32 years of brilliant video game box art – #1 (2014) Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl

Well there you go! 32 days and 32 games later we’re up to 2014 and the last post in the series.  Thanks for joining me, I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have.  Happy November, everyone, it’s been a blast!

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl (2014) –
I like the Etrian Odyssey series more and more the longer it goes on, but to be honest I’ve never really much cared for the art style.  I have nothing against anime per se, but the design is that ultra anime look, the sort of dime-a-dozen look that I associate with stuff coming from Japan that I don’t care about. Disgaea too is a series that, if it weren’t so damn well brilliant, I’d have a hard time sticking with for all the gravity-defying hair and what not.  It’s the sort of art that I appreciate artistically, and don’t actively deride, but it just doesn’t do anything for me.  No dramas, I’m the kind of bloke who knows what I like, and doesn’t hate what I don’t.  So good times all around.  And so being the refined gentleman I am, I refused to judge the books by their cover, and let the games draw a map to my heart.  So to speak.

Now I don’t know what it is about the Etrian Odyssey: The Millenium Girl box art that does do it for me, whether it’s more refined or it just has an intangible quality about it that tickles my fancy, but by my reckoning it’s a bloody masterpiece.  I wish I could be more specific, but all I can come up with is that it is more, well,  elegant.

Elegant.  That’s it.  No comparing it to some classical art movement.  No mention of juxtaposition.  No pontification over colour palettes.  It is a mere undefined subjectivity and personal taste that make me appreciate the box art to this game over any of its predecessors.  It isn’t a science, it is an art.  And that’s a nice way to end the countdown because, like any good art, beauty and opinion are in the eye of the beholder.


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) – Darksiders II (2012) – Dragon’s Crown (2013)