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Watch the 8 best cinematic game intros of all time - like films but shorter and better

Dawn of War intro

Opening cinematics used to perform an important function in games: they showed us the vision. They invited us to form a beautifully-rendered mental image, based on the jumble of text and sprites we were actually about to play.

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Nowadays, PC games aren’t hideous – and we can appreciate cinematic intros merely as the pieces of short cinema they are. There’s no Oscars category to honour them just yet, so we’ve celebrated eight of the best here.

Since we’re never getting a mass-market 40K movie without confiscating everyone’s R-rated chainswords, Dawn of War’s intro is likely to stand as the finest Warhammer action sequence ever animated. There are lesser-known classics, too, and we’re more than happy to introduce you to them in today’s video.

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