Maze Hunter 3-D Sega Chess After Burner - EU Strider II Super Tennis Asterix and the Great Rescue Shadow of the Beast Mortal Kombat 3 Tecmo World Cup '93 RoboCop 3 Space Harrier 3-D Rescue Mission The Incredible Crash Dummies Ms. Pac-Man Arcade Smash Hits Marksman Shooting / Trap Shooting / Safari Hunt Quartet Taz-Mania Super Space Invaders American Baseball Streets of Rage II
Maze Hunter 3-D - This is one of the most visually striking of the system's 3D games, and the cover art sticks close to the source material with a perspective shot of a moment of live-or-die action. The protagonist resembles magician Doug Henning, as he prepares to beat down a manta ray with a stick. Possibly the same illustrator as the one who did Shanghai and a few other titles whose cover art favors pink. It's strange, but it works.
Rescue Mission - Very cool comic book-style illustration. To me this looks like the same artist as Dead Angle, with a signature style that includes curving surfaces, as though this is viewed through a wide-angle lens. The action is intense, the pen-and-ink work is dynamic and assured, the colors are vibrant. I also like how the landscape is omitted in the bottom right to make room for the Sega logo.
Streets of Rage II - Possibly inspired by the iconic poster for the cult favorite film The Warriors, this is a pretty brutal tableau of how justice is doled out on the streets... the streets that exist within this wonderful little game console. Some of the poses are slightly stiff, but all in all this is a very technically advanced and detailed painting, something no one should be surprised to see hanging on the wall of a fancy restaurant. (Just checking to see if you're reading all this.)
Honorable mentions: American Baseball - another great illustration that would have fit right in with the fantastic cover art of many of the early Atari 2600 cartridges. Super Space Invaders - It's cool to see the blend of old and new, both in the logo and illustration. Space Harrier 3-D - I'm not the biggest fan of this soft, air-brushed style, but I like the composition and Harrier is in a good action pose. Shadow of the Beast - crazy illustration, and I have always loved Psygnosis's awesome lettering styles, that look like combinations of art nouveau and graffiti. Sega Chess - understated but it has interesting detail.
Dishonorable mention: Quartet - Edgar is black. Come on, man.
After Burner: shows what the game is; simple enough to fit well among other old covers Asterix: shows the characters as they are known (to me) Super Space Invaders: part simple, part ambitious, all Space Invaders
Post by playgeneration on Dec 24, 2015 14:46:20 GMT
Rescue Mission - Really evokes warfare and helps add to the feel of the game Streets of Rage II - Even though they kind of look like mannequins put in position, its still cool looking. Space Harrier 3D