Friday, June 21, 2013

Let's Play: 'Which Box Art is Better?' (Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn edition)

Late last week, I tweeted the following: "Assuming the PS3 gets a price drop later this year, I think I'm going to pick one up just so I can play Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn."

Although the main reason I want to buy A Realm Reborn (along with a PS3, of course) is its appealing looking gameplay, I'd be lying if I said its box art didn't have a little something to do with it, too.

The question is: which piece of Final Fantasy XIV box art am I talk about--the Japanese, North American or European one?

I'll answer that at the end of this post. In the meantime, let's take a gander at box arts in question.

For starters, here's the Japanese release's cover image:

And here's the illustration that's supposed to grace covers of the North American iteration:

As for the European version of Final Fantasy XIV, here's its cover art:

Last, but not least, there's the following, which will appear on the outer packaging of the Collector's Edition of the title that'll be sold in Europe and North America:

As for which one I like best, well, I can't help but go with the Collector's Edition. It has to be said, though, that I like the (rather busy) Japanese cover art nearly as much.

Which piece of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn box art is your favorite? Assuming you like any of them, of course...

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


Ben Schock said...

I personally think the Japanese is the best. I've always been a fan of Akihiko Yoshida's character design and artwork. said...

Hey there, Ben! I like the Japanese 'regular' edition, too. Maybe not as much as the collector's edition, but I like it a lot regardless!

Reason Xie said...

It takes tremendous effort fornon-Japanese

Reason Xie said...

I bought the Japanese edition simply because I think the cover art is awesome, even though it takes tremendous effort for non-Japanese to pay for the subscription…