Video game box art is tricky business. Good game box art needs to both accurately convey the mood of the package that lies inside, and also grab the eye of the average gaming consumer. This often results in some pretty horrid bastardizations, but sometimes true art is produced. The medium of gaming is full of astounding game box art, so we decided to just take a look at the best of this current generation of gaming. Enjoy.
Fallout fans had grown restless after the long hiatus following the release of Fallout 2, but the box art of Fallout 3 let them know that Bethesda meant business for the series. The familiar Brotherhood of Steel armor underneath the Fallout logo was familiar to fans, and the drab, dreary green background set the apocalyptic tone perfectly.
Dead Space is on this list if only for being the most risqué cover for a mainstream game released in a long time. Not a whole lot of companies would put a dismembered arm on their cover, but this cover fits so well with the tone of Dead Space, and is much better than “generic dude in armor”.
By now its apparent that most of the entries on this list are here because of how well they’re able to sum up the game with a single image, and Demon’s Souls box art does this perfectly. Demon’s Souls tells players that “you’re going to die…a lot, and you’re going to enjoy it”.
No game in recent memory has managed to reignite that early 90′s Nintendo feeling quite like Super Mario Galaxy, and the box art follows suit. With Mario’s iconic silhouette soaring over the cosmos themselves (and Mario’s ability to do so never explained), this box-art is pure magic.
One of the few box arts where the American version is better than the Japanese version (at least in my opinion),Metal Gear Solid 4′s cover may underplay the epicness that lies inside, but clearly shows that this is Snake’s final battle. An old, tired man, preparing himself for one more journey.