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#1 Edited by onan (1352 posts) -

I've seen a lot of awful, hideous box art in my day. I worked at Gamestop for a while when I was a younger, have a pretty extensive collection of games myself, and up until now I've just been kind of dismissive toward crap box art, but I just came across what I'm pretty sure is the absolute worst art I've ever seen. From composition to color choice to empty space, everything about it screams "complete garbage."

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say "This is the worst box art ever made."

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I feel like the old NES megaman boxes had their own charm and looked good in their ugliness. You can find something to like about most any cover. Color choice, strange expressions, font, anything. The cover for Xbox game Pulse Racer, however, has no redeeming features. If it was literally replaced with a picture of a pile of feces, it would probably be an improvement.

Can anyone beat this?

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#2 Posted by Gargantuan (1905 posts) -
PS3 box art (cropped)
PS3 box art (cropped)
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#3 Posted by JustKamToo (1016 posts) -

Almost everything that comes out in the USA that doesn't keep its original Japanese art.

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#4 Edited by TaliciaDragonsong (8734 posts) -
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#5 Edited by onan (1352 posts) -

@Gargantuan: I honestly kind of liked the heavy Rain art. It got the effect down, desaturated, depressing, the soothing rain on glass effect, the soothing boobs on protagonist effect... other than the weird little duck origami I had no complaints about the Heavy Rain box.

@TaliciaDragonsong: I don't get it... Are you just upset Femshep isn't on the cover..? Surely you're not saying it's worse than the Pulse Racer art.

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#6 Posted by Little_Socrates (5844 posts) -

I've seen something worse, but I won't be able to find it. , can you help us out here? I don't even think you're the one that posted the one I've seen, I just think you'll know of something uglier.

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#7 Edited by Flawed_System (386 posts) -

Last Templar case. Not exactly sure how to post images on here. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

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#8 Posted by Ramone (3080 posts) -

That US Ico box art was terrible

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#9 Posted by ZombiePie (6890 posts) -

Guess which concept page is appropriate for this topic? Box in Boxart, that's what.

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#10 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8734 posts) -
@onan: I dislike the fact its totally not portraying the game.
Especially ME2 is way too 'bald spacemarine, sexy lady and creepy alien' for me.
 
Ok it might not be the ugliest, but its mostly in my top list.
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#11 Posted by ascholzk (290 posts) -
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This is kind of awful..

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#14 Posted by onan (1352 posts) -

@ascholzk: @msavo: ...Wow. That is... something. It's got some great artwork at the core of it, but it looks like someone accidentally printed my local supermarket circular on top of it.

Good find on that one.

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#15 Posted by jacksukeru (6562 posts) -

@ZombiePie said:

Guess which concept page is appropriate for this topic? Box in Boxart, that's what.

We need to go deeper.

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#16 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

@Little_Socrates:

Not that I remember. Keep in mind that I've only done two blogs about video game box art, like, ever.

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#17 Posted by Sysyphus (182 posts) -

Behold...

US Box Art
US Box Art

Even on its own this cover is complete garbage, but it truly is crystallized shit compared to the De Chirico inspired original JP/EU cover.

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#18 Posted by onan (1352 posts) -

@RockmanBionics said:

@ZombiePie said:

Guess which concept page is appropriate for this topic? Box in Boxart, that's what.

We need to go deeper.

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The part I like about this cover best is that I can imagine a meeting where a stressed out artist presents the obnoxiously recursive art that his bosses demanded he crank out for the re-re-release, and his boss was all like, "I like it, but hmm, I don't know. There's just nothing on there that just screams 'play it!' you know? 'check it out!'" Can you punch it up some more?" and the artist just gives him the DIRTIEST LOOK when his back is turned.

I'd like to think shortly after this was submitted, the artist quit and is currently on a beach somewhere sipping on a mai tai.

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#19 Posted by Landon (4137 posts) -

@TaliciaDragonsong said:

These fail to grasp the feeling of Mass Effect, especially compared to the box art of Mass Effect 1.
Not to mention the japanese version of it, which is awesome.

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You're out of your mind, the Mass Effect 2 box art is awesome, it looks like a movie poster. I would totally put that in a frame and hang it on my wall. I will agree with you on ME3 though.

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#20 Edited by theguy (824 posts) -

@onan said:

@Gargantuan: I honestly kind of liked the heavy Rain art. It got the effect down, desaturated, depressing, the soothing rain on glass effect, the soothing boobs on protagonist effect... other than the weird little duck origami I had no complaints about the Heavy Rain box.

Can't tell if serious... Have you seen the European art?

Awesome
Awesome
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#21 Posted by Dagbiker (7041 posts) -
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#22 Posted by BonOrbitz (2475 posts) -
It's a side scrolling shmup THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH OLD MEN AND BANJOS.
It's a side scrolling shmup THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH OLD MEN AND BANJOS.
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#23 Posted by Pepsiman (2799 posts) -

The fact that this thread has managed to go so long without the original Mega Man box art frankly surprises me to no end.

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#24 Posted by RazielCuts (3269 posts) -

I'm not really a fan of any of the HD collections, with just floating cover art of previous games and generic background. E.g. -

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UK box art
UK box art

To be honest I'm not a fan in general of any greatest hits, platinum or whatever plastered all over the original art, just makes the product look super cheap and nasty.

Also the weird Final Fantasy box art you seem to get versus PAL -

Front cover of Final Fantasy X (JP) for PlayStation 2
Front cover of Final Fantasy X (JP) for PlayStation 2
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#25 Posted by jakob187 (22932 posts) -

@bonorbitz said:

It's a side scrolling shmup THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH OLD MEN AND BANJOS.
It's a side scrolling shmup THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH OLD MEN AND BANJOS.

Oh, good ol' SNES game box art! That shit was always fantastic!

Also, none of you fuckers have obviously ever owned Wall Street Kid.

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#26 Edited by EpicBenjamin (729 posts) -
HOLY SMOKES A DUDE WITH A CHAINSAW I BETTER RUN BUT I'M ALL SERIOUS ABOUT IT.
HOLY SMOKES A DUDE WITH A CHAINSAW I BETTER RUN BUT I'M ALL SERIOUS ABOUT IT.

Especially when compared to this:

Oh hey! Dude with chainsaw, and he's all chill about it!
Oh hey! Dude with chainsaw, and he's all chill about it!
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#27 Posted by Dagbiker (7041 posts) -

@onan said:

@RockmanBionics said:

@ZombiePie said:

Guess which concept page is appropriate for this topic? Box in Boxart, that's what.

We need to go deeper.

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The part I like about this cover best is that I can imagine a meeting where a stressed out artist presents the obnoxiously recursive art that his bosses demanded he crank out for the re-re-release, and his boss was all like, "I like it, but hmm, I don't know. There's just nothing on there that just screams 'play it!' you know? 'check it out!'" Can you punch it up some more?" and the artist just gives him the DIRTIEST LOOK when his back is turned.

I'd like to think shortly after this was submitted, the artist quit and is currently on a beach somewhere sipping on a mai tai.

Being a graphic artist my self, i have clients who nitpick everything, aside from telling me how to do my job, the people that know what they want are fine, but the people that don't know what they want you have to look out for. I made the coolest looking coat of arms, but the guy i was making it for just wanted me to pretty much copy paste one he found on the internet.

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#28 Posted by Herocide (448 posts) -
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#29 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1219 posts) -
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Great game though.

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#30 Posted by AngelN7 (3001 posts) -

@TaliciaDragonsong: I liked the previous cover they had before people bitched and made EA change it the colors were better

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Mass Effect 3 it's ok, but yeah 1 was the really good one.

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#31 Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish (1767 posts) -
Gamestop special edition of Arkham City GOTY edition.  
Gamestop special edition of Arkham City GOTY edition.  
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#32 Posted by Zlimness (630 posts) -
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#33 Posted by Djstyles92 (967 posts) -

@Vegetable_Side_Dish: The Foo Fighters quote made me laugh pretty hard, thanks!

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#34 Edited by SaFt (567 posts) -
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Pretty, pretty, pretty bad. They did a great job with four though.

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#35 Edited by TechnoSyndrome (1342 posts) -

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Pretty, pretty, pretty bad. They did a great job with four though.

This one's a huge shame because the Japanese box for 3 is my favorite of the series. The American boxart for 4 and Dead Souls are better than their Japanese counterparts, but 3 was a huge fuck-up.

A bit cluttered with dumb logos, but the actual image is great
A bit cluttered with dumb logos, but the actual image is great
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#36 Posted by jacksukeru (6562 posts) -

@bonorbitz: Wrong thread! This is the "ugliest box art ever" thread, not the "most awesomest box art ever" thread.

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#37 Posted by SockemJetpack (432 posts) -

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I don't know what you're talking about. That is awesome! WAAAAUUUUU!!! MUSTERIOUS DRUIDZ!!!!

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#38 Posted by SaFt (567 posts) -

@Taku128: I'm with you on that. Apart fro the slightly big logo, it's fantastic.

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#39 Posted by TheHT (14302 posts) -

You're all insane. I'm seeing a lot of amazing box art in this thread.

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#40 Posted by mosespippy (4751 posts) -

I can't remember if it was the Canadian Uncharted 2 or Killzone 2 box art that was plastered in awards logos in both english and french.

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#43 Posted by D_Bones (421 posts) -

I think the Bulletstorm limited edition is pretty awful

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#44 Posted by bwheeeler (901 posts) -

I came in expecting to see the same shit that always comes up in these threads, but I'm pleasantly surprised at the amount of shitty box art I haven't seen yet.

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#45 Posted by DukesT3 (2095 posts) -

Oh my.. that looks fucking hideous. I personally don't give a shit about box art but goddamn..

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#46 Posted by hbkdx12 (800 posts) -

Came in knowing that Arkham City GOTY edition would be in here

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#47 Posted by BonOrbitz (2475 posts) -

@Vegetable_Side_Dish: There was one very important logo missing.

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#48 Posted by RWBladewing (158 posts) -

This game has an anime art style with a young protagonist, so obviously the cover would look like this:

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Was so bad they changed it before it actually released.

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#49 Posted by Redbullet685 (6453 posts) -

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My god...

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