X – The year 2011 in game covers

Throughout the year we have been looking at the inside of the cover of the games, more precisely what’s on the disc. I thought it was time to look on what’s outside the cover. While some are horrendous, I decided to refrain from pointing them out and instead looking at what have been good. I’ll publish a proper game of the year list later on.

It has been a beautiful year in gaming, and the artistic covers is no exception. From colourful over sharptoned images to unique styling.

From the start of the year to the end, I’ve listed the covers below – click on them for a larger image. The date I used (you’ll be able to see it in the filename), is the EU release date for the format that went on the street first – with a few exceptions.

Venetica was released in Germany a couple years ago, and finally arrived in the US for both home consoles. With the stylish Tomb Raider look and the unique and stylish lines combined with the simplicity in the colours, this cover is a real beauty.

The coverart that the Americans got was in my opinion far superior than what Europeans had to settle with. The atmosphere that the drawing are demonstrating are really telling for what's inside. I just love that they display an arcade machine.

US coverart: I love how the artist has mixed the B/W look with colours. The blue eye truly displays power of the mind.

Two Worlds II hit the US store shelves in the beginning of January. The golden logo really compliments the simple and blue background with nice soft lines with some badass looking characters.

One of the trademarks from the franchise; Isaacs helmet with the blue glow. Dark and threatening, just like the games. I really love the simplicity in this cover.

I'm not fond of Manga/Anime in general, (never was too happy about the faces) but nonetheless I love the lines and colours in this cover art, and keeping it simple by having a limited scale of different colours is making it even better.

I had to add this to the list because I love the logo and the fact it's just a chair with a few props, hinting of what the game is about.

Unique and raw is getting trendy. Colourless and intense with rough lines.

Faceless hero with both evil and good powers.

While the cover could have been a little bit more stylish, I really like how they made this collage.

Simple and intimidating, just like a cover for a great racing game should be.

Stylish colouring makes this cover easy recognisable.

Maniac and bloody, with a hint of sophistication, rounded with rough edges.

Hitting the Xbox 360 for Kinect owners first and later on for Move owners on the Ps3, this is truly an artistic masterpiece in game - underlined with this simple coverart.

This title got on the US shelves this year, Europe are getting it at February 10th. Making quite the debate over the controversy of include sexuality in a game (more than subtle hints at least) this game made headlines - not to mention this sexy cover.

Unique styling makes this cover on the list.

Colouring and styling is pretty neat on this cover.

Detailed and full of artistic edges.

Other sites have pointed this cover out, so I thought I would include it on the list. The raw fury in this picture is quite stunning.

A dead puppet looking badass, with the wild west trademark: a sunset in the desert.

This is a pretty bad ass looking cover in my eyes. I really like the style.

Only out in US by now, Rocksmith are set to be revolutionary; Play with your real guitar in a game!

Up for a GOTY, and aiming at high quality value. I really like the art that comes with the Batman Arkham City game, making subtly emphasize on the blood by the colouring.

You CAN look cute and bad ass at the same time!

Cole as a vampire? That is pretty hardcore. So is this art that are even more gloomy than the first two titles in the series.

Lively and colourful with cute characters, just like a Disney movie.

Grafitti stylish cover for this game is quite saying: You get to play as paint on the wall.

The Signature Edition (only released in the US) of Assassins Creed: Revelations in black and white makes the protagonist even more cool looking.

Simple: Some Saints jewelry up close made in CGI might not show what the game is up to, but it's damn classy.

A troll ready to strike - yeah that's very describing of this game. I like the artistic style too.

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Getting sucked into games by Super Mario as a kid, gaming got on hold during her teens. Lured into gaming with the 7th generation by GTA IV, and a few years later intrigued by reviewing games, and now she's running gamingirl since 2009.

3 Comments for X – The year 2011 in game covers

  1. Conor
    13 February, 2012 at 19:48

    I’m a little confused, are these meant to be the best of the year?

    Venetica, Mindjack, Neptunia and El Shaddai are poor, and a lot of the others are cliche and derivative.

    Sure there’s a couple decent ones here; Catherine, Arkham City, LA Noire, Alice etc. but really, these can’t be the best of the year, from a pure graphical design and aesthetic point of view, a lot of them are very disappointing.

    • Lea
      13 February, 2012 at 22:25

      Hi Conor,

      Thanks for commenting.

      The world would be such a boring place if everyone was agreeing and alike, wouldn’t it? These covers are my choices from last year, and it’s expected that you have a different opinion. 🙂

  2. ROBomination
    21 August, 2012 at 21:50

    I’d have to say Arkham Asylum. Although Dishwasher has my favroite art style; I thought the “box art” was better by a long shot.

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