Box Art Betterment: Hammerin’ Hero

by Derrek Lucas

heroToo many games are released with plain, uninspired, and entirely uninteresting box art that fails to capture the attention of a potential passerby. With Box Art Betterment, we’re trying to improve on this absence of artistic excellence by re-imagining the original artists vision with a bit of flair. Each week, DownWriteFierce will be taking a lame game box and giving it an injection of awesome. Our ultimate aim is that publishers realize that their totally boring boxes suck, so that we no longer have to come up with ways to improve on their missteps. At this rate, it could be a while.

Atlus is notable for putting out wacky Japanese titles that are as nuts as they are rad. As seen from the cover, Hammerin’ Hero fits the bill. But the scales aren’t quite as balanced as we’ve become accustomed to. This one has a little too much crazy, kooky, stereotypical insanity and not enough gruff, bearded badassery. There’s a certain something that’s distinctly missing from the cover of this week’s PSP release. A paricular hammerin’ hero that has become the subject of many a bromantic fantasy to comic nerds everywhere is obscenely absent.

Consider this solved. Don’t worry, Atlus. I have your back. Feel free to take this edited cover art and reissue it after the mandatory recall of Hammerin’ Hero.