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Devil May Cry 4 gets some boxart

Boxart lately has been going downhill. They tend to be mishmashed, garbled pieces of last-minute marketing, with way too much happening on one little box to elicit anything but "this is cheesy". There are other boxarts like Warhawk that get the point across: title, clouds, airplane. Simple, direct, excellent.

The past boxarts for Devil May Cry have also been simple: generally it's Dante in a sweet pose with the title somewhere around him. That's why we're kind of disappointed at the supposed final boxart for Devil May Cry 4. It's got Nero in a cool pose and we're fine with that. But what's with the giant Dante in the background? It makes the entire thing seem a bit crowded, honestly. Not that it matters -- the game inside the case is what counts. Thoughts?

[Thanks, Cagalli!]

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1. Like the cover hate the logo/font.

Posted at 5:35PM on Sep 8th 2007 by Egster

2. Viewing this box art makes me think that they didn't hire an actual artist, they hired someone who cuts and pastes things.

What's with the leather/denim thing to the left? What's with the head up-top, some backshot of (I thought) the same character?

What's with the fake arm that looks like it was rendered on a ps2 and then upscaled?

When will these companies learn to take pride in box art?

Think of album covers.

They have a potentially killer game and they put THIS SHIT on the box?

Here's my take, frag me if you will.

But why not a view of a huge structure, a huge boss in the background, and viewing the protaganist from the back, with his arms slightly outstretched, the left arm being subtly weird.

Posted at 5:54PM on Sep 8th 2007 by John

3. Get a New Cover! This is only supporting my boycott also DMC2 Cover > this.

Posted at 5:59PM on Sep 8th 2007 by sicklesdawg

4. I've never been a big fan of the series to be honest and this boxart [sadly] doesn't really look that good.

Posted at 6:08PM on Sep 8th 2007 by ShadowSlayer1

5. The Colors & The Pose=fruity. There's to much on Screen! Where's the cool Eerie cover?

Posted at 6:10PM on Sep 8th 2007 by sicklesdawg

6. Yeah it's definitely too crowded on the cover. Get rid of Dante in the background and everything else for that matter except the Dante in the middle. Focus on him. Ewww... that cover blows goats.

Posted at 6:21PM on Sep 8th 2007 by Stoph

7. here's what they should do to improve it

*make the background more transparent.
*make the title A LOT bigger.
*that pose of Nero just doesn't scream "cool"

Honestly, Resistence still has the best cover over all PS3 games.

Posted at 6:28PM on Sep 8th 2007 by kingofwale

8. @2 & 6

The guy in the middle is Nero. The guy in the background is Dante. ;) I believe the denim is Nero's cloke? Not sure. I agree it's a rather bad cover that looks like it's been done by some amatuer for a school project.

Posted at 6:35PM on Sep 8th 2007 by Ste

9. @ kingofwale : have you seen the ratchett and clank cover? It's brilliant.

http://cache.kotaku.com/assets/resources/2007/08/R%26C%20FTD%20Box%20Art-RP.jpg

Posted at 6:37PM on Sep 8th 2007 by Egster

10. @9, well, Insomniac Games know their box covers. ;)

I've also always liked Enix's cover for their FF games.

Posted at 7:19PM on Sep 8th 2007 by kingofwale

11. I've never been a dmc fan. Box art seems a bit amature, but it's the game inside the box that counts.

Posted at 7:19PM on Sep 8th 2007 by Michael

12. I actually like this cover its pretty sweet its a tad crowded yes and Neros had looks rather odd.

I think Dante in the background is fine tho they could use a more simple Nero on the foreground

Posted at 7:37PM on Sep 8th 2007 by shaf

13. I do think the cover is kinda cluttered a little. To be honest, ive never played this series and because this game went multiplatform, i'll probably wont play this 1 either. Hope the rest of you guys enjoy it.

Posted at 8:01PM on Sep 8th 2007 by Myke

14. I happen to think Heavenly Sword's boxart is the best right now, that or Resistance.

Posted at 8:28PM on Sep 8th 2007 by Don

15. Devil May Cry 4 is to Metal Gear Solid 2 as Neo is to Raiden. A new character isn't usually the smart thing to do for a beloved series that always had the same main character, especially when you are suppose to fight Dante later as Neo.

Posted at 8:33PM on Sep 8th 2007 by ruibing

16. That looks like it might not even be able to fit on a PS3 box. This game should be good, but their over-doing the boxart.

Posted at 10:13PM on Sep 8th 2007 by Valin

17. Am I the only one who doesn't have a problem with the box art? I'm not a huge fan of DMC. I loved the first one, but even though I have the third one, I haven't picked it up yet. I wonder if that affects my opinion, but if I saw this in the store, I'd think, hey, this game looks pretty cool. That's just me, though.

Posted at 10:25PM on Sep 8th 2007 by Chris

18. blahhh....just like the Folklore art, too much going on. it's a shame that Lair is doing so crappily because that cover is the sweetness.

Posted at 10:52PM on Sep 8th 2007 by a.j.

19. @18: I agree the Lair cover art rocks. Game ain't half bad either but thats another story.

This, on the other hand, sucks. If they HAD to include dante, thay should have had him in a mexican stand off with Nero. Dante holding up Ebony (or Ivory) and Nero holding up whatever his gun is called.

Posted at 12:23AM on Sep 9th 2007 by gullum

20. the best art for any game is probably Shadow of the Colussus with Jeanne d'Arc in a strong second. I have scoured the internet trying to find cloth posters of said games to adorn my walls with, but to no avail.

This, however reminds me of any Alex Baldwin movie. Excuse me whilst I vomit.

Posted at 12:40AM on Sep 9th 2007 by Kattleox

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