Friday, August 31, 2012

Let's Play: 'Which Box Art is Better?' (LittleBigPlanet Vita edition)

I'll be honest here: I'm not actually all that interested in this title. Like most folks, I used to drool over every screenshot and video I came across of this platformer's console-based predecessors. After reading a bunch of ho-hum impressions of the first LittleBigPlanet, though, the series basically fell off my radar.

Still, I'm always a sucker for good--or at least interesting--box art, which is where this particular blog post comes in. While perusing NeoGAF a week or so ago, I came across LittleBigPlanet Vita's Japanese box art and thought, "Hmmm, I like the looks of that!" A few clicks of the keyboard later, I found myself staring at--and, yes, liking--this portable platformer's European and North American covers, too.

The question is: Which LittleBigPlanet Vita cover illustration do I like best? Before I respond, let's take a little look-see at each of the contenders, shall we?

Actually, the following illustration can't actually be called a contender, as it won't appear on this game's packaging in any region, as far as I'm aware. Because a number of European and North American retailers used it as a placeholder image on their websites, though, I decided to include it here. (By the way, the game is set to hit Australia and Europe on Sept. 19, Japan on Sept. 20 and North America on Sept. 25.) 

The box art that eventually took its place on the aforementioned sites can be seen below.

As is typically the case, LittleBigPlanet Vita's Japanese cover art is quite different from that of its western counterparts:

As for which piece of box art I prefer: If the Japanese cover's background were light blue like the background of the European/North American cover, I'd go with it in a heartbeat, as I prefer the more colorful and whimsical nature of that creation. As it stands, though, I'm going to say it's a tie between the two.

What do all of you think? Do you have a favorite when it comes to LittleBigPlanet Vita's cover imagery?

See also: Previous 'Which Box Art is Better?' posts


Adam said...

Japan by far

Bryan Ochalla said...

A ha! Finally someone chimes in. Thanks, Adam :) I agree with you, by the way -- it's definitely the most interesting of the three options, I think, although I'd still like it to have a non-white backdrop.

Milki said...

I agree with the background, would it be light blue, it would look much better and I'd also like it to have the human hand. 8)

I love that there's a tentacle on that planet. *g* Can't wait for the game. :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ah, yes, the hand would be nice, too, wouldn't it? Also, I completely missed the tentacle on the planet. Nice touch!

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Japan by a landslide.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Thanks, Justin! Have you ever played the PS3 original, or its sequel, by the way? If so, what did you think of it?

Viewtiful_Justin said...

I played the original. It was fun, but I never got into the stage building, and the user-created stages I saw were a hodge-podge of crap. The interface for selecting them is pretty awful. Hard to find a good one amongst all the crap. The platforming is a little bit strange with the 3-layer setup, but the concept and the art style is great enough to keep me playing. I want the second one, because I hear it's better than the first, but I haven't finished the first yet.

gsilverfish said...

Japan, "hands down!" Not just visually, but I hate the hand! The Japanese emphasis is like "this is a game where you can jump!" and maybe also that the jumping is good (I didn't like the jump feel in LBP though), whereas the others show the character about to be physically moved, it actually looks awkward and claustrophobic to me.

For hand-inclusion, I would have preferred it if the hand were shown holding or supporting the world from below.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ah, well, that's interesting, Justin. Your thoughts sound about the same as what I've heard from other people -- which mean I'll probably pass on the PS3 versions after I finally get a PS3. Oh, well.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hey there, gsliverfish! Yeah, I agree w/ you for the most part about the inclusion of the hand. I personally don't think it's needed, although I can imagine situations where a hand could word, I guess. Anyway, yes, the Japanese cover is the best, no question :)

Melody (Lizzi) said...

I love the japanese one.
The "planet" on the european cover looks more little big planet-like but the white background gives the whole picture a good clear structure.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Well, there you go, Melody! Thanks for sharing your input :)

You're really going through my past posts, aren't you? I love it!