The Worst Box Art of 2008

Much as we like to bitch here at GamesRadar, 2008 has been an outstanding year for games. We’ve seen a regular stream of releases almost every month, even during the normally dry summer, and a lot of them have been fantastic. Of course, more games on the market also means there’s more horrible, misguided and just plain hideous box art to gawp at than ever before. True, it’s not as consistently horrible as boxes were in the old 8- and 16-bit days, but the torrent of low-end shovelware we’ve seen this year – particularly on the DS and Wii – has taught us to feel entirely new kinds of pain. And really, what kind of gaming website would we be if we didn’t share that pain with you?

Above: In case you can’t be bothered to actually read the above headline or don’t know what “of 2008” means, here’s your stupid old Mega Man box. Now shut up

Please bear in mind that, with a few exceptions, we're not actually making any judgments about the games themselves - just their awful, awful boxes.

20. Twin Strike: Operation Thunder (Wii, released Oct. 28)

As much as we feel that “YEAAAH! HELICOPTERS! SHOOTIN’ MISSILES AT THE GROUND! BOOM! ENH-ENH-ENH-ENH-ENH-ENH! NYEEEEOOOWRM! BSSSHHHHHH!” is a powerful and time-honored theme, we can’t help but feel that this would look better if it were drawn on lined notebook paper.

19. Silent Hill: Homecoming (PS3/360/PC, released Sept. 30)

We’ve seen some disastrous Homecoming dates in our time, but this dismal little scene might top them all.

18. Petz Rescue: Ocean Patrol (DS, released Oct. 28)

Jesus Christ. Assuming the point of the game is to rescue marine animals from that guy’s rampaging dick, then kudos to you, box. You’ve done your job admirably.

17. Petz Dogz Fashion (DS, released June 17)

It’s always been our position that a dog wearing sunglasses is automatically awesome, but then Petz had to go and tart up some dopey animals for the benefit of cooing airheads and we were proven wrong.

16. Shepherd’s Crossing (PS2, released Aug. 19)



(Hey, going back to the well once or twice never hurt anybody.)

Rafa Nadal Tennis (DS, released June 30, 2007)

Somehow, we managed to overlook Rafa Nadal Tennis in our rundown of last year’s worst box art. And we really don’t know how it escaped our notice, because hey, look at the guy. You already want to Photoshop something into that hand, don’t you? Yeah, you know you do. That’s why we went ahead and did it for you:

Above: Umh mfffff hmphh glmphhhhh



  • FanofSaiyan - December 28, 2009 12:56 a.m.

    I can't believe Capcom did that with the Okami cover! Funny stuff.
  • isipisi - December 17, 2009 8:38 p.m.

    "6 – And he has three fingers on each hand!" yes hahah yes he has indeed a wrong amount of fingers. could number 7 be that he has no nose or number 8 be his monstrous eyes? everything must be perfect.everything must be.
  • RickyV300 - July 10, 2009 6:44 a.m.

    that horse was not happy
  • Taipan700 - June 3, 2009 1:05 p.m.

    Ok, I've been coming to Gamesradar for a while now (only just recently decided to sign up) and I've laughed and been in awe of countless other lists and features on the site. But this is the list I always come back to.
  • UltimoQueso - May 22, 2009 8:27 p.m.

    One of the words on puzzler collection is rot... lol
  • StonedMagician99 - February 26, 2009 12:21 p.m.

    One of the funniest GamesRadar articles I've read so far. I especially love the Wordmaster box art; why anyone would have, much less want, that game next to Chrono Trigger in their DS library, I don't know.
  • dinobonoid - January 17, 2009 7:05 a.m.

    this was hilarious xD
  • UnreaK745 - January 4, 2009 12:36 p.m.

    LOL that nadal DS cover is awesome=)))))))))
  • Dantesan666 - January 2, 2009 2:39 a.m.

    Holy hell, some of those covers are both horrible and pathetic. Nice try game developers but uhhh, keep trying.
  • chickadee4 - December 31, 2008 4:32 p.m.

    Great article, found the pony one hilarious! "That’s one sad pony"
  • supersonicsparky - December 18, 2008 9:05 p.m.

    I Lol'd at Nadal!
  • jack698 - December 17, 2008 2:13 a.m.

    they look gay
  • majormoses117 - December 15, 2008 4:42 a.m.

    Sheperd's Crossing was by far the funniest!!
  • Nessrox - December 15, 2008 3:53 a.m.

    Air Traffic Chaos 1 – Chaos is the largest, most visible thing on the package. Again, airport chaos on or around 9/11 probably isn’t the smartest choice 2 – That airliner is doing a loop. Assume those people are dead 3 – The controller is announcing what he is, on the box, in case the huge title and plain image of an airport wasn’t enough 4 – Despite saying he’s an air traffic controller, his facial expression and nervous sweat drops indicate he’s faking it, which explains problem number 2 AND... 5 - ...the fact that this plane is SIDEWAYS 6 – And he has three fingers on each hand! --------------------------------------------- Edit: 7 - The game was released on 9 - 11
  • Ban - December 15, 2008 1:30 a.m.

    Mikel awsomely hilarious
  • Fishow753 - December 14, 2008 11:19 p.m.

    Those babies will haunt me for the rest of my life
  • camo510 - December 14, 2008 10:03 p.m.

    Lol most of these games are for wii or ds ... thats why the covers suck, lmao jks :P
  • Shellghost - December 14, 2008 8:37 a.m.

    OMG Roflmfao at "Championship pony is watching you masturbate" XD This is such a funny article, your great Mikel XD
  • Juggernaut140 - December 14, 2008 7:22 a.m.

    There's nothing wrong with Dead Space and Left 4 Dead's box arts.
  • noobeater - December 13, 2008 10:56 p.m.

    just to correct myself when i said nintendo second time in 2nd last parapgraph i meant to say nintendo 64

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