God of War’s standard box art is ... not great. It’s not bad, but it’s just Kratos and his kid, Atreus, in a boat, and the pose might speak to that relationship but it really doesn’t sell the kind of action and creativity that made the game a critical smash well before its launch yesterday.
However, the physical case is still worthwhile for fans, because you can always flip around that insert and get a much nicer wraparound box cover, more befitting the game’s rokken-like-Dokken nordic spirit.
Moreover, it appears to be a kind of homage to Doom’s wraparound alternate cover from 2016? I could just be seeing things, though.
Really, if the standard packshot ends up being the most (or only) blah thing about God of War, we’re all coming out ahead. Hell, I don’t have any box art — since I live way out in the sticks, I bought mine digitally. OK, fine, I’m just lazy. I didn’t want to hitch up the wagon and ride into town for six months’ worth of dry goods, salt pork and taquitos at the Walmart.