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BioShock Infinite is easily one of my
most anticipated titles of 2013. Everything I have seen so far looks
great. Yesterday, Kyle Hilliard made a post showing off the
official BioShock Infinite box art, and at a quick glimpse I thought
it looked cool. The art really conveys the sort of disaster that
Booker DeWitt faces in the floating air-city of Columbia. When I
came back to the pictures of the box art later, however, I noticed
that there are a two things that could have been included, but
instead only the protagonist and a burning flag is present. Keep in
mind that I am not bashing the box art in any way, because it looks
great. I just thought the exclusion of certain aspects in BioShock
Infinite was rather interesting since some of them are very important
to the game. These are my thoughts on what I noticed.
Those of you who generally know the
plot of BioShock Infinite should be questioning the absence of
Elizabeth. She is the reason for the insane civil war raging in the
once peaceful air-city of Columbia, but she is not important enough
to be featured on the game's cover? It's understood that no game is
able to feature every character that makes an appearance, but
Elizabeth is a pretty damn important main character. Sure, there are
games like Batman: Arkham City where Batman, the main protagonist, is
the only character featured. However, most of the characters in
Batman: Arkham City play equal roles to all of the other characters
in the game. This is not the case in BioShock Infinite though. I am
not saying that the Kingdom Hearts approach of putting every
character worth a damn on a cover would've worked here, but the
inclusion of another character alongside Booker seemed like a more
sensible idea to me.
The air-city of Columbia created for
BioShock Infinite is really visually stunning. I think it may even
be one of the most unique video game settings ever. It shocks me
that there is hint towards it in the box art. Sure there is a blimp
peeking out of the upper right corner, but that doesn't mean much.
Since Columbia is said to be a steampunk environment, I am surprised
that the only indication of such a setting is represented by Booker's
outfit. It is a shame that such a great looking city won't be
presented on the face of the game.
That is just what I noticed. Reading
comments from several places leads me to believe that a lot of fans
dislike the current box art. Personally, I don't think it is
horrible, because it could be worse. So, let's hear some of your
guys' suggestions, gripes, and opinions on the box art of BioShock
Infinite in the comments below.
For the record, I think that the artwork below is a much better concept for the game.