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Sony Avoids 'Net Rage, Makes Right Call on Team Ico Box Art

There's a nice little surprise inside the box.

The box art for the ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection is full of enough logos to choke a few colossi, but Sony seems to know this. When you open the box up, there's some additional, much prettier artwork inside.

ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection arrives on September 27. The Last Guardian will not be present at Tokyo Game Show this year, but footage of Team Ico's latest is supposed to be in the collection.

Oh, and remember this?

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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Posted by patrickklepek

The box art for the ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection is full of enough logos to choke a few colossi, but Sony seems to know this. When you open the box up, there's some additional, much prettier artwork inside.

ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection arrives on September 27. The Last Guardian will not be present at Tokyo Game Show this year, but footage of Team Ico's latest is supposed to be in the collection.

Oh, and remember this?

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Posted by SSully

Thank you christ. The american ico art sucks

Posted by Cloudenvy

Effing yes!

Posted by forestofdeath

This pleases me.

Posted by Sammo21

The inner Resistance 3 artwork is nice too...minimalistic version of the regular cover art...I switched it the second I opened te case and saw it.

Posted by Tikicobra

Nooooiiiice

Edited by YetiAntics

You mean "Sony Avoids Nerd Rage"

But whatevs. Same diff, right?

Posted by AverageGreg

This is one of the things that might actually make me buy a PS3 at long last.

Posted by deadmoscow

I was one of those people who scanned and printed off the original, non-awful Ico box art for my copy.

Posted by Cyrisaurus

First Resistance 3, now this. Holy shit Sony, if you put these awesome reverse covers on every game I will love you forever. I hope Uncharted 3's is something awesome, same for Twisted Metal.

Posted by drag
Still not as nice as the original Ico and Shadow of the Colossus boxes, in cardboard with a bunch of arty postcards inside as well. Although the cardboard has discoloured a little bit so that sucks.
Posted by Sarumarine

Somebody has probably already said it by now, but this kind of thing should be standard practice. You can have your logos and promotional material as long as you have a reverse cover with superior box art.

Edited by Brackynews

AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

Posted by TurboMan

uh... who is that on the american cover?

forgot it was that bad.

Posted by RE_Player1

So glad I'm getting this :)

Posted by MrKlorox

So we're back to pictures counting as articles now?

Posted by Mr_Spinnington

okay, i'll buy it now

Posted by 1p

Oh fuck yes!

Posted by kollay

Grrr... I'm gonna bash you with this stick.

Posted by Pr1mus
@MrKlorox said:

So we're back to pictures counting as articles now?

So we're back to useless comment now?
Posted by FilipHolm

Dear god that last cover art is awful...

Posted by gosukiller
@kollay said:

Grrr... I'm gonna bash you with this stick.

I am a giant floating ghostlady head and I am indifferent towards your stickbashing. ALSO I AM BEHIND YOU!
Posted by siblers

I still have the postcard style art pieces that came with SOTC back in the day, would have been sweet to have something like that.

Posted by MrKlorox

@Pr1mus said:

@MrKlorox said:

So we're back to pictures counting as articles now?

So we're back to useless comment now?

Judging from the one you just submitted, absofuckinglutely.

Posted by dvorak

@MrKlorox said:

@Pr1mus said:

@MrKlorox said:

So we're back to pictures counting as articles now?

So we're back to useless comment now?

Judging from the one you just submitted, absofuckinglutely.

Masterstroke right there.

Posted by vexidus

Can't wait to pick this up!

Posted by MeatSim

Put down the pitchforks and torches?

Posted by Pr1mus
@MrKlorox said:

@Pr1mus said:

@MrKlorox said:

So we're back to pictures counting as articles now?

So we're back to useless comment now?

Judging from the one you just submitted, absofuckinglutely.

It's funny because i see here an article with 5.. no not 5, 4 and half line of text and still give 4 informations about the game and team ico. That's pretty impressive really.
Posted by Sanj

This is awesome news.

Online
Posted by MrKlorox

@Pr1mus said:

@MrKlorox said:

@Pr1mus said:

@MrKlorox said:

So we're back to pictures counting as articles now?

So we're back to useless comment now?

Judging from the one you just submitted, absofuckinglutely.

It's funny because i see here an article with 5.. no not 5, 4 and half line of text and still give 4 informations about the game and team ico. That's pretty impressive really.

Sorry I was ignoring journalistic gems like

Oh, and remember this?

and captions under pictures such as

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

But you're right. Considering those masterpieces, there are 4 lines of text. I guess this really is an article now.

Posted by Zaccheus

That old US Ico box art is so bad. I remember hearing about it multiple times and finally googling it one time... What a shock that was.

Posted by kingzetta

Inside the box you get the box

Posted by samurai1000

The UK copy of ICO I got at the time of release had the same (good) art work as the Japanese version, so don't know why America had a different cover.

Posted by wolf_blitzer85

Hey! It's my old friend Farty Face!

Posted by Cazamalos

i would like reverse covers free of logos on more games, thank you very much

Posted by Pr1mus
@MrKlorox: I'm just curious what the problem is with this being short? It gave a date, a new box art, that The Last Guardian was not gonna be at TGS (which is not entirely unexpected but still) and that we'll get footage of it in this collection. Where's the problem? Would it be better to just not share these info at all on this site if it's not gonna have a proper and lengthy articles?
Posted by MosesWalker

I still have my PS2 copy of ICO and I must be the only person on the planet that likes the US boxart. It's great. The kid looks like he's about to wreck somebody with that stick. 

Posted by bonkers
@MrKlorox: Hey, all this news is is that the cover for the ICO collection is reversible; what the hell kind of article do you expect to be written about it? All this news requires is about 2 sentences. Do you want Patrick to delve into the deeper meaning behind the covers and give you an indepth analysis regarding the composition of the images or something?  You either care about the news, like many of us do, or you don't. Don't be an ass about it.
Posted by MrKlorox

@Pr1mus: Being concise is fine. It's when there's a 6-to-1 ratio of picture to text area that it starts to look like all fluff and no content.

Posted by RuneHammer

@MrKlorox: Actually, the cover for Ico is fucking legendary for how awful it is in the states. I remember being in awe of the original and was impressed that they actually did something so... artsy. And when I saw the US cover, all I could think was: Damn, that's to bad. So yeah, this warrants a news post. Patrick isn't posting everything from /r/gaming from Reddit like some other website about video games.

@Brackynews: Fuck, I forgot that cover. Is that a US cover?

Thank god for this
Posted by TheHT

Well that's the first thing I'm doing when I get it.

Posted by FluxWaveZ
@Dallas_Raines said:

@MrKlorox: News is news, fucktard.

So you'd be okay with Giant Bomb being the next Kotaku?
Posted by Cold_Wolven

I'll pick this up, Shadow of the Colossus was already a great looking game but at 1080p and running at 60fps the game will look phenomenal.

Posted by MrKlorox

@Dallas_Raines: Tell that to Brad Nicholson, kind intelligent gentleman.

Posted by AuthenticM

Sony, I thank thou from the bottom of my heart. :)

Posted by Surkov

But now I'm angry because they changed the Shadow of the Colossus box art to the PAL version! The US bos art is better. GRRRRR!! 

Posted by VincentVendetta

The original Ico box art depicts a Vikings' fan in front of a mini golf!

Edited by ryanwho

objective journalist 
Meanwhile, if this were a Nintendo article I guess there'd be a tangent about "no new games, just rehashing collections. Can't live off nostalgia forever and many many people agree with me I'm just reporting on the normal folks no spin zone". 

Posted by shadystx

II really don't see why consumers would be annoyed by company logos, we just stack our games on a shelf and the only time we look at the box art is when we to play a game. 
 
If they start putting massive company logos mid-centre then I would be slightly annoyed but until this I never even thought about company logos on my game boxes. 
 
The most interesting this in this article was the fact I just found out that The Last Guardian wont be at TGS, I assume this has been reported on before but I missed it, I assumed it would be there this year thinking it's got to be released hopefully early next year, but it not being a TGS is clear that games is not coming untill fall of next year at the earliest, very disappointing, Although I am all for developers taking as long as they need to get the game right after this long my excitement is falling but I am sure that will come back once the game surfaces again.

Edited by Dallas_Raines

@FluxWaveZ:

No, but I don't see the need for a dozen paragraphs about a collection coming with a bonus cover.

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