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The Death of Video Game Box Art

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  1. The borderlands 3 box art is one of the best ones ive ever seen imo. I could stare at that baby for hours

  2. I played heavy rain when it came out and I'm an American. I only saw the European version apparently because the picture he showed for the american version of heavy rain… I have never seen in my life.

  3. Ok I get the point but come on man dishonored's so cool and intimidating man come on man

  4. If anyone wants to see REAL GOOD box art, look up Lost in Vivo.

  5. I know you used Alien: Isolation as an example of a “bad” box art, but I actually really like it. It gives you a sense of dread as you can see the alien in the reflection of her helmet, which cues you into the fact that you will have to face the alien.

  6. Y'know what's ironic, Anthem has actual good box art!

  7. That’s why I buy steel books sometimes cuz the Steelbooks have some cool unique designs unlike the base game box art

  8. In these days I only buy digital version. No box no art.
    That's sad but convenient.

  9. Acktsheally Halo 5’s box art was pretty good, it shows the chief vs locke story arc, a guardian, I think its real noice

    Too bad the game is a pile of garbage

  10. I will argue against Alien Isolation's box art being bad. The focus on Amanda with the blank background makes her feel alone, the close up camera adds a feeling of claustrophobia, and most importantly the Xenomorph silloutetted against the helmet not only places it as a hidden threat, but makes you wonder what it's doing, and if it's even seen Amanda.
    These elements really help communicate what the game is about IMO

  11. 5 years later…still love this one Jakey!

  12. I agree with all this, but personally I love the black white and red arkham city box art, but maybe that's just me…

  13. Never played ico cause it looked like a child game by the kid on the cover and I was a manly man's teen at the time and wouldn't be caught dead playing baby games

  14. 1:00 I did not see any change in quality between these cover comparisons at all. It really just depends on taste. This rant is just nitpicky tbh

  15. It’s true game box art nowadays had such great illustrated art work in all old console generations. There’s some that made some bad ones but nowadays they making such dull and generic and uninspired covers these days. It’s sad how we went from masterpiece of arts to lazy cover works.

  16. I will not be loving Bioshock Infinite nor revisiting it anytime soon.

  17. I know that the Left 4 Dead covers are really basic, but it’s one of my favorites. The zombie hand holding up the 2 fingers to represent that it’s the second game in the series is really clever in my opinion.

  18. Even though Skyrim has been on every fucking platform known to mankind, at least it doesn't have a face, or weapon, on the cover

  19. I agree, loved all the uncharted games but they just put Drake standing with a gun in his right hand which doesn't show what the game is about apart from that it's a third person shooter. If naughty dog releases another uncharted with a full zoom in of someone's face Im gonna throw my ps4 out the window (joke)

  20. Funny you mention it … Drive art was the reason I avoid the movie for years, till eventually I watch it and like it a lot.

  21. Does anyone know what song starts playing at 6:06, it sounds so familiar. Help pls

  22. does anyone know the music at 3:22 i've been trying to find it for ages pls help

  23. PlayStation are slightly bringing it back now because some of their exclusives have reversible art that are better than the main cover

  24. I'm getting mad sequelitis vibes from this vid.

    And I love it.

  25. i think what makes me really sad is i have noticed a lot of game cases i own have GORGEOUS cover art……. hidden on the inside. like if you have an old copy of bioshock infinite from the 360 i urge you to go open it and check the BEAUTIFUL artwork that you can flip it inside out to. that is way more indicative of the themes and era the game is set in. even recently i got a physical copy of spider man miles morales, and there is a great comic art style version of miles popping against a bright red background as an alternate cover….. and it's wasted because the regular cover is just the cgi model against a grey nyc backdrop. nier automata game of the year edition has a beautiful alternate cover which is 2b standing in front of the overgrown ruins of the castle and looking at a forlorn machine trapped among the vines and that captures the themes of the game way more than the generic art of just all the characters on the front does. and they are definitely intended to be alternate covers because they have the title on the inner spine. so i really… hate that there are clearly artists working hard on these alternate covers that perfectly capture the mood of the games and have artistic flair and they're being hidden away inside like the ginger stepchild.

  26. This video is old but I just want to get to the bottom of the U.S. dark souls box art
    in short the knight is presumably Artorias walking into the abyss. Although it hasn't been proven there is some strong evidence that can support the chance that this is in fact Artorias and it boils down to looking at the shield and sword in his hands. Shield in the right sword in the left there has been a theory that Artorias was actually left handed but due to his broken arm he wasn't able to use his dominant hand to wield his sword and that is why the shield is in his right hand and not his left in the cover. The second thing that can prove this is the type of shield and sword the character is wielding. A greatshield and greatsword that look exactly like the pair that Artorias uses in game. Even with that knowledge they did him dirty with that box art tho. Like a cover for the abyss could've and should've been so much cooler.

  27. what i do is draw my own cover and slip it behind the plastic covering…

  28. "NES, SNES and the Genesnes"

    Geniusnes!

  29. Then you look at breath of the wild, and notice the three unique and beautiful box arts it has….

    My favorite is the climbing cover

  30. The Brash Paintings of Snake in MGS games are some of my favorite art covers

  31. I get the face thing but I think the Alien:Isolation one kinda works for it

  32. I mean, when you play the game and its shit, you can still showcase the great cover in your room

    Now we dont even have the luxury for that

  33. No more heroes 3 is going back to the roots with an actual comic illustrator drawing the cover

  34. i just want to buy lots of japanese games jst for the cover art and replace it with what we got in the west. For games like castle vania symphony of the night and resi 4 and ICO.

  35. Came back here in 2021, its strikes again with the tales series. arise have abandon the water color style cover art, as a long fan its quite sad but still will play the game.

  36. Sports games have definitely fallen off a cliff in terms of fun and box art… But imo all the uncharted games had good box art… But like you said this is all super subjective

  37. most old ones are ugly as fuck or covered in text (like daggerfall… even though the actual art of the underking is cool)

  38. My guess is that people just don't buy games based on the box art anymore. It's either digitally, or purchased and delivered online. While, it absolutely sucks for anyone grew up collecting game boxes, it's overall more pro-consumer to advertise games through game info, gameplay trailers, early access footage.. than just box art

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