9. Ghost Of Tsushima
A game doesn’t have to have a late title card drop for it to be epic but we’d be lying if we said that it can’t help if it’s paced correctly.
Sucker Punch Studios’ 2020 action-adventure Ghost of Tsushima has so much going for it that makes it well worth your time and its phenomenal title card drop is perfect signposting for this. The game kicks off with protagonist Jin in the middle of a set of samurai soldiers preparing to take on an army of Mongol warriors. It’s a losing battle but he charges into it alongside his uncle Lord Shimura anyway. The odds are unbeatable but you fight on until you’re skewered by multiple arrows, and nursed back from the brink of death by Yuna, a thief who lets you know while you were out the Mongols romped across most of the island of Tsushima.
Jin attempts to rescue Lord Shimura from Castle Kaneda and decides to take the honourable approach, rocking up at the front door.
This proves to be a wild mistake as our hero comes face-to-face with Khotun Khan and is thrown off a bridge. This is where your journey seems to end, but rather is all set to begin. After coming back from the brink of death yet again and playing through a flashback to our hero’s roots, Jin reunites with Yuna and vows to liberate the island from the Mongols. You ride off into the gorgeous game world as the game’s stunning score surges behind you and the playable cinematic drops the game name and the first act.
It’s frankly a perfect title drop for a beautiful game, and you’re only an hour into the journey.