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Stretching With Barbie!
By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on September 28, 2001   |   Episode 12 (Show Archive)  

A lot has changed since the last time we featured an episode of the Cover Critic. Both Sony and Nintendo have released new portable game systems, long time companies have shut their doors forever, and the world has been reintroduced to a certain lawyer named Jack Thompson. Heck, even this site you're looking at has changed in many ways. So maybe it's time we take another serious look at video game covers, letting you know which ones we like and which we hate. After two years I invite you to embrace a brand new Cover Critic, one that isn't afraidto tell you what we really think. So enjoy five new covers and one new look!

NFL QB Club 2002
As I'm sure you've noticed from similar Cover Critics' Sports Games are extremely tough to do wrong. Just as long as you throw a picture of your star athlete that year on the cover you're good to go. Nope, not a lot of originality when it comes to sports games, but then, who needs it ... it's based on a tried and true American tradition. So be it what it may, this cover is your generic sports cover done, well, generically.

Barbie Explorer
No you are NOT looking at that wrong. It is NOT too early, and you did NOT just wake up from a drunken stuper. At first glance you may think it's "Indiana Jones". Upon a second glance you'll consider "Lara Croft". By the time you've fully come to grips with this cover you'll know that Barbie needs to go back to the beauty circuit.

Rocket Power
I usually sit here and complain and compain about the quality of "kids games", and even though I'm not a fan of the game itself, the cover isn't half bad. It's bright and colorful, and I'm sure it hits its target audience ... which isn't me.

Stretch Panic
Such an interesting game should have a much more interesting cover. This dark dark depressing "cartoon" cover makes the game look like a cute Resident Evil, when the game is the furthest thing from that. And then you'll stare at the cover wondering if those are bugs, aliens ... no matter, it's dull and dreary cover.

This is kind of a hold over from the KING OF ALL MONSTERS weekend. You know me, I love simplicity ... but not if it involves this much red!! Perhaps a healthy gray or white or something, but what's with all that red? No matter, it sure beats the heck out of that Tomb Raider Barbie game!!



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