Top 5 Opening Montage Videos In Racing Games
We've all been there - putting a disc into a console, waiting for a game to load, and being greeted with a musical montage of gameplay. This usually acts as the first impression to gamers of their brand new pastime. Evolutions in technology have played a huge part in video games in the past couple of decades, the opening montages have gotten better and fancier. With that in mind, here are my choices for the Top 5 opening montage videos in racing games.
5) GRAN TURISMO 6 (2013)
The first entry on this list is from the excellent Gran Turismo 6 - set to the tune of Daiki Kasho's "All My Life". This opening video showcases the vast array of cars available in the game, and the camera movement in some of the shots is incredible. The ending sequence zooming in on the moon and leaving us with a tracking shot of a Lunar explorer vehicle is brilliant.
4) ASSETTO CORSA (2016 VERSION)
Originally acting as the launch trailer for the popular racing simulation game, Assetto Corsa adopted this montage as their opening video in 2016. The cinematic visuals used in this (rather short) video look amazing, whilst the music - "Ashes" by Ignite Violet - fits in perfectly to the opening montage.
3) GRAN TURISMO 3: A-SPEC (EUROPEAN VERSION, 2001)
This montage takes a while to kick in (jump to 1:05 to skip all of the credits) - but when it does, my god is it a sight to behold. The song used, a remix of "Just A Day" by British band Feeder (they were very popular when I was a kid) compliments the visuals of the video amazingly - whilst the visuals set the tone for this and future GT games; fast, thrilling and beautiful.
2) BURNOUT 3: TAKEDOWN (2004)
If you've ever played this game before, you will know that it is absolutely mental. A game that rewards you and crashing into & destroying everything is a win-win in my book. The opening montage video to the game sells its ideology perfectly. What gets me every time about this video, is the ending sequence - where a car catapults into a gas tanker, exploding it and ending the shot with the game's logo...
1) F1 05 (2005)
What else would be number one on a list written by me? If you've followed my work on here for a while, you'll know that F1 05 is one of my favourite games of all-time. Set to Muse's epic "Butterflies & Hurricanes", the video begins with a dark garage shot of an F1 car - and once the lights turn off, the car comes to life by itself, and then cuts to a montage of some good old on-track action. The reason I love this video is because I have very livid and sentimental memories of F1 05, and I never skipped this montage when I played the game. A true classic.