Hand-Drawn Pre-Owned God of War Cover Is as Beautiful as It Is Informative

Hand-Drawn Pre-Owned God of War Cover Is as Beautiful as It Is Informative

"Let me show you what art looks like, boy."

When people sell a used game to a local used game merchant, sometimes they can only supply the cartridge or disc for whatever reason. When that happens, the merchant must whip up a cover of their own.

Sometimes the orphaned game is outfitted with a plain cover that offers the bare basics in text only: A game name, the system it works on, and a price. And sometimes the game receives a custom cover that divulges the nature of the game within—as we see with this cover for a used copy of God of War.

This cover (which is made from a repurposed Disney Wii game cover) isn't only beautiful, it's also a triumph of game marketing. It identifies the game's most important characters (Kratos and The Boy™), and the PlayStation logo scribbled in the corner gives it that necessary touch that lets you know it's a PlayStation 4 exclusive. There's even a back-of-the-box quote that I admit surpasses anything we wrote about the game: "It's the new one everyone likes a lot."

Santa Monica Studio was impressed with the craftsmanship of the custom box art and offered to send the proud new owner an original copy of the game. It's a very nice gesture, even if the box art for the real deal seems drab now that the bar's been raised sky-high.

By the way, our God of War guide tells you everything you need to know about conquering the game. Tutorials on drawing custom box art are pending.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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