I’ve been meaning to do this post for aaaaaages, but I just never got around to it. As such, I’ve neglected the site for over a month. Whoops! Anyhoo…
I bought Batman: Arkham Origins without a case.
It just so happened that I had a spare PS3 case, as I was sent one with a PS+ 3 month code in it. So, I searched The Cover Project for a Arkham Origins insert that I could print out. Alas, there was none to be found. And searching Google returned results I wasn’t very happy with. I was going to have to make my own.
I managed to find a good looking PS3 cover template for Photoshop, so I had a good starting point. I then started looking for Batman: Arkham Origins wallpapers and logos, but realised I wanted to try something else.
I had one PS3 case that had a swing tray in it; the Uncharted 3 that came bundled with my PS3 had a blu-ray of Faster in it, for some reason. So, I threw the blu-ray out and swapped Uncharted 3 into the spare case, so that Arkham Origins could go in the case with the swing tray. I then bought a double swing tray from eBay to replace the single one. Now I had a 3 disc PS3 case. My plan had changed; now I would make a case for all three Arkham games.
I found a high-res logo for Batman: Arkham Collection, which combines the three logo styles and colour schemes.
I couldn’t find the font for the “Arkham ****” title, but it looks a lot like Times New Roman. So, I added the three game titles below the logo… but it didn’t look quite right. I ended up erasing the “Arkham Collection” from the cover.
As for the background art, I really liked the Arkham City artwork style. It also suited me better as it would use less ink, with everything being dark on light. I had two wallpapers I liked already; Batman and Joker. I did originally want to add Harley Quinn and The Riddler too, but it just looked too cluttered.
So, I put it all together, added some drop shadows, and…
I was pretty pleased with this cover. But then I realised something else; I really hated the old-style PS3 covers. It was especially apparent when seeing Uncharted 2 and 3 together on my rack.
So, I decided I’d make a similar Uncharted trilogy case. I scoured eBay for PS3 cases with the swing tray clips, and I found one listing that had such a case as its preview image. I fired off a few questions, and the seller told me he’d never realised. Once he checked his stock and confirmed all his cases had such clips, I ordered one. I also ordered another of those double swing trays.
I started the cover by looking for a suitable background. I’d already attempted making new Uncharted covers in the past (I had been inspired by a minimalistic approach), so I thought about reusing them and merging all three into one.
But no… I wanted them to match the rest of the covers, and at least look like a retail one. Instead, I found a wallpaper I liked.
I already had the Uncharted font from the previous covers I made, so I created the title. I then used another font to add ‘Trilogy’. Once it was put together, it looked a bit bland. I added some little descriptions of the games on the back, along with the original logos. I also had to darken the wallpaper for contrast. And again, I was pleased with the end result.
I found that, not only were my games looking better, but also that I was saving space on my media rack for more games… which is always a good thing.
I won’t go into detail with the rest of them, so here they are.
And that’s that. There are others that I wouldn’t mind doing; perhaps the Pikmin trilogy for Wii/Wii U, or LittleBigPlanet 1, 2 and Karting on PS3. We’ll see what the future holds.