Best of 2012! Top Ten: Video Game Box Arts

Who says games aren’t art? Not Bradly.

By Bradly Halestorm. Posted 01/06/2013 11:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

7. Gradius (NES, 1985)


Besides epitomizing the word, “epic”, what makes Gradius’ cover so special is its ability to capture an entire era and its culture in one fell swoop. It goes without being said that the 80s were a time laden with electric colors, synth-rock, outer space intrigue and stories of the underdog overcoming insurmountable odds to claim victory in the end. This is the heart of Gradius’ cover, and the core of the title’s overall experience. Even aside from its social reflection and significance, it manages to tell you exactly what you’re getting into should you play the game. It’s as if it’s saying, “this game is going to test your patience and will to persevere, but as a reward, you’re gonna blow up a ton of cool shit along the way.”

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