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 ... read
"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 ... read
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... read
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... read
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&... read
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... read
[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... read
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.)... read
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. read
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... read
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. read
Interview with box art illustrator shines light on this mystery
// 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 ... read
Wii U and 3DS box art for the upcoming WayForward projects
// 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?!,... read
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... read
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... read
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... read
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... read
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] read
Also included is a nifty pouch themed after Wright's pimpin' suit
// 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... read
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... read feature
Does this hint at a remake in the vein of DuckTales?
// 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... read
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.... read
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... read
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... read
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]
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 ... read feature
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.
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.
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... read feature
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... read feature
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 ... read
Dec 01 //
Catering to the everyman that demand downtrodden, unshaved white dudes with guns on their box covers, Irrational has ignored its fanbase to serve the greater populace of unworthy plebs.
As an art critic -- I mean, I did take photography or some shit in college -- I feel upset by this consumerist approach to box art design. Shouldn't box arts be about the bigger picture? Like, anti-America, giant clockwork birds, and some young girl with an unsettling amount of cleavage?
The truth is that Irrational don't care what you think. They are too busy counting their money, with this bound to be successful box cover that owes more than a little bit to Uncharted, Modern Warfare, and soulless market analysis.
It is our right as people that live in America and talk Americanese to be offended by the flag burning on this cover. Though it is not an actual flag, Irrational has set fire to the metaphysical flag in all of our hearts. I'm going to have to borrow some of my mom's healing crystals for like a week to get over this pointless act of aggression toward my freedums.
In a time when our country has an evil hobgoblin for a president, we look toward great, honorable box covers like Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Secret Service to remind us of all that our country can be. I look at Irrational's BioShock Infinite -- what was supposed to be the perfect box art of this console generation -- and I all see is sick sadness and pain.
No DLC Stickers? REALLY!??
Apparently, Irrational is now in the business of ripping people off. Pre-purchase DLC stickers are to be expected on box covers these days, but Irrational must live in the stone age. Look how big the BioShock Infinite logo is on that box! It's atrocious! Couldn't they have made it smaller and sneaked a big, beautiful yellow sticker somewhere, exclaiming, "Hey! We are giving you this extra bonus for your Xbox Live avatar because we are true artists that care about you and the art of box art making." Nope. Nothing.
I don't want to sound hyperbolic but BioShock Infinite isn't only the most disappointing box cover of 2013 but perhaps of all next year. If you add those things up, that's like 24 months or so. 24 months to grieve on message boards. 24 months to sign petitions, banishing Irrational to a third world country, like Sweden. 24 months to burn every copy of BioShock Infinite and forget it ever happened.
Out of the kindness of our hearts, we gamers allowed Irrational to take five years to deliver us the box cover that would change our lives, our industry, and our souls. This ... this is what they give us in return?
I'm so mad, guys. So dang mad. Please sign my petition to change this offensive box cover, even though I'll be purchasing via Steam. Just because. Freedums.
We waited five years for this? There are few boxes as anticipated as BioShock Infinite, the long awaited box to prequels BioShock Limited Edition and BioShock for the PlayStation 3.
Irrational Games, known as 2K Boston during BioShock's release, made waves... read feature