First a small confession; I was told of this item’s existence from my good buddy and fellow PSX collector PapaStu, and I didn’t believe him. That’s not to say I thought he was lying, it’s just I’m the guy who has to see the holes in a religious figure’s hands before I go walking on water after him to grab his autograph.
I ended up stumbling across this in my old ‘mom and pop’ game store a few months before they closed down. It was traded in by a Sony employee who worked at one of their warehouses. Much to say, after I removed my foot from my mouth and handed over my Credit Card, it’s been sitting on my shelf waiting for the perfect rainy day. Seeing how we’re expecting a kicker of a storm as I write this, I figured why not.
Unlike Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro, Syphon Filter 3’s post disaster change seems purely cosmetic, and contained to just the packaging and CD artwork. The original version consists of Gabe Logan and Lian Xing posed ready to strike, but in a peculiar setting. Here’s the complete run down and differences between the two:
The Overall Image
Due to the government related buildings related to September 11th, and to a small degree, the anthrax scare, this image was removed and replaced with a very generic and by-the-book cover using facial shots of the lead characters.
The Back of the Packaging
a. Original reads: “US Federal Bureau of Investigations / Deadly force authorized” while the new version “Agency Mission Briefing / Stop Gabe Logan!”
b. Descriptors like “Deadly Arsenal” and “Artillery” are removed.
c. “Agency Operatives” and “Terrorists” are now replaced with “enemies.”
The Instruction Manual
So far no game play changes seem to have been made, but that will be a journey for another time.
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