They just don't make artwork like the classic Nintendo Entertainment System box art anymore. I've gone on and on in the past about my favorite and least favorite examples of classic box art, but the topic has come up yet again over at the NeoGAF forums where everyone is gushing over the Dragon Warrior box as well as boxes for Castlevania, Ultima, and many more.
I have to admit that while character renders are neat, sometimes I miss the expressive and eye-catching boxes of yesteryear. These days it seems that most box art is simply anime-style renderings or interchangeable images of thugs with guns. I don't buy games based on the quality of box art anymore, but I do like the games I buy to have expressive or memorable covers.