Box Art Round-Up: ‘BioShock Infinite’ and ‘Fuse’ Fail to Impress

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BioShock and Fuse Box Art

Over the past weeks two of next year’s most highly anticipated titles, from two of this generation’s most respected developers, released their official box art. BioShock Infinite, Irrational Games‘ long awaited follow-up to the first BioShock, debuted its box art over the weekend, and for many, it seems like a missed opportunity.

The idea of emblazoning the game’s protagonist, Booker DeWitt, on the cover does adequately communicate the idea that the player will be experiencing the game through Booker and not as a blank slate — like in the first BioShock — but the general layout and design of the cover fails to capture the true wonder of the game.

Moreover, DeWitt’s pose is oddly reminiscent of Nathan Drake from the Uncharted franchise; a comparison that becomes compounded when you realize Troy Baker (the next up-and-coming Nolan North) is voicing the character.

Nevertheless the zeppelin and burning American flag — important symbols of Columbia’s historical setting and political situation — are captivating images, even if they are dominated by a rather generic pose. Check out the full BioShock Infinite box art by clicking the image below:

BioShock Infinite Box Art

The other box art revealed over the past few weeks is for Insomniac Games‘ upcoming cooperative shooter Fuse. Despite a long history of games featuring creative weaponry and a goofy sense of humor, Fuse‘s major appeal rest with that aforementioned 4-player co-op experience.

As such, the box art for Fuse that has been revealed focuses more so on the game’s 4 playable characters, except it doesn’t show their faces. As well, the box art borrows heavily from the recent trend of orange-accented covers — seen most primarily in EA titles like Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3 — but outdoes them all with a very orange design.

And the fact that the game’s main appeal, or at least anything that communicates something about the game, rests with some cut-off heads is pretty peculiar. The co-op idea is there, but it’s not necessarily all that well displayed.

Check it out by clicking the image below:

Fuse Box Art

While seasoned and informed gamers won’t necessarily be dismayed by less than desirable box art, it’s hard not to feel disappointed by the designs for both games’ covers. Each title has the potential of being a major standout for 2013, and we doubt the box art will impact sales, if at all, but for those who enjoy that sort of thing these could be seen as major disappointments.

What do you think of the box art for BioShock Infinite and Fuse? Do you like them, think they could be better, or could you care less about box art?

BioShock Infinite releases February 26, 2013 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Fuse is slated for a March 2013 release date on the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Source: Irrational Games, Game Informer

TAGS: BioShock: Infinite, Fuse, Insomniac Games, Irrational Games, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

  • Androol

    Don’t really care about the Fuse one, since that game has no discernible personality to begin with, but Bioshock Infinite is a pretty special game, so that one’s a shame. And really that’d be great art if you just removed Booker from it (I think).

    • Androol

      Also it seems to me that Elizabeth or Songbird would be more a more appropriate character to appear on the cover.

  • boogoo

    The Fuse box art is really odd. The entire bottom portion is blank orange while the heads get cut off at the top.

  • COREY_1993

    they are missing their heads :O

    i like the bioshock one… but the ps3 nerson has stuuf all over it! we get a free version of bioshock and move compatible so there is a blue thing in the cornor

  • jwalka

    both look pretty generic, a little disappoint with bioshock’s one since it looks like they got ‘inspiration’ from modern military games and didn’t really try (not the the bioshock covers have really wowed me anyways).

    • graverobber

      “not the the bioshock covers have really wowed me anyways”

      Are you ever impressed? Or do you just hate the word like so much that you had to replace it with the word the.

  • Ken J

    I laughed out loud literally when I saw the Fuse one… I honestly don’t think they intended for their heads to be cut in half, I think they didn’t realize the XBOX banner on top would cover the image, and they made the image in that size and aspect ratio and didn’t bother to fix it when they added the Xbox graphic, lol.

    • Anthony Mole

      Don’t forget about the NTSC logo covering one of the character’s face lol.

      • Ken J

        Yah, right on his mouth, like they are censoring him saying a bad word, lol.

  • Matt

    I think the BioShock Infinite box art looks alright. But the Fuse box art is a total fail lol.

  • graverobber

    After I released fuse was published by EA, it started to make sense why they didn’t fix the box art. (Cheap bastards)

  • Jak Frost

    I think that bio shocks would be better if they had booker and Elizabeth on the cover.And fuse instead of some of there torso and legs show them all standing there

  • Jak Frost

    never mind the fuse one just show there face’s