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By avatar ELCrazy 50 on August 15th, 2009
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ELCrazy 50 [ 7 years ago ]

This one needs a bit of explanation.

The Essence boom here is spectacular, bringing out some of the best boxes this site has seen in quite a while. The aim of the Essence group is to design boxes that capture the essence of the game. For games like RPGs, capturing the essence is much easier, as promotional campaigns rely heavily on the art factors of these games. However, I realise not many people tend to do mainstream games.

Another misconception of doing Essence boxes is it being simple. The box does not necessarily need to be simple in order to be an Essence box. I think it's the effort in interpreting and capturing the essence of the games is more important. For this box, I tried to keep it simple, and yet capture the essence of the game. The back is slightly crowded, and I tried to interpret the humor of the game by making the text more candid than how official boxes are.

I myself would like to see more mainstream games going through the Essence treatment, and for my Essence boxes, that's what I'm going to do. My next one, already in the works, is Assassin's Creed.

Temp by Indexenos and qwerty334. Enjoy! (:

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Pixelfox 33 [ 7 years ago ]

I was waiting for this to be posted! Definitely one of the best boxes I have seen so far, a definite +fav. :)

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super-mega-hyper-sonic 40 [ 7 years ago ]

Epic!

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XCore 42 [ 7 years ago ]

My only flaw is that the splatter on the back is cut off.

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roza 43 [ 7 years ago ]

too awesome!

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paper sonic 37 [ 7 years ago ]

There goes my idea Fantastic box man!

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Ladykiller 42 [ 7 years ago ]

I don't feel the silhouettes of the characters on the front are necessary - it would look cleaner and more focused without them imo. Back typography is kickass btw. ;)

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mchapra 33 [ 7 years ago ]

Amazing

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master_general 41 [ 7 years ago ]

amazing

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Joeseye 46 [ 7 years ago ]

#7, I think the white character silhouettes are perfectly in place - The white contrasts nicely and fits in with the white, red and grey theme. It also balances out the front and back.

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Ayron 47 [ 7 years ago ]

You are perhaps thé best essence artist on the site.
+fav as usual

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firebert626 28 [ 7 years ago ]

This is exactly what it should be, it's too good for words really
+fav obviously :)

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Ladykiller 42 [ 7 years ago ]

#10, It looks cool that the hand seems to be reaching towards them. From a design standpoint, however, there are already three "4's" on the front cover (number 4, 4 fingers, 4 characters) so it gets redundant.

It's just a suggestion - omitting the characters would make the red 4 a stronger focus instead of leading the eyes down somewhere else. In my opinion, less would be more. It still looks cool regardless though.

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deiviuxs 46 [ 7 years ago ]

Great box and nice logo.

But I'll be honest..I'm kinda tired of seeing Essence boxes as it seems every other box on the site is Essence box..oh well..

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Ayron 47 [ 7 years ago ]

#14, if a testgroup, being tested about colour of their skin, turned out to have 99% brownish males, a dark-brown or very,very white one would still stand out,right?

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Altair 29 [ 7 years ago ]

I really like it. Although I do agree with Al about the silhouettes of the characters.

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TheSlyder 40 [ 7 years ago ]

I too think the silhouettes on the cover are unnecessary. No, unnecessary is the wrong word. They're excessive.

I love the death out of this box, though. The 4 combined with the hand is brilliant! I'm definitely favoriting this one.

It's easily one of my most favorite boxes on the site.

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ELCrazy 50 [ 7 years ago ]

Thanks a lot to everyone! :)

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Spiderpig24 46 [ 7 years ago ]

I love the entire thing, the best Essence box yet. The only flaw I see is where the info on the back is for a PS3 box, and this is posted as PC, but that's just minor.

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Drakxxx 46 [ 7 years ago ]

Best Essence yet in my opinion as well. You sir are a master at typography, and this box illustrates that to the extreme. I love the "Escape by" part on the back as well.

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Apollo 41 [ 7 years ago ]

Blu-Ray?

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ELCrazy 50 [ 7 years ago ]

#21, Yes.

And thanks again for the response everybody!

I forgot to credit link for inspiration on the front.

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dmshaposv 47 [ 7 years ago ]

This box has oodles of personality. I have similar criticisms as the others about the silhouettes, though.

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firebert626 28 [ 7 years ago ]

#22 Yours kicks the inspiration in the face to be completely honest, this is actually good use of silhouettes

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TheSlyder 40 [ 6 years ago ]

It's about time this got into the MW category. It deserves it.

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Box 33 [ 6 years ago ]

Easily my favorite Essence box.

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Trekkie313 15 [ 6 years ago ]

#22, So its for the PS3?

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Hiredmonkeez 6 [ 3 years ago ]

nice!

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spazX59 1 [ 2 years ago ]

just unbelievable, good job ;)

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