Sega says that it is too late to change the box art for Yakuza 3.
Well they should of changed it after all the negative feedback they got as soon as they showed the boxart.
That cover give me the creeps.
It's just a box art, the content is where it's at.
I don't think they got as much negative feed back as you think they did. Yakuza 2 sold ~50k copies in the states, so even if 5k people complained about this cover, that's 45k who haven't complained.
Look at the font! And the wrinkle in his brow! FAIL! I own Yakuza 1&2, but 3? The boxart has completely changed my mind. /s
It will just end up in a stack, ore on the top of the stack with a layer of dust; So the box art doesn't concern me!
Never heard of the backlash, this is infact the first time I've seen the cover! It looks worse than a lot of fan made box art! I'm positive SEGA simply wants this game to fail in the US.
While I agree with you, the problem is that the cover is the initial means to attract potential game buyers. Not everyone keeps up-to-date with gaming news and frankly, that cover does not have any attracting qualities to it besides the title of the game.
It blows my mind why publishers can't decide on a universal box cover. European and Japanese box art is usually always superior in my opinion. North American box art (almost) ALWAYS has to show the good guys/girls, enemies, or both on the cover. The European Heavy Rain box art comes to mind...so much better. On an related note- what is the best way to make a print off of box art from pdf format? Is there a particular type of gloss paper? I'm asking because the European boxart for Heavy Rain is being made available to download. Fedex Kinkos? Regardless, I'm quite interested in Yakuza 3. The series reminds me a lot of Shenmue. For that reason alone I'll probably have to buy it.
The German cover has Kazuma on the right... http://www.amazon.de/Sega-Y... Interesting decision. But still, I'm sure this game will be amazing. We should be thankful it's coming to the west and not nitpicking about cover art.
well ill just make my own when i get it lol
Offer us downloadable alternate box art(s).
Why? What the hell is the matter with the kind of person that wants a cover change?? Print out a new one and replace the one you have! Stop wasting the publishers time with this rubbish, Gah!
seriously where the f**** is that so called negative feedback ? The article sounds as if there was any uproar and we were supposed to know about it already . It's the first i've heard of this
It's box art for crying out loud!!!!!!!!!
They'll never get that cigarette past the ESRB! Lol, I almost wrote IAEA(International Atomic Energy Association)!!!
They should of photoshopped the cigarette out of the cover. @people telling people to shut up about the boxart, the reason why people are complaining is because with a bad/boring/plain boxart the game is less likely to draw the attention of potential buyers which means less sales, which means less chance of sega bringing other yakuza games abroad, so instead of telling people to shut up how about you think for a second.
You evidently weren't around when people were discussing Heavy Rain's Cover art. they love the EU version, the JP version, but absolutely abhor the US version because it shows the lady character and her clothed breastesess popping out on the cover.
Lol @ breastesess!
With such a cover you can consider this game a fail in the states.
FORGET THE BOX ART, I LOVE THIS GAME!
To make sure it would be a failure in the US market. Same release date as FFXIII, ugliest cover art (The JP cover is awesome) Sega has something against making profit.
Sega have been making a lot of bad decisions regarding this game, a good release date and box art are crucial for a game to be successful. Oh well, gonna get it day one anyway because the game rules.
i have in photoshop recreated the jp version almost to perfection, in super high res. when i get the game im gonna scan the us cover so i can match the back with the new front i created. if anyone wants to lock up a high res version pm me. im gonna put it up on flickr as soon as i get my hands on the game.
I only care about what is in the box and could not careless about the cover,this goes for any and every game.
They don't give a **** about their game, do they? The made a halfassed trailer for it and then made such a horrible cover for a game that definitly deserves much more care and attention.
Probably made their profit on the Jap version and don't want to put too much into this because they already think it will fail!
I liked the Japanese one, it's cool and way better than this new one. It's very uninspired and bland. Not a good way to sell your game...
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