They say "Never judge a book by its cover," but they never said we couldn't judge videogames that way. Terrible videogame covers have a lot of explanations: laziness, confusion, the desire to depict an airbrushed photo of Tommy Lasorda that came to the artist during a night terror, etc. But they all share one common factor: they are hilariously awful. Here are 20 of the worst offenders of all-time.
(Note: We are excluding the Mega Man games, since we already covered them extensively.)
What's Wrong With It: Welcome to the nightmare world of Ultimate Duck Hunting: Hunting & Retrieving Ducks, which seems like it should really change the title to give more focus to the enormous, god-like floating dog head that seems really disappointed in the badly de-saturated hunter's attempt to shoot a duck at his hip by aiming up into the sky.
What's Wrong With It: Ever say to yourself, "Jeez, I really wish I could get a racing game that appeals to me, a guy with a poorly-masked photoshop color filter over my hair who just got caught pooping in my ex-girlfriend's car. Also, I have no idea how 'carnage' is actually spelled." Well - your prayers have been answered! Now start praying for a decent court-appointed lawyer, because you just got caught pooping in your ex-girlfriend's car, weirdo.
What's Wrong With It: What's the only thing scarier than stock footage from old vampire movies? That's right - a background extra from Saved By the Bell: The New Class yelling at you for forgetting to pay the phone bill again. You've just fallen into...THE NIGHT TRAP!
What's Wrong With It: When trying to sell a sports game, it might be a better idea to show current players on the cover, instead of the wax figure of an elderly manager who is melting under the shiny glare of the sun. Tommy Lasorda isn't a particularly good-looking person to begin with, but this shiny, creepy taxidermist's nightmare version of him is one of the most outright terrifying sports game covers since Silent Hill Little League.
What's Wrong With It: Phalanx, despite what you may think based on the above image, is NOT about a backwoods, banjo-playin' old man. It's about spaceship fighting (note: none of the spaceships are shaped like a backwoods banjo-playin' old man).