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2. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Gold is surely among the colours with the most immediately positive connotations. Yet, outside of repackaged budget ‘gold editions’, the entire gaming industry seems to stay away from using it in their colour schemes (well, ok, apart from Human Revolution). Perhaps they simply want to be a little more subtle, or perhaps the Legend of Zelda series simply has a monopoly on it, having used it consistently for 25 years.
Even in a year of weapon-brandishing medium-shotted heroes, this artwork stands out because of its colour (and the intricate, almost hidden detail of that background) whilst featuring a kinectic shot that reminds you of the importance of controller swings in the title.
1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Economy in design is often a virtue. Since the 3rd title in the Elder Scrolls series (Morrowind), the artwork has featured simple one colour designs with a central symbol and a little wear and tear – the idea being that what you have in your hands is an ancient tome, a gateway to some arcane land… which of course, it is. Without showing any action or environment assets on the cover, the design communicates the rising action of the title through the dragon symbol, and the ash-black, deeply foreboding cover. Even the silver lettering gives you some sense of the inhospitable, cold land the game takes place in.
Another nice touch: minus the title and other embellishments, the cover turns up in game, adorning a readable tome called ‘The Book of the Dragonborn’. Did you find this article useful? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts below the article. For more helpful articles please subscribe to the RSS-feed and follow Inspirationfeed on Twitter+ Facebook! If you enjoyed the following article we humbly ask you to comment, and help us spread the word!