Axe of the Blood God: Mako Reactor Attacks, Evading Dragons, and Other Amazing RPG Intros

Axe of the Blood God: Mako Reactor Attacks, Evading Dragons, and Other Amazing RPG Intros

We explore the opening moments of some of our favorite RPGs.

In honor of Final Fantasy 7 Remake's impending release, this week's episode of Axe of the Blood God is all about exploring the best openings in RPG history [download link here]!

Final Fantasy 7 boasts one of the best openings in gaming history—a memorable title sequence followed a thrilling attack on a Shinra reactor. It has everything you want in a good intro: it quickly introduces the premises, seamlessly walks you through the systems, and establishes the stakes. Even 20 years later, the attack on the Mako Reactor is enough to make you go, "Ok, I'm in."

So what other RPGs have amazing intros? Nadia and I go through a bunch of them, including Skyrim, Mass Effect 2, Breath of Fire 3, and more. We talk about what works in an intro, what doesn't work, and more.

Want to contribute to the conversation? Leave a comment below! We'll read our favorites on the following week's episode.

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Show Description

Which RPGs have the best intros? Kat and Nadia talk through the introductory sequences in some of the best RPGs ever made, and why they work and don't work. Why does Final Fantasy 7's opening hit so hard? What about Mass Effect 2? The pair explain what a really good intro can do for a story, and all the ways that a bad one can sap an otherwise good RPG's momentum.

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Kat Bailey

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Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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