These titles pulled us in within minutes with their openings.
What makes a compelling intro? Is it shoving the player immediately into the action? Gradually introducing them to the world and letting events unfurl? Whatever the best approach may be, there have been several games that immediately capture us from the get-go. Let’s take a look at 15 of the best intros in video games here.
Mass Effect 3
Picking up after the fallout of Mass Effect 2’s Arrival DLC, Mass Effect 3 sees Commander Shepard summoned by the Alliance. Not long after, Vancouver – and the Earth as a whole – is overwhelmed by Reaper forces. Things quickly devolve into a fight for survival as Anderson reinstates Shepard to fight back. So many key moments dictated this intro, from the effortless destruction of a cruiser to Shepard’s encounter with a boy who then seemingly perishes during an evacuation. The pain of leaving Earth behind, coupled with the outstanding music score, sets the player up for an emotional journey.