The worst box art of 2011

21-22. Fantastic Pets/Petz Fantasy 3D

Released: Apr. 12/June 21

Ugh. We know kids aren’t the most discerning consumers when it comes to the artistic quality with which their dopey-looking cartoon animals are rendered, but this is lazy and boring to an almost cynical degree. Is it too much to ask that boxes like this try just a little har-


23. Aladdin Magic Racer

Released: Dec. 27

Aside from the fact that Aladdin there is all bro’d out and sporting a Jedi braid, and aside from the fact that his lady friend has a face that could plane wood, and aside from the fact that this thing is just a mess of blues and yellows and pinks… that lamp is a teapot.


24. Battlefield 3

Released: Oct. 25

What’s that, you say? “Battlefield 3’s box, with its oddly orange-lit soldier, isn’t bad or ugly?” Well, you’re right. It isn’t. In fact, Battlefield 3’s box art is well-composed, nicely rendered and perfectly suited to the series. But it was also all of those things when a near-identical version of it was used on Battlefield: Bad Company 2’s box last year.


Calling the next few items “box art” is a stretch, seeing as (to the best of our knowledge) they’ve never adorned an actual, physical box. They are, however, some of the most hideous images used to sell downloadable games on Amazon, and as such they deserve to be hauled out and vigorously clubbed.

25. Redneck Racers

Released: Jan. 5

We’re not entirely sure which country the developers of Redneck Racers are from, but it’s safe to say their concept of a “redneck” is worlds away from our own. For starters, both of these guys are wearing shirts. Preposterous!

Above: Also, a beret? A BERET? Is he, like, the token snooty redneck who spent that year in community college and later gets beaten to death out behind the Citgo?

26. Pride of Nations: The Spanish-American War 1898 DLC

Released: Jul 12

This cover looks vaguely like an actual, historical painting, which might be a decent cover story – but closer examination reveals that it very likely isn’t, and therefore has no excuse to bring so many oppressively drab browns and grays to a game cover. There’s also the question of the figure at the center of the image, who may or may not be Teddy Roosevelt. It’s kind of hard to tell, really.

Above: This portrait is less “bully!” and more “victim!”

27. Mystery Novel

Released: Apr. 13

Honestly, Patrick Swayze’s ghost deserves better than to adorn a game with so unimaginative a title.

28. Dream Mysteries: Case of the Red Fox

Released: Feb. 18


29. Behind the Reflection

Released: March 8

As concepts go, a ghost floating, unseen, near a couple of readers isn't such a bad one, assuming you can get past the idea of a full-length mirror just sort of sitting on someone's overgrown lawn and the homeowner's association not shitting bricks over it. But when you execute that concept with a Sims screenshot and a layout for your title that makes us think it's about someone admiring their own ass in a mirror, well, you've kind of messed it up, haven't you?


  • Hydrohs - December 31, 2011 7:05 p.m.

    I look forward to this every year, and it never disappoints.
  • winner2 - December 31, 2011 2:48 p.m.

    "Phil Taylor is the only human being ever to kidney-punch God." L-o-f*cking-l
  • mothbanquet - December 30, 2011 6:25 a.m.

    Ah, my favourite time of the year. Now to go back through as many of the previous years' entries as my lunch hour will allow...
  • IPostedThis4U - December 29, 2011 1:39 p.m.

    Battlefield 3 I love BF3, and it's one of the only games I play, but seriously? They've been developing the game for 2 years, and all they did was take BFBC2's art and rearrange the vehicles in the background and offset the character to centre him. And not to mention Battlefield 3: Limited Edition. "let's just zoom in on the centrepiece's face and write 'Limited Edition' in big letters on the side." ugh.
  • bailzee - December 27, 2011 3:42 p.m.

    Phil Taylor owns a pub near where I live apparently, never seen him in the flesh though, probably off doing tough stuff somewhere
  • Japanaman - December 27, 2011 9:24 a.m.

    8 is the worst boxart I have ever seen in my entire life!
  • tofu666 - December 27, 2011 5:54 a.m.

    Are you a bad enough dude to challenge Phil Taylor? No, you're not.
  • Balaska - December 27, 2011 3:21 a.m.

    Am I the only one that sees that the soldier on (various) Battlefield boxes is on fire? That's why he is orange lit.
  • MisuCake - December 26, 2011 10:58 p.m.

    Couldn't stop laughing at the last one.
  • FinderKeeper - December 26, 2011 7:51 p.m.

    *note to self: avoid looking at Nintendo third-party titles.*
  • quincytheodore - December 25, 2011 11:45 p.m.

    Great article. I've just enlightened that Phil Taylor might be Chuck Norris' brother.
  • santaclouse37 - December 25, 2011 11:19 p.m.

    This is easily tied with the Anti-Awards for my favorite annual article. Once again, it did not dissapoint. (Though I was somewhat expecting to see the AC: Revelation's art get ripped a new one.)
  • mattersnotnow - December 25, 2011 7:36 p.m.

    15 minutes later and I'm still laughing at "The Behind Reflection" Oh god, how I wish there was enough bad box art that you guys could do this monthly
  • beemoh - December 25, 2011 5:56 p.m.

    Pretty sure the "giggly friend" on Fix It: Home Improvement Challenge is Cherie Blair. I mean, look at the unnaturally four-cornered mouth!
  • augdog - December 25, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    Look forwards to this every year.
  • ninjaemperor - December 25, 2011 9:57 a.m.

    This is always one of my favorite articles of the year, hilarious!
  • Squander - December 25, 2011 7:41 a.m.

    wow, also look at "Super Sonic Racer" - the blueish font of "Super Sonic" looks exactly what we might find on a real Sonic-cover...
  • juicenpancakes - December 24, 2011 11 p.m.

    My bad, I didn't mean for it to be taken in a dickish tone, I was being sarcastic. My apologies. Merry xxxmas to all of the wondrous GR humans.
  • Jellyjiggler2 - December 24, 2011 12:15 p.m.

    Mikel, I was getting a little worried I wouldn't be seeing my favorite annual Gamesradar article this year. Thankfully you (and the boxes) did not disappoint. That being said, WHERE ARE THE ANTI-AWARDS???

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