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Hey, Don't Forget About Hot Potato
By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on July 07, 2001   |   Episode 3 (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!

MX 2002
This cover gives me a headache, and I really don't like it one bit, but I can see the artistic merit in it. THQ has opted to give us an old school looking cover, but to me it's a little drab. I guess it certainly could be worse, it's just not what I expected.

Fur Fighters
No matter what you think of the game (it's one I have to review for another writing assignment), Fur Fighters has a cover that is intruiging. It's like that movie Cats and Dogs, just strange and twisted, cute but violent. There is just something about this plush doll that has been sewn back together more than once, clipped together, and patched that makes me laugh uncontrollably. What a refreshing cover.

Bomberman Tournament
Say what you will, but I like this cover art. The picture is nice and simple and gets the point through quite effectively. It's cartoony, but not overly cartoony, and anybody who has even heard of Bomberman will instantly recognize the character on the front. It loses a point because of the background characters, but a fine cover otherwise.

Hot Potato
What on Earth are these things? They don't look much like potatoes, and the game doesn't look as appealing as a hot potato, either. In this day and age it's difficult to give us funny looking characters because there are already so many funny looking characters (see Pokemon, Digimon, etc.). Regardless, the art here isn't anything special, and the concept is pretty dull. Not interested.

18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker
Boy, this cover's great!! It reminds me of DUEL (if you remember that movie). But, the game really doesn't seem to be much like it's cover, even if it is a slightly addictive concept. The art here is pretty good, it reminds me of a less Black Twisted Metal Black. This is a cover that should sell units.



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