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Five Things I Hate About Valentine's Day!!
By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on February 14, 2002   |   Episode 26 (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!

Salt Lake City 2002
Have you been watching the Olympics this week on NBC? Yeah, neither have I ... but that doesn't mean I'm immune to the controversy! Thankfully this game is. So no matter what country you're from you should feel no pressure from the French judge. Well, as an event the Olympics are pretty cool, but this box art is BORING!! It's a collection of the best of winter sport pictures thrown together with no rhyme nor reason. You know what bugs me the most about this box art is the subtle use of color. It's just boring enough to help me stop smoking.

Even if the game doesn't live up to expectation the cover art is worlds better than the last couple of Tony Hawk games. I question what that is picture is in the background, it looks like a school. Hmm ... maybe I shouldn't care, but the rest of the cover is so darn red. Can we do something about that red? Somebody???

Dark Summit
The undisputed king of snowboarding box art is the SSX series. So when you go to make a snowboarding game remember to rip off each and every one of SSX's secrects! Don't copy this box, which has poor art, terrible looking expressions, and nothing to offer. No matter how good the game is, this box art is simply horrible.

When I first picked up Wreckless I thought it was a Robocop sequel!! But then I realized that the game resembles Destruction Derby more than anything else. This cover, though, is a tad misleading. Is it just me or does this look like Spy Hunter (PS2)? Hmm, maybe it is me.

Sonic Advance
Here we are finally to the end of this tragic episode of the Cover Critic. And what do you expect? Me to talk about Sonic Advance? I mean, it's colorful and filled with Sonic standards. But really, it's valentine's day, and if you're reading this it's probably because you don't have a date tonight. So, forget Sonic, I'll give it a good grade. What you need is a good nap. I know I do. Oh man do I need a good nap.



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