Best Opening Cinematics in Video Games
We've all been there, right? You start a new game, the opening credits roll, and then suddenly you find yourself watching a cinematic masterpiece that far exceeds any of your expectations. You're sucked into the story, the graphics, the characters, the dialogue, and for a moment you forget you are playing a game, not watching a movie, but the opening scene is so good, so immersive you know you're going to be spending hours of valuable time on the game in front of you.
Maybe the story is so compelling that you want whatever pieces of it you can collect through gameplay, or maybe the gameplay is so good that the amazing opening scenes are just a bonus to amazing gameplay, creating the total package. Either way, an immersive opening cinematic can take a game from good to excellent. It can stick in your memory for years. A well-written opening cinematic can even make sense of gameplay, guiding players as they tackle tough quests crucial to the plot of the game.
In this list, I cover some of the best opening cinematics in video games, so that you can reminisce, relive, and rewatch some of your favorite opening scenes!
Note: If you have not played the games below, there will be spoilers regarding the opening scenes.