Cinematics in a video game can either be a hit or a miss; sometimes they’re too long or not well done while at other times we wish there was even more to see.
With that in mind, here are five games that do an awesome job of looking great, making us care, keeping us engaged, and definitely do not disappoint!
The Uncharted games are known for their crazy long scripts that produce bad-ass action scenes, iconic characters and an endearing romance. Whether it’s the hilarious commentary between Nate and Sully, the flirty banter between Nate and Elena or the hilarious trouble that he always manages to get himself into, all cutscenes are a welcome and rewarding break after scaling an insanely tall castle or escaping a band of pissed-off pirates.
Each instalment in the series manages to outdo the last, both in action and cinematic quality, taking us to new and colourful cities every time. Then Uncharted 4 was released in 2016 and blew us all away. Taking all of the things that we know and love about Uncharted games, Naughty Dog also managed to bring in a ton of new game play elements (driving, stealth, grapple hook). The quality of the cinematics, overall graphics and amazing performances from the voice actors really made it feel like a movie we can be apart of.
Final Fantasy XV
For years Square Enix has given us some seriously amazing masterpieces. For example, they’re practically in the business of giving us iconic characters – like Zach, Tifa and Cloud in Final Fantasy 7. Then in Final Fantasy 10 we got a beautiful and tragic love story with a wide and diverse world to travel.
In a nutshell, the characters and their stories are almost always the biggest selling point in a Final Fantasy game, most of which we see through hours of cinematics. However in the newest edition, Final Fantasy 15, the allure of the beautiful environments and unique wildlife, make it impossible not to spend hours getting lost in the world of Eos while still getting character development and storytelling.
In fact, one second you say you’ll only camp for the night while you finish a random side quest in the new town you’ve discovered. But before you know it, you’ve clocked twenty somewhat hours and you’re barely a quarter through the actual story. The typical storytelling and movie-like trademark of Final Fantasy games was completely blown out of the water when they came out with FF 15, making the gameplay and exploring just as stunning, addicting and vital as the main story itself.
This is probably the only game on the list we wish didn’t look so realistic. Following the story of 8 teens who return to the same family lodge where two of the group mysteriously disappeared a year before, its suppose to be a weekend of closure and hopefully maybe even a little fun. Except, that’s not in the cards when increasingly freaky things start to happen and it appears like there’s a murderer on the loose.
As you play all 6 characters, who are suddenly thrown in a fight for survival, making it alive until dawn gets increasingly more difficult as the night goes on. With little difference in appearance between game play and a cinematic, you really feel like you’re right there with the character who’s about to face their bloody and horrible death. In short, this games startlingly real graphics only adds to the horror, tragedy and mystery of the game.
Telltale’s The Walking Dead
Despite having a different style of cinematics then the rest of the games mentioned, Telltale’s games have become a distinct style that sets The Walking Dead games apart from other zombie Apocalypse games out there.
They aren’t so much about the action as they are all about the characters growing and changing within the world they live in. Telltale’s more comic-book like effect doesn’t deter from the action though. Saving characters and making tough choices for them is just as intense and stressful as any other game would be but with a fresh and more unique look. The games do a great job of immersing us into the world, making us care (and cry) for all of the characters and falling even more in love with the Walking Dead universe.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
This historical fiction series might have a mix of games that get lost in the pack and others that are undeniably fan favourites, but they all have something major in common; A stunning, life-like environment. Not to mention being both creative and historically accurate – which isn’t easily done considering how many different eras and time periods the series covers!
The latest addition to the series, Syndicate, takes us through the streets of London where we play as twin assassins Jacob and Evie. Thrown into the industrial revolution, the twins plot to take back the London streets from the control of the Templars. The cinematics in this addition look amazing, like most Assassin’s Creed instalments do, as you’re enjoying a cut scene, jumping from train carts on the hunt, climbing a tower for the view or simply walking through the streets.
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