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The Top 7... Rockin' intros

If there's one thing that can get you pumped to play a game, it's a rockin' intro. Even in this age of overblown cinematics and increasingly elaborate plots spiraling into gaming oblivion, there's something about a few guitar licks and a hint of action that get the gamer juices flowing. Ever since consoles started kicking out high quality music and graphics in the early 90s, we've been addicted to the art of the intro.

7. Ys: The Ark of Napishtim (PlayStation 2, 2005)

When this game hit the PlayStation 2 in 2005, very few gamers actually took notice. The series' heyday - if ever it had one in the US - was way back when the idea of a game being released on a CD was a stunningly new and innovative idea.

Still, all these years later, the series has reawakened, and in 2005, Konami saw fit to release the then-latest edition here. Convinced that Final Fantasy-loving gamers wouldn't cop to its hard-rockin' music and anime-style graphics, the original intro was covered up with a janky 3D version. Fortunately, simply entering a cheat code restores the game - unveiling an intro too damn rockin' for the USA.

 

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17 comments

  • Hexateuch - January 31, 2010 4 a.m.

    Great intros, but that duck guy from Suikoden III makes me want to punch someone in the face.
  • lordoftheLOL - January 30, 2010 4:59 a.m.

    I LOVE the Tales of the Abyss intro! gets to me everytime! anyway, I thought that you should have done Dragonball Z Budokai 3 too. www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4W-2KL4-eg&feature=related
  • wiitard07 - January 25, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    Hey could you guys do a best intros article? I've been thinking about you guys doing a top seven Badass game intros ever since I first played Bioshock and didn't press start soon enough. I also love the L4D2 intro it has a great rock sound track
  • gilgamesh310 - January 25, 2010 10:26 p.m.

    Where the hell is soul blade. It should definately be on the list. It had a brilliant soundtrack and great introduction to each character.
  • chiboribo - September 27, 2009 8:19 p.m.

    Great job guys. The only other intro I would've included is the Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume intro video.
  • TheKitchenSink - November 10, 2008 10:26 a.m.

    Needs moar Custom Robo. Its intro is both completely badass and has some pretty neat music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5rM5PyHXlI Also the Drakengard 2 intro. Kind of along a different vein than what the article is going for here, but it's certainly worth a watch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ejyf9cMYShY
  • handdestr - September 28, 2008 9:39 p.m.

    the sonic heroes was kinda cool. i think u at least shoulda put that in there
  • madadam - September 26, 2008 4:09 a.m.

    Command and Conquer: Red Alert had Hell March as the intro! HELL MARCH!!! I always used the C&C jukebox to play this song while tank rushing! It was the best.
  • sumi66 - September 20, 2008 7:09 p.m.

    ZOMGWTFBBQ AND MOAR LETTERS!!! That Tales of The Abyss intro was freaking EXTRA-MUSICIZICAL-RIFFIC! Man I need that game with a damn passion now. I am kind of dissapointed the Eternal Eyes intro was missing. But, i guess it doesn't quailify as "rockn'". Too bad.
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - September 17, 2008 12:56 a.m.

    Key word here is "Rockin'," guys. In the musical sense. Not necessarily the awesome sense. Yes, the Silent Hill and Onimusha 3 intros were badass, but were they set to bitchin' hair-metal riffs and wailing guitars? No, they were not. Therefore they failed to rock in the manner defined by this article.
  • Telekinesis - September 24, 2008 6:39 a.m.

    How about Karate Champ on the NES, that seriously kicked ass.
  • FancyRat - September 13, 2008 8:06 p.m.

    The music from the first one makes me want to kill the shit out of Dracula. And some Medusa Heads. Those mother fuckers.
  • Yo2252 - September 12, 2008 10:23 p.m.

    the Kingdom Hearts intros were pretty boss to. # 2 in particular.
  • Ravenbom - September 12, 2008 7:39 a.m.

    Maybe should have traded out the Silent Hill intro for Wild ARMs intro or FF8 intro and called it Top 7 Japanese Intros or Top 7 Anime Intros. Damn it! Now I'm all pumped up from all those rawking intros! Now I'm going to be up all night and tuckered out all day tomorrow.
  • PastItAll - September 12, 2008 3:21 a.m.

    No Onimusha 3 Intro? It should have been #1 by far. It is the best non MGS video to date. The ending video to Onimusha 1 was amazing too, but thats a different list.
  • drprofessor - September 12, 2008 2:16 a.m.

    I love the Silent Hill intro for life. It's always been a fav (hell they all pretty much rule.) But what about the Sonic CD intro? That was pretty boss. Other than that great list.
  • Xplosive59 - January 29, 2009 5:52 p.m.

    you needed the intro from Marvel vs capcom 1 theme in there that was an awcesome theme well at least of what i remember of it

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