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I promise you NO MORE 'NSYNC!!
By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on January 13, 2002   |   Episode 24 (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!

We all know that Rez is the drug game of the year, but did you know that you can trip out on the box, too?? That's right, this box art is colorful, loud, and obnoxious, in other words, PERFECT!! Best yet, Rez properly explains what the game is like without saying a word! If you're looking for one heck of a great cover, this is the best one so far this year!!

Missing Parts
Like a classic movie poster, this Missing Parts cover is quite a dynamic piece. It looks like an anime, but it also has a mysterious tone to it. I like the blury characters, and the art is spectacular. One of the better covers I've seen so far this year.

Mech Platoon
Well, I certainly like the artwork on the mech itself, but the rest of the cover is pretty damn dull. Is this Starship Troopers? I don't know what to tell you, this cover looks alright, but something about it really seems flawed. Maybe it's that new Kemco logo, maybe it's fact that it's a Game Boy Advance game. Hmm, I can't quite put my finger on it.

OH!! MY!! GOD!!! It's a Giant ... uh, Giant!! Didn't I see that in Lord of the Rings?? Well, maybe it wasn't that green, but it was dark. Anyway, this cover both confuses me AND bores me. What with mythical creatures being big LAST year, I think this cover might be a little late for the big wave. No matter, this cover could have been a whole heck of a lot worse. But hey, isn't it the game that REALLY matters??

Star Wars: Obi Wan
So, did you hear the one about 'Nsync being part of Star Wars Episode II: The Attack of the Clones?? What with Jar Jar Binks and 'Nsync on board its like George Lucas is daring us to watch the movie. This cover is like that upcoming movie, big on hope, but a little hard to swallow. Though, you have to admit that the green glow goes well with the Xbox logo.



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