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Small Brawl Rules the Planet!!
By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on November 30, 2001   |   Episode 21 (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!

Twisted Metal Small Brawl
Aaaaaaaaaaahhhh, how cute. I'm afraid the greatness that is Twisted Metal Black has turned into the cuteness of Twisted Metal Small Brawl. This cover is both cute AND adorable, but still a bit gawdy, if you know what I mean. This cover is drooling with silly fun, yet normal animation. I'm all for the cute, but I don't really like the artwork here. There's just something about these little R/C vehicles that doesn't come off quite right in the cover art. No matter, it's still a pretty exciting cover, and a silly game.

Crazy Taxi
Alright listen, when I said simplicity is bliss I didn't mean anything like this. Sure, nice logo, one tone color background ... can't go wrong, right? Well, explain this to me: Why the heck is Crazy Taxi being released on the GameCube? Didn't Crazy Taxi 2 come out a year ago? Anyway, this cover is boring, and lacks imagination, even though it is simple. I long for the days of better boxes ... hmm, maybe we should move on.

Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II
I'm not a big Star Wars fan, but this is a pretty good box (all things considered). This box doesn't try to cram too much into the picture, but does have a fair amount of fighters. There's also a lot of detail for those who look even closer. But you know, I still have to admit that the game actually looks more impressive than the box does, and that doesn't work for me when I'm scoring these things. NEXT.

What? Where did this come from? Tsuganai? Well, how about we take a look at this dandy of a cover. There's something perplexing about this cover. Even the girl on the cover seems a bit flabbergasted. But there's a lot going on in that back ground, and a lot to look at. But it's so confusing. Strange.

Planet of the Apes
And then there's Planet of the Apes. Earilier this year some loved, some hated this movie. Now in time for the DVD release of Tim Burton's most recent opus is a brand new Game Boy Advance game. I like this cover. The dark, black, simplistic cover sets the mood. Even without the name, there's not much getting around what this cover is. Thankfully this cover doesn't give away the ending of the movie. Hmmm ... I think it's time to land this jet.



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