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!
Soul Reaver 2
It was a toss up between reviewing this brand new (released today) PlayStation 2 sequel, or the Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen box ... sadly Soul Reaver 2 won out. It's not that this cover is bad, because it at nice art and a destinct style, it's just not very scary. But then, the game is more of an adventure than a horror game ... hmm, maybe I should have reviewed Legacy of Kain: Soul Review. Anyway, the cover is okay, but I was expecting more.
Resident Evil: Nemesis
There are few enemies quite as threatening as the Nemesis!! And this extremely dark cover is one of the best covers Capcom has ever had. Sure beats the heck out of the Resident Evil: Code Veronica cover (D+), and and the silly Devil May Cry cover. No matter, this cover is just slightly more creepy than the full game. There is a perfect balance of words and pictures, and the cover is nice and simple. You have to love this cover.
Alright, it's not exactly as cool as the Silent Hill 2 cover, but it's nice, dark, and simple. A perfect mixture of creepy images and fog effects (and everybody likes fog). I wish the character on the cover was better looking, but frankly, whose to complain.
Alone in the Dark
What is this? A horror game or a Sherlock Holmes adventure? Well, if you judge it by the picture it's a mystery ... but if you go by the name it's, well, up in the air. It's really your call, I don't like this cover much, though. The name is too big, the publishers logo is too big, and the lighting isn't really all that spooky. There have been several Alone in the Dark games, and this is one of the worst.
Nightmare Creatures II
You'll notice that this cover came about before Sega switched to a black box side/logo ... and the cover art suffers drastically because of it!! What we have here is good, not great, art and a miss matched side panel. Not to dwell on it, but that side panel really does mess this cover all up. And that name, yikes, why is it so big?