Custom Game Covers

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.

Batman: Arkham Collection logo

Batman: Arkham Collection logo

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…

Batman: Arkham Collection cover

My finished Batman: Arkham Collection cover

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.

Ugh. Just... ugh...

Ugh. Just… ugh…

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.

Uncharted wallpaper

Uncharted wallpaper

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.

My finished Uncharted Trilogy cover

My finished Uncharted Trilogy cover

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.

E3 2014 – The Good, The Bad, and The Boring

Like many other gamers around the world, I watched the Microsoft and Sony E3 presentations (the only two that really interest me at the moment, though if Nintendo show a new Zelda then I’ll probably get a Wii U ASAP). So first up, I’ll talk about the bad; there was no announcement of Shenmue HD or Shenmue 3. But that’s okay, I wasn’t expecting it anyway. Some fans immediately vented their disappointment via Twitter, but Adam Boyes himself responded with something that fills me with hope: https://twitter.com/amboyes/status/476285991255175168 So… yeah. Cool. That’s actually an acknowledgement as far as I am concerned. It’s akin to saying “We’re working on it”. Which is far better than Phil Spencer’s attitude: https://twitter.com/XboxP3/status/451563274975186944 And next, the boring. Guns. Guns. Guns. Guns. Guns. Cars. Guns. Guns. Guns. Yawn. That’s pretty much how the Microsoft presentation went for me. And while Sony’s was better, there was still little in the way of exclusives to get me excited. But there were some good moments for me. I’ll start with Microsoft. Oh my. Sunset Overdrive looks… well, just so fun!

And I was pleased to see the return of an old favourite of mine:

Unfortunately for Microsoft, they were the only exclusives that interested me. But Sony didn’t perform much better…

On the PS4, I’m looking forward to the next instalment in my favourite franchise of the last generation:

As well as last year’s Game of the Year making it’s way over with shiny new graphics:

And Sackboy is bringing his new friends:

And as for multi-plats, Sony showed off the one I’m most anticipating:

Whereas Microsoft revealed a sequel to Miss Croft’s reboot:

All nice. But Sony also revealed the return of a game I absolutely fell in love with when I first played it. A game from a now-defunct studio (thanks Disney!). A game from one of the greatest adventure game writers ever (sorry Jane Jenson, I still love you). Ladies and gentlemen… Manny is back!

Grim Fandango on PS4 and Vita? I can't even...

Grim Fandango on PS4 and Vita? I can’t even…

So, that’s all I have to say right now about that. If Nintendo announce anything that gets me excited, I’ll add it later. And that’s HOW, for NOW!

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