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Video-game box art we love

Trailers and internet hype are one thing, but there's something to be said about just how excited great box art can make you.

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Daniel Van Boom

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1 of 17 Bethesda

Fallout

The cover of the original Fallout was so nice that developer Bethesda did it twice -- and then twice again.

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2 of 17 Ninja Theory

Heavenly Sword

One of the PS3's first anticipated exclusives. Luckily, this game had substance to back up its considerable style.

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3 of 17 Disney

Mickey Mania

Disney sure knew how to sell a SNES game. How could a young gamer in the '90s resist 1994's Mickey Mania?

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4 of 17 Sony Interactive Entertainment

Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain showed that a game box could be subtle and still alluring.

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5 of 17 Data East

Rampage

Luring us in with a spectacular premise, this game rampaged through our hearts.

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6 of 17 Tecmo

Ninja Gaiden

In 1988, Ryu Hayabusa was seeking to avenge his father's death and wasn't scared to burn down a city to do it -- if this box art is to be believed.

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7 of 17 LucasArts

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II

The lightsabers on the cover actually sparkled and shimmered. Plus, unlike other Star Wars games, this one was actually fun.

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8 of 17 Konami

The Adventures of Bayou Billy

One of our editors found this box art irresistible. Sadly, this "'Crocodile' Dundee" rip-off didn't deliver the goods.

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9 of 17 2K Games

Bioshock

Perhaps the best part of Bioshock's box art is its '30s style logo, luring us into the doomed underwater city of Rapture.

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10 of 17 Square Enix

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

The backdrop of Final Fantasy VII's Midgar, and Cloud's Buster Sword, baited us into Zack Fair's tale of predestined woe.

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11 of 17

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto III's cover convention has been replicated by Rockstar, and internet jokesters, for each new GTA game.

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12 of 17 Capcom

Okami

Okami's sumi-e art style made both the game and its cover art visually arresting.

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13 of 17 Nintendo

Pokemon Red and Blue

Most Pokemaniacs who are 20-something today started their love affair with Pokemon with either Charizard or Blastoise.

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14 of 17 Capcom

Resident Evil 4

One of the Gamecube's last great games, this one's cover is a soft sell -- only hinting at the chaos inside.

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15 of 17 Sony Computer Entertainment

Shadow of the Colossus

Shadow of the Colossus' box art gives players a sneak peak at the jaw-dropping scale of the giants they'll battle.

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16 of 17 Nintendo

Super Smash Bros Brawl

Nintendo's heroes look more primed and ready for action here on the front of Brawl than they do on other game boxes.

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17 of 17 Sony Computer Entertainment

Uncharted 2

The box art for Nathan Drake's second adventure is inspired by the game's opening scene.

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