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Published on November 6th, 2013 | by Tony Odett


Artistically Sane: Game Reviews By The Box Cover

Box art is the most important feature a game has (or not). Because of this, we here at Critically Sane have decided to do nothing less than begin reviewing games by the cover art in order to uncover that deeper, hidden meaning.

Ryse: Son of Rome

Ryse Box Art

I carry two swords, one because it fits in my sheath and a second to stab people who think I can’t spell. Even though they’re right.

Tree out of Frive.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Assassin's Creed IV Box Art

You don’t need to be a shooter to have a cover with a solitary man holding a gun. LOOK! Actually, I have three guns. And a sword.  Obviously, that’s better.

Rating: Arggggghh out of Aye, Matey.

Call of Duty: Ghosts

Call of Duty Ghosts Box Art

I can kill you. Blindfolded. This is how good aim assist has become. Also, BOO!

Ahhhhhhhh! out of Ghosts are Scary.

Battlefield IV

Battlefield 4 Box Art

Let’s see. I’ve got my pistol, my grenade, my rifle, a loaf of bread, a bottle of milk… Damn it. This is way too much to carry.

Rating: America out of Orange Is the New Black.

WWE 2K14

WWE 2K14 Box Art

You can smell what The Rock is cooking. The odor is pretty bad, honestly. Take a shower, Dwayne. You reek.

Rating: One Keg out of A Six Pack

Killzone: Shadow Fall

Killzone Box Art

Now headlined by Sam Fisher with a laser rifle and Laserbeak. The final villain in the game is now Megatron.

Rating: More Than Meets the Eye

Madden 25

Madden 25 Box Art

Adrian Peterson. Because Barry Sanders isn’t good enough for the next gen, and we needed a player we could actual jinx. Say hi to Josh Freeman, Adrian!

Rating: At Least We’ll Get a High Draft Pick

NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Box Art

LeBron: “I love the first snow of winter. Just catching a few flakes on your tongue… ” *cough, gasp, sputter, cough, choke*

Chalk does a body good.

NBA Live 14

NBA Live 14 Box Art

Kyrie Irving: “No, I’m not LeBron. Yeah, your mom bought you the wrong NBA game. Sorry.”

Rating: If At First You Don’t Succeed, Cancel Your Game And Release It Three Years From Now.

Peggle 2


Now Coming to your next generation console: My Little Pony: The Game.


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About the Author

A longtime blogger/games writer with a distinct love of strategy, he brings the smarts and the sarcasm to the Perfectly Sane Show and to Critically Sane. Always going on about games with vast strategic minutia, Tony also writes as the Critically Sane Strategist.

  • Wolf

    Best and worst box art of the past generation? This year?

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