Top 40 Video Game Covers

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  1. Azureth

    Azureth [H]ardness Supreme

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    Thought it was interesting to see what the design community thought of games instead of the usual suspects.

    (link has pictures. It's worth clicking) http://psd.tutsplus.com/articles/inspiration/top-40-video-game-covers-of-all-time/

    40. Diablo II
    39. Crysis
    38. Resistance: Fall of Man
    37. Killzone 2
    36. Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
    35. Sim City 2000
    34. F.E.A.R.
    33. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
    32. Age of Empires II: Age of Kings
    31. Gears of War

    30. Jade Empire
    29. Sins of a Solar Empire
    28. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    27. Deus Ex
    26. Alone in the Dark
    25. Lego Batman
    24. Mass Effect
    23. Little Big Planet
    22. Contra
    21. World of WarCraft

    20. System Shock 2
    19. Far Cry
    18. The Sims 2
    17. BioShock
    16. Half Life 2
    15. StarCraft
    14. Pokemon Blue
    13. Halo
    12. DOOM
    11. Super Mario Galaxy

    10. Tomb Raider
    9. Final Fantasy X
    8. Ultima VII: The Black Gate
    7. Mortal Kombat
    6. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
    5. Grim Fandango
    4. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    3. Super Mario Bros.
    2. Half-Life 2: The Orange Box
    1. Grand Theft Auto IV

    what say you?
     
  2. Katalysis

    Katalysis [H]ard|Gawd

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    How can this list get any respect with some of those choices. Orange Box is number 2? There's nothing artistic about it. It's characters from three different games shoved together, and then some text explaining there are three different games inside. That's not "brilliant game art."
     
  3. Corbin

    Corbin Limp Gawd

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    Yea I have to agree with the poster above. But now thinking back I do remember the box of HL2 (front and back) was what made me want to play it,despite any reviews :p
     
  4. Droc

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    horrible list.

    someone googled "video game covers" and randomly arranged the images.

    No worries OP, its interesting, despite the author being a complete moron on the subject.
     
  5. Azureth

    Azureth [H]ardness Supreme

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    At least it's not the Canadian version.

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  6. Bigbacon

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    that was the best they could come up with???? come on.... half of those a shit and or so generic looking.
     
  7. tuaarita

    tuaarita 2[H]4U

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    Whatever guys Orange Box cover is cooool
    And why are you all so buffed up about some photoshop tutorial page putting up some crappy list. It's not like it's gamespot or something
     
  8. Krenum

    Krenum [H]ardForum Junkie

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    That list is pretty crappy. Anyway.... my all time favorite :cool:

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  9. Fliddycent

    Fliddycent Limp Gawd

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    Right:

    Killzone 2: shit cover
    Baldur's gate 2: shit cover
    Sim city 2000: shit cover
    Jade Empire: shit cover
    Alone in the Dark: shit cover
    Oblivion: shit cover
    Sims 2: shit cover
    Half-Life 2: shit cover
    Tomb Raider: shit cover
    Ultima VII: shit cover
    Legend of Zelda: shit cover
    Orange Box: shit cover

    Basically, the person that made this probably had a dick in their mouth.
     
  10. Apoxi

    Apoxi [H]ard|Gawd

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    Final Fantasy VII should have been at least in the top 5...
     
  11. FrozenLiquidity

    FrozenLiquidity [H]ard|Gawd

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    I can't believe they put the Alliance WoW cover up there. That doesn't make me want to play. Bring back the real deal cover with the Orc and Tauren. For the [H]orde!
     
  12. Tekara

    Tekara [H]ard|Gawd

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    Author definitely has a taste for the avant-garde

    Ultima 7. . . I love the game, will readily declare it the best game ever made. . . But it's box art is just blue text on a black background. Enough to be provocative, but hardly artistic.
     
  13. -(Xyphox)-

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    this list is crap crap crap.....
     
  14. Catch22sk8r

    Catch22sk8r [H]ard|Gawd

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    I always liked Twisted Metal Blacks cover
     
  15. pothb

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    Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, should be on there.

    Shadow Hearts 2:Covenant ( Europe cover ) is good too.
     
  16. Alchemic

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    The covers are crap, but then I re-read this part.

    ... and realized that these people don't have enough exposure to videogames and explains why they chose such modern and mainstream examples as "ALL-TIME GREATS". Terrible list, imo.

    Here's one of my favorites:

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  17. Krenum

    Krenum [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Yeah man, FFT was a hell of a game!.
     
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    Terpfen [H]ardness Supreme

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    That is the worst list ever. I don't think the person who put it together has played a game made before the year 2000.
     
  21. Toonie

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    was i was a kid, i always loved the TMNT :)

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  22. BladeVenom

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    Yet another vote for lame list. Someone who knows shit about video games or art just slapped together a list of mostly recent and popular games.
     
  23. Spare-Flair

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    The guy writing that list has apparentely no artistic sensibilities or taste at all! ...and he apparentely is under 20 years old because he doesn't seem to know anything about games or gaming history.

    What about games from the 70s and 80s where there was no photoshop and it was just pure artistic talent or great canvases that were abstract or beautiful. I've always loved Star Raiders.

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    Or the perfect for the early 90s crazy graphic design of Sonic 2 for the Sega Megadrive?

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    THE MOST OUTRAGEGOUS THING - He kept talking about how "face staring at you on cover" or "big guy in armor" was cliched BUT HE KEPT PUTTING THEM ON THE LIST. Come on you dweeb! If it's cliched, it's probably not good. Fallout 3, Killzone 2, Gears of War, etc. are some of the worst videogame covers of all time.
     
  24. zchen

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    agreed....pretty lame list.

    I got a few I like

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    worst one is still this

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  25. Zero82z

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    Mega Man 2:
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  26. SixtyWattMan

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    Orange box should be on the list for worst game cover ever.
     
  27. Spare-Flair

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    I'd say about 90% of that dork's list would fall into that catagory!
     
  28. heatsinker

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    Man, I've forgotten how epic the Secret of Mana cover was. It really makes you wonder how far Squaresoft has fallen off.
     
  29. Gaiden133

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    Yeah, that list was pretty horrible.

    Seemed like a high school project, as the descriptions were even pretty mundane.
     
  30. Ur_Mom

    Ur_Mom I'm Not Serious

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    I thought the same thing. Someone was having some Google fun and Google images.
     
  31. LeviathanZERO

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    What a shit list.
    You cant have a greatest cover list missing this one...

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    or maybe this one...

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    Seriously, Final Fantasy X? A gay looking 15 year old holding a fish sword, smiling at the sky.... What the fuck? How about the worst game covers ever?
     
  32. LeviathanZERO

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    BTW, was that PAL Mega Man II?
    I have never seen that before, wow is that horrid. Doesnt even go with the actual game lol
     
  33. Zero82z

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    Yep :).
     
  34. brucedeluxe169

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    i was a huge fan of the earthsiege games back when they came out... and earthsiege 2 had an awesome, awesome box for the time...

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    it *really* stood out on the shelves...
     
  35. Stiler

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    Another list I don't agree with personally at all, it seems the majority are newer/console games.

    How the hell did they leave off the Gabriel Knight games? Some of the most memorable covers.

    http://www.mobygames.com/game/win3x/beast-within-a-gabriel-knight-mystery/cover-art/gameCoverId,209/
    http://www.mobygames.com/game/windo...od-of-the-damned/cover-art/gameCoverId,27466/

    Then a few others I'd have picked:

    Tex Murphy: Under a Killing moon:
    http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/under-a-killing-moon/cover-art/gameCoverId,1102/

    Myth II:
    http://www.mobygames.com/game/linux/myth-ii-soulblighter/cover-art/gameCoverId,86234/


    Ultima IX and UO:
    http://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/ultima-ix-ascension/cover-art/gameCoverId,1651/
    http://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/ultima-online/cover-art/gameCoverId,3077/

    Sacrifice:
    http://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/sacrifice/cover-art/gameCoverId,20145/

    Die by the sword:
    http://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/die-by-the-sword/cover-art/gameCoverId,897/

    Skynet:
    http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/skynet/cover-art/gameCoverId,7484/

    Vampire: TMR
    http://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/vampire-the-masquerade-redemption/cover-art/gameCoverId,37758/

    Duke Nukem 3d (even if it was a rip from Doom )
    http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/duke-nukem-3d/cover-art/gameCoverId,523/

    Fahrenheit (aka indigo prophecy in the US)
    http://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/indigo-prophecy/cover-art/gameCoverId,83452/

    ++tons more that I think are more eye catching and artistic then a lot of those on the list.
     
  36. Fliddycent

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    Trackmania games have consistently good box art.

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    Those are just off the top of my head and they put their dicks in 90% of everything else on that list. I'm sure with a little time you could come up with a list twice as long and five hundred million squillion times better.


    BRRRRRAP
     
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  38. brucedeluxe169

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    lol @ cheesy mega man box covers

    i had the US mega man 2... that one had hilarious art also
     
  39. skychilde

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    Original Megaman covers top the worst of all time list.... /shudders
     
  40. Biskquik

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    Most of these simply zoomed in pictures on a character in the game.