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BaD 2017.9: introductions are in order.

On 02/10/2017 at 11:38 PM by Julian Titus

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We recorded Nerds Without Pants last night. It is a great show, even though there are some technical difficulties, and I hope you’ll give it a listen when it drops next Wednesday. For the Stage Select topic, Angelo wanted us to select our top three video game intros. This was a difficult task, and I had been thinking about it for the entire two weeks before finalizing my picks. We all picked some awesome games, but of course we could have gone for hours on this one subject. So I thought it would be fun to talk about just a few of the games that almost made my list.

Saints Row IV

I’ve only included the scene where the Boss disarms the nuke to the tune of “Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith, but if you have time you should totally seek out the whole first two missions of the game, because the very beginning has a hilarious meta commentary on the difference between Saints Row and Grand Theft Auto, and seeing the Boss as the President is particularly funny considering how things are going right now. This is one of my favorite games of the past few years, and I wish I had time to play it a third time.


South Park: The Stick of Truth

The animation here is such a specific reference that I’m sure there are plenty of people who played this game and didn’t get the joke. Again, I included the shorter version of the intro, but you should also check out the first few minutes of gameplay, because the humor fires on all cylinders for this one. I played all the way through this game twice and got all the achievements, which I rarely do. Can’t wait for The Fractured But Whole. Too bad it’s been delayed to anywhere from April 2017 to March 2018. :/


Soul Reaver 2

The Legacy of Kain series is one of my favorites, in large part because of the writing and amazing vocal performances of the cast. I always wondered why these games had such a theatrical feel to them, but then I learned that the cast actually recorded their lines together and were able to play off of each other like performing a play. There is another version of this video on YouTube where you can see them reading their dialogue while the cinematics play in the corner, and it’s a real treat to see. Too bad this series is dead now.


Dead Space 2

This one was so close to being on my list for NWP. Not only does it simultaneously do a wonderful job of recapping the first game and establishing Isaac Clarke as a character (he was a silent protagonist in DS 1), but the opening minutes of this game are some of the most intense I have experienced.


Silent Hill 2

This is more of an attract video than the true intro to the game, but I’m a sucker for the music and the voice work. While the performances in Silent Hill 2 may seem a bit weak by today’s standards, they were top notch back in 2001. As a side note, I saw Akira Yamaoka perform this song at Video Games Live back in 2010, and it was an incredible experience. I got him to sign my copy of Silent Hill 3, which is my favorite game in the series. 



Cary Woodham

02/11/2017 at 12:09 AM

Let's see, some of my favorite game intros include:

Klonoa: Door to Phantomile (PSOne)

Pac-Man World (PSOne)

The Namco Museum CG openings (PSOne)

Namco X Capcom (Japan PS2)

Final Fantasy 6 (SNES)

Adventures of Lolo 2 (NES)

Matt Snee Staff Writer

02/11/2017 at 12:04 PM

definitely Final Fantasy 6... and 7.... and 9

I like how Arkham City begins...

MArio Galaxy starts out nice...

I like how Strider starts, it's quick but cool.  

Of course how can u fuck with Ocarina of Time?

Super Step Contributing Writer

02/11/2017 at 01:21 PM

I'm not liking SRIV as much as everyone else yet. I think my sense of humor may just be closer to satire (GTA) than parody. I do like the on-foot boosting and dug blasting aliens to "what is love"

Stick of truth is one rpg i really wanna play. Loved how the intro looks like LotR 70s cartoons 

Julian Titus Senior Editor

02/11/2017 at 01:39 PM

I think if you make it through the White House level and haven't laughed you should probably just put it down. Me, I had a big, stupid grin on my face through the entire game. Same thing with Saints Row The Third.

Super Step Contributing Writer

02/11/2017 at 03:19 PM

No I've chuckled, but ... Y'know maybe making my character look like Trump is hurting my enjoyment ...

Julian Titus Senior Editor

02/11/2017 at 05:19 PM

Oh, yeah. My character looked and sounded just like Jason Statham, which made every moment exactly 1250% more awesome.

Casey Curran Staff Writer

02/13/2017 at 12:36 AM

I'd honestly say SR4 is more of a satire than any GTA save Vice City and San Andreas. Satire is less about goofiness and more about the message. Blazing Saddles is one of the goofiest comedies out there for instance, but all of its humor is about race. SR4 is similar in tone, but its commentary was just on video games. Honestly it couldn't have worked better if they planned it since it started serious with 1 and by 4 it was off the wall goofy with a plot about breaking a sandbox to beat hte villain. It took modern video game trends and turned them on their head to say how stupid these ideas are in a serious game.

I'd honestly say GTA V's satire is weaker than SR IV's regardless of whether the humor works more for your taste. Its only real message was how Michael's rich family life was in many ways more fucked up than Franklin's gang and Trevor's white trash lives, but they abandon that halfway through. Other than that it just felt like a parody of LA without really having a message about it. GTA satire really just took a step back in general after Vice City and San Andreas. 

Super Step Contributing Writer

02/13/2017 at 12:45 AM

Completely disagree on GTA V, it has a lot of great satire of Americana.

I'm glad you enjoy SRIV, but we're just going to have to disagree here at least until I beat SRIV's story. 

I do like Blazing Saddles though, we are in agreement there. And yes, that movie is definitely satire. 

Casey Curran Staff Writer

02/14/2017 at 06:35 PM

Well, I'm not saying anything about the quality of the humor or which one is better. I'm saying what type it is and GTA V just abandons its satire when Michael's family leaves. There's no real message after that, its humor is just that these people are nuts. I get why SR4's humor doesn't work for everyone, but it's still a satire. Same way Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs have the exact same tone of humor, but the former has a message that's satire and the latter is just a parody.

Super Step Contributing Writer

02/14/2017 at 06:47 PM

I think there's still satire after his family leaves in both the main story and especially the side missions. I will admit it may be the side missions where the bulk of satire happens in GTA V, but it's there. I don't believe they're presenting the three characters in the game as anything but despicable, exaggerated personalities meant to comment on some of the dumber aspects of American government and culture (and subculture). 

I'll give you that there may be some satire in SRIV that goes over my head, since if it's satire about the game industry, I owned 0 systems when that game came out. But what I've played so far just seems like a parody of games themselves, not so much a commentary on the industry. Again, I fully admit there could be something they're satirizing I just don't realize because I wasn't gaming for a while.

Super Step Contributing Writer

02/11/2017 at 03:29 PM

Btw wasnt soul reaver 2 psx? Looks insanely good if so. 

I never played Dead Space 1 or 2, and really don't have much of an opinion on that opening. Id have to play it. Does look like the intensity ramps up quick though.

Tbh the Silent hill 2 vid and song makes it look like an early 00s CW (then WB) show like Charmed ... Not hating, i like the song but the presentation doesn't scream horror to me.

This was all meant to be in my first comment, but ... Phone.


Julian Titus Senior Editor

02/11/2017 at 05:23 PM

Soul Reaver 2 was PS2, but even then it looked amazing for its time. I remember the first in-engine cutscene and marvelling that they had rendered a character's tongue, which moved realistically as he talked.

The Dead Space 2 intro is extra effective if you played the Dead Space Ignition game that came out for PSN and XBLA, because the main character of that game is the one that gets turned into a necromorph right before your eyes.

To each their own. I love the vocal tracks from Silent Hill 2-4. Fun fact is that the default version of this video only has dialogue at the beginning and end. Once you beat the game the attract video changes to include all the dialogue. 


02/13/2017 at 05:32 PM

FFVI, FFVII, and FFVIII were memorable intros. Also Parasite Eve and Xenogears.

A Link to the Past and Super Metroid also had memorable intros, particularly the brief voice clip from Dan Owsen in the latter.


02/14/2017 at 01:56 AM

Great list of games! I want to play all of them. I want to go back to Saints Row IV and finish it on XBO. I started it on X360. Played Gat Out of Hell to completion though. Loved that. 

I was just looking at my PS2 games thinking to trade some of them and saw my Soul Reaver games. I'm not trading nothing. I just can't do it. 

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