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Muramasa: The Demon Blade box art cover
By avatar Drakxxx 46 on January 7th, 2009
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Drakxxx 46 [ 1 decade ago ]

Hey everyone,

This is my entry for Round 1 of The New Year's Rocking Competition. The theme is "Games of 2009", as some of you should know.
My opponent in round 1 is master_general, who is also running the comp. Since I had to send him my submission anyways, I figured I go ahead and upload this to my gallery now.

Muramasa: The Demon Blade is due out this year from the developers of Odin Sphere. After the inevitable Resident Evil 5, I'm looking forward to this game the most so far based on the line up for 09'.

I decided to go with the horizontal alignment as I wanted to base the design with a very strong Feudal Era Japanese art style, and I decided to set things up almost like a traditional Japanese screen, or "Shoji" as I learned they were called while doing research.

This alignment is not really reasonable for most media box designs, but I hope you'll agree that it definitely compliments the style on this piece. Xseed, the publisher slated to release Muramasa stateside later in the year, also released the PSP game "Brave Story" with a horizontal alignment, which was also inspiration for doing things the way I did.

The front and back characters I rendered from various artwork images I found from the game. They are filtered a bit, as most of the images I found were considerably small. The monsters on the screens in the front are renders I made from actual screenshots of the game, also filtered. The rest is either edited Google images or various textures.

The only items I drew for this design are the eye under the "M" in the front logo, and the various Japaneses style clouds and swirls you see through out the design.

All in all, I'm very pleased how this one came out, and I hope you guys enjoy it as well.

Edited at 1 decade ago

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gamerking 43 [ 1 decade ago ]

....O.O

that's weird. lol

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Skyrunner 33 [ 1 decade ago ]

Simply fantastic.

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SilentMan101 43 [ 1 decade ago ]

I <3 You O.o
lmao This box rocks!

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gamerking 43 [ 1 decade ago ]

first david cook, and now joel?...kyle. you gotta quit it with the man crushes dude. lol.

and like i said, it looks weird joel...but in a good way. :D

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Firebrand 35 [ 1 decade ago ]

looks good. not sure about the horizontal thing though.

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Pan 47 [ 1 decade ago ]

Really good, I like the presentation a lot.

Edited at 1 decade ago

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StinkyNelkin 30 [ 1 decade ago ]

Beautiful. Absolutley Beautiful.

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Willy105 27 [ 1 decade ago ]

Great presetation, although the ESRB logos and the publisher names should have been made horizontal as well, they don't seem to agree with the box art.

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Geno 38 [ 1 decade ago ]

Alright...you've officially gotten too good.

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afifan000 44 [ 1 decade ago ]

Now THIS is awesome. Great job!

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vividamage123 43 [ 1 decade ago ]

That's fantastic, wow im extremely impresed

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Ray Blade 40 [ 1 decade ago ]

That's amazing, I'm not so sire I like the idea of it being sideways, but it apparently works. Beautiful work here, stunning design and awesome execution. Seeing your work is like a breath of fresh air.

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TwistedTinkerToy 43 [ 1 decade ago ]

Looks as awesome as the game.

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tleeart 45 [ 1 decade ago ]

Gutsy. I think I would have aligned the ESRB, Dev, and Bottom template info with the artwork, but all in all this is very good and innovative.

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shadysaiyan 41 [ 1 decade ago ]

Talk about amazing *drool* up there in my favorite boxes from you.

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YoshiStar 46 [ 1 decade ago ]

THAT IS SUCH AN AWESOME IDEA!!


Really cool. Love the horizontal alignment.

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Ladykiller 42 [ 1 decade ago ]

I hate you.

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alldreamsfalldown 49 [ 1 decade ago ]

I'm glad i'm not up against you. My box sucks compared to this beautiful thing.

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Dynamic 34 [ 1 decade ago ]

Oh my.
This is insane dude, really love this, the horizontal thing confused me at first, but then I read so, I agree its fresh, but also agree about the logos and stuff. The design is incredible, its funky, colourful, with a good arrangement, and everything is pretty appealing, great job! :)

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Drakxxx 46 [ 1 decade ago ]

Thanks guys!

I keep the ESRB and other logos vertical based on the official design for Brave Story, which uses a similar horizontal layout. I figured keeping those things in the standard vertical alignment would not completely through it off when retailers display it on the shelf.

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Whoomp 42 [ 1 decade ago ]

I usually don't like landscape boxes but this is really, really good!

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phuta 1 [ 1 decade ago ]

this is really nice! uses the official artwork very well

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vgamesloja 1 [ 1 decade ago ]

perfect

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VGMaster 42 [ 1 decade ago ]

Dude.

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Throavium 1 [ 9 years ago ]

Wow

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dvinez 1 [ 7 years ago ]

printable plss...very very nice

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