It was the best of times, and the last Metroid is in captivity.... A thread of the best opening lines in games.
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?
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.
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.
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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...'
I love this opening. Sets the tone immediately, for the entire game.
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.
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)
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@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...
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.
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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.