While we don’t claim to be movie critics or cinematographic experts, we do know a thing or two about video games. Or, well, cutscenes at least. So, we’ve compiled a list containing what we think are gaming’s best cinematics for your viewing pleasure. Be it for dramatic intensity, pure badassery, or perfect composition, we tried to find the best – enjoy.
Beware, major spoilers ahead for some titles. You have been warned.
Now, some of these will have some minor overlap with our Best Game Trailers piece. However, we made sure to only use cinematics/segments from the games. Coincidentally, some cinematics make mighty compelling trailers and were used in marketing.
- Fallout 3
- Metal Gear Solid 4
- Mass Effect 3
- The Last of Us
- BioShock Infinite
- Warcraft 3
- DOOM Eternal
- Death Stranding
- God of War
- Ghost of Tsushima
- Halo 2
- Red Dead Redemption 2
“War, War Never Changes” – a classic narration by Ron Perlman
Alternatively, MGSIV‘s Intro claims the contrary; “War Has Changed”
An incredible score accompanied by a fantastic sense of scale and purpose for an effective emotional delivery
Right in the feels. The outstanding delivery drives these performances as some of the best in gaming history.
Like an M. Night Shyamalan movie…that works
This was one of the most intensely dramatic moments of gaming in 2003…or maybe ever. All hail, King Arthas.
Now, this one was directly used as a trailer. It’s just so damn good.
Now, Death Stranding contains some of the best motion-capture ever, but this is just badass.
“Feel smol, puny human”
One word: Feels. Regardless of your ending choice, It’s incredibly moving and emotional.
Only one of the most quoted phrases in gaming
Nothing beats the first time experiencing this. You know
Well, that’s it for our mini-catalogue of some of the best game cinematics/cinematic moments ever made. If you enjoyed our choices (or we missed any of yours), let us know in the comments. And remember, stay classy ABG.
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