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« on: July 27, 2015, 08:34:58 AM »

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I have many, but I suppose my most recent favorite is this one.

(And this)


Pretty catchy huh?

Whats yours?


(Note: I really shouldve said song opening for a video game but either is fine  because there are some pretty interesting regular openings too.)
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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2015, 09:19:11 AM »

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Sorry Snake Eater.

The opening to Sonic Adventure is probably a lot more difficult to appreciate these days, but as someone who grew up playing a Nintendo 64, I was absolutely blown away by this when I saw it on my friend's Dreamcast. Back in their day, these were top notch graphics and I'd never seen anything like it in a video game. Even if that's not easy to appreciate anymore, the entire cinematic is still perfectly timed to the sound effects and music. It has an upbeat, energetic intro that leads into the game's main theme. It shows off everything the plot is about, all of the characters, the tone -- but it does so without the need for an opening narration. I'll admit that I'm biased due to nostalgia here, but at the same time, I haven't played many games in the past... eh, close to ten years now that really tried with an actual opening cinematic to begin with.

Not a lot of other video games have opening cinematics that particularly stick out in my mind. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater's opening was top notch too, and probably one of the most beautiful openings I've seen to a video game. It reminds me a lot of the opening to James Bond films, which I'm sure was the intention. However, it's just a bit too trippy for my tastes, especially considering this was the point in the franchise where Metal Gear Solid started going sober and getting rid of the trippy elements and its sense of self-awareness.

I'm also going to give props to the openings for Eternal Darkness and Shadow of the Colossus. Eternal Darkness is something of a result of personal bias. The game on the whole is an ill-appreciated gem that takes loads of inspiration from the writings of Poe and Lovecraft -- especially Lovecraft -- and the opening cinematic highlights them with trippy, unsettling visuals that are very fitting for the game. Shadow of the Colossus is just a gorgeous game and the opening cinematic fills players in on some measure of the story's background while also showing off its visuals, scope, and the emptiness of the setting.

If we're just talking about title themes, Snake Eater is my favorite by far. I still feel like this is something that the Sonic franchise consistently delivers on, no matter how much the actual game sucks, though, and I want to mention His World, the opening to the dreaded Sonic '06.


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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2015, 09:31:19 AM »

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WOW. That was a pretty good opening , I have never played it tough . @cxaz

Here is another one that has a special place in my heart.

The overture overall is great for tis series and it gives a warm feeling ^^
But I feel this is one of my favorite openings for this series, it also feels me wit happy feeling lol. ;D
I would definitley recommend this game to anyon who hasnt played it. And yes the art style does look familiar for a reason . ;)

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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2015, 09:32:28 AM »

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I'm a Halo fanboy, I already know.  Still is an awesome cutscene.

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@Kiyza You beat me to it! (Mostly) Sonic Adventure was one on my list I was going to showcase but not without mention my favorite Sonic game . Sonic Adventure 2: Battle

 The ultimate Good vs. Evil right here. Our favorite hedgehog against VegetaShadow, the prince of all saiyans The Ultimate life form.
With my song Live and Learn in the backround.


@vating I never have been much into Halo so I got to say it was a neat opening to the game, like a sci- movie that leaves me wondering what would happen next.
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@Kiyza You beat me to it! (Mostly) Sonic Adventure was one on my list I was going to showcase but not without mention my favorite Sonic game . Sonic Adventure 2: Battle

 The ultimate Good vs. Evil right here. Our favorite hedgehog against VegetaShadow, the prince of all saiyans The Ultimate life form.
With my song Live and Learn in the backround.

I thought that Sonic Adventure 2 had a shitty opening in comparison to the first one. Look at how stiff the animation is by comparison, how unpolished the character models are. It's more cartoonish and doesn't have that realistic style that the first game's opening used to make itself look good. One of the things I liked the most about the art style in the Adventure titles is that they managed to have a "realistic" setting juxtaposed with heavily stylized cartoon animals. And Eggman. I think "Live and Learn" is a better song, but the cinematic is shit by comparison.

And you know what? I almost forgot. The opening to Sonic CD is another one of my favorite video game cutscenes, but I didn't think of it immediately because it's classical animation instead of machinima like most video game openings. Still, the animation quality is absolutely stunning. I like that it has both a Japanese and American flair to the animation. The stiff, jerky animation style to signify speed is something more common in anime, but the overall atmosphere and the cartoonish looks of the characters are reminiscent of Disney cartoons with anthropomorphic animals.


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I never have been much into Halo so I got to say it was a neat opening to the game, like a sci- movie that leaves me wondering what would happen next.
I grew up with it and the cutscene was made by the same guys who did the Halo 2 Anniversary opening, but hey you did put out the only sonic opening I know.  Only because my friend was a massive Sonic friend.



And just for fun, the Halo 2 one.

Right after it, you get the tutorial, and then it goes on with this.

In Halo, they don't really have game openings, they go to the main menu, then when you start the game, they give you cutscenes...  And I love Blur studios (did all of the openings I've posted thus far) :D

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Somebody mentioned Peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeersona.... I can seeeeeeeeeeeeeense iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit...

Probably one of these two.



Also, in regards to the Sonic Adventure 2 opening, that was actually only in the GCN version (and probably with the DLC to the HD collection).
The Dreamcast version had a very short simple one:



"I am the bone of my sword
 Steel is my body and fire is my blood
 I have created over a thousand blades
 Unknown to Death, Nor known to Life
 Have withstood pain to create many weapons
 Yet, those hands will never hold anything
 So as I pray, Unlimited Blade Works."

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I do like the simplicity or that SOnic one.

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Sonic Adventure 2: Graphics didnt really bother me, it just looked cool and its my favorite sonic game so you may get some bias from me here xD.  THOUGH I wish they went more into Knuckles' Race like they did in Adventure,Sonic Chronicles did a little bit but eh....


Now how could I forget .

My favorite Kingdom Hearts game of all time for obvious reasons. Great emotional opening that got me pumped and ready to play the game. Such a sad and deep story this was.Utada Hikari has some great vocals, even the japanese version sounds great.

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« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2015, 12:06:20 PM »

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Sonic Adventure 2: Graphics didnt really bother me, it just looked cool and its my favorite sonic game so you may get some bias from me here xD.  THOUGH I wish they went more into Knuckles' Race like they did in Adventure,Sonic Chronicles did a little bit but eh....

I think Kiyza was referring to the opening in particular, not the game's graphics themselves.
Sonic Adventure used that amazing pre-rendered FMV for the opening, while SA2:B used the in-game engine.
There's not a lot of build up in the SA2:B opening, either. It's still an alright intro, but admittedly, compared to most of the post 1999 openings, it is a little anemic.


"I am the bone of my sword
 Steel is my body and fire is my blood
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If I had to pick one right now, Sonic Adventure's opening would be the best one. Maybe if I think about it a bit more I can come up with something else but I really loved this opening's song, animation quality (considering the year it was originally made) and the whole concept was amazing. The random people on the streets could've been worked better for the animation but other than that, it's pretty neat.



This is from the remade DX Director's Cut version but I'm pretty sure the opening stayed the same as in the original Dreamcast version, except for the title.

Edit: I just read that Kiyza posted it too but it's still my favorite. She also explained even better the reason I like it this much.
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Roxas and Kiyza posted some of my favorites, and Sonic Adventure is my favorite game.

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Sonic Adventure 2: Graphics didnt really bother me, it just looked cool and its my favorite sonic game so you may get some bias from me here xD.  THOUGH I wish they went more into Knuckles' Race like they did in Adventure,Sonic Chronicles did a little bit but eh....


Now how could I forget .

My favorite Kingdom Hearts game of all time for obvious reasons. Great emotional opening that got me pumped and ready to play the game. Such a sad and deep story this was.Utada Hikari has some great vocals, even the japanese version sounds great.

I didn't see this one before because I've never played Kingdom Hearts but I decided to watch it and it was really good. Now I feel the need to play all KH games.
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Tales of games:
Spoiler for Tales of Vesperia:

Spoiler for Tales of Xillia:

Spoiler for Tales of Symphonia:

Spoiler for Tales of Symphonia Dawn of the new world:

Spoiler for Tales of the world:Radiant Mythology 2:

Spoiler for Tales of the world: Radiant Mythology 3:

Phantasy star:
Spoiler for Phantasy star Universe:

Spoiler for Phantasy star universe:Ambition of the Illuminus Opening:


DS games:
Spoiler for Time Hollow:

Spoiler for The World ends with you (TWEWY):

Megaman:
Spoiler for Megaman X6:

Sonic:
Spoiler for Sonic Heroes:

Spoiler for Shadow the Hedgehog:

And as previously mentioned in this thread,

-Sonic adventure DX
-Sonic adventure 2 Battle
-Kingdom hearts 1 and 2
-Persona 3 FES

Thats all I can think of that comes to mind, unless I remember something else.

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Tales of games:
Spoiler for Tales of Vesperia:

Spoiler for Tales of Xillia:

Spoiler for Tales of Symphonia:

Spoiler for Tales of Symphonia Dawn of the new world:

Spoiler for Tales of the world:Radiant Mythology 2:

Amen brother. Though, I have to say you forgot:

Spoiler for Tales of the Abyss:

Most 'Tales of' games have awesome openings. My favourites are Abyss and Xillia.

As for other games:

Spoiler for Kingdom Hearts 2:

All aboard the feels train. I remember watching this opening after I played Re:Chain of Memories, 358/2 Days, and KH1. The feels from this opening sent chills down my spine.

More specifically, at 4:00...I kinda cried a little.

Spoiler for Persona 4:


Although I like P3 more than P4, I feel that P4 had a better opening.

Spoiler for Dragonball Raging Blast 2:


Although some may disagree, I feel like this opening was the best DB game opening for myself.The animation was pretty awesome and the song itself was decent!
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All of these mentions of the Tales games and not one person mentions Tales of Phantasia? It doesn't have one of my favorite openings -- most of it is just in-game footage -- but I feel like it deserves a mention for a different reason. It has a song with full vocals. On a SNES cartridge. Granted, the song's quality suffers, but still, the fact that they managed to do that and make such a big game with a lot of technical details I've never even seen in other games of the era, especially in terms of the graphics.


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With all this other stuff I have a bit less to name!



This one had geat memories, it also has a very familar art styl. ;)

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All of these mentions of the Tales games and not one person mentions Tales of Phantasia? It doesn't have one of my favorite openings -- most of it is just in-game footage -- but I feel like it deserves a mention for a different reason. It has a song with full vocals. On a SNES cartridge. Granted, the song's quality suffers, but still, the fact that they managed to do that and make such a big game with a lot of technical details I've never even seen in other games of the era, especially in terms of the graphics.

Alas, I never got to play Tales of Phantasia. The oldest 'Tales' game I played and 100% completed was Tales of Destiny. Though I respect your mention as all of us 'Tales' fan should give a polite nod to Phantasia, the game that started it all.

Continuing with the topic and Tales games for that matter, I also want to give Tales of Legendia a mention. I felt this game as a whole had wonderful music - even if the plot and gameplay itself wasn't the best. I played this game mainly to listen to the music.

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I have great memories from this game, it's one of the best legend of Zelda games I have ever played.



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And might as well throw this in as well.
 
This is a really cool opening giving the impression of a TV or Movie Introduction. The whole game realy has a nice soundtrack and is worth a listen. Multiplayer on this game was OP.

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Now dont get me wrong MM is a great game ... but that scene isnt too impressive, nor would I really count it as an opening. More like the begining of the game. (Its like 12 min long man lol)
Not to mention it doesnt compare to the fairy scene in OOT. NOW this is just my opinion and I could be a huge Minority here.


Now I guess this isnt really an opening either. But its nice either way. Now to get back on topic.


As well all know the Legend of Zelda has pretty much always had some good music but this is lovely, it really puts you in the mood. You have Epona taking a nice ride through the the fields of Hyrule with peaceful music like this that gives a feeling of mystery and wonder. Maybe I feel a little bit too strongly about this hehe....... :-[

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