I’ll never forget sitting through the early demo of Mass Effect 3 at E3 2011 as Director Casey Hudson and Designer Corey Gaspur walked us all through the combat and some of the stories that would be explored in the finished game.
At the end of the demo, we were shown the opening cinematic of the game as the Reapers descend upon the city. Commander Shepard and the crew make it aboard the Normandy and look on as a ship carrying survivors — including a little boy seen earlier — is blasted to pieces by a Reaper. Clint Mansell’s amazing score plays over it and really makes the whole experience that much more powerful.
To this day, it’s a cinematic that still hits like a sledgehammer, not only because of the visuals, and the incredible music but also the amazing memories I have of seeing it at E3 in-person for the first time.