You’re seated on a helicopter with your squad mates overlooking the battlefield from a helicopter. Or, maybe you’re discussing life sentences with other prisoners in a horse-drawn cart. Heck, you might even be rowing a boat up to a mysterious lighthouse in the dark of night. Considering the number of games that start with you riding in some sort of vehicle, it’s likely all of us have bought a ticket to ride on just about any mode of transportation. Typically, this is followed with some sort of set piece that involves explosions, deaths, or all hell breaking loose. You can rest assured, though, that you’ll soon be given your official quest and sent on your merry way.
Who did it right: Battlefield 4’s opening didn’t necessarily stand as a beacon of innovation, but being trapped in a car underwater had a nice claustrophobic feel to it that actually lent some weight to the situation. Plus, it stands as the best ever use of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” in a video game.