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Not nearly enough attention is paid to good cover art, on both the publisher and the consumer side. Like with films or novels, good cover design should cast an artful eye towards conveying the contents of the game in an eye-catching way. As a collector, good cover art matters to me. It's something that can get me interested in a disc-based game, tipping me into a buying decision. It's something that I value years later when I peruse my collection, feeling the warm rush of nostalgia wash over me and reminding me of everything I loved about a game.
In a sea of mediocre (or worse) cover art, good cover design matters and it should be celebrated! Here is a look at 10 of the finest cover designs 2014 has had to offer!
The original Castlevania: Lords of Shadow came as a surprise to me when it landed in 2010. Spearheaded by Metal Gear Solid mastermind Hideo Kojima and developed by a little known Spanish studio, I initially didn't quite take to the game. I grew tired of it after only a few hours of play, writing it off as a very pretty but ultimately unpolished God of War "clone." When I returned to it later with fresh eyes I found an action game of shocking depth and scope. Lords of Shadow is a game that, after a rough start, only improved over its considerable (20+ hour) runtime.
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