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#1 Posted by RE_Player1 (7951 posts) -

They say not to judge a book by it's cover but when you are a kid in Toys "R" Us and you have two parents telling you to choose a game that instant or you don't get one at all you pretty much have no other choice. Before I followed the industry through websites and magazines I pretty much bought most of my games by box art. So I was wondering what have been some games you've bought because of the cover that ended up being great? Mine would have to be Super Metroid. As a little kid it looked badass and luckily turned out to be a pretty kick ass game.

#2 Edited by Seppli (11233 posts) -

I bought Battlefield Bad Company because of a magazine ad. Smell of Destruction, I believe it was called. It looked like a parfume add with such a rubby-smelly-square, and it stunk like hell. Best purchase decision I ever made upon arbitrary sensory input.

Not quite what you're asking, but close enough.

#3 Posted by tourgen (4568 posts) -

Elder Scrolls - one that stands out. Didn't know what I was getting myself into.

#4 Posted by AlecOfTheWest (293 posts) -

I wasn't really much of a hardcore gamer (outside of GTA and other big name franchises) in 2009, so I had no idea what Borderlands was when I bought it on a whim due to its box art.

#5 Posted by Guesty_01 (383 posts) -

Well, it would have to be something from the Megadrive or PS1 era. Possibly Spider-Man for the Megadrive. Bought it obviously because of Spidey, but that game was hella good. Played it day after day after day, and I still remember the moment I finished it.

#6 Posted by Ezekiel (798 posts) -

I've never done that.

#7 Posted by Darkstorn (479 posts) -

Never done it, but if I lived in Japan I'd have bought MGS4 because of the godly Japanese cover.

#8 Posted by GalacticPunt (1213 posts) -

I've never bought a game just because of the cover, but I'm pretty sure my mom played and beat an NES game just because of it. She never cared about our family's Nintendo. Then one day my brother and I picked Wizards and Warriors II: Ironsword out of a clearance bin for $10. I remember this game being hard as balls. It's the one NES game our family owned that I never beat. But suddenly my mom started playing it. A LOT. I wonder why?

Somehow Fabio was hired to be the cover model for this particular game. I guess his flowing locks inspired her to get really good at the game, to get a little closer to precious Fabio. Our family did eventually get Wizards and Warriors III, but my mom couldn't be bothered with that one. The sequel's cover lacked this handsome brute, so what was the point? I had to finish W&W III myself.

#9 Edited by Nightriff (6538 posts) -

I was easy to impress when I was....10? Game was fantastic by the way, doesn't hold up though.

#10 Posted by bluefish (668 posts) -

I knew nothing about it, I was just there to buy a game because... I was a kid.

It was a good choice apparently.

#11 Posted by mikeeegeee (1630 posts) -

Similar situation as the rest of ya'll. From my younger days:

#12 Edited by BisonHero (8659 posts) -

@bluefish: It's kind of a bummer that they've moved away from the "Warcraft: Orcs vs. Humans" and "Starcraft: Terrans vs. Zerg vs. Protoss" mentality of how to represent those games. I missed when RTS games were actually about you playing as a faction, and not just this one dumb character.

And now they assume everyone just wants to suck Raynor and Kerrigan's dick and look at them all day long. Pro tip, Blizzard: your writers kinda suck, and I haven't liked the writing in any of your games since basically Diablo 2. So stop slapping all of your stupid characters on the box art.

#13 Posted by BisonHero (8659 posts) -

For my own entry, I ended up buying R-Type DX for the Game Boy Color based entirely on the box art. It turns out that the game is pretty much just a port of R-Type 1 and 2. It turns out those games are quite good! Though I've never been a shmup enthusiast, so I'm no expert.

Look at how fucking heavy metal that font choice is!

#14 Posted by mosespippy (4746 posts) -

When I saw a kid I used to read the back of the box on just about every PS2 game in the store. Ended up picking Medal of Honor Frontline over Red Faction one day because of it. Good job younger me.

#15 Edited by SunBroZak (1868 posts) -

Thought it looked neat.

#16 Edited by jakob187 (22374 posts) -

#17 Posted by xaLieNxGrEyx (2646 posts) -

Shadow of the Colossus

#18 Posted by jamesyfx (75 posts) -

On the opposite point to this thread, I remember going out to buy Dragon Quest VIII and as soon as I saw the box art I immediately decided I didn't want it anymore. xD

I remember buying Heart of Darkness for the PSX purely on impulse because of the name and the box art.. I still own it. Actually the only PSX game I still have. Good game, but I didn't get very far.

#19 Posted by BisonHero (8659 posts) -

@jakob187: Holy shit, that's like, not even a choice. How could you not buy that game once you've seen the cover art?

#20 Posted by Brendan (8824 posts) -

I never have, to be honest. The closest I ever came was buying Dragon Warrior 3 for the Gameboy Colour in a Gamestop after wishing I had a Gameboy Advance+Golden Sun so bad that I just wanted something similar. I went in looking for a fantasy RPG and came out with that DW.

#21 Posted by BisonHero (8659 posts) -

Did anybody ever do that Game Jam, where the idea is that you pick a piece of NES/Master System/Game Boy cover art, and make the game you think is depicted in that cover art, instead of what the game actually is?

Somebody (Patrick?) suggested that, and it's such a great game jam idea.

#22 Posted by Clonedzero (4206 posts) -

I'm not an idiot so i dont buy games based on box art.

#23 Posted by Pr1mus (4107 posts) -

#24 Edited by Fattony12000 (7979 posts) -


#25 Posted by Captain_Felafel (1695 posts) -

#26 Edited by Tom_omb (538 posts) -

In the SNES days I bought Yoshi's Safari based on the box art, then returned it when I discovered it needed the Super Scope and picked up Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt. It was an okay game, but looking back I missed too many good games in that era because I didn't know better.

But, I did seek out Grim Fandango based on this image, or something like it. I must have seen in some Lucasarts marketing material. I knew nothing about the game, but was amazed at the cast of characters and knew I had to play it. I wasn't disappointed.

#27 Posted by SlashDance (1864 posts) -
This motherfucker.

#28 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (6370 posts) -

I honestly can't say I've ever bought a game based on the box art alone. Even as a kid I usually tried to research my games before I bought them. Cool box art was simply a plus.

#29 Posted by SMTDante89 (2759 posts) -

There were a few games I rented based on box art, but games were too expensive to just buy for my family and I when I was younger. However, there was one game I bought based on box art alone because a store had a bunch of games on sale at the time that were within my price range when I was about ten or eleven. Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth.

#30 Edited by BoOzak (1047 posts) -

Best game i've bought for the box art.

I dont usually buy games for their box art but when I do they're dirt cheap so who cares.

Worst game i've bought for the box art >

(my friends found that hilarious for some reason :P)

#31 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (5037 posts) -

Metroid Prime. I had no idea wtf a metroid game was at the time either.

#32 Edited by fisk0 (5467 posts) -

These come to mind, and were pretty good, I think:

(Surprised there only seems to be this low res scan available on the entire Interweb, I guess I'll have to search for my box and scan it in higher resolution)
(Hard to see on this low res image, but the space ship at the top has an graffiti painting on it saying "To the Navy - Catch me if you can", how can you not buy a game like that?)

#33 Posted by Guesty_01 (383 posts) -

@jakob187: Mate, that's totally the kind of shit I would have got my mum to buy me when I was like 7 years old! One look a that cover and yep, I'd have to have it.

#34 Posted by JadeGL (1078 posts) -

I don't normally just buy a game because of box art, but in the instances that I do, the game usually doesn't live up to the art, I'm looking at you Snoopy's Silly Sports Spectacular...

But, once in a while, you strike gold. This is my best example of box art totally selling the game and the game totally backing up that awesome art...

#35 Posted by Kidavenger (3944 posts) -

#36 Edited by fisk0 (5467 posts) -

I could add Bedlam as well, not a fantastic game, but a pretty good Crusader: No Remorse clone - which isn't exactly a game that got a lot of clones. The cover art doesn't exactly tell you a lot about the game, but it's got that great mid 90's look that's really hard to resist. Could probably just as well have been the cover for an Fluke or Prodigy album.

#37 Posted by Buble (97 posts) -

Wish I was kidding...

#38 Edited by benspyda (2127 posts) -

#39 Posted by Original_Hank (198 posts) -

Just randomly saw it at the game store and picked it up. Got lucky cause it was really fun.

#40 Posted by Flappy (2407 posts) -

I was a pretty cool 10-year-old.

#41 Edited by Random45 (1460 posts) -

I remember there being a SNES Godzilla game that I picked up solely because of the 'Godzilla' in the title. I don't remember the name, and while I could look it up easily enough I don't feel like it, though I remember playing the SHIT out of that game. It was kind of a weird game where you had a map on the bottom screen, and Godzilla was on top, and you had to go find the main bad guy of the level and then fight them with all these meters and shit on the bottom. The first level you fought King Gidorah, the second level was Mecha-Godzilla, and the third level was that plant monster Biolante or something like that. The first two levels weren't too bad, but the game had a HUGE difficulty spike in the third level that I always lost at, until I just sat down one day and powered my way through it. I actually managed to beat the whole game, and now I remember the name of it, because at the end you became SUPER GODZILLA, and you fought Space Godzilla I think? I don't remember. I just remember being very proud that I beat it.

Yeah, Super Godzilla was actually a good game to me anyway. I don't think it got a very good rating among critics though, but I don't know.

Edit: I also remember my brother and I picked up Dynasty Warriors 3 randomly one day when our parents made us return Grand Theft Auto 3 (because they didn't like us running over innocent people I guess, haha). We absolutely loved it!


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#42 Posted by SirDane (10 posts) -

I already owned FFIV on the GBA, but something about the box art on the DS version compelled me to buy it again!

#43 Posted by Original_Hank (198 posts) -


This was also a really cool one. I would like to see another one of these done on a modern console.

#44 Posted by Flappy (2407 posts) -

@original_hank: I can't tell you how many times I almost bought RAD, but backed away for some silly reason. This is an interesting game that deserves another shot. Then again, if RAD did come out in today's day and age, it'd probably be unrecognizable outside of the controls/combat system.

#45 Posted by RecSpec (4709 posts) -

First foray into SMT too.

#46 Edited by HerbieBug (4228 posts) -

Believe it or not, I blind purchased Diablo 1. What's this game? It's made by the Warcraft 2 people? Hmm....

#47 Posted by s10129107 (1365 posts) -

Many years ago I saw this box in the Electronics Boutique. So bad ass. The game was phenomenal.

#48 Posted by crithon (3551 posts) -

@recspec said:

First foray into SMT too.

me too. I bought only on the cover and was surprised completely

#49 Edited by ViciousBearMauling (1651 posts) -

Top 3 would be




#50 Edited by Driadon (3088 posts) -