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Japanese Artwork of Western Games

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Haze is about some kind of drug making your army man more powerful, suggested by the cracked out looked in the main guy's eye on the American cover. Meanwhile, the Japanese cover is satisfied with merely promising guns and explosions.


The red glow of the lightning really stands out on the Japanese cover. The subtitle reads something like The Infamous Man.


The Japanese cover merely emphasizes the gritty characters, while the American one also makes the guns more prominent.


Here the Japanese version emphasizes the super playful children's toy room nature of Sackboy and pals.


The Metro 2033 cover isn't terribly different, but the Japanese one makes it clearer that this is a shooter.


This one seems to pull a reverse-Kirby. See, on covers in Japan, Kirby looks all happy, while elsewhere he's always pissed off. On the North American cover of Modnation Racers, the main racer looks fairly happy, while he's somewhat angrier on the Japanese box... or, at least filled with more of that nebulous 'tude. It was also renamed Modnation: Infinite Kart Kingdom.


The North American cover is really boring, but the Japanese cover shows some of the nasty monsters your dudes are up against.


Similar covers again, although the American version features the "mug shot" picture of Sam Fisher and adds a bit of color that with explosion.


The North American cover of Uncharted 2 is based on the tremendously intense opening moments of the game, and there's no doubt that the snow mountains are quite attractive. Still, the movie poster-style artwork on the Japanese cover looks really nice. The covers for the first Uncharted are identical in both territories, other than the logo.


The Japanese version makes it evident that you're playing as a woman, if the curvy bottom on the North American version wasn't a clue enough.


This Russian-developed game features a scantily clad chick based off manga, so it makes sense that the actual Japanese release would use an illustrated, manga-style version over the rendered one, and even shows a bit more skin. Both this and Velvet Assassin were published in Japan by UbiSoft.


This cover highlights the contrast between Shepherd and Saren, more so than the "light bringing action team squad" image of the US release.

Thanks to "Alex" and Eric Trautmann for the name correction on the movie posters, supersaiyangojira for the bit about the Monkey Punch Crackdown artwork, and derboo for the Tomb Raider images.



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