro.  We can still hope for the next...

I'll say MechWarrior 3 was up there too.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm76b8tzzWI  But I like the style of the campaign beginning cutscene even better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qZvYwmgCHc .  The style was very different and immersive... you see the action from various external cameras with all sorts of battle chatter going on as the dren hits the fan.  zzzzt "What are we looking at?  Can someone redirect the probe?"  For some reason I particularly like battle chatter when it's done right. :)

 

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FS1 :D

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Dawn of War
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Offline Singh

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My top eight:

1. I-War 1.
No question, this beats them all hands down. 13 good, quality minutes of space battles galore FTW! That, and it really sets the mood for the rest of the game.

2. Freespace 1.
Does anytihng need to be said?

3. Warcraft III
4. Freespace 2
5. Mechwarrior 3 - you gotta love that Mech fight. The animation quality was top notch, even though the models and rest doesnt come up to par with the stuff noawadays
6. Battlefield 1942 - blew me away the first time I saw it
7. EVE-online. The intro cinematic was pretty well made for the time, and having in-game stuff was an added bonus, too. :D
8. WH40k Dawn of War Intro

Honorable mentions:
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Close between Freelancer and Wing commander games.........

 

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Quake 2 Intro

Quote
*Earth spaceship launches marines in drop pods down onto the surface of the Strogg homeworld*
*Private Bitterman's drop pod gets clipped on the way in and falls away from the rest of the group*

Asshole: YEEHAW!
Bitterman: ****! What was that?!
Bitterman: Command, I got a problem here. Some cowboy clipped me on the way in, and thrusters are fifty percent and dropping...

*Bitterman circles the Big Gun as the platoon scream and get wiped out by Strogg defences*

Command: Damnit! We got a little freaky EMP down there. Getting clipped just saved your ass, marine! I just lost all readings from the rest of the platoon! Try and get to the primary LZ and rendezvous with any other squad leaders you can find!

*Bitterman's thrusters suddenly burst into life and he overshoots the primary LZ (Big Gun) by a huge margin*

Bitterman: ****!

Awesome.

 

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I love Wing Commander 3/4 Cinematics. Excellent combination of live acting and cgi effects/backgrounds. Freelancer's also got a flashy intro (the original version, not that rubbish, that was shipped with the game)

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(the original version, not that rubbish, that was shipped with the game)
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