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Worst video game cover art throughout the years!

#11Dragon NexusPosted 11/30/2013 6:28:58 AM
JackBurton85 posted...
Chrono Trigger - http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080705191438/chrono/images/2/24/Chrono_Trigger_cover.jpg

It's one thing that the cover art looks like some halfassed scene from the game. It's even worse when this half ass depiction of a scene from the game doesn't even actually feature an event from the damn game.


Akira Toriyama was brought in to design the character portraits after the sprites had already been completed. He drew images based only on the screenshots the developers provided for him.

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m44z6v0ddz1rw70wfo1_500.png
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#12TheMKDestroyerPosted 11/30/2013 5:54:47 PM
JackBurton85 posted...
Final Fight - http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-I5AvOSPV3So/Tzpwhhtl6ZI/AAAAAAAAOQA/3IaZKA0ypB8/s1600/80s-retro-video-games-box-art-final-fight.jpg

So fruity. Mike Haggar doesn't even look tough, how can fail to make him look tough? It's shocking really.

Chrono Trigger - http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080705191438/chrono/images/2/24/Chrono_Trigger_cover.jpg

It's one thing that the cover art looks like some halfassed scene from the game. It's even worse when this half ass depiction of a scene from the game doesn't even actually feature an event from the damn game. There is a monster that sort of, kinda, if i use my imagination, looks like the one on the cover, but you fight him in a cave, not in some snow covered landscape. And i don't know who this blond character is supposed to be. The only blond characters are the cavechick, which this definitely isn't, and Marle, who dresses nothing like this and doesn't use fire. The inventor chick Luca does use fire, but she looks NOTHING like this mystery character on the cover. It makes no sense.

And what is Frog doing? He's just crawling on the ground. Has he been hurt? Is he slowly trying to get up or make his way back into the battle? Why depict any hero from the game in a beaten down state, if that is what's occurring? Why not show everyone to be kicking ass and looking cool and formidable? What is going on? Who knows.

There also appears to be some farmhouse far off in the distance, complete with a grain silo looking building. Again, unless my memory serves me poorly, there's nothing like that in the actual game.

Terrible, ugly, uninspired, generic looking cover art that features many things not even from the actual game.


Uh, that's quite obviously Marle... I'll give you that she doesn't cast fire as I noticed that flaw too. She uses Ice. But clearly they are just wearing alternate clothing for the snowy weather. Crono doesn't wear a cape. I know they didn't actually wear those in the game though.
#13dtmrPosted 11/30/2013 6:12:52 PM
http://www.gamefaqs.com/gba/583281-karnaaj-rally/images/box-52647
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#14DarkhorseActualPosted 11/30/2013 6:30:01 PM
Orange box....some of the best games of all time....wrapped by worst box art ecer
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#15JackBurton85Posted 11/30/2013 6:44:22 PM(edited)
^^^
Agree big time. I've hated pretty much every post original Half Life cover art.

Dragon Nexus posted...
JackBurton85 posted...
Chrono Trigger - http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080705191438/chrono/images/2/24/Chrono_Trigger_cover.jpg

It's one thing that the cover art looks like some halfassed scene from the game. It's even worse when this half ass depiction of a scene from the game doesn't even actually feature an event from the damn game.


Akira Toriyama was brought in to design the character portraits after the sprites had already been completed. He drew images based only on the screenshots the developers provided for him.

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m44z6v0ddz1rw70wfo1_500.png


Interesting, and thanks. It's nice to finally have an explanation for the bizarre cover art.

I still stand by my belief that it's horrible cover art. Just cuz Frog is on the ground in the game footage doesn't mean the artists had to depict it that way. And overrall i still find it quite ugly and generic looking, even boring despite the fact that it's showcasing a fight.
#16VincentVegaPosted 11/30/2013 6:56:02 PM
DarkhorseActual posted...
Orange box....some of the best games of all time....wrapped by worst box art ecer


The Canadian version is even worse:

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2007/10/boite-orange-big.jpg

Yes, that's the normal cover, even in the English speaking regions. Most games will have french on the back but usually not on the front and never taking prominence over the English title. I had to ask the guy at EB games if this was actually the English version of the game. He said everyone had asked him the same question.
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#17DarkhorseActualPosted 11/30/2013 9:29:32 PM
VincentVega posted...
DarkhorseActual posted...
Orange box....some of the best games of all time....wrapped by worst box art ecer


The Canadian version is even worse:

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2007/10/boite-orange-big.jpg

Yes, that's the normal cover, even in the English speaking regions. Most games will have french on the back but usually not on the front and never taking prominence over the English title. I had to ask the guy at EB games if this was actually the English version of the game. He said everyone had asked him the same question.


Ugh nasty sorry you guys have that too lol
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#18Jiggy101011Posted 11/30/2013 9:39:35 PM
SunDevil77 posted...
http://www.gamersage.net/wp-content/uploads/BoxArt-Phalanx.jpg


No way that was a game lol
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#19Dragon NexusPosted 12/1/2013 6:27:30 AM
JackBurton85 posted...
^^^
Agree big time. I've hated pretty much every post original Half Life cover art.

Dragon Nexus posted...
JackBurton85 posted...
Chrono Trigger - http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080705191438/chrono/images/2/24/Chrono_Trigger_cover.jpg

It's one thing that the cover art looks like some halfassed scene from the game. It's even worse when this half ass depiction of a scene from the game doesn't even actually feature an event from the damn game.


Akira Toriyama was brought in to design the character portraits after the sprites had already been completed. He drew images based only on the screenshots the developers provided for him.

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m44z6v0ddz1rw70wfo1_500.png


Interesting, and thanks. It's nice to finally have an explanation for the bizarre cover art.

I still stand by my belief that it's horrible cover art. Just cuz Frog is on the ground in the game footage doesn't mean the artists had to depict it that way. And overrall i still find it quite ugly and generic looking, even boring despite the fact that it's showcasing a fight.


Honestly, few games in the 80s and 90s had cover art that represented actual moments in the game or simulated scenes or activities. They were art that represented the tone more than anything else. It's not a bad piece of boxart at all, it tells you you fight monsters with magic and skills, your companions are varied. The shot's quite dynamic too. It tells you something.

Take a look at other cover art for the era, not a lot of it gives much away or bares resemblance to the game.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/20/Shining_Force.jpg
Ohh wow, some guy fighting skeletons. If it wasn't for "Role playing game" at the bottom you'd think it was maybe a castlevania rip off. But hey, at least that dude looks like the main character.

http://www.theoldcomputer.com/game-box-art-covers/Sega/Megadrive-Genesis/S/Shining%20Force%202%20%283%29.jpg
Who's that guy? Who's he fighting? Look on the blurb on the back, that blonde kid is the main character. The guy on the cover isn't even in the game. Dunno who those eyes belong to either, since no bad guy in the game has eyes like that.

See what I mean? It's meant to envoke a tone more than depict an event. In both cases you're a warrior fighting the forces of evil. Now you go in knowing that's the kind of thing you're expecting.
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#20TBD2009Posted 12/1/2013 12:36:49 PM
While we're talking about bad covers for RPGs, how about Phantasy Star II?
http://www.gamefaqs.com/genesis/526675-phantasy-star-ii/images/box-44463

Nei doesn't even have horns in the game... She's supposed to have elf-like ears.
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e358/VanGarrett/PS2-Nei.gif

If I hadn't played Phantasy Star for my Master System, I wouldn't have even known what the game was about, and likely wouldn't have bought it. Not based on the cover, at least.
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