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HL2 Ranked #4 On Game Informer’s Greatest Video Game Openings of All Time

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All Half-Life games have had some fairly memorable introductions. Half-Life 1’s intro was astounding even years after the game’s release, Opposing Force’s intro was action-packed and exciting, and while Blue Shift’s intro was nothing more than a redo of HL1’s opening, it was still cool to see new areas of Black Mesa.

Episode One’s intro was also memorable. Starting you off in a pile of rubble at the feet of the devastated Citadel, after watching a psychedelic vision sent to Gordon by the Vortigaunts. And who didn’t enjoy Episode Two’s intro? Starting you off in a broken train that’s about to crash to the ground?

But it’s Half-Life 2’s intro that is arguably, the greatest one of the bunch. The player is thrown 20 years into the future, in a dystopian Eastern European city dominated by an oppressive alien force. You literally have no idea what is going on.. well, unless you watched all the trailers and the screenshots and read the juicy info.

HL2 Ranked #4 On Game Informer’s Greatest Video Game Openings of All Time

And so, it isn’t very surprising that HL2 is featured on such a list.

It’s great and all, but we were hoping that it would be a little higher on that list.

BioShock gets #1, which is strange, since BioShock’s intro was directly based on HL1’s intro. Tram ride, anyone?

Some Final Fantasy game is on #2, and Prey gets #3.  Now, I love Prey, but its intro wasn’t all that special.

HL2 gets #4, as previously mentioned, and no other Valve games appear on the list.

It’s a shame, but hell, any prize of this caliber is something we should be happy about.

Would you have preferred if a different Half-Life game’s intro appeared on there? Tell us what you would have liked to see.


  1. They didn’t include Assassin’s Creed opening?
    What the hell?!

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