Vote now for a better alternative cover for DOOM

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When DOOM revealed its box art, people weren’t exactly crowding around their browser and whispering “aaaaawwwwwww yeeeeeaaaaaah” at the high resolution JPEG. If you’ve ever had any graphic design experience, you can see that the cover itself is just terrible. It relies too much on a dark shade of orange, much like Hollywood posters do these days when they juxtapose that colour with teal.

The main character is posed in a stock standard position that could make you confuse him for a Crysis or Halo character. The negative space makes the character look like he has been forcibly squeezed into the cover. Basically, it’s a piece of box art which just doesn’t pop at all, and feels more like a Battlefield or Call of Duty case clone. Thing is, id Software isn’t ditching that cover, no matter what the fans have to say. What they are doing instead however, is proving an alternative cover in a reverse sleeve for Doom.

And that’s an idea which should satisfy everybody. For starters, here’s the original terrible artwork:

Doom (2)

Whoops, wrong one. Here we go.

Doom (1)

DAMMIT! Okay, third time’s the charm:

Doom cover

And here are the alternatives, which id wants people to vote on, via Twitter. Click to embiggen:

Doom A

Doom B

Option B is my personal favourite. It’s a beautiful homage to the original DOOM, a game that was so gory and demonically violent when it was first released, that it looked like a Megadeth album come to life. And that’s the kind of artwork that DOOM needs to sell itself. Blood! Demonds! Guns! Chainsaws! Now that’s how you market DOOM.

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Cover option A isn’t too bad either, adopting a “less is more” approach that looks like a Rob Zombie Ouija board, except you’re not actually throwing your money at a completely pointless superstitious board game designed to milk money from tourists and teenagers who want to contact the dead for reasons.

Remember, DOOM is getting a beta just before launch, although details on when that is going down, still need to be ironed out before the May release of the game on Xbox One, PC and PS4.

Last Updated: March 4, 2016

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  • SentientSlug

    the current one is perfect man!!!!!!!!!!! Dangit gamers can complain.

    • Pariah

      Its just very generic. There is plenty room for improvement, and if they can improve it, why not? The original Doom cover was so iconic, but this one looks like a Halo 6 cover. It’s just not, Doom.

      • Ir0nseraph

        Yeah the cover needs a update, if kids take the parents to the shop the parents need to thing damn is my kid old enough to play this ?

        • Pariah

          Yes. Yes they do.

        • Hammersteyn

          Parents still think that?

          • Pariah

            That could be a 3 word sentence, and it’d still work.

          • Hammersteyn

            Confirmed!

          • Pariah

            Confirmed!

            ^ That’s how it’s done. 😛 Scrub

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            You called?

          • Pariah

            ohaidere 😛

      • Sageville

        Agree here, is it Halo? or Destiny?

        I think a good DOOM cover would need a focus on the hordes of demons in the backgound….

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    B is way better, looks badass and over-the-top cheesy – everything Doom is meant to be.

  • Hammersteyn
    • Pariah

      THIS ^^^^^^^^^^

      • Hammersteyn

        XD

  • Pariah

    I actually hope the soundtrack is as metal as the original Doom. If not, fuck that I’m putting my own soundtrack over it.

    • Hammersteyn

      YES!

    • Justin Bieber sountrack with every copy of Doom.

      • Pariah

        GET IN THE SEA

      • Hammersteyn

        Well, we do fight the spawn of Satan in the game.

        • Can’t wait for someone to mod his face on all enemies.

          • Pariah

            I’d download that mod XD

        • Ir0nseraph

          XD

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      DOOM DOOM DOOM DOOMITY DOOM DOOM DOOM

    • Jan Prins

      Nah man! They should go with some Inspirational 80’s stuff. You know, music they would play during the Rocky/Kickboxer/Any Generic Action flick training/weapon grabbing scene.
      “Hearts on Fire!” BLAM! TAKE THAT DEMON
      “Strong Desire!” EAT MY CHAINSAW HELL KNIGHT!!!

    • Jan Prins

      Or better yet! Richard Marx!
      “Wherever you go
      Whatever you do
      I will be right here waiting for you!”
      And then, at the end of every level, you find some haggard space marine telling you your Girlfriend is in another sector of Mars.
      Damnit! Why am I not writing the plot lines for video games???

  • Hammersteyn

    DOOOOOOOOOOOM!

    • Pariah

      DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

      • Jan Prins

        DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

    • Sageville

      Duhm!

  • HvR

    That black cover is lame, wants me go sacrifice a cat instead curb stomping a demon.

  • oVg

    I never knew the protag in DOOM was Samus Aran.

  • th3SiCn3ss

    Doom B!!!!!!!!!

  • Viking Of Science

    The First one reminds me of a Venom album cover, Which is great, but I did end up voting B…

    https://fanart.tv/fanart/music/d2ad8774-9173-4970-8427-06b04df201c1/albumcover/black-metal-51c18db278cd2.jpg

  • Commander Admiral Chief
  • oVg

    This is better

  • oVg

    Less is more

    • Pariah

      Except when you’re talking brain cells…

      • oVg

        mmm, the wiser you are more dumb you become. Its the fool on the hill, that sees the sun going down. I need a coffee.

  • GooseZA

    Option 2 please!

  • chimera_85

    A)

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