Bienvenido, benvenuta, أهلا بك, bienvenue, willkommen, 欢迎, bem-vinda, ようこそ, and welcome to Field Artwork Brawl, the sequence the place you vote on the most effective field artwork from regional variants of the identical recreation.
Final week we watched ISS 64 because it engaged in a uncommon three-way soccer match. After a tense 90 minutes Europe emerged victorious with a decisive 58% of the vote. Japan got here second with just below half that share as North America trailed in third place. As the sport’s commentator may say, “Poor previous… NORTH AMERICA!”
Staying with the N64 this week, we’ve a recreation that took a distinct title in every territory, to not point out a completely completely different cowl design. North American readers will realize it as Quest 64, though in Europe we referred to as it Holy Magic Century. No matter you name it, it was a half-decent RPG from Imagineer on a console not blessed with an over abundance of RPGs.
Sufficient beating in regards to the bush – let’s go on a Holy Magic Eltale Quest!… 64.
Referred to as Eltale Monsters, developer Imagineer self-published in Japan and we get a giant, daring and vibrant emblem entrance and centre on the backside of the field with a good little bit of key artwork behind it. Brian (sure, actually) thrusts his mage-y workers in the direction of us as a sinister-looking bunch of baddies pose behind him.
The all-white background most likely helped the sport stand out on the shelf, though we might have appreciated to see a splash of color. A robust begin from the East.
Quest 64 jettisoned the important thing artwork for one thing… completely different. Let’s begin with the plus factors. We like the brand, with its encrusted jewels, ornamental frills and the plush purple flag behind it. And it is definitely vibrant, with virtually each worth accounted for someplace or different.
The ’90s CG stylings do not maintain up in addition to basic, hand-drawn artwork, although, and this cowl appears to be like decidedly extra ‘kiddy’ than the Japanese variant, regardless of the vein-y arms of the pig-man and the glowing purple eyes (and gray toupées?) of the wolves flanking poor previous Brian. Perhaps the fault lies with writer THQ.
There’s a difficulty with depth right here, too – the Duplo dragon within the prime proper is presumably within the background and really giant, though the truth that its tail is in entrance of the brand’s flag – as is Brian’s workers – means that it is a parrot-sized fire-breather hovering simply above Brian.
Perhaps it’s! We confess we missed out on Quest 64 again within the day. Nonetheless, on the power of the NA cowl, we can’t be including it to the backlog.
The EU cowl flips the important thing artwork of Brian from the Japanese cowl, throws in an ominous inexperienced sky over some purple cliffs within the background and provides a grim gang of encroaching ghouls behind our hero. The brand new title will get a pleasant emblem therapy and with a torn parchment backing and EU writer Konami forgoes the same old black border of EU PAL containers in favour of a single black strip down the facet.
It isn’t excellent, however it appears to be like like a top quality product – one thing that might sit proudly alongside Ocarina of Time on the shelf.
Three completely completely different covers, one vote. Give your favorite a click on and hit the ‘Vote’ button under to train your democratic proper:
Aaand the hunt is over. Because of KitsuneNight for this week’s suggestion, and to the remainder of you for voting. See you subsequent time for an additional Field Artwork Brawl.