It Started With A Kiss Cutscene: Our Favourite Game Intros

By Alec Meer on December 27th, 2013 at 2:00 pm.

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Intros: such an important part of all the games which made us. First impressions count. First impressions can be indelible, even if what follows is eminently forgettable. Here, then, are just a few of the PC game introductions – be they CGI, FMV or in-game – which we just can’t seem to forget. What, delightful readers, are your favourites?

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Fallout:

X-COM:

Ultima VII: Black Gate

Day of the Tentacle:

Sam & Max Hit The Road:

Full Throttle:

Bioshock:

System Shock 2:

Quake III: Arena:

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Another World:

Chaos Engine:

Syndicate Wars:

Limbo of the Lost:

Homeworld:

Moonstone:

Stunt Island:

Command & Conquer: Red Alert:

The Stanley Parable:

Portal 2:

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War:

Prey:

Empire Earth:

Dungeon Keeper:

Half-Life:

And the worst…

Cool Spot!

I really fancy some 7-Up.

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    GibletHead2000 says:

    The intro to Hardwar was fun:

  2. borosky says:

    So much nostalgia! I see people referencing Lost Eden, Magic Carpet, Dune 1&2… tons of great intros and/or games (it sure is hard to remain objective when you have so many emotions tied with the games).

    The list could contain 100s of titles… Some more memorable intros from my career as a gamer which seem to be not mentioned yet:
    * Wing Commander: Privateer
    * Indiana Jones and Fate of Atlantis
    * Deus Ex

    But the ultimate intro for me will remain (and this is a PSX title, so my apologies as a hardcore PC gamer who never owned a console):
    * Soulblade – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yxrpyv8SNS4

    Enjoy best intro ever!!!

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  5. Delicieuxz says:

    I think that both the original C&C and Red Alert deserve to be cited for this.

  6. kert says:

    Okay,

    Wing Commander: Privateer

    FreeSpace 2 ( duh )

    Master of Orion (original) .. 2 not so much

    Also, not really an cutscene but, the way Civ 3 starts with Baba Yetu is awesome

  7. Oktober Storm says:

    Star Control 2 intro:

  8. Dan Forever says:

    Anyone else have fond memories of Hard War?

  9. Stardreamer says:

    Ascendancy.

    That is all.

  10. Dugular says:

    Don’t know if it’s been said yet but…

    Carmageddon.

    The uncensored version at least (Didn’t see the zombie version intro).

    Even today that intro stands on its own legs. Rather than a bunch of scenes of racing and killing, the entire intro was simply the cars revving up on the starting line. It builds up with a brilliant crescendo of car noises and got me extremely excited when I was young (and shouldn’t have been playing!). It was funny too.

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