Cover art that over sold the experience

World Cup Italia '90 (Sega Mega Drive, 1989)

Box art suggests: All the glory of the greatest football tournament on the planet, with all the passion, excitement and spectacular goals of the real thing.

The reality: Perhaps the worst soccer game ever made. No licensed names, no formation settings... not even fouls. We're so glad we don't have to endure tripe like this any more.

Above: Look how great football is! Then forget everything about it and play this shambles


  • aktirak - April 12, 2009 6:15 p.m.

    For all of us that remember that era will remember that movies and games had the same hand drawn art.Even movies had drowings in their covers that never appear in the movie for example Escape from NY,the cover present the head of Miss Liberty,if you see the movie the head of Miss Liberty does not appear in the movie. Remenber in the 80's the inosence of our minds was sufficient to recreate the cover while playn with old Atari graphics
  • slamansnikovski - February 28, 2009 11:12 p.m.

    lol, sorry for misspelling, dont see an edit feature.
  • frag - February 27, 2009 4:53 a.m.

    SaKoPeePee i have to disagre with you since a lot of box art at that time was from actual pixel of the game, like metroid on nes for exemple. kid icarus, mario!!! etc... Love the battle chest one. I can relate to that.
  • Jason.Darksavior - February 6, 2009 4:41 a.m.

    So many awesome covers, so little decent games.
  • SkullSplitter - February 5, 2009 7:19 p.m.

    Funny Article!
  • maximus13 - February 5, 2009 5:43 p.m.

    First ! good article agree with most
  • slamansnikovski - February 28, 2009 11:10 p.m.

    well actually that's not the king next to the queen on the zoomed'in picture, I believe it's a bishop. Interesting article, though I don't blame them for making a box art that will sold the game.
  • SaKoPeePee - February 8, 2009 2:08 a.m.

    This is stupid... why? because all the games are from a time when it wasnt even possible to produce a game to go with any of them covers. Should have been done with current games

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