Dark Souls' Japanese box art revealed.

#1 Posted by Icemael (6312 posts) -

And it's awesome:

More games need nice covers. I hope they use this in the West... the first game's Western box art was shit compared to the Japanese.
#2 Posted by luce (4045 posts) -


I like this better. Thats just me though. The jap cover looks great aswell
#3 Posted by GetEveryone (4455 posts) -

I actually think the second one looks slightly better as a cover, but I like the idea of the first one more.


Along with Skyrim, DH:HR, Batman and this I'm going to have a pretty hard time of it later in the year.
#4 Posted by Icemael (6312 posts) -
@Icemael: I hadn't seen the American cover before. It's pretty boring, I think... just a menacing dude holding a weapon on a one-colour background. The Japanese one sets up an atmosphere: a tired warrior rests after a long, tough day of fighting, taking refuge in the sanctuary offered by a lone, sparking fire surrounded by ruins shrouded in darkness...
#5 Posted by Hailinel (23934 posts) -
@Icemael said:
@Icemael: I hadn't seen the American cover before. It's pretty boring, I think... just a menacing dude holding a weapon on a one-colour background. The Japanese one sets up an atmosphere: a tired warrior rests after a long, tough day of fighting, taking refuge in the sanctuary offered by a lone, sparking fire surrounded by ruins shrouded in darkness...
I don't think that's a real cover.

1.  Dark Souls hasn't been rated by the ESRB yet.
2.  Since when was Atlus publishing it?
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#6 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3874 posts) -

Most of the time I don't care for Japanese box art. There's either way too much going on, or way too little. But I really like this one.

#7 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2718 posts) -

That looks really nice. I hope it's the real thing.

#8 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

I like that a bunch.  I really didn't like the first game's cover.  Looked very generic.

#9 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

Nothing says death and despair like having your crotch set on fire.

#10 Posted by Freddie_Bert (45 posts) -

I really like both oddly enough, both are simple and to the point of the game. First one evokes more of a Demon's Souls kind of feeling than the other one though, at least to me.

#11 Posted by xombi242 (187 posts) -
@luce: Atlus isn't publishing it. Dark Souls is now a Namco Joint just like it's European predecessor.
#12 Posted by xyzygy (9899 posts) -

I don't like the Japanese one because of how it's the back of a guy. I really, really like the one luce posted though.

#13 Posted by Tru3_Blu3 (3190 posts) -

Continuing forward is terrifying and difficult. I makes you feel for the man in the cover.

#14 Posted by mordukai (7140 posts) -

Now lets just see how they'll hack the NA box art.

#15 Posted by StealthRaptor (526 posts) -
I am really loving that cover.
#16 Posted by iDarktread (1206 posts) -

Game of the year.

#17 Posted by Chop (1994 posts) -

That cover is incredible but I bet it gets changed for NA. I don't know why but apparently we need very clear characters plastered on our cases instead of just atmosphere. 

#18 Posted by CrimsonNoir (399 posts) -

digging the japanese cover, i appreciate their restraint and their decision to go with something more pensive.

#19 Posted by eroticfishcake (7782 posts) -

Oooh, both of them are looking purty! Though I am rather curious what the box art for the NA/EU versions will be like.

#20 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -

Dark Samurai Souls.

#21 Posted by wealllikepie (756 posts) -

i like how even the font they use for the title is the same as demons souls

#22 Posted by McShank (1629 posts) -

Why do people need a Creative cover? I would be fine if it was black with white letters across saying Dark Souls since this is not a game about fancy shiny things.

#23 Posted by Quacktastic (1066 posts) -

Not dead on the cover, no sale.


Can't wait.

#24 Posted by Hzaife (160 posts) -

Id be happy with either of them

#25 Posted by Kyle (2323 posts) -

That's a pretty good cover. No fucking way in hell they'll use it for North America, but we all know that... Shame.

#26 Posted by NoeinJ (46 posts) -

Cool looking cover.

#27 Edited by Icemael (6312 posts) -
@Hailinel said:

I don't think that's a real cover.

1.  Dark Souls hasn't been rated by the ESRB yet.

2.  Since when was Atlus publishing it?

It is the European Limited Edition cover, at least. Except with the title in the middle of the picture instead of at the top.
#28 Posted by luce (4045 posts) -
@xombi242 said:
@luce: Atlus isn't publishing it. Dark Souls is now a Namco Joint just like it's European predecessor.
I know that. Just found the boxart on google and thought it looked better
#29 Posted by Icemael (6312 posts) -

The art on the European Limited Edition plastic box (as opposed to the cardboard one, which I linked to earlier) can be seen in this picture. It's very nice (though not quite as good as the Japanese version's art, I think). Much better than what's on the cardboard box.

#30 Edited by Yummylee (21279 posts) -

All the boxarts I've seen for this are better than all of Demon's Souls, so no matter which one I find myself with they're making progress all the same.

#31 Posted by Cabbage_TheMan (240 posts) -
@McShank said:
Why do people need a Creative cover? I would be fine if it was black with white letters across saying Dark Souls since this is not a game about fancy shiny things.
I think that's why both of the covers posted here are really good.  I like the first one because it gives me the sense that shit's about to go down.
#32 Posted by jkuc316 (981 posts) -

First one should be at the back of the box, and the 2nd as the cover

#33 Posted by Nate (702 posts) -
@McGhee_the_Insomniac said:
Nothing says death and despair like having your crotch set on fire.
LOL. Priceless. That should be the tagline for sure.
#34 Posted by Timing (619 posts) -

Welp, looks like the Western one isn't nearly as cool:

Though the limited edition one is a lot better:
See also the new pre-order image.
#35 Posted by Aleryn (704 posts) -

Very nice, the Japanese one.  Would be cool if they used it in the west.  Or print the Japanese one underneath the Western one, so you can swap it.

#36 Posted by sagesebas (2003 posts) -

@luce:

that is fucking sexy

#37 Posted by Icemael (6312 posts) -
@Timing: The limited edition art looks all right, but the regular edition... ugh.

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