THE BUZZ: When ICO was first released in North America, it was given a rather unfortunate piece of cover art. By the time Shadow of the Colossus came around, thankfully SCEA decided to give us the same great cover art as those in other countries received.
For the upcoming release of The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection, however, Sony is doing one better. If you aren’t a fan of the standard cover for the release—which, while not terrible, has to pack far too much information into one image—you’ll be able to flip the case insert around to instead use a second style of cover. On that reverse side are the full-sized pieces of cover art for the individual games, which include nothing more than their respective logos.
EGM’s TAKE: Kudos to Sony for this. This is the second upcoming PS3 game to be announced recently with a reversible cover —Resistance 3 being the first —and the more games that include such an option, the better. I think it would be a great move for Sony to treat their games more like the art they are, and giving consumers the option to instead use more artistic cover art makes the games feel special.