This is a list of the best cutscenes in the history of video games. Great cutscenes don't just interrupt the gameplay. They deliver truly cinematic storytelling, helping create immersive and complex narratives unique to gaming. These scenes don't just move the plot along; they can take throwaway characters and turn them into the target of a thousand cosplayers.
There's always a plenty of dissent amongst gamers about the real purpose of a cutscene. Naysayers will argue that bad video game cutscenes just make the player jam buttons until they skip them and get back to the gameplay. Ideally, a video game intro video should introduce the player to the world of the game and cutscenes should even out the pacing of a game, strengthening the player's connection to the narrative, as well as their enjoyment of the gameplay. A rad final cinematic is always nice too.
In the future, video game developers may make cutscenes so good that they won't even have to be skippable, because no one would ever want to skip them. But they'd still be skippable because everyone hates unskippable cutscenes.Until then, we have this list of the finest cutscenes in video game history, from Pac-Man's main squeeze to Mass Effect mega-controversy. Vote up your favorites, the ones that truly elevated their games and proved what cutscenes can really do.
- 17132Halo 2 was a marked improvement upon its predecessor, one that gave a bit more heft to its story. This results in blockbuster moments such as this one, which could be the climax of a huge action movie: Master Chief requests permission to leave the ship. Why? Well, he wants to give the Covenant their bomb back.
- 24916And then there's God of War III. While many great cutscenes are intricate and affecting, this cutscene is not. Not at all. Instead, it aims for awesome and explodes the target. Who needs complexity when you've got Kratos literally ripping the head off of ex-God Helios?
- 33816Upping the ante on graphics/gameplay and ditching the live-action shtick of its predecessor, Resident Evil 2 brought a lot more depth to this series. Even if the characters are sometimes on the nose, they're compelling enough to wring some real emotion out of gamers.Just one example is the death of Ada Wong, the shadowy operative who had a tense relationship with Leon Kennedy.
- 44426Before Sony started putting numbers on Playstations, back when the Squares were Soft and not Enix, Final Fantasy wowed the world with its three-disc seventh entry. That opening cinematic starts with Aerith before pulling out to reveal the city of Midgar before pulling back in on a train, causing fits of, "OH WOW IS THIS THE GAME? AM I PLAYING A MOVIE?!" among players everywhere. The graphics may have aged, but this intro still holds a special place in the heart of every RPG gamer.