Why do american publishers always screw up awesome cover art? For the longest time, the Heavy Rain original cover art was to be one of the best and my favorite cover art. Now I might have to import the game from Europe just to have the good cover art.
Yes, it really bothers me. I always spend lot of time with the box (sleep with it, eat with it, bathe with it) than playing the actual game. The cover art is a big turn off. Even my dog is disgusted and he said he might not chew on it.
I might have to play the game instead of the box now. What is the publisher thinking? Do they expect me to put the disc in the console, spend most of the time playing the game, leave the box on the shelf just like everybody else? I am unique like snow flake and I am totally disgusted by the box art.
I actually enjoy this box art more, but even if they kept the old art I could care less.
Anywho, a lot of people seem to miss the point of box art. It's supposed to convey as much about the game as possible just using pictures. And more often than not, different regions of the world reply to box art differently than other regions. I'm willing to bet all the tea in China that this game will possibly sell more copies to those who HAVEN'T heard of it. Any hardcore gamer or w/e knows what this game is and has already made a decision about purchasing it. People who don't play a lot of games will not walk into a store and see this box art and think 'Hey, what's with these people? Looks like some sort of mystery or cop drama game. I don't know....I think I'll pick up the box and read the back and see."
Contrast that with the old art of just the oragami. Some people would pick up the box regardless to check it out because it looks interesting, but I think it's a safe bet to assume MORE people would just pass over the game without giving it a second thought if they saw the old art.
I could be wrong, it's just how I see things. So take my opinion for what you will. Either way, I'm still looking forward to this game!
I'm sure they have tested the box art and have found the US cover to be enticing to people who don't know wtf this game is.
Do I think it's your average run of the mill cover? Yes, and I believe the EU cover is a lot more intriguing if I was browsing in a game store and knew nothing about this game. I guess I'm wrong. Boobs > than origami here in America. I guess Europe likes art more than boobs. If only the origami were boobs then that would be the EU cover.
I think it's hypocritical that the only comment you reply to is the one that insults you and not the ones that actually make good points that maybe, just maybe you should try to argue against to make a point...
I agree with the sarcastic comments of Andrew Martin, or rather the point he is trying to get across. The cover art really shouldn't matter. You buy the game to play the game, as long as you know how amazing this game is going to be why does the cover art matter?? Are you going to stare at it for more than 30 seconds before you take the game out to play it?? The only people the cover art should really matter to are those who don't know anything about the game and walk past it in the store wondering what it is about. For those people I think a picture of people, rather than just an origami crane, will be more effective in activating their curiosity. Though the cover that only had the origami crane on it was very intriguing, it tells you nothing of the game. Someone walking by could just think it's some crazy art game where you try to make different origami shapes in the rain! Ok, probably not, but with characters on the cover at least they get the idea that there is probably some sort of interesting story involved so they're willing to look into it more and find out some details on the game.
I liked the old cover art better, but yeah, other people who haven't read about this game would have absolutely no idea what it was about. I know I didn't have a clue what it was about when I first saw it ('Is this another one of those wacky brain puzzle games? ||blood seen|| ...Violent brain puzzle games?').
Some of you are missing the point, like Andrew Martin, whose only goal is to be as snarky as possible. So this is a reply to B. Simon and dymo34:
The original cover had a bigger origami piece with the black back drop and the red blood stain really stood out. It resonated the mystery the game was about. The original cover was what caught my eye and made me research what this new game was all about.
The newer cover art looks very generic. The characters look ghostly and the details appears washed out. You can barely even see the blood stain on the origami piece in the revised cover art. At a glance this cover looks like a cheap Silent Hill or Fatal Frame knock off. It appears to be more of a survival horror type of game than the mystery adventure type the game really is.
Everyone has their own tastes, but I do not like this new revision.
Of course cover art isn't everything. Megaman 2 is one of my all-time favorites games.
Exactly Huichun Yi, the EU cover is intriguing, especially b/c of the blood stain, which lets us know its not just a puzzle game and makes us want to at least check out the back of the box. This is the point of my complaint.
I want this game to succeed. Marketing is huge, you need to grab the consumer in a matter of seconds. The US box is just bland to me. Like I said before, I'm sure they have had research groups on both covers and the one they chose was most popular in the US market. In my opinion I feel as though they chose poorly.
I hope the marketing decision for this cover was the right choice and that a lot of people pick this game up, intrigued by some sort of man-ish looking chick with a wet tank top, a dude with a gun, and a stupid placement of a folded up piece of paper with water covering the blood stain. Because parents would be outraged by blood, but not boobs or guns?
Sorry, got a little upset there.
Here's to hoping this game is damn good and a smash hit no matter what the cover is.
If you don't like the cover art, show them that! Go ahead and DON'T buy the game, then they'll rerelease it with the new cover, just for you. Either that, or wait until someone can scan the EU cover and just print it out. How hard is that?
Snowflake, I think you are the one who is missing the point. A cover, is a cover, is a cover... It's one of those words you can say a hundred times without losing its meaning. The cover is a marketing tool. A tool to grab people's 2-3 seconds attention when they walk pass the shelf before picking up another game. You said at a glance it reminds you of Silent Hill or Fatal Frame, then it's a job well done.
The old cover was intriguing. It's more intriguing if the crane is off focus and the blood is embossed. It's even more intriguing if the crane is all the way at the corner, off focus, and the blood is embossed. Wait, pure black with a drop of blood embossed in the front, the unfocused crane at the back of the cover (we are suppose to catch it, aren't we), and the title Heavy Rain at the spine. It's intriguing but doesn't tell you anything about the game.
The cover is not used to communicate to educated gamers like we are here. We already know what the game is. It's for the general public who goes to Best Buy on a regular day looking for a game for themselves or as a gift. Why else should Nintendo put Mario and Luigi jumping platform on the cover of New Super Mario Bros? Because some people may not know Nintendo made a new Mario platform game. People who does like me care less why Bowser is not on the cover (what about Peach, how do I know who am I saving now)?
Unless you have regular simulated armpit sex with the case, what's on the cover really shouldn't matter. And if you do, may I suggest Hannah Montana and Dead or Alive Volleyball?
There are people who purchased an HP laptop and covered it up with an Apple logo. You can join them if you like.