Another year, another countdown, another birthday. And I’m boxing it all up, tying a nice little bow around it, and turning the ripe old age of 32 with a celebration of 32 BRILLIANT examples of FANTASTIC video game box art. Join me, won’t you?
Darksiders II (2012) – On 1 April 2013 I called Darksiders II ” …the best video game of the generation.” Perhaps I was a being more than little hasty when i wrote that but there’s just something about the look of Darksiders II that gets me excited – giddy even – whenever I see the game either in motion or in still image. I’m surprised too, because hulking great big characters reminiscent of the Todd McFarlanes and yours “too numerous to name video game artists hailing from the United States” normally aren’t my shtick, instead I prefer a more highfalutin art style that favours elegance and beauty over ugliness and grit. But Darksiders II manages to get me over that hurdle by filling its characters with such personality and individuality that the fact that they look like they’ve all been pumping iron and on the ‘roids while waiting for the apocalypse didn’t trigger my gag reflex. The world too is a bleak world full of chaos and decay, almost all of which looks like it could collapse into a hellfire filled chasm at any point. Even when it is beautiful it feels as if that beauty is a front for something more sinister.
And sitting right at front and centre amongst all of this great design are the stars of the show, the aptly named Death and his horse Despair, who also feature prominently and ominously on the box. A short glimpse and it seems almost like a Rorschach test, a symmetrical inkblot for you to interpret, and give an insight your mind
But look closer and it’s a more ominous sign, as Death and Despair stare you right in the eyes, inviting you to join them on a journey to the Well of Souls.
I suggest you accept.
Miss previous entries in the countdown?
Space Ace (1983) – Transylvania (1984) – Impossible Mission (1985)–Defender of the Crown (1986) – Faery Tale Adventure (1987) – F/A – 18 Interceptor (1988) – Blood Money (1989) – King of the Zoo (1990) –Lemmings (1991) –Pinball Fantasies (1992) – The Ren & Stimpy Show: Veediots! (1993) – Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land (1994) – Primal Rage (1995) – Wipeout 2097 (1996) – Theme Hospital (1997) – Resident Evil 2 (1998) – Formula One ’99 (1999)– Gran Turismo 2 (2000) – Soul Reaver 2 (2001) – Gitaroo Man (2002) – Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly (2003) – Warioware, Inc.: Mega Microgames! (2004) – DK King of Swing (2005) – We Love Katamari (2006) – Digital Devil Saga 2 (2007) – Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 (2008) – Magna Carta 2 (2009) – Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light (2010) – Warhammer 40K: Space Marine (2011)