Nov 20 2009

A Collection of 15 of the Best Video Game Cutscenes Ever

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As I played through the campaign mode of Modern Warfare 2 last week, I pondered that video game cutscenes aren’t really going to exist pretty soon. With in-game graphics catching up to cut-scene graphics, a lot of times there’s no real need to break from gameplay to show something truly epic, I thought to myself as I hauled ass across the National Mall dodging helicopters and fighter jets falling from the sky after an EMP pulse.

However, that certainly wasn’t always the case, which is why I’ve assembled this collection of the best video game cutscenes I could find. I haven’t played all these games, as a lot of these were suggestions (thanks Reddit!), but the ones in this list that stayed with me the most was almost anything found in Final Fantasy X, the amazing sing-a-long outro for Portal and the pure evil found in many of the Twisted Metal closing films.

See all those and more below, and if I’ve missed anything, shoot me a link and if I like it, I’ll add it to the list.

1. Red Alert 2 – Intro

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnd0qg4I_MM

2. Metal Gear Solid 4 - Raiden vs. Vamp

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhvKWMyGXGA

3. Final Fantasy X – Sudeki da ne

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhvKWMyGXGA

4. Descent: Freespace – Intro Movie

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ-xcgBL1mY

5. Warcraft III - The Death of Grom Hellscream

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2sTXXesYNM

6. The Darkness - Jenny’s End

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1KTnoi2Kxg

7. Half-Life 2: Episode 2 – Ending

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2va_Z9AS2k

8. Command and Conquer – Kane Disposes of Seth

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goQiwNZzoVA

9. Final Fantasy VII – Aeris’s Death

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qnyxd7Vq0Q&feature=fvw

10. Portal - Still Alive

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ljFaKRTrI

11. Suikoden III – Intro

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHtx0W2PCh0

12. Homeworld – Intro and Mothership Launch

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrW4jkQdmjI

13. Starcraft - Terran Campaign Ending

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LOYHdzbfns

14. Twisted Metal Black – Mr. Grimm

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kXOrNOhsOA

15. Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia – All Sorts of Awkwardness

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27fxNfBXsbU





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23 responses so far

  • Madison

    The Final Fantasy X cutscenes were just mind blowing. I can’t wait to see the Final Fantasy XIII ones.

  • illeaturfamily

    well i am glad you included something from ffvii on here. i’ll never forget the first time i saw cloud tearing shit up on a motorcycle in one of the early cut scenes of that game. it was really ahead of its time in my opinion.

  • Xaos Bob

    Another for the list: the intro sequence of FF8 (Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec).

    #15 from Melody of Elemia made me howl. That was so spectacularly awesome I think I must track that game down.

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  • http://darkmusicfactory.de Limitus

    bwahahaha… the last one is just weird XD

  • orlisnjangel

    some of the cutscenes for The Legend of Dragoon are amazing…I was a little surprised I didn’t see one of them but I guess not a lot of people have played it…

  • Avi

    Put a Legend of Dragoon one up. There was one after you are on a ghost ship about a battle that happened in the past. It ranks with any other FMV from a final fantasy or RPG i can think of.

  • worstlistever

    really this list sucked a big d. there are at least 15 cut scenes with better graphics and more with better plot

  • http://paul@unrealitymag.com Paul Tassi

    your suggestions are welcome buddy

  • sepirothpk

    @worstlist ever

    Cutscenes don’t need to be graphically great, otherwise only recent scenes can be considered good.

    For the Raiden vs. Vamp you have the ffx video again. Also, you miss spelt the title for the ffx video as it is “Suteki da ne” or in other words, isn’t it beautiful

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  • Snoowy

    O and this one from Smash Bros Brawl in the Subspace Emissary
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaAKKfZVSWw&feature=PlayList&p=A7BBC8B0F76CBC47&index=90

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  • Matty

    going to have to agree with Xaos Bob that the FF8 intro scene should be on here.

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  • TAZ

    god of war??? come on

  • DrMexicali

    Like Sepirothpk said, cutscenes don´t need to be graphically great, that´s why I think you should add one from Chronno Trigger from SNES, it was a real shock for when i played it the first time. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GueX3ZQA3Q

  • Bryan

    I still love the cutscene with the first zombie/mutant in the first Resident Evil. Way back then it shocked me pretty good. Wasn’t epic and the graphics were PS1, but yikes.

  • http://www.thedualdragons.com Dan Johansen

    Although you have some pretty good choices here… I guess you didn’t play Shadow Hearts Covenant.. the cutscenes in that game is above excellent, you should check it out.. check out the scene where they try to revive Alice, it will blow your mind.

  • http://www.videogamecinema.net Alex

    The Onimusha series had very beautiful intro cinematics.

  • Francis

    Umm…. Halo: Combat Evolved’s Introduction of the Flood?

  • Tyler

    Gears of War 2 Act 4 Chapter 2: Dom finds his wife then has to shoot her.

  • Frenzyhero

    Woah. This list really…

    really….

    BLEW.

    WTF no Persona 3′s first cutscene where he awakens his persona? That was better than more than HALF of those man. You haven’t played very many games have you?

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