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Devils Third photo
Devils Third

Devil's Third coming to Japan this August


Physical copies are exclusive to Amazon
Jun 10
// Jed Whitaker
Nintendo has posted the Devil's Third release date for Japan, revealing that it is coming August 4, just two months after E3. Also, it appears the physical edition will only be available on Amazon. Not much has been sai...

What recent games have actually had good box art?

Jun 03 // Steven Hansen
The Gravity Daze box art was supremely my shit (it's slightly better than the American Gravity Rush one). That full piece of artwork is one of many Gravity Rush pieces that long served as a desktop wallpaper for me. It's still my Vita lock screen. It sells the world instantly. "Gravity" in the title? Beautiful city and lead not adhering to gravity? I'm interested. Of course that box art gets to take full advantage of pulling from one of the most beautiful games ever made. Like the ICO box, it's just a great piece of art, used on the box. Hey, good thing I made 2011 an arbitrary cut off, right? Maybe I can sneak Rayman Origins in here, too. I think I just like how pink Catherine is. Aggressively. It might be the hottest pink thing I own (I have pink shirts and things, mostly pale, though). Especially given how dark the story gets. It subverts the idea of naive femininity the same way both characters (bubbly, but dangerous; serious, but pink-loving) do. Holy shit yes. It is basically a war crime that this isn't a box I own in my home. I either have to A) import the Japanese boxed copy or B) just get this as a giant poster, sans logos. Actually, let's just go with B. How the hell do I make that happen. -- All right. I've already had to dip into non-North American cover art. Help me out. Which games have done it right recently? What stands out on shelves full of thousand yard staring main characters and inscrutable action?
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Uncharted is uninspired
So, the Uncharted 4 box art is a bit shit, isn't it? It's not particularly bad. It even has a nice swoopy subtitle font much better than the one used for Uncharted 2 and 3. But it also follows the trend of central, silhouette...

Halo 5 box art photo
Halo 5 box art

Halo 5: Guardians' box art has two Spartans lost in each other's eyes


Box art posts are the worst
Apr 28
// Brett Makedonski
Halo isn't a rom-com, but you wouldn't know that just by looking at the cover art for Halo 5: Guardians. Two larger than life Spartans peering into each other's visors, into each other's eyes, into each other's souls. A ...

Just Cause 3 photo
Just Cause 3

The Just Cause 3 box art looks exactly how you'd expect the Just Cause 3 box art to look


Box art posts are the worst
Apr 24
// Brett Makedonski
"Playing it safe" is rarely regarded as hang-gliding through explosions while helicopters try to gun you down. But that perfect storm of circumstances aptly describes Just Cause 3's box art. How else could you explain Square ...
Onechanbara Z2: Chaos photo
Onechanbara Z2: Chaos

Here's your Onechanbara Z2: Chaos box art


Surprisingly SFW
Sep 16
// Brittany Vincent
Onechanbara Z2: Chaos' cover art has been revealed, and it's actually a lot less risqué than I thought it was going to be. I was hoping they'd just forgo clothes entirely -- you know, for sales. Just kidding. I actuall...
TMNT: Danger of the Ooze photo
TMNT: Danger of the Ooze

Activision announces sidescroller Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze


Donatello has a gap in his teeth now I guess
Sep 04
// Darren Nakamura
If you are like me, you have not really followed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in a couple decades. The last thing I really remember was 1991's The Secret of the Ooze and Turtles in Time on the Super NES. Sure, I have hear...
LEGO Batman 3 photo
LEGO Batman 3

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham saves the world on November 11


Let's put aside our differences
Aug 26
// Brett Makedonski
Smack dab in the middle of the release season for the year's biggest games comes the largest Lego title to date. Warner Bros. sent along word today that LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will release on November 11&...
Box art photo
Box art

Which of these alternate The Evil Within covers do you like best?


Tough call
Jul 30
// Jordan Devore
I tend to prefer alternate game cover art over the "real" thing and The Evil Within is no exception. Publisher Bethesda has three covers for us to vote on and whichever piece wins will be used on the inside sleeve for the lau...
NHL 15 cover photo
NHL 15 cover

Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron to grace the cover of NHL 15


Beating out Canadiens' P.K. Subban
Jun 24
// Brett Makedonski
[Update: EA Sports has sent along the cover art, which can be seen below.] At tonight's 2014 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, the winner of the NHL 15 cover was revealed. The athletes went through a fan voting process, begi...
Madden 15 photo
Madden 15

Madden 15 cover wants you to stop in your tracks, or something


Seriously, what's he doing?
Jun 20
// Brett Makedonski
Seattle Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman won the vote to be on the box art of Madden 15. What exactly he's doing on the cover, well, that's anybody's guess. Does he want a high-five? (If so, gotta go higher, Richard.)...
Persona Arena boxart photo
Persona Arena boxart

The Japanese box art for Persona 4 Ultimax is real good


More boxes like this, please
Jun 06
// Steven Hansen
This is the official box art for the Japanese release of Persona 4 Ultimax. It's pretty great, even with the best characters (Mitsuru and Chie) getting teeny billing. That Yul Brynner chest pose though.
Mortal Kombat X photo
Mortal Kombat X

Box art post! Scorpion graces the cover of Mortal Kombat X


Aren't these the worst?
Jun 04
// Brett Makedonski
Here we are again. Another cover art post, this one for Mortal Kombat X. Look at these words I've typed when you're only here to check out a picture. You just want to see Scorpion staring off like a total badass, and I'm...
Dragon Age photo
Dragon Age

You know, Dragon Age: Inquisition's box art is pretty cool


I'm happy they didn't go with red again
Apr 21
// Jordan Devore
It's rare that videogame cover art can energize me enough to want to write about it (unless we're talking the oft-excellent fan-made stuff), but there are exceptions. Not to oversell you on Dragon Age: Inquisition's cover, or anything. It's good! Better than expected coming off of Dragon Age II, certainly. Let's hope that rings true for all aspects of the game.
Mega Man 2 box art photo
Mega Man 2 box art

Why does Mega Man use a pistol on MM2's cover?


Interview with box art illustrator shines light on this mystery
Jun 27
// Tony Ponce
If you were asked to list the worst videogame cover art of all time, the gold-and-blue monstrosity that appeared on the original Mega Man's box would appear undoubtedly be mentioned. Nowhere near as bad but still pretty bad ...
Adventure / Regular photo
Adventure / Regular

Scope these Adventure Time, Regular Show game covers


Wii U and 3DS box art for the upcoming WayForward projects
Jun 24
// Tony Ponce
As you've already heard, WayForward is helming another pair of Cartoon Network games. There is Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!, a follow-up to last year's Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!,...
Lightning Returns photo
Lightning Returns

Lightning Returns gets new E3 trailer, delayed to 2014


Snow Villiers returns
Jun 06
// Chris Carter
The follow-up to the incredibly polarizing duo of Final Fantasy XIII games, Lightning Returns, has been delayed until 2014. Specifically, it'll hit North America on February 11th, 2014, and Europe on February 14th. A new tra...
Dragon's Crown photo
Dragon's Crown

Dragon's Crown box art is [insert extreme opinion here]


The controversy rages on
May 01
// Kyle MacGregor
Atlus has unveiled the final Japanese box art for Dragon's Crown, the latest sidescrolling action title from Vanillaware, and it's pretty tame from the looks of things. You almost wouldn't guess that the game is currently emb...
3DS mock-ups photo
3DS mock-ups

Poke Ball and Game Boy-themed 3DS mock-ups are delish


Nintendo must not like our money
Apr 25
// Tony Ponce
A week doesn't go by without Nintendo announcing about a dozen new colors and designs for the 3DS in Japan. Meanwhile, Americans and Europeans get fed scraps once every blue moon. We may be getting the Animal Crossing XL, but...
Clip art game covers photo
Clip art game covers

Game covers recreated using clip art and Comic Sans font


Official Best Thing of the Week
Apr 23
// Tony Ponce
Running on places like Tumblr and Twitter is a new meme: Videogame / movie / book covers recreated using only clip art and Comic Sans font. The results are... well... check out for yourself in the gallery below. I would total...
Beyond: Two Souls photo
Beyond: Two Souls

Beyond: Two Souls box art is the Ellen Page-iest


EMOTIONAL
Apr 18
// Tony Ponce
Ellen Page. Polygons. Emotions. Mature. Beyond. On a related note, David Cage and Ms. Page will be screening Beyond: Two Souls at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, April 27. Because it's a movie, I guess. BEYOND: Two Souls Box Art Revealed [PlayStation Blog]
Ace Attorney 5 photo
Ace Attorney 5

Ace Attorney 5 bundles include finger-pointing statue


Also included is a nifty pouch themed after Wright's pimpin' suit
Apr 18
// Tony Ponce
For Phoenix Wright's grand return to the courtroom in Japan this summer, Capcom has put together a number of limited edition bundles to sell on the e-Capcom store. For ¥9990 (~$102), you get a copy of the game, three alte...
Dark Souls II box art photo
Just don't expect this to be interesting
Yeah, these posts are terrible. Everyone knows that. Even though readers only click to look at the images, I still have an obligation to put words in this space. These are those words. So, the Dark Souls II box art is co...

Castle of Illusion photo
Castle of Illusion

Castle of Illusion digital box art materializes


Does this hint at a remake in the vein of DuckTales?
Apr 07
// Tony Ponce
Last month, the Brazilian ratings board DJCTQ revealed that the SEGA Genesis platforming classic Castle of Illusion was coming to PS3, Vita, 360, and Wii U. Now, XBLA digital box art has appeared, indicating that a formal ann...
Grand Theft Auto V photo
Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V's boxart has been revealed


Yep, it's boxart alright
Apr 02
// Chris Carter
Rockstar has revealed the final boxart for Grand Theft Auto V, if you're the kind of person who gets excited over covers. Let's see: it has a helicopter in the top left, people with guns -- yep, it's a Grand Theft Auto cover....
Watch Dogs box art photo
Watch Dogs box art

Box art posts are the worst: here's one for Watch_Dogs


Sorry
Feb 22
// Dale North
Ubisoft's upcoming Watch_Dogs is a big deal, right? So you want to see the box art, right? Yeah, I don't care either. I just care that this is a game that's coming this holiday season, and I'd rather play it on one of systems...
Mega Man 10 fankit photo
Mega Man 10 fankit

Mega fan creates an unofficial Mega Man 10 press kit


All I can say is "wow!"
Feb 11
// Chris Carter
When Mega Man 9 was released, Capcom produced an amazing press kit along with it. Sadly, although awesome old school coverart was also created for Mega Man 10, a press kit wasn't in the cards. Enter Mega Man fan millerjm2, wh...

The best videogame covers of 2012

Dec 19 // Allistair Pinsof
Tokyo Jungle [PlayStation Network] Sleeping Dogs [PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360] Hotline Miami [PC] Gravity Rush [PlayStation Vita] Akai Katana [Xbox 360] The Darkness II [PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360] Syndicate [PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360] Touch My Katamari [PlayStation Vita] Fez [Xbox Live Arcade] Xenoblade Chronicles [Wii] Quantum Conundrum (PC, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade) Hitman: Absolution [PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360] Diablo III (PC, Mac) Far Cry 3 [PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360] Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods and Kings (PC) Borderlands 2 [PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360] Armored Core V (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) Street Fighter X Tekken [PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita] Max Payne 3 [PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360] Mario Party 9 [Wii]
Best covers of 2012 photo
20 works of art
Even as retail stores die a slow death and digital sales take their place, box covers matter. Look no further than the controversy around BioShock Infinite's decidedly safe (and dull) cover for an impassioned example. A good ...

The worst videogame covers of 2012

Dec 19 // Allistair Pinsof
Paws & Claws Pampered Pets Resort 3D [Nintendo 3DS] Before we mourn the golden years of THQ, let's remember all the shovelware with awful covers it put out. Football Manager 2013 (PC) Porn Site Pop-up Ad: The Videogame Let's Ride Best in Breed 3D (Nintendo 3DS) I can't decide what's more disturbing: CG horse or the girl's Photoshop'd hair. 007 Legends (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) Someone probably went to college to learn how to make covers like this and here you are, reading this article. That must make you angry, huh? Batman: Arkham City: Game of the Year Edition (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) This would be on our list even if Destructoid was featured on the front, and we are shameless people. Ghost Whisperer (PC) One day your Jennifer Love Hewitt deviantART page may also grace the cover of a Legacy Games classic. Capcom Digital Collection (Xbox 360) I feel pretty confident in saying that the bootleg boxes in Taiwan are probably more imaginative and appealing than this piece of crap. FIFA Soccer 13 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, PSP) Billy: "They have corndogs in the stands! YAAAAY COOOORN DOOOGGGGGIIES!!" FIFA Manager 13 (PC) Coach Jimmy: "GODAMMIT, BILLY! Get your sweet little retard ass back on the field before I put my corndog in your dillhole!" Kinect Nat Geo TV (Xbox 360) Once you imagine him without pants, you can't unsee it. A 2-way TV experience, indeed. The Hip Hop Dance Experience (Wii, Xbox 360) It's rather unfortunate that its target audience of beat-loving meth addicts doesn't know how to read. Reality Fighters (PlayStation Vita) You have to appreciate the honesty on display: "You will look like a complete jackass while playing this game." Giana Sisters: Twisted Dream (PC, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade) This cover reminds me that The Banger Sisters and Hot Topic exist. Need I say more? Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir (3DS) On the list for false advertising. (It is not a groper simulator.) ProCycling Manager Season 2012 (PC) "No, wait! That's my thermos filled to the brim with boiling hot coffee!" Imagine Babyz (3DS) [Insert your joke about touching babies in 3D here.] Purrpals Purrfection (3DS) The "This game will make you believe in God!" quote on the back seems a little strong. NBA 2K13 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, PSP) I'm all up in your cyberspace, doing cyber-dunks. Lucius (PC) After five weeks of refusing to buy Lucius a Nintendo 3DS Red Flame bundle, he will now stare angrily at you until you feel compelled to look away. Heroes of Ruin (3DS) Even a mere glance at this cover instills such a pang of nihilism and apathy, that I have to wonder what dark wizards made such a wonder of mediocrity possible.
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20 embarrassments
Most game covers are forgettable and generic, but a select few transcend into levels of such awfulness that they stick with us all year long, like a never-ending scab. From cheap shovelware to incredibly awkward sports photos...

The Last of Us box art photo
Naughty Dog talks box art
Given the heightened fascination with box art -- more specifically, BioShock Infinite's -- VG247 has some interesting quotes about how Naughty Dog ended up with the final cover for The Last of Us. The outlet asked actor Ashle...

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The Last of Us trailer, box art, and pre-order bonuses


Pre-order to basically win at multiplayer
Dec 10
// Jim Sterling
The Last of Us was given a release date of May 7 at the Spike Videogame Commercials, along with a new trailer. Today, Naughty Dog has provided that trailer to the masses, along with the game's official box art, and pre-order ...

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