To some people, video game cover artwork is a simple task that does not require a lot of designing. However, this is not the case for video game cover designers.
Artists and designers face many challenges when designing a video game cover.
They have to balance the content with the action or the entertainment that the game provides.
The video game cover should also draw attention and convince customers to purchase the product.
Game covers should make players to take action
The game box is essential to the designer and the gamer as well.
A good cover can get a gamer to pick and look at the game, while a well-designed cover can influence a purchasing decision.
And since there are many digital games on the market, a game cover should be well-designed to influence gamers.
Some video game covers are emotionally grabbing, others try to protect the premises of the game, and others aim to stand out from the rest.
But generally, everyone would like a cool video game box in their home library.
35 Best video game covers of all time
When it comes to video game covers, some designers try as much as they can to relate to the game but others choose the opposite.
However, a digital game box is as important as the game itself. Below is a list of the best video game covers of all time.
1. Ico (2001)
One of the best video game covers is the Ico. The story of a boy meeting a beautiful girl is simple just as the cover describes.
It was well-designed and the artwork made an impact.
2. Sonic & Knuckles (1994)
On Sonic & Knuckles, Sega responded well by designing a colorful cover that properly described Sonic.
3. Steel Empire (1992)
A lot of people couldn’t stop staring at the cover of this amazing video game. It is beautiful and tries to explain the video game in the cover.
4. Phoenix (1982)
Another amazing box-art is the Phoenix cover. The designer’s idea was to bring an emotional connection.
5. Awesome (1990)
The game’s cover tried to fulfill the promise of the digital game. It is just outstanding compared to other game covers.
6. Secret of Mana (1993)
This is another cover that is worth a million likes. It is one of the prettiest covers on this category.
7. Dune II: Battle for Arrakis (1993)
The cover of the game can be considered brooding but not as informative as expected.
8. Final Fantasy X (2001)
The Final Fantasy X cover is simple and elegant.
9. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)
The cover art of this video game is at a higher level. It is simple and represents the game theme very well.
10. Armored Core V (2012)
Another unique box cover can be found on the Armored Core V cover. It is simplistically insightful.
11. Star Wars: Knights of the old Republic (2003)
The Knights of the old Republic box cover is one we cannot forget. The game is famous and the game cover looks like a poster.
12. The Secrets of the Money Island (1990)
The cover of this game was made with great artwork that can simply attract gamers to purchase the game.
13. Quake III Arena (1999)
This game cover is stylish, emotional and it’s based on the game.
14. Limbo (2010)
The Limbo’s cover tried to capture the atmosphere and the visual content of the game. The cover definitely represents the game.
15. Doom (1993)
The cover of Doom has been recognized since 1993. The cover’s design was thoughtful and it attracts gamers.
16. Street Fighter IV (2009)
Apart from being one of the best fighting games, the cover is also an amazing one. A lot of energy has been embraced into the cover.
17. Out of this world (1991)
This is a game that has changed its name in almost every region. However, it never changed the iconic game cover.
18. Hotline Miami (2012)
The box-art looks like a billboard with neon bright letters. It tells you about the game and its location.
19. Half-life (1998)
Another amazing cover is the one of Half-Life. With a simple design, it manages to inform players about the game.
20. Katamari Damacy (2004)
Being a strange video game, it has a unique and strange-looking design.
21. Dead Space (2008)
No one would expect a great game like Dead Space to have a simple yet effective cover.
22. Left 4 Dead (2008)
Left 4 Dead has managed to bring the humor and bloodshed of the game to the art cover.
23. Speedball 2 (1990)
Every aspect of the game is easily explained in the cover. It is attractive and has a great design.
24. Mortal Kombat (1992)
The cover of Mortal Kombat is an amazing one that also appears in card games, films, comics and TV shows.
25. Metal gear Solid (1998)
The cover of this digital game reveals everything about the game. It is simple but well-designed.
26. Baldur’s Gate II (2000)
Though it appears as an old-school cover, it is amazing and one of the best.
27. Jet Set Radio Future (2002)
Well designed and has brought a good mix of colors and the speed of the game.
28. Borderlands (2009)
The Borderlands box-art is eccentric but straight to the point. It is well-designed and tells a story.
30. The Elder Scrolls (1996)
Once you take a look at the Elder Scrolls game cover, you will definitely want to know more about the game.
31. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
The Super Mario Galaxy 2 cover is fun, entertaining and full of color just like the game.
32. Okami (2006)
Remarkable artwork can be found on Okami’s cover. Oriental art makes this game cover unique.
33. Dragon Quest VIII (2004/2005)
Just by looking at the cover, most people believe Dragon Quest VIII is one of the best video games for kids.
The cover demonstrates the value of good artwork.
34. Diablo III (2012)
The game’s box cover reveals one of the game’s main enemies. The Diablo 3 cover is creepy and explains the game very well.
35. Arkanoid (1986)
We can all applaud the artists and the designers of Arkanoid’s cover. Based on the game, the cover looks like an arcade poster.
These are just a few of the best video game covers that I found. The gaming industry is full of amazing game covers with clever art designs.
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