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8 Game Case Mistakes

lex-1020 | 1133d ago
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Whenever people go to buy a new game one of the first things they look at is the back of the game case. Why do we look at it? The pictures and the description can tell us if its going to be a game we'd like or not. But sometimes these descriptions and pictures are wrong. Here's my list of the top 8 mistakes on video game cases. Why 8? Because 5 is to few and 10 is to overused.

8. Description: Metal Gear Solid The Twin Snakes.
The description on the back of the box reads "Two of the greatest games of all time, Metal Gear Solid 1 and Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty are fused together to form the Nintendo gamecube classic Metal Gear Solid The Twin Snakes" From reading that description it would be safe to assume that both MGS1 and MGS2 are in the case but its actually just MGS 1 with MGS 2 graphics and controls. While its directly wrong it is misleading. And that's why it gets spot 8.

7. "...they will find you, and you will die...": Vampire Rain
Very few people have heard of this game, and with good reason. It was terrible. It tried to combine the sneaking action of MGS or Socom with a vampire story. The result was unpleasant. The quote, which appears quite boldly on the cover of the game, was actually part of a larger quote by Adam Sessler (Xplay) bashing the games poor stealth mechanic. In his original quote (which I couldn't find) he said something along the lines of: no matter how stealthy you are they will find you and you will die, its terrible. For taking a negative quote and making it sound positive they get spot 7.

6. Bastilla on Ratakaa: Star wars The Knights of the Old Republic
Anyone who's played this game knows what I'm talking about here. But for those of you who haven't here you go. Bastilla get captured and you lose her for half the game. When you finally get her back (presuming you do it right) you begin the final level of the game. However the picture on the back of the box shows Bastilla standing with you in front of the Temple of Ratakaa (the 2nd to last level). Before you comment, No. There is no time to take Bastilla to the Temple of Ratakaa after you get her back. As soon as you get her a scripted series of events happens taking you into the final level.

5. Krea's right hand: Star Wars The Knights of the Old Republic 2 The Sith Lords.
I don't like reusing the same game multiple times, but when a game messes up like this it's hard not to. In the game (early on) one of your characters (Krea) gets her right hand chopped off. On the back of the box it shows her holding a lightsaber in her right hand. While this could have been an earlier picture she didn't get a lightsaber to later in the game and before the game she had an entirely different wardrobe.

4. Right Handed Link: Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess
It's a little known fact that Link is in fact left handed. However on the Back of the Twighlight Princess case it shows a right handed Link. The official reasoning for this (and for making Link right handed in the game) is because the majority of players are right handed and it would be easier for them to play the game on Wii that way. However on the Gamecube version Link is left handed again with the case still showing right handed.

3. Magic Bar: Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess
Zelda games have always had magic bars. That is until Twilight princess. The magic bar was an early concept idea that was ultimately taken out of the game. That doesn't stop it from appearing in a picture on the back of the box.

2. Oblivion rated M: The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion
When Oblivion was originally rated it got a simple easy T rating. However after a user mod allowed players to view the top half of females without clothes the ESRB changed the rating to M. Because it was originally rated T (games were released with the T rating) and later changed due to no fault of Bethesday I consider this an mistake on the game case. (I still have a sealed copy rated T)

1. Lightsaber on Telos: Star Wars The Knights of the Old Republic 2 The Sith Lords.
You might be curious why I picked this game as number one. Well for me this was the most annoying. In Kotor 2 the first planet you arrive on is Telos. You don't get a lightsaber until after Telos. However the back of the case shows your character holding a lightsaber in the last part of Telos. Why was this annoying? Because I saw the back of the case and the main character holding a lightsaber on Telos and thought that I messed up somewhere and missed it, so I restarted the game and did it all again only to find out 3 hours later that the quest to get a lightsaber doesn't even start until after Telos. That's why this mistake gets rated 1 for me.

While mistakes on game cases aren’t a super critical thing they can be annoying and sometimes fun to find. Have you found any other mistakes?

Edit: There is another mistake on the back of Kotor. It shows a large Rancor on the beach where the Ebon Hawk land on Ratakaa. This is a mistake as well because the Rancors are scripted to certain environments and can't approach the beach because of it. (Thanks william5150)
LBP2 saying Multiplayer on the back of the box with no Multiplayer Component included (Thanks Alpha)
MGS 4 Greatest hits Collection including trophies on box (Thanks ItlovesHalo)

yen888  +   1133d ago
The actual game (Oblivion) didn't feature topless ladies so I don't get why they based their decision on a mod.
lex-1020  +   1133d ago
Exactly. That's why I said that I marked it rated M as a mistake.
SageHonor  +   1133d ago
This was a funny and good read haha
Captain Tuttle  +   1133d ago
Good piece although I think you were too hard on KOTOR :p

The back of the Borderlands case implies that Brick is a fun character to play.
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lex-1020  +   1133d ago
I'll admit I was a little hard on Kotor, I do absolutely love the Kotor games (super excited about the mmo), but the game cases did have so rather obvious and large mistakes. There is another mistake on the back of the first game. It shows a large Rancor on the beach where the Ebon Hawk land on Ratakaa. This is a mistake as well because the Rancors are scripted to certain environments and can't approach the beach because of it.
El_Colombiano  +   1133d ago
Dude awesome post. Very interesting.
DuncesOfWur  +   1133d ago
Great post, enjoyable read.

Personal favourite is number 7, haha.
-Alpha  +   1133d ago
Back of LBP2 box promises Mutliplayer. This is false advertising as there was no mutliplayer in the game whatsoever

Good blog btw
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Brownghost  +   1133d ago
save that copy for the mistake thats on it it can be worth some money in the future
cgoodno  +   1133d ago
Nah, that only works for trading cards and comic books :P
lex-1020  +   1133d ago
That's actually not true.
MGS 3 Limited Edition Ebay price $300
MGS 2 Pc Version $400
Final Fantasy 7 Limited Edition $4,000
cgoodno  +   1132d ago
And the "mistakes" that make those games worth the money? I didn't say games aren't collectible, I said game boxes with mistakes on them don't increase in price the way trading cards and comic books do. No one is looking for a FF7 LE because there's a typo on the back of the case, but a lot of baseball collectors are looking for the '86 Pete Rose card that mistakenly has another manager's picture on it.
Tuxedo_Mask  +   1133d ago
I like that Vampire Rain took a bad review and made an enticing tag line out of it. I've never played the game before, but if Adam Sessler hated it then it's probably pretty good.
cgoodno  +   1133d ago
No, it's one of the lowest rated games of this generation.
SeraphimBlade  +   1133d ago
Entertaining read.

There's an Xbox game called Cold War, which appears to be a stealth shooter along the lines of Splinter Cell. There's an IGN (i think) quote on the back, taking up about a quarter of the box space that says something along the lines of "The x-ray goggles aren't just eye candy, they play a role in gameplay too"... I'm not even sure where to start with that one
ArabianKnight01  +   1133d ago
Good read. Very interesting. Keep'em coming.
theonlylolking  +   1132d ago
Bethesda should sue ESRB because they rated the game for what it did not have.
coolbeans  +   1132d ago
SPOILER FOR KOTOR 2

#1 is wrong since you have to go back to Telos to fight off the _____. Can't one assume that picture is captured toward the end of the game?
lex-1020  +   1132d ago
No. Because the in the picture you are in the snow standing in front of a crashed ship fighting an Hk droid. You are only in the snow at one point in the entire game. And you are in the snow in front of the a crashed ship fighting an Hk droid only once in the entire game. And that's before you get a lightsaber.
Pozzle  +   1132d ago
I don't know why, but right-handed Link has always bothered me. :/

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