First impressions are everything, and not many forms of media express that like video games. There is such a satisfaction to popping that disc or cartridge in and watching the magic unfold as you prepare to get in on some delicious video game action. Before you even begin though, there’s that opening cinematic. More than just a video, that cinematic is the introduction to the imminent world and adventure before you. It’s a lovely little window we love to look through, strewn with nostalgia and just all around loveliness. Naturally, we decided to count off some of the best and most memorable opening cinematics in our respective histories with video games. Now grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and indulge in some video game cinematic goodness.
In my restless dreams, I see that town. Silent Hill.
Silent Hill 2 is arguably the best entry in Konami’s survival franchise but the opening of the original Silent Hill game is one that will stick with me for a very long time. It’s not a particularly well-done CGI opening either. Sure, the CGI looks great for a PS1 game but the opening is plagued with odd transitions and sees us jumping from random event to random event, with almost no sense of connection of all. And yet there’s something about Silent Hill’s opening that’s just so haunting and mesmerizing.
Akira Yamaoka’s wonderful work with the opening theme certainly helps to paint a melancholic and desolate image of the town and protagonist Harry Mason. The game’s opening may be a little jarring, but it certainly does a great job of instilling some fear into the player just before you step into the twisted world of Silent Hill. Having first played this game when I was just 7, this is an opening that I won’t soon forget.