Opinion: Artistic Discussion – 3/28/2018

With the news of Dragon Quest XI’s western release date confirmed today, it felt right to resurrect this poor series and give props to my favorite cover of the franchise, the lovely VIII. It features most of the main cast in a dynamic rendering done by mangaka Akira Toriyama, expressing a semblance of the adventures…

Opinion – Artistic Discussion: 2/20/2018

Mega Man is a casebook example of 1980s localization and its intense desire to eradicate any trace of Japanese artistic influence. I go into this much more over at P4, but regardless of Capcom USA’s intention with this box art it is undeniable it is one of the ugliest examples I can bring up in…

Opinion: Artistic Discussion – 2/7/2018

Fire Emblem stood out on the shelf when it launched for the GBA way back in 2003. Its anime influence on its medieval world was unfaltering, and as someone who had finally discovered how much they adored such art design around that time, I was immediately drawn to its distinctive character designs. To this day…

Opinion – Artistic Discussion: 9/27/2017

Karnaaj Rally is a low-key release for the Game Boy Advance that has become infamous for its bizarre choice of a cover, a combination of checkered flag, a motion blurred car, and some poor unfortunate dude with blue hair looking absolutely disturbed. I don’t really know what prompted Jaleco to go this route and why…

Opinion: Artistic Discussion – 9/3/2017

Secret of Mana (SNES, Square Soft) I adore the box art for this game. It’s so delightfully lush and green and dripping with detail. It is the epitome of classy, beautiful illustration. And the logo just manages to fit in without being intrusive at all. In my book, there’s only a small handful of cases of…

Opinions: Artistic Discussion – 8/8/2017

This is certainly one way to sell a game: highlight a shitting cute dinosaur’s poop face. XD (I genuinely can’t add anything else. It’s Bub taking a bubble crap as the box art. Just what the fuck)

Opinion: Artistic Discussion – 8/2/2017

Ecco the Dolphin (Sega, Genesis) Today’s great example of box art comes from Boris Vallejo, well-known fantasy artist who did more than a few Genesis covers for Sega back in the 1990s. This one is a splendid example, perfectly capturing the essence of the game, not to mention being a pretty damn nice painting all…

Opinion: Artistic Discussion (7/19/2017)

So last time we did a great example of box art, and this time…very much the opposite. I don’t know what marketing genius thought this would be a marvelous means of selling Taito’s cute puzzler Bust A Move 2 to Saturn and Playstation owners, but it happened, and we are all the worse for it….

Opinion: Artistic Discussion (7/13/2017)

Hello folks! Once again, I’m resurrecting an old LVLs. feature. This time, it’s Artistic Discussion, a feature designed to talk about the good and the bad of gaming box art. Unlike last time, I’ll be posting one piece per post and it may be good OR bad, depending on my mood at the time. Today…