11 Best Video Game Opening Cinematics

Civilization 6

Sid Meiers Civilization 6 is a turn-based strategy 4X video game developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K games. The game takes on a new design ditching realism for more a more cartoonish look in order to make the new detailed layout that has now put building outside of cities more easy on the eye with now building more easier to distinguish. The opening cinematic trailer for the game sets out the game perfectly by displaying all the events that you will lead your civilization through and also sets that epic feel.

Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII is a 1997 role-playing video game developed by Square and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the Playstation Console. The amount of money spent on the development and particularly the promotion of the game is insane and the game is considered by gamers and also gaming writers as one of the greatest video games of all time. The opening cinematic sets the world of the game perfectly, and also does what few opening cinematics do well which is get you right into the action. The trailer may look bad visually but the game was released in 1997 and its graphics were ahead of its time.

Halo 4

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Halo 4 is a first-person shooter video game developed by 343 Industries and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox 360 in 2012. The cinematic intro was years ahead of its time and still looks better than most cinematic trailers for games even today, and yes for those of you not sure this is actually animation known as CGI. The opening cinematic found in Halo 4 lays down the antagonists and the good guys and also hints at the plot of the storyline.

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Fallout 3

Fallout 3 is an action, adventure role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. The Fallout 3 opening cinematic is one of the best opening cinematics in terms of setting the mood for the game. It stays true to its mid 20th-century theme and presents a clear contrast between the good times and after when the nuclear war that destroyed North America took place.

Portal 2

Portal 2 is a first-person puzzle-platform video game developed and published by Valve Corporation. The game allows you to interact with your environment in order to solve puzzles and challenges threatening your life or blocking your path to the next level. The video game is not very serious and likes to let itself go for some comedic moments and the opening cinematic clearly portrays that, it may look very quick and simple but actually a lot of work has gone into this opening cinematic and there is tons of humour and actions going on there its not simply your usual sequence of an army marching or some deep opening cinematic featuring the protagonist as seen in a lot of video games.

Bioshock: Infinite

Bioshock Infinite is a first-person shooter video game developed by Irrational Games and published by 2K Games. The story is set in the year 1912 and follows protagonist Booker DeWitt who has been set to the city of Columbia to rescue a girl called Elizabeth that has been held captive for most of her life. The opening cinematic in the game is what every action game should aim for and it sets out the deep lore of the Bioshock world.

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Half-Life is a first-person shooter video game developed and published by Valve who also developed Portal 2 which is another video game on this list. The game is set in the fictional Black Mesa Research Facility in New Mexico where a phycisist called Gordon Freeman is the last survivor of an experiment gone wrong where there is a dimensional rip that is devastating the facility and allows aliens from another dimension to enter the facility.

Metal Gear Solid 3

Metal Gear Solid 3 is an action-adventure video game developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Japan and published by Konami Corporation with the game being set in 1964, 30 years before the first Metal Gear game. The story is based around a secret agent known as Naked Snake who is trying to sneak into a Russian base and rescue a scientist, assassinate someone and destory a Russian weapon of mass destruction.

Witcher 2

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Witcher 2 is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by CD Projekt RED and published by CD Projekt, the game is set on the Witcher book series written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski with the protagonist being witch hunger Geralf Of Rivia. The opening cinematic is 3 minutes of hardcore action showing the magic that is a big part of the game and also setting the scene of a world that is being taken over by evil.

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Lost Oddysey

Lost Odyssey is a Japanese role-playing video game developed by Mistwalker and Feelplus studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360 in 2007 in Japan and in 2008 in the rest of the world, at the time of its release it was the biggest Xbox 360 game. The video game is set in a world where a meteor has wiped out two civilizations called the Uhra and the Khent and a young hero called Kaim tries to help restore the kingdoms while also battelling multiple threats. The video game’s cinematic intro is viewed by many avid gamers as having one of the best battle scenes.

Civilization 4

Civilization 4 is a turn-based strategy video game, developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K Games on Windows and Aspyr on the Mac. In my opinion, the opening cinematic of Civ 4 is much better than that of the other Civ in the list, Civ 6. For that, that in my opinion it much better illustrates the advancement in civilization that takes place during the game.

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