Your Favorite Game Opening!

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Your Favorite Game Opening!

Post by CronoTriggerfan » Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:08 pm

I remember a while back we had a nice discussion about our favorite game endings, and then listed them accordingly (with spoiler warnings, of course). So I thought that it'd be fun to talk about our favorite game openings, listing the game, system, and some details on it. Here goes mine!

With all the flashy graphics we have nowadays, opening cutscenes are all so shiny anymore. Not to say that's a bad thing, I love it; but sometimes, we tend to forget our pre-16-bit brethren! :lol: So my vote goes to the opening of Ninja Gaiden 2: The Dark Sword of Chaos! It has awesome music, an evil laugh from a kickass bad guy, and best of all, an 8-bit movie intro-esque cutscene! Rather than me go through and detail it all, why not just watch for yourselves? :wink:

Ninja Gaiden 2 Intro link


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Post by ShockSlayer » Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:12 pm

FF3 ds ftw.

And the megaman X opening. deeeeawdededededededededededdeeeeedeeedeeeeeedeeeeedundundundun dewww!!!


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Post by atari2600a » Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:18 pm

Super Mario RPG opening FTW!

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Post by Mageslayer » Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:19 pm

The Seifer/Squall fight in FFVIII is comes to my mind as being awesome, but I tend to like everything about that game. :P Dunno what you consider an "opening" but if you wait on the main screen of MK: Armageddon, there's an awesome fight scene. Also.... Hmm.... Oh! Diablo II has some awesome scenes throughout the whole game.
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Post by gamer2 » Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:22 pm

Shenmue-Dreamcast. Its so deep.

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Final Fantasy VIII-Playstation. I love the music.

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Post by jperryss » Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:34 pm

When I saw the thread title, the first thing I thought of was Ninja Gaiden 1, but 2 had a great intro also.

Heck, all three of them were good!

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Post by Jongamer » Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:51 pm

SMRPG or Zelda:TP

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Post by gannon » Wed Jan 24, 2007 8:07 pm

hmm... Chrono Cross maybe.

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Post by bicostp » Wed Jan 24, 2007 8:24 pm

Gran Turismo. Man that was INCREDIBLE back in '98 (especially since I jumped right from VCS to Playstation :mrgreen:)

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Post by Sir Games-A-Lot » Wed Jan 24, 2007 8:41 pm

Battlefield 1942, Music + tanks = Most awsome!
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Post by benheck » Thu Jan 25, 2007 1:24 am

Have to agree with #1, Ninja Gaiden 2 had one of the best openings EVER.


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Post by r3ap3r » Thu Jan 25, 2007 2:35 am

Mageslayer wrote:The Seifer/Squall fight in FFVIII is comes to my mind as being awesome....
I have to agree FFIX has the best start ever. Cheers^_^

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Post by sammy » Thu Jan 25, 2007 5:48 am

The FFVIII opening is tottaly amazing but that's probably mostly because of the incredible music.

It's very hard to choose a favorite intro but these are some I find very good:
Soul Calibur 2
Chrono Trigger
Zelda Link's Awakening (amazing for gameboy at that time)
basically everyhting Square makes has good intro's.
and Shenmue off course

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Post by jones » Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:33 am

bicostp wrote:Gran Turismo. Man that was INCREDIBLE back in '98 (especially since I jumped right from VCS to Playstation :mrgreen:)
Nice! That brings back some great memories. The day I bought the original Gran Turismo was the day video games became more than just a "game" to me. I had forgotten just how great it looked all those years ago on the PS1! :D

Speaking of Gran Turismo, my pick for favorite opening (off the top of my head) is the intro for Gran Turismo 4 on the PS2. This is the only intro I can recall seeing that made me pick my jaw up off the floor after seeing it. It's a little over 3 minutes long, gorgeous (the grainy Youtube video below doesn't do it justice), and when it switches midway through to in game graphics with Van Halen's "Panama" rocking out in the background it becomes an experience unlike any I can recall with regards to this subject. :D

The fact that the game plays every bit as good as the intro looks and sounds is a testament to the great work the geniuses at Polyphony Digital deliver time in and time out with regards to the Gran Turismo series.

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