The Top 7... Rockin' intros

4. Silent Hill 3 (PlayStation 2, 2003)

Breaking rank even more than Ghost in the Shell did, Silent Hill 3 doesn't contain a trace of anime. If anything, SH3 has some of the most realistic character designs we've seen in the history of games: lead Heather looks like a girl you might actually, y'know, meet.

And, by that token, the dirty alt-rock of the opening theme, "You're Not Here," contrasts wildly with the pristine technical precision of the metal of Guilty Gear X2. And that's what makes it great - if Heather is a girl you might meet, this is music you might actually listen to outside of the game. Capturing the desperate tone of the game against a backdrop of its disturbing, realistic images - no list of rockin' intros is complete without it.


Top 7


  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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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