6. Half-Life 2 (PC, 2004; 360,/PS3, 2007)

Do you remember the first time you ever saw the bright lights of NYC? Or when you first encountered the rolling Hollywood hills of LA? Or the bustling visual seizure of Tokyo? Well, your introduction to City 17 is the complete opposite of any of those experiences. And that’s what makes this intro so remarkable. Oppressive bleakness dominates the first few minutes of the game, and it’s perfect.

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