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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?!,...
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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...
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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...
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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]
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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]
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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 ...

Is BioShock Infinite the worst box of all time?

Dec 01 // Allistair Pinsof
Derivative filth 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. Flag burning 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. Overall 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.
BioShock Infinite Review photo
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...

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Box art revealed for BioShock Infinite


Why so serious?
Dec 01
// Jim Sterling
Irrational Games hath delivered unto the world its official box art for BioShock Infinite, confirming its existence after delays and rumors of shaky development. It's committed now, and nobody can take that away! All things c...
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Aksys reprints 999 with all-new box art


Sep 29
// Tony Ponce
I hope you guys managed to pre-order Virtue's Last Reward on time to get that sweet watch, because that sh*t sold out fast. I had heard that Aksys offered a second batch of watches this week, but by the time I scoped out Amaz...
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Capcom thinks Ace Attorney fan game box art is for real


Sep 11
// Tony Ponce
"That's Our Capcom! Coming soon to ABC Family!" Capcom is notorious for its printing errors and spelling gaffes. If it's not using watermarked images for its slip covers, it's failing to run a simple spell check on in-game di...
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Mega64 discovers the secret to making awesome box art


Sep 01
// Tony Ponce
Just when you think the Mega64 crew have nothing left to offer the world, they have a grand epiphany and alter the course of humanity for the better. By studying countless box art from across the history of videogames, they'...
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*drumroll* The Persona 4 Golden North American box art


Jul 18
// Dale North
Here it is: the Persona 4 Golden box art. Nice, isn't it? I'm going to enjoy it now, because after I get my copy I'll never see that box front again. I cannot wait for this bad boy to get inside of my Vita. Yes, I've played t...
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BOX VS. BOX, or box art from other countries looks weird!


Jul 01
// Tony Ponce
Name me a person who doesn't find regional box art comparisons fascinating. You can't, can you? That's because such a person doesn't exist, and if one did exist, I wouldn't feel right in calling it "human." For the past few m...
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Live life the Max Payne way, plus box art go to war


Jun 28
// Tony Ponce
Take Max Payne out of his gritty film noir universe, plant him smack in the middle of sleepy suburbia, and just let him do his thing. Then on Thursdays, he and Frank Castle go bowling together. Sounds like your typical, All-...
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Adding old box art to new videogames makes them awesomer


Apr 15
// Tony Ponce
During the hustle and bustle of PAX week, there were quite a few bits of Internet awesomeness that unfortunately slipped under everyone's noses. I always hate being the last guy to find that "cool new thing," because it feels...
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Virtue's Last Reward gets box art, potential release date


Mar 28
// Tony Ponce
It's been a month since I last spoke of the game formerly known as Good People Die. That is outrageous. Thankfully, Aksys has uploaded the box art to Amazon, so I have an excuse to talk about it once again. What you should ta...
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ESRB censors the red on Risen 2 box art


Mar 28
// Jim Sterling
The ESRB has made Deep Silver remove a red stain from Risen 2: Dark Waters' box art. This stain will go from red to turquoise, owing to the North American rating board's stance on cover imagery that could represent blood.&nbs...
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Ubisoft just uploaded Assassin Creed III's box art to Facebook, confirming once and for all that the main setting shall be the American Revolution.  You can note the British and American soldiers behind the hooded hero, ...


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