Halo Reach Cover Art

As has been bemoaned on this blog many times, the state of cover art in the Fantasy and Science Fiction fields is often underwhelming. Sure, there are gems, and there are some publishers who’re taking risks and doing wonderful work, but the duds far outweigh the studs. The same can be said for videogame covers. I won’t go into the the Japan/North America debate (needless to say, it’s very similar to the UK/USA debate for book covers), but instead point you to a group of artists who are trying to right the problem, thanks to the removable sleeves found in videogame cases.

It’s no secret that videogame concept artists have some wonderful names among their ranks (Kekai Kotaki, for instance, and Jason Chan), but more often than not the covers for the videogames feature staid and boring computer generated figures doing boring things and looking generic. These artists on NeoGAF recognized the problem and have taken the gorgeous concept art from various games and used it to re-work the covers into things of beauty.

And aren’t they pretty?

Shadow of the Colossus Cover Art Dark Souls Cover Art Skyrim Cover Art

And a few others that caught my eye:

Alternate Videogame Covers

I’ve included a few of my favourites, but many, many more titles can be found on the official NeoGAF thread. Kudos to all the wonderful artists involved.

  • Jeremy Shane October 31, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Those are awesome covers. I might actually keep the case if they looked like that. Love the Halo one, but the Skyrim is probably my favorite.

  • krish November 1, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I use the GAF covers for most of my games and actually have the Ico/SotC and Xenoblade covers you posted. :) Demon’s Souls in particular has some amazing art. I really love this one, it’s just so perfect for the game.

  • Andrew Liptak November 1, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I’ve gotta say, I love that Halo: Reach cover. I wonder if I can get a printable version…

  • Cursed Armada November 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Man, that Skyrim is beautiful… Check out my blog for a review of Dark Souls! Awesome game btw!