What is a Good Game With the Worst Box Art?


#1

So naturally, shovelware tends to have subpar box art. Low quality game, low quality art. Makes sense.

But what GOOD game do you think had the worst box art? Personally, I would have to go with the Western box art for Ico. How that ended up replacing the original box art, I will never understand. I know some might suggest the original Mega Man, but I think there’s some kitschy charm to it.

(I think we can all tell which is which.)

Also Bioshock Infinite is a definite honorable mention for not using its amazing alternative box art that is found when you flip the art inside out.


#2


#3

Holy crap, is that actually the Braid box art?


#4

Maybe not a fair example since it wasn’t the original boxart, but it came to mind immediately.


#5

I wanna put my nomination up for every single piece of box art that just has the silhouette of a dude with his back turned. Sometimes he has a gun. Sometimes he has a sword. No matter what though, he’s always boring as fuck.


#6

Mario Sunshine is pretty good, but it’s boxart is really pretty bad actually

by what I can only assume was some sort of horrible clerical error some random ad copy for the game somehow ended up printed in a circle around mario in light yellow impact font.


#7

came to post ico


#8

Western box art.jpg.

Most recently Final Fantasy XV. I hate how you can actually see the market research decision of “we need everybody on the cover to have a weapon in their hand.”

NieR: Automata did the same thing but mercifully had the Japanese box art on a reversible cover.


#9

Much like the game, I actually like this even though I know it’s very flawed.


#10


#11

something something american kirby


#12

The default is so bad. Thankfully it has the amazing reverse cover art.


#13

The Winner


#14

I mean, it’s boring, conveys nothing, and shows the worst protagonist, but it seems like there are worse.

Like, minimum quality should be here or worse, right?

As boring as all the “random military/whatever dude back with or without weapon” shit is, there’s probably worse.
(Although I should note, I fuckin’ love this The Mystery of the Druids box art.)


#15

Mass Effect 1’s was just as bad


#16

At least it’s symmetrical.


#17

Gosh, nothing beats the original Mega Man box art in terms of sheer badness.


#18

I don’t actually know if it’s a good game yet (since it won’t release until later this year), but I’m very interested in it - Elex. From the videos I’ve seen it reminds me of Fallout 3 (which is my favorite of the “modern” Fallouts - 3, NV & 4). Was looking on Amazon to see if they had a tentative release date (they don’t - just the generic Dec. 31, 2017), & that’s when I saw the awful box art. Thankfully, my shelves only show the gamebox’s spines!!!


#19

The GOTY edition Arkham City box art is by far the worst that I’ve ever seen.

a mess


#20

“Ok this is it. The last game. How can we appeal to the kids this time?”

“Those skate board games by that Anthony Hawk guy seem popular…”

“Good idea.”