10 Best Action Adventure Game Cover Art Of All Time – TheGamer

The best action-adventure game cover art of all time is a large feat to claim, but these box art masterpieces speak for themselves.
Incorporating a solid mix of exploration and combat, action-adventure games bring a lot to the table. They manage to combine the exhilarating battles of an action-focused game with intriguing worlds and settings worth traversing.
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With such a broad categorization, action-adventure games tend to be elaborate and detailed, and their box art usually follows suit. Some box art takes a more subtle approach to the themes of their respective games, while others incorporate just about everything you can expect to play within a single image. Here's a selection of our favorite cover art within the genre that truly encompass what good box art is.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is the ultimate Western fantasy in playable form. Taking on the role of outlaw Arthur Morgan, you'll do everything from hunting and gambling to engaging in shootouts and train robberies in this masterpiece of a sequel.
While the original Red Dead Redemption encompasses the game's theme in its box art, its follow-up takes it to a whole new level with a cover that looks like it could be a genuine movie poster for a Wild West-themed film. Arthur is positioned in front of a setting sun above the silhouetted figures of his gang of outlaws. One glimpse at the cover will have you ready to mount your horse all over again.
One of the more underrated series of the PlayStation 3 era, the Resistance games centered around your quest to stop the violent, extraterrestrial Chimera race from invading and taking over the planet. Resistance 3 in particular, featured a more grounded story of post-apocalyptic rebels fighting off the alien forces as they ran amok throughout New York City.
The cover art for Resistance 3 likely lives within the memories of many PS3 owners for its striking subtlety, if nothing else. The cover features a Chimera skull, four eye sockets and all, over a noticeably orange backdrop. The skull's fangs resemble the New York City skyline, complete with the Statue of Liberty. Sometimes, less is more.
One of PlayStation's surprise hits of the PS4 generation, Ghost of Tsushima, placed you into the armor of the besmirched samurai Jin Sakai. Fighting to protect his beloved island of Tsushima from the coming Mongol invasion, Jin's quest sees him adapting entirely new techniques and abilities as he travels across the gorgeous Japanese landscape.
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Ghost's cover art does an amazing job of depicting the beauty of Tsushima without taking the focus from Jin himself. It sees the master swordsman standing in a beautiful white field, surrounded by falling red petals as he stares into his mask contemplatively. While it's a fairly straightforward cover, it manages to capture a lot of what makes Ghost of Tsushima such a special experience.
The recent reboot of the Tomb Raider series came to a close with Shadow of the Tomb Raider's release. In this climactic adventure, we find Lara Croft directly confronting the consequences of her actions as she battles her way through troops of Trinity guards in a quest to set things right.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider's cover art is as ominous as the game's events. It showcases a downtrodden but driven Lara, haloed by a glowing light as she sits perched on a tree with her weapons in tow. We've rarely seen a Lara Croft look this menacing, and it makes for quite the cover.
The Arkham series of Batman games started off with a bang in the original Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Arkham City elevated the series to a whole new level. While the first game saw The Dark Knight limited to the titular asylum's grounds, Arkham City gave you the entire city of Gotham to roam around, with villains, puzzles, and other notable landmarks littered throughout.
Arkham City ventured in a bold new direction with its art style, and it absolutely paid off. The second game in the acclaimed series set Batman and his infamous hometown depicted in a startling white-and-red color scheme, with Batman perched atop a gargoyle statue, his bloodied face and fist the only splashes of color in the otherwise monochrome scene. It's an image that sticks with you, and it sets the tone for this dark and dangerous adventure.
The Dark Souls series helped catapult the Souls-like subgenre into the public eye. After the surprise success of Demon's Souls, From Software released the original Dark Souls as a spiritual successor, ushering in a new world with new lore and a fresh set of monstrosities to die to.
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While the North American version of the Dark Souls artwork is nothing to scoff at, the quiet, meditative nature of the Japanese box art truly takes the cake. This cover sees the game's main character sitting contemplatively, fully clad in armor, seated in front of one of the series' famous bonfires. A rare moment of respite in a game full of terror, this cover is a true standout.
At this point, the Grand Theft Auto series needs no introduction. The open-world, sandbox, crime simulation series has long produced some of the most successful and revered games in the history of the medium, with each entry holding its own place in gaming history.
In all fairness, this spot could belong to almost any entry in the series post-Grand Theft Auto 3, as that PlayStation 2 title set the standard that its successors would follow – a collage of character art, vehicles, weapons, and locations that signify what to expect from the games. It's a classic look at this point, but Vice City truly took the theme of GTA 3's cover to a new level. The colorful, dynamic box feels like it fits the 80s-inspired game's aesthetic more than any cover that comes before or after it.
Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid series helped define the "stealth action" genre, but they also fit under the umbrella of action-adventure titles. The ever-evolving quest of Solid Snake captured the hearts of millions as he attempted to foil the plans of Liquid Snake, Revolver Ocelot, and any other villains who would threaten the safety of the world using massive Metal Gear mech suits.
Yet another example of a series that could be represented on this list by nearly any entry, we have to go with the classic Metal Gear Solid 2 cover art. Like other Metal Gear Solid covers, MGS 2 incorporates the same instantly-recognizable "sketch art" style of Yoji Shinkawa, showing Solid Snake posing with a pistol in front of a red and white backdrop. The cover's simplicity doesn't detract from its beauty, and it's one of the more iconic examples of its time.
Much like the Metal Gear Solid series, Splinter Cell games are centered around stealth, but Chaos Theory increases the action in ways that the series hadn't seen before. Covert-ops agent Sam Fisher utilizes more tools, weapons, and skills than ever before to take down his enemies as he traverses through enemy lines.
Chaos Theory's box art is one of the most notable in the series. The third Splinter Cell game's cover sees Sam Fisher suspended upside-down in the rain, clad in his iconic visor, as he prepares to take down an unsuspecting foe. The cover encapsulates so much of the game's action, mechanics, and themes into one image, and it's certain to leave a lasting impression.
Castlevania is one of gaming's most tenured series, with most entries centering around the Belmont clan's quest to explore Dracula's castle and defeat the lord of vampires. Symphony of the Night forgoes this tradition, instead putting you in the role of Alucard, Dracula's rebellious son. You'll utilize Alucard's unique vampire-based abilities to help destroy his father once and for all.
Symphony of the Night is another example of American box art being outclassed by its regional variants, with both the Japanese and European covers featuring an absolutely stunning depiction of Alucard holding his sword in front of his father's castle. The beautiful artwork truly captures the look and feel of this classic adventure.
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Kendall Cunningham is a list writer at TheGamer. He’s also a lifelong gamer who’s been creating content around games for years. He plays a bit of everything, with a particular love of action-RPGs and roguelikes. When he isn’t writing about games, he’s playing them, making music, editing comics, or picking up some other new creative outlet. Next up: crocheting.


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