Fall/Holiday 2012 Box Art Report Card

Halo_4_box_art

Halo game covers have improved as new versions of the game are released- mainly because there is more to work with. New concept artwork and better in-game graphics make for better source material, and this cover makes good use of that. Halo 4 gets MF MF MF MF out of 5

New_Super_Mario_Bros._U_box_art

The new features of this Mario game are the focus of this cover, and everyone is in action which is great. However, the face the blue Yoshi is making has been mocked endlessly, and now that is all I can see when I look at this cover! Seriously though, what is that face? New Super Mario Bros. U gets MF MF MF M out of 5

Assassin's_Creed_III_box_art

This is actually the first Assassin’s Creed cover to show an assassin actually in action- and it’s awesome! It’s also nice that there is some indication of the historical setting of the game in the background rather than just blown out blurry light. Assassin’s Creed III gets MF MF MF MF out of 5

Dishonored_box_art

The art style of the game itself is what makes this cover so great, although I would not have minded seeing other characters or buildings in the background. The one glowing hand and dagger in the other also immediately convey that this character will use a mix of magic and weapons in the game. Dishonored gets MF MF MF MF out of 5

HitmanAbsolution_box_art
I know on the other covers I was looking for more going on in the background, but in a game where the goal is to blend in it is cool that Agent 47 is the only one on the game cover. Hitman: Absolution gets MF MF MF MF M out of 5

AngryBirdsStarWars_box_artHonorable Mention: Angry Birds Star Wars. Since it’s a mobile game it does not have box artwork so to say, but as I mentioned before in my review, the artwork for this game is just fantastic. The Star Wars-Angry Birds mashup was executed really well, and the artwork shows it!

Past box art report cards: Winter 2011, Spring 2012, Summer 2012

Real Talk by: StephO (Stephanie Owens)

Dishonored Launch Trailer

The launch trailer for Dishonored is my pick for Trailer of the Week- and if the game is as high quality as its trailer, then it’s bound to be a good! The music and tone of the trailer fit perfectly with the Dishonored art style, and although the trailer is a bit melodramatic, it looks like they used plenty of in-game footage (not to mention great game reviews) to keep it grounded. Dishonored is available now for PS3, Xbox 360, and MS Windows.

Also be sure to check out  The Walking Dead Episode 4, last week’s winner!

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