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XCOM 2 cover: Cool or #darksiders2?

Feb 05 // Steven Hansen
Even original Doom guy had a sick ass crop top exposing his abs and a bunch of ankle-biting demons. And so we come back around to XCOM 2. It's a hell of a lot more interesting than Enemy Unknown's squad silhouettes and science-y blue. But I've been torn on it since the first time I saw it. It feels oddly like an artsy idea and less artful execution. The logos don't help, of course. The title typeface doesn't, either (but how do you make "XCOM2" look not stupid?). Does it look, I don't know, busy? Does the title up top draw away too much from the close-up symmetry of the design? Did you notice that the skulls have different facial expressions? Look close. This is decidedly Not How Skulls Work. There aren't supposed to be some mad eye sockets, some happy eye sockets. Granted, I've never seen my own skull and lived to tell about it (kills me every time) and I'm no bonologist, but it's kind of goofy. And, hey, goofy skulls otherwise intended for ominous portent? [Darksiders 2 comes sliding through the doorway on cue like Kramer] For those of you too young to remember, we had a glorious time with Darksiders 2 here at Destructoid. That game looked like a goth teen's middle school notebook. Handy might've had the definitive blog, counting all of the skulls in a small batch of screenshots (over 100!!!), but #darksiders2 continued as a hashtag ready to be loosed anytime a bleach-tipped, puka-shell-necklace-wearer finger blasted his girlfriend in a Chili's bathroom (thanks, Occams!). The hashtag still persists anytime something so specifically assaults the senses. Sometimes people use it to reference the game by the same name. That's where I'm at. I like the hustle on XCOM 2's behalf. I like the ambition. I like that it isn't boring as all get out. I can't say they nailed it. It looks a tad goofy, a tad off to me, but that's okay. Better than bland. The actual game has a lot more visual flair going on this time around too. PS: Someone count the skulls, please.
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Good luck, Commander
While I would sell out any one of you reading right now to have spent the last week or two playing XCOM 2, our review copy must have been lost in the mail. It's out, probably dope as hell, and my guy Nic is on it working on t...

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Yuck

If this is really the new Doom box art, it sucks


Who cares about the hero?
Feb 04
// Jed Whitaker
Conan O'Brien will be playing the latest iteration of Doom on his show's Clueless Gamer segment tonight with some players of the sports ball who are in the big game. In a tweet promoting the show, the box art below was shown, though it hasn't been confirmed as the final retail version just yet.
Dark Souls III photo
Dark Souls III

This box art is a good reason to get Dark Souls III on day one


Use your eyes, not your brain
Dec 15
// Brett Makedonski
Box art posts are kind of terrible. Everything of substance is squarely in one image. You look at it and think "Hmm, that's pretty okay." I write words that are unnecessary, either in an attempt to describe the cover, or whin...
Metal Gear Solid photo
!!!
A generic cardboard box.  It may look pedestrian, but it's light, sturdy, and has a hundred and one uses. How can we get by without them? A good cardboard box is a soldier's best friend; having one handy can mean the difference between life and death. [Via @Wario64]


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NHL 16

Patrick Kane taken off NHL 16 cover during sexual assault investigations


No new cover announced
Aug 12
// Brett Makedonski
Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane has legal troubles, as he's the subject of a recent rape allegation. The incident allegedly took place at Kane's lakefront home in Hamburg, New York last week, though he has not yet been c...
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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...

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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]
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...

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