I was sitting at work this morning, absentmindedly humming a tune. I didn’t pay mind to it at first; I just tapped away at my keyboard in order to finish an article, oblivious to the song vibrating in my throat.

Then I started whistling, and I realized that it was a video game intro song. There are so many intros that are stuck in my head from years of gaming; not all of them feature music, but the most memorable ones tend to have catchy or haunting music to accompany them.

I got bit by the nostalgia bug, and I decided to create a list of my Top 5 Videogame Intros:

5) Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2)

What a thrill indeed. The intros is expertly crafted by Kojima Productions; it drips of intrigue, of a smoothness that hints at Snake’s stealth and skill. The intro looks and sounds just like a spy movie from the 60s or 70s, and it sets up the game perfectly.

I dare you to watch that entire intro and NOT begin singing the Snake Eater song. Impossible.

4) Fallout 3 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

“War . . . War Never Changes.” You’re damn right, Ron Perlman, and I hope it never does: we need more Fallout. Fallout 3′s intro perfectly captured a United States both frozen in time culturally and advanced technologically. I still find myself singing that song–yup, even with the echo at the end. And when Mr. Perlman begins talking, it’s like a prophet talking about the end of times, someone who’s seen hell and wants to warn us. Because we’re about to see some hell too . . .

3) Chrono Cross (PS1)

I get chills to this day whenever I hear the Chrono Cross intro. The slow build-up with the flute at the beginning, the questions that gamers are asked to ponder about this world they’re about to step into. The haunting melody of the violin. It’s just so damn powerful. And the CGI was breathtaking at the time.

Truly, this was a masterful opening to a fantastic game.

2) Soul Blade (PS1)

To Shine! Holy crap, who doesn’t remember this opening. This intro transcended the history of gaming as a whole! I can’t think of another intro that gets me pumped enough to want to fight someone. Like Chrono Cross, the CGI was absolutely amazing when Soul Blade first came out; it hasn’t aged very well, and I still have no idea what the hell is going on, but the music is as timeless as ever.

If you don’t feel excited after watching that, then check your pulse.

1) Final Fantasy III/VI (SNES)

I love this intro. The music is suitably foreboding and a taste of the rest of the amazing soundtrack. The political and magical conflicts within Final Fantasy III are set up simply yet effectively, and the world we’re about to explore is put into just enough context for us to get excited. And when Terra starts walking through the snow with her captors, it feels like the beginning of an epic movie. That’s a big accomplishment considering most games at the time could only hope to engage gamers the way Squaresoft could so easily.

Share your own favorite Video game Intros below. Don’t be shy!