Heavy Rain North American Box Art
It's always interesting to see the box art for high-profile games, and it's even more interesting to compare it to different designs chosen for other regions.
As most of you know by now, the highly anticipated PlayStation 3 exclusive, Heavy Rain, will launch in North America on February 23. We've also seen examples of the European box art before; it features nothing but a symbolic, bloodstained Origami crane, obviously referring to the Origami Killer featured in the game's storyline. Well, as you can see, the North American box art shows that as well but also tosses in pictures of each of the four main characters. Madison, the curvaceous investigative reporter already seen in some early videos (that nude scene definitely garnered plenty of attention), clearly has the spotlight, although you will see the story from other viewpoints as well. Analysts and publishers ardently believe that box art matters in terms of potential sales, although I think we can all agree this pertains more to impulse buys. Most who have resolved to buy Heavy Rain will almost undoubtedly buy it, regardless of the design on the case. But when it comes to those who are on the fence, box art that catches the eye when on store shelves is a definite benefit.
So what do you think? Do you like the North American or European box art better? The latter is more understated but then again, Americans seem to be missing subtlety a lot more these days (no offense, or anything).
Related Game(s): Heavy Rain
1/11/2010 8:59:11 PM John Shepard