10. The Tank Chase - Jak II: Renegade
Jak II, Naughty Dog's sequel to their platformer Jak And Daxter, has an incredibly strong opening. After an opening level featuring a thrilling escape sequence and new and improved combat, we get a glimpse of the new world we're about to explore.
However, a mere three missions into the game, all that wonder and goodwill seeps away. A task for the resistance sees Jak and Daxter head to a fortress to destroy an ammo cache, resulting in them being chased by a security tank. The player is forced to navigate a series of corridors bordered by bottomless pits, all the while making tricky manoeuvres to dodge fire from the tank's turret.
This early on in the game, players likely won't have had the chance to master the unpredictable roll-jumps necessary to survive this gauntlet, and you'll be finding out what's at the bottoms of those pits a great deal. Considering that at this point you're also confined to a tiny portion of the sandbox map and have no weapons, there's no real fun to be had in the open world either. In an otherwise excellent work, this mission serves like no other to start the game off on the wrong foot.