After recently finishing L.A. Noire, I was reminded of similarities with Heavy Rain. Both had heavy detective elements but I still say Heavy Rain was the more innovative game. So I decided to take a look back on the cover art for the releases in the US, Europe, and Japan. Above are both the region one and the region two releases. I think it's obvious to tell which is from Japan and which is from here. I can't say that I'm a fan of the Japan release. I guess it kind of makes sense according to plot, but what is a person supposed to think when seeing this cover? With no understanding of the killer or his methods, this just looks like a weird face being rained on. I'd assume that the person was already dead.
The US release is pretty typical though. Girl in front appealing to the guys. Other dudes in the background. I didn't even notice that there was a piece of origami sitting there until I started this write up. The only thing that I can think of is how to use this cover to market the game as a serial killer murder mystery. I don't feel like any of the covers do that. Maybe it should have a bunch of pictures of people from the game that look like wanted posters on the top. It would say...
"To Catch One Killer"
"Can you figure out who it is?"
I'd have to see a mock up, but what do you think? Ultimately, out of the ones that actually exist, I think the European version is best.
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