Back when background music and the occasional sound effect were all the audio pleasantries you'd find in a game, scrolling text and expressive animation were a large part of a game's cinematic presentation. Vagrant Story approached scenes with a comic-like appearance, utilizing speech bubbles and well-framed perspectives that emphasize the mood and theme, which is apparent in the video below.
The story itself has always intrigued me. While I found myself frustrated with the gameplay's constant 'button combo' combat, the characters and plot had my interest completely. Is the hero, Ashley Riot, really a good guy that lost his family? Or, is he some messed up headcase that slaughtered a woman and her child, but couldn't live with the guilt? Eventually, things come to this (@2:35 in):
And it felt outstanding.