Create Your Own Video Game Box Art In 4 Easy Steps

You ever notice that a lot of the box art for the big budget AAA games is starting to look kind of similar? Not a lot is separating Mass Effect from Modern Warfare or Dragon Age from Battlefield. I have simplified it down to four easy steps that will be able to recreate almost every cover you’ve seen in the last two years. Let’s see how this goes...

Step 1

Firstly you need to choose between one of about 4 of the most generic backgrounds you can. My guide will be based on multiplayer focused shooters. With this in mind, I’ll have a choice of: a ruined city, jungle, a desert location or just things exploding. I’ve decided to go with a nice ruined city backdrop.

Step 2

Just about every AAA box art requires, by law, that your main character be walking toward the camera nonchalantly while never quite looking directly at it. Your box art will be no different. Chose your main character and do exactly that. You should end up with something like this:

Step 3

Remember to give yourself a title that people will remember. Something that sounds unique, like so:

Step 4

And finally, given the current trend of releasing about 12 different editions of the same game, you’ll need to let people know exactly what they’re buying. Either maps, items or some sort of pre-order bonus, you’ll end up with something like this:

And there you have it, easy video game box art in 4 steps. I doubt this game would look out of place on any game store shelf.

This formula is by no means limited to one genre. Here are a few I’ve made sticking to the same rules:

Future Soldier 3139 from the “Game set in the future where the blatantly evil corporation you work for turns out to be evil” genre. Notice the common elements.

Co-op focused shooter, Gun Killers. They kill people, with their guns.

This is one for the hotly anticipated “Fantasy RPG XVIII” . It doesn’t matter what type of game you’re making or what genre it is, things exploding always works as a background. It’s universal to all video games.

And finally the sci-fi 3rd person shooter “Alien Attack 3”


Comments

    I always knew Liam Neeson was God.

    WHAT IS THIS OUTRAGEOUS ATTEMPT AT JOURNALISM
    WHO IS THIS BURDUSEL CHARACTER
    I BET HE ONLY HAS A DEGREE IN HR OR SOMETHING
    WHAT A QUACK
    IF WE WERE PLAYING DUCK HUNT, YOU KNOW WHAT CHARACTER HE WOULD BE? TH DOG THAT LAUGHS AT YOU, THAT IS HOW MUCH OF A QUACK HE IS
    I COME FOR KOTAKU FOR HARD SOLID FACTS, NOT LIGHT HEARTED HUMOUR, BECAUSE I DO NOT ENJOY ENJOYING THINGS, NOR DO I HAVE ANY PATIENCE FOR FUN
    I SHOULD HAVE USED CAPS LOCK INSTEAD OF SHIFT
    WORST DAY EVER

      I would like to picture @Bish actually saying this, and by the tone of his angry voice, he sounds like an upset scotchman. So I produced this nice and accurate reproduction of his voice so you can actually hear him say it: http://www.text2speech.org/temp/1209230852490.mp3

    110% Correct

      Though as I understand it, the 10% past the initial 100% is only a pre-order bonus.

        And the bit between 80% and 90% was cut for use as DLC later.

          except on PC where it was just cut period since they cancelled the DLC for the PC version due to "piracy"

    "one of about 4 of the most genetic backgrounds you can."

    I'm not sure what a "genetic" background is - but I'm pretty sure you meant "generic" ;)

    This Burdusel chap really is quite on the money. Sips tea. Indubitably.

    LOL is the RPG art one that piece the guy got accused of stealing for his painting of some american political figure.

    Haha. So true it's scary. Nice one!

    Lol, is that first one the Uncharted font?

    I would play a game called Gun Killers...

    the Book of Gagnam needs to be a real thing.

    hehehe... also you win the next phtotshop comp that Mark arranges

      Oh and the font from the Shooter 7 one is Base02 and was actually the font used for Trials HD (Yes I can make everything about Trials if you let me, like that awesome friend who says that everything in life can be taken back to a Simpsons of Family Guy quote!)

        You are correct, it is Base 02. But it actually looks remarkably similar to the Gears of War font.

    one of them features a women...which is not acurate

      No, the problem isn't that it's a woman, it's that she's not sexualised enough.
      For example, I can't see her breasts very well.
      Still, this is pretty hilarious

        The character design is actually from MGS4, please direct your hate at Hideo Kojima.

    And yet none of them are worse than the Batman GOTY edition covers.

    I just made one myself!

    http://pics.mobygames.com/images/covers/large/972911633-00.jpg

    I'd love it if I could actually make one

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