The Best Game Intro You've Ever Watched?


macrumors demi-god
Original poster
May 5, 2008
The Misty Mountains
This is it -> Left 4 Dead. You could watch this as a real 4 mins of thrills-and-chills movie. Caution the "S" word is used couple of times. :D

Any others? (Videos appreciated). I also rate Gears of War very high for general cinematography. This GoW2 intro movie plays a bit choppy compared to in-game.


macrumors 68000
Jan 14, 2003
Going back to the time of the MegaDrive, two intros come to mind:

Muhammad Ali Boxing blew my young mind with its stamp-size video of the man saying something like "Who is the greatest of all time?" or "I am the greatest of all time."

Flashback, also on the MegaDrive, used untextured polygons for a short intro that included hovering bikes. That was an amazing demo of 3D at a time when sprite scaling was considered to be the future of console graphics.

Recently The House of The Dead: Overkill has great intro videos for all its levels. The (clothed) stripper pole dancing at the start is unusual for a video game but the pre-level videos have the same wicked sense of humour that works so well in the game.


macrumors 68000
Mar 26, 2008
I always liked Independence War. It had a very long introduction movie, too - over 13 minutes long.

And how could I forget the Wing Commander series? There are some pretty well known actors involved in that series of games, though it wasn't just the introduction.


macrumors regular
Jul 13, 2009
Well, I'd have to go with Half-Life / Half-Life 2

The original's tram ride into Black Mesa and arriving at your stop where you first meet "Barney". Walking the halls of the underground facility for the first time was great, running into scientists and "talking" to them. ("It'll have to wait until AFTER the experiment!") lol. And finally pushing in the specimen and causing the resonance cascade. Awesome intro.

And likewise, with Half-Life2, getting off the train and stepping in to City 17 was just a treat. Playing it for the first time was just so immersive for me. Dr. Breen welcoming new comers to City 17 over the video/audio system city-wide. Seeing other humans being harassed by Citizen Protection officers.

Gosh I love these games. Sooo pumped for Episode 3.


macrumors 68030
Aug 8, 2006
Northern California
The entire opening section of Fallout 3 up to when you leave the vault... just amazing.

Total Annihilation has a very cool opening movie though really dated looking now. Still cool though, they don't really make them like that anymore.


macrumors 6502
Dec 31, 2005
New York
The entire opening section of Fallout 3 up to when you leave the vault... just amazing.

Total Annihilation has a very cool opening movie though really dated looking now. Still cool though, they don't really make them like that anymore.
+1 about fallout

I just feel that the whole nuclear family intro (if I remember correctly the "advertisements" for the vault are before the start of the game) is just really immersive.


Jan 18, 2005
Bioshock's was good, or FFIV DS.
Order of Ecclesia's was great too but that's probably more the game its associated with is probably one of the best games ever.


macrumors 6502a
Aug 15, 2002
Corning, NY
I liked Fallout 3 the first time, but the second time through I couldn't wait for it to end, and then the third I found it excruciating ...

I still love the FMV intro to the original Jedi Knight game.


macrumors 603
Jan 6, 2004
Western US
I always get bored with intros and cutscenes in games, just let me get playing! I wish they'd put those resources into the game instead.


macrumors 68000
Warcraft 3 had a great intro. Probably one of the best.

The voice work of the Fallout 3 intro was amazing but the visuals were simply very good....not what I would rate as the best, though.

I would have to really think about this because Mac & PC games, as well as a bunch of console games, had some really good intros. Hmmm....


macrumors 68020
Dec 4, 2005
Still here.
One of my favorites has got to be God of War. That game (and its sequel) is incredible.

On the flipside, one of the worst intros has got to be Shadow of the Colossus. *yaaaaaaaaaawn* The game itself is a classic, however, as far as I'm concerned.


macrumors member
Jul 15, 2009
Oh I forgot MGS4. Thats simply the best intro I ever saw in my life. Even though it was my first MGS ever and the story was sometimes to confusing to follow I still love the game.

Ja Di ksw

macrumors 65816
Apr 9, 2003
There have been many that I watched multiple times and really liked, and I'm sure if I saw them again I would say "oh yeah, that was great!" (like the already posted Mechwarrior 2). But only one game I still really remember it. I remember being blown away by the way they portrayed the sword fight and who won. Somewhat cliche now, but I had never seen it before and it still gives me tingles :)

The original Ninja Gaiden