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Re: The Best/Worst Video Game Covers. Ever.

Postby ZekeFreek » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:02 pm

Funny, I always hated the roll call boxarts.

Posters, fine. Boxart? No.
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Re: The Best/Worst Video Game Covers. Ever.

Postby Daverost » Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:12 pm

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I played the hell out of that game back in the NES days. It was actually pretty fun. And way too hard.

P.S. That cover art is actually pretty damn good.
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Re: The Best/Worst Video Game Covers. Ever.

Postby vampko » Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:20 pm

Daverost wrote:
kanade2 wrote:Image


I played the hell out of that game back in the NES days. It was actually pretty fun. And way too hard.

P.S. That cover art is actually pretty damn good.

I'd agree on both counts

It conveys what the game is about fairly well, and doesn't really look ridiculous. I guess if you hated the bible/bible events then you'd find it bad?
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Re: The Best/Worst Video Game Covers. Ever.

Postby Porecomesis » Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:36 am

Alrighty, let's see...

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It was hard but I finally came up with this. Xenoblade Chronicle's box art, as you can see, depicts a lush, green field with a massive, mechanical, seemingly blue giant looming above in a way that make will make you think twice about making it take off its shoes. Most prominently featured is the Monado sticking out of the ground in complete disregard of anyone who might trip on it.

We know the setting. We know the threat. We know the Sword of Plot Advancement (and what a sword it is!). We have the basic information we need and, I have to say, the way the bright red Monado contrasts with the green field, blue sky and blue giant is just marvellous. It's hard to find other game covers like this.

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I'm not the kind of person who pays much mind to box art these days, mainly because it's always so boring. However, if there's one game in history with a box art that stood out to me, it would be Ico. I first saw this game in a video rental shop but I didn't get it because I was young and in the mood for something action-y. It would only be in the previous year where I would finally play The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection. This isn't the time or place for a review so I'll just say that I liked Ico a hell of a lot more than Shadow of the Colossus.

Sorry, I got sidetracked. Now, Ico is about a young boy trying to escape with a young girl from an isolated, mostly empty environment with a certain strange tranquillity behind it, and the box art captures this beautifully. The scale of Ico and Yorda compared to their surroundings only makes this better.

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What the hell is this? Seriously, someone please tell me before I kill myself. Let's ignore the fact that the scenery isn't even present in the game but they completely screwed up the demeanours of the main characters! Ico looks like he's ready to pick a fight when he just fights out of necessity and Yorda looks like she's planning something, like she's the antagonist when she clearly isn't! Truly one of the worst


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Well... it's not quite as bad as the North American Ico cover. In fact, it may not be bad at all. But my criteria on a good video game cover is that it catches the eye and provides as much information in one image as possible. The EU cover of Skies of Arcadia: Legends doesn't do either; it shows one guy on the cover doing a generic action pose and two flying ships in the background, which looks like it was dipped in blue cordial. Not exactly what I would call Hall of Fame material.

As for conveying information, we can conclude from the cover that there is at least one pirate in this game and there are flying ships. Apart from that, we know nothing about the game, which is a shame because Skies of Arcadia is wonderfully adventurous, awe-inspiring, uplifting, awesome and entertaining and this is the best they could come up with.

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Re: The Best/Worst Video Game Covers. Ever.

Postby Daverost » Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:14 am

Porecomesis wrote:As for conveying information, we can conclude from the cover that there is at least one pirate in this game and there are flying ships. Apart from that, we know nothing about the game,


In all fairness, that's all I've ever known about the game and I don't live in a PAL region.
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Re: The Best/Worst Video Game Covers. Ever.

Postby vampko » Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:44 am

Daverost wrote:
Porecomesis wrote:As for conveying information, we can conclude from the cover that there is at least one pirate in this game and there are flying ships. Apart from that, we know nothing about the game,


In all fairness, that's all I've ever known about the game and I don't live in a PAL region.

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Re: The Best/Worst Video Game Covers. Ever.

Postby Rednal » Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:36 am

If they remake Skies of Arcadia Legends and it's on the PS3, I will be on that so freaking fast. XD That was easily my favorite Gamecube game, and an updated version would be fantastic. Especially if they redid the graphics.

The boxart there is okay, at best, to me.
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Re: The Best/Worst Video Game Covers. Ever.

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Re: The Best/Worst Video Game Covers. Ever.

Postby AweOfShe » Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:28 am

vampko wrote:Buy the game when Sega puts it in an HD remake. You will NOT regret your purchase


Indeed. I bought the game 3 times already, and would never regret buying it a 4th time. ;)

Also, the JP-Dreamcast cover for it was actually why I ended up importing it when it came out. *used to judge games by covers, at the time* :lol:
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Re: The Best/Worst Video Game Covers. Ever.

Postby Porecomesis » Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:19 pm

Rednal wrote:The boxart there is okay, at best, to me.

True. It's definitely not the worst thing ever but, for a game like Skies of Arcadia, the cover is horrendously bland and ugly.

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Re: The Best/Worst Video Game Covers. Ever.

Postby Daverost » Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:52 pm

vampko wrote:Buy the game when Sega puts it in an HD remake. You will NOT regret your purchase


Oh, believe me, I had always planned to if they did.
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Re: The Best/Worst Video Game Covers. Ever.

Postby Libra » Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:07 pm

Some recent ones I've seen one the PS3 that are pretty awesome:
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Re: The Best/Worst Video Game Covers. Ever.

Postby AsukaYui » Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:38 pm

Still didn't find this one here yet....

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Re: The Best/Worst Video Game Covers. Ever.

Postby servant » Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:53 pm

not sure if it necessary since every mega man game has had bad box art
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Re: The Best/Worst Video Game Covers. Ever.

Postby Darcnova » Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:03 pm

Don't hate me for this, but of the more recent covers, I'm kinda liking this one :lol:
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