Sunday, January 31, 2016

Introductions Are In Order

Alex: Intro songs, or even better OSTs (hint hint), have a special place in many people’s hearts. I mean really, who doesn’t know the start up song of Zelda, or that jaunty little tune of Mario from the old game boy? It’s either a trip down memory lane, or it pumps you up to play. So Ina and I thought of another collab post about our favourite intro songs! I’ll start it, and in no particular order, here we go.

Pokemon Series

When you say intro song, you need to include Pokemon, especially if you grew up in the game boy color era. I’ve always loved the intro song of this game and yes, I’m counting it as one big thing because one way or another, the intro song is just the pretty much the same only evolved.

Horrible, horrible pun.

Beyond this being the song of my childhood, it’s just one of those tunes that you can never forget even if you haven’t played it in a while. Kind of like riding a bike. It’s that tune you can’t really get tired of.

Dun, dun dun, dun dun dun duunnnn...

Dragon Age Origins

I will never be able to shut up about Dragon Age, just to put it out there. Never.

What I love about the Dragon Age Origins intro song is how sombre it is. It’s in elvish, so you honestly have absolutely no idea what the song even means, until Leliana sings it to the group after meeting with the Dalish clan.

It’s not as catchy as the other songs on the list, but man the song gets you in the heart every time.

TL;DR this song gives me feels when it starts up every time.

Elderscrolls V: Skyrim

For the longest time, I’ve wanted this song on my phone so it can be my new ring tone. Sadly, I always forget because I don’t think tackling my work like I’m about to fight a dragon and absorb it’s soul is a good idea.

Or maybe it is. Hmmm.

Anyway, what I love about this menu screen song is that it gets you pumped to play. Whether you're new to the Elder Scrolls series or an old timer who has played since Morrowind. It's an amazing orchestra of singers who sound like they're prepping you to fight your very first dragon.



In the scope of beautiful intro songs, Transistor is at the very top. It’s the penthouse of intro songs. There are times where I just can't find the words to properly explain how much I love Transistor and it's entire soundtrack, especially the intro song.

Ensemble Stars

I’m not even going to try to lie about this.

This is literally the best intro song I’ve heard in the longest time. It’s catchy, it’s Jpop, and the boys have the prettiest transformation scenes. As I’ve mentioned in my past entry, I’m deep into Idol Hell and I have no issue with it whatsoever.

Just bury me in my trash.


Ina: Alex's Idol Hell Garbage Dump aside, I've always loved game intros. They really set the mood for what to expect, sometimes even misleading you and throwing you off the plot's scent entirely. Some of the entries on my list are here purely for nostalgia's sake, and it's almost inevitable that I begin with...

Kingdom Hearts

I'm Kingdom Hearts trash, c'mon, and there's no denying that the intros from the KH franchise have always been so exciting and promising. The very first intro has a special place in my heart, simply because it was the one that started it all. I even associate my PS2 beginnings with this intro as KH was my first ever PS2 game. (In fact, I was so smitten with its premise that I bought a copy without even owning a PS2 at the time, as some of you might already know.)

The very first KH intro set the stage for the other openings that followed in the franchise, and this intro in particular gave us the very first taste of what would become the Kingdom Hearts anthem.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

What'd I say about me being Kingdom Hearts trash? I'm including this in the list not so much for its song, but for its value within the KH franchise.

Whereas the first KH got the ball rolling for the future entries in the franchise, the intro to KH 3D was a nice recap to the story so far. Here, we got to see a nice summary of events that had taken place from the first KH game, to Chain of Memories, to the final boss of KH2. It even throws in some of 358/2 Days and Birth By Sleep to the mix as well.

Coupled with a dramatic orchestra rendition of the aforementioned KH anthem and you've got yourself a smoothie of Kingdom Hearts feels. Someone pass me the tissues.

Final Fantasy X-2

As a young pre-teen who never got to finish -- or get far into the game, for that matter -- Final Fantasy X, the intro of Final Fantasy X-2 left me very, very confused when I first encountered it. Why was Yuna, whom I had remembered as very soft-spoken and demure, singing at a concert in less-than-wholesome clothing? Just what the hell was going on?

It made sense once I pushed past the funky intro, but the song itself was admittedly catchy, and watching the entire cutscene was always very entertaining. After all, it's not everyday that I get to attend a concert featuring a High Summoner belting out to a song about... erm, Real Emotion, basically.

Persona 4

I've always thought the Persona series had one helluva soundtrack. When I was first introduced to it via Persona 3, I was not only blown away by the catchy tunes, but the art direction and animation as well. A personal favorite of mine is Persona 4's intro; I've always LOVED Pursuing My True Self, much more than P3's Burn My Dread (otherwise known in the fandom as 'Burn My Bread').

With bursts of color and a tinge of dark elements, even the visuals of this intro are spectacular -- though considering this IS coming from a Persona game, a visually appealing intro shouldn't be all that surprising.

I also like how the song lends itself to P4's main theme as well -- that is, pursuing one's true self and no longer hiding yourself behind a mask or a reputation. The song's meaning just adds impact to P4's intro and welcomes its audience to the world of Persona 4 and what it has to offer.

Katamari Damacy

I really don't need to explain this.

I really, really don't.

I wouldn't be able to even if I wanted to. Singing ducks, dancing panda bears, and a flying king in tights -- all with a trippy blend of colors -- accompanied by nonsensical but totally Last Song Syndrome-worthy music, and you've got a video game intro only something like Katamari Damacy could pull off. It even perfectly introduces the game to newcomers by basically making zero sense whatsoever, making it one of the best video game intros to ever exist.

Please play the Katamari Damacy theme song at my funeral, thnx.

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