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The Most Beautiful Opening Stages In Video Games

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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.

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Green Hill Zone in Sonic

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Central Highway in Mega Man X

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Welcome to Rapture in BioShock

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Contra III Stage 1

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Metal Slug Mission 1

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City 17 in Half-Life 2

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Make Eggs, Throw Eggs in Yoshi's Island

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Comix Zone Chapter 1

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Ikaruga Stage 1

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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

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Darrisbob1 - ☆彡

On a more serious note, I always had a soft spot for the opening worlds in Star Ocean: The Second Story.