It was the best of times, and the last Metroid is in captivity.... A thread of the best opening lines in games.

  • Kind of cheating:

    "You can do this."

    I've never formed such a rapid connection to a character as in Celeste.

  • Neat idea @Chocobop!

    I guess I'll include the lines from my favorite games that stick out to me for one reason or another (listed in no particular order)

    Listen to my story. This may be our last chance. - Final Fantasy X
    I like this line because of the preceding context, seeing an eclectic group of characters you have no idea of, if you're playing for the first time. Who are they? Last chance to do what? A great tone setter.

    They are rage, brutal, without mercy. But you. You will be worse. Rip and tear, until it's done. - DOOM (2016)
    Many have excellently pointed out how DOOM throws you right into the action (If you haven't seen the NoClip documentary, you're missing out!). But you get this little nugget the first time you load up the campaign and while story is light, the sentiment is true. In all of it's bloody glory.

    The Gods of Olympus have abandoned me. - God of War
    Say what you will about Kratos being as likable as a baby's used diaper, before many knew who, or rather what, he was, this is a compelling first line.

    Wake up Mr. Wayne. We have much to discuss.
    Strange? You won't get away with this
    - Batman: Arkham City
    A quick bit of backstory: I never have been into superheroes or comics, but the demo for Arkham Asylum got me into the Arkham series and the Nolan trilogy. When I started this game, I was IMMEDIATELY captivated and a great way to kick off ANY game, much less one of the best, if not THE best, superhero game of all time.

    This is how it happend. This, is how the Batman died. - Batman: Arkham Knight
    With what I just said about City, applies double for Knight. While not quite as good as City for me, this is the best opening of the trilogy.

    That's all I could come up with. But as I tried to think of solid quotes, I realized many of my favorite games, while having solid opening scenes/moments, don't have the instant punch opening lines like the ones I listed here.

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  • A hero's journey?

    A great quest?

    Certainly it shall be these things.

    But for you, young Jair Cuthegar,

    soldier of Windemere,

    could it not be so much more?

    --Shadowgate (2014).

    I absolutely love the cinematic sequences in Shadowgate 2014: writing, music, art, voice acting - everything. And right from the first line it is fantastic. Check out a video of this opening as well, but just by inflection and writing alone, I think this holds up as a 10/10 opening line.

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    @Brannox said in It was the best of times, and the last Metroid is in captivity.... A thread of the best opening lines in games.:

    Listen to my story. This may be our last chance. - Final Fantasy X

    That line... Man, that line always gave me goosebumps.

    Its hard to find a good opening line somewhere. Most awesome lines are a bit into games or summing up a game greatly.

    I mean I really like the line in Zone of the Enders 2, but thats towards the end "Use powers for the right things. At least for the things that you believe in".

  • In the Age of Ancients the world was unformed, shrouded by fog.

    A land of gray crags, Archtrees and Everlasting Dragons.

    --Dark Souls

  • There's a lot of good ones but this is the first one that came to mind.

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  • 'Oh, yes... Paleblood... Well, you've come to the right place. Yharnam is the home of blood ministration. You need only unravel its mystery. But, where's an outsider like yourself to begin? Easy, with a bit of Yharnam blood of your own... But first, you'll need a contract...'

    (From Bloodborne)

    I love this opening. Sets the tone immediately, for the entire game.

  • Die monster.

    You don't belong in this world!

    --Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

  • Once this city used to pulse with energy. Dirty and Dangerous, but alive and wonderful.

    Now it is something else.

    --Mirror's Edge

    I can't help but love Mirror's Edge. I'm a big fan of the game itself and all these vibes in the setting. This opening line and the continuation of the intro cinema is a nice encapsulation of that feeling.

  • The body is but a vessel for the soul.

    A puppet which bends to the soul's tyranny.

    And lo, the body is not eternal, for it must feed on the flesh of others,lest it return to the dust whence it came.

    Therefore must the soul deceive, despise, and murder men.

    -- A. J. Durai (Opening Screen from Vagrant Story)

  • @crepe Such a great game

  • @ff7cloud Yeah. it's my favorite J-RPG ever. I liked the lines where Ashley says, "I am the reinforcements." but it's barely an opening line.

  • Farewell to my life.

    Farewell to my home.

    This is my last chance for survival...

    This is my, last escape...

    --Resident Evil 3 (Jill's inner monologue after the introductory cinemas)

    Just simple white text on black background, but it works.

  • The year is 2050

    And the megaplexes are monsters casting long shadows.

    When you become a shadowrunner, that's where you live...

    --Shadowrun (SNES)

    On of my personal favorite SNES games, and it was my introduction to the Shadowrun series. No stumbling out of the gate here, they set the tone perfectly.

  • I'm a big fan of the opening monologue in NieR: Automata.

    "Everything that lives is designed to end. We are perpetually trapped in a never-ending spiral of life and death. Is this a curse? Or some kind of punishment? I often think about the god who blessed us with this cryptic puzzle...and wonder if we'll ever get the chance to kill him."

    It's such a great hook, and it stuck with me throughout the whole game. What ends up making it so good isn't that its well-written or sets the tone or anything like the other examples posted here, but rather how this quote develops over the course of your playthroughs. Several games begin with a quote that gains meaning or clarity later on (starting with "is this a dream???" and later on learning that it is indeed a dream is a common cliche), but none stick out in my mind as going through several meanings and developments, each interpretation just as valid and impactful as the previous.

  • @chocobop I totally forgot this one. I love the Shadowrun opener.