Welcome to “Hobo Explores”, a segment where I will be going away from my usual gaming retrospectives and instead explore other miscellaneous video game encounters that either lack information for a hobo retrospectives or something out of boredom. And today, I decided to explore my collection of pirated video game cover from the past.
Being a gamer around 2010’s is pretty easy in my country considering how we have four dedicated shops. Three shops selling current gen original games and one store selling retro games. However back in the 90’s and 2000 piracy was everywhere, it was cheaper compare to buying original(seriously buying 3 - 5 pirated games for $15 BND ($11 USD for you guys) was a steal) resulting in ten years’ worth of childhood memories. One of them is looking at Video Game Covers.
Before the advancement of the internet telling us either the game is good or bad, I was pretty ignorant and only buy the game base on their“cool” covers (remember it was cheap!). Overtime as I grew older, I decided to look back on those pirated PS2 game covers and to my amusement it was both funny and odd that is worth sharing.
Shadow Hearts was something that I previously discussed onKinja as it was one of personal favorite JRPGs (especially Shadow Hearts 2). So whoever that pirate out there definitely pulled my heartstrings. The front cover would be filled with characters from Shadow Hearts: Covenant so I was expecting them to return at some way. However I was disappointed as they never did.
Looking at the back, they would summaries the story for the actual game and fully show images to keep you exciting. Here’s the description if you’re curious:
“The storyline revolves around a young boy by the name of Johnny Garland. Johnny runs a small detective business in New York. He gets a request from a man one day to investigate a strange case about a man that was injured by a monster. When he goes there he finds the monster, which devours the man. A woman, by the name of Shania happens to appear there at the time, but as an angelic winged creature. From then on the two decide to work together,and thus”
Front Mission 4 was interesting as the front would follow the US version but only crop out the wanzers and using lighter colours. But it’s the back cover that stands out which personally I liked it better than the actual cover.
The back would show the beautiful art of Yusuke Naora with more gameplay images that keeps you interested. Alongside these images would be the short summary of the plot and the caption to tell the company behind the game and what kind of things we expect in the game.
Shin Megami Tensei:Nocturne definitely fit the idea of cool (if not badass) cover showing the face of Hitoshura along with pure red and black to represent the dark and demonic tone of what we’re going to see while playing the game. Alongside the cool front cover, we also got a very informative history of the Shin Meagmi Tensei series.
If you can’t see here’s the description:
“Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne is the third game in the series, which first appeared on the Super Famicom. Remakes of the first two titles were recently released in Japan for the Playstation and Game Boy Advance. While Nocturne continues the Series’ tradition of a modern-day post-apocalyptic setting, demonic overtones and mature themes, the Playstation2 version brings it into the nest-generation of gaming with mind-blowing graphics and refinement of the gameplay system”
The last one I want to put as part of my personal “cool”cover would be Resident Evil: Outbreak. Now looking closely to the original US cover the wordings and description are identical but only the font used in this cover is different.
However this cover wins as it shows two survivors looking at the distant fires of zombies and hell roaming the destroyed Raccoon City,giving the vibe of struggle and desperation.
To be honest, I don’t think this needs any description other than “100% Pirate”.
For now, that will be all of the covers I can scan.But if you think you want to see more, give a comment and maybe I would find more covers to scan and share.