When Good Box Art Goes Bad

by Darius Kazemi on July 3, 2008

in art,marketing,publishing

Wow, Dead Space has some of the best box art I’ve seen in a long time. It’s a damn shame it has to have the stupid neon green Xbox 360 case border around it. Totally ruins the effect.

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solipsistnation July 3, 2008 at 10:41 pm

Ooh, yeah, that does look good.

Man, September and October are going to be BUSY.

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Daniel Benmergui July 3, 2008 at 11:46 pm

Do you really find that box art good?

I think ICO’s is much, much better.

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Darius Kazemi July 4, 2008 at 1:45 am

Daniel: a severed hand floating in space conjures up, among other things, images from Aliens and 2001. Also it doesn’t have a big burly guy with a gun frowning out at you. Or some monster frowning at you. Etc. Also the image really “pops” like a good cover (book, game, comic, whatever) should.

And sorry, when I think of ICO box art, I think of the American box art, which is pretty suck-tastic. The Japanese art you posted is stunning.

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dsilvers July 7, 2008 at 9:32 pm

This makes me wonder if people have ever decided to put a game strictly on one console because of the that console’s game’s jewel case designs. The box looks much better with the PS3 packaging:

http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/9/943339_96198_front.jpg

And, obviously, the best with PC packaging:

http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/6/949616_106428_front.jpg

Makes me proud to be a PC gamer.

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