The Most Beautiful Opening Stages In Video Games

A video game's opening stage or starter zone has an extremely important role: it sets the tone for the rest of the game. Getting it right is essential. Below, we've collected some of the best-looking and most iconic starting zones, first stages and opening missions.


Green Hill Zone in Sonic

The Most Beautiful Opening Stages In Video Games

Central Highway in Mega Man X

The Most Beautiful Opening Stages In Video Games

Welcome to Rapture in BioShock

The Most Beautiful Opening Stages In Video Games

Contra III Stage 1

The Most Beautiful Opening Stages In Video Games

Metal Slug Mission 1

The Most Beautiful Opening Stages In Video Games

City 17 in Half-Life 2

The Most Beautiful Opening Stages In Video Games

Make Eggs, Throw Eggs in Yoshi's Island

The Most Beautiful Opening Stages In Video Games

Comix Zone Chapter 1

The Most Beautiful Opening Stages In Video Games

Ikaruga Stage 1

The Most Beautiful Opening Stages In Video Games

Post your picks for the most intense, best made and most beautiful first levels below with visual support.

sources: SEGA Wiki, ThePressStartProject, BioShock Wiki, Primeevi's LP, Gustavo Costa's LP, SectorW, Ericthestickman, VideoGamerParadox, kirgeez