Arcaned Machine 9
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January 16th, 2011

Arcaned Machine 9

This strip reminds me that I really enjoyed the video game Eye of the Beholder 2’s intro. It starts off in a blue and gloomy medieval city with orange lit windows. Then it disappoints by not allowing me to roam the city but puts me in a dungeon crawl for 15 levels or so. It was kinda fun, the graphics were cool for the time and there was a nice twist near the end. Thank goodness games like Baldur’s Gate came around with complex story and characters.

Now I’m also thinking about how I really enjoyed the intro cartoon to Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. The giant headed characters in the lamp-lit snowy city was charming. I tried it out when I used to work at a video game store. Too bad that the rest of the game takes place in another world away from the Dickensian winter wonderland they create in the beginning.

Are there any video games that had a really inspiring intro for you?

8 Awesomes Comments!

  1. ColdFusion

    Twilight Princess’s intro really did it for me.. just that peaceful scene, all orange from the sunset.. and you probably don’t even recognize that spot when you get to it later, not til your second playthrough do you go ‘oh , THAT’s where they were’

  2. RavenBlack

    I liked the intro (may not have been at the very start) of Ultima 9 or possibly 10, whatever the buggy 3D one was. There was a dream-scene of everyone being vaporised to skeletons in a big magical explosion. I realise that’s an odd thing to find inspirational.

  3. Ricki

    The intro to Chrono Cross, hands down. You’re plopped right in the middle of the game, with awesome weapons and party members you don’t know but who know you, facing the hated boss, and in a cut scene your friend is killed, and you don’t really understand how or why… and then you wake up from the dream, and the game begins the way games always do…

  4. ColdFusion

    Ricki reminds me of something, Endless Ocean 2 had a pretty nice In-Media-Res one too, that quickly turned into a beautiful scene, then a snapback to how it all started.. and you don’t even realize til later what you got a peek of..

  5. Ribusprissin

    Mass Effect’s intro was cinematic, in a good way.
    Reccetear’s intro was a cinematic, in a bad way.

  6. PhilosopherZurg

    I really loved the story in “Cosmo’s Cosmic Adventure” if anyone remembers that!

    I was wondering, is the ‘Battle Cookie” a nod to Terry Pratchett’s dwarf battle bread?

  7. admin

    I have not played any of those games. I’m intrigued by Mass Effect because i liked Dragon Age so much. And After Windwaker I’d like to play more Zelda but I have no Nintendo systems. I had just borrowed one from work.

    Zug – Actually, I haven’t read about that. My initial sketches of Christi as pixie in battle armour had a chocolate chip shield cookie and candy cane spear

  8. The Occupant

    The intro for Grim Fandango. It sucks you into a strange, yet compelling, world, a world where the souls of the living must traverse a dangerous and potentially deadly (again!) Underworld, a world of Aztec mythos and film noire themes.
    Play it if you get a chance.