Scrutinizing the boxart for an upcoming game has become a sort of customary ritual within gaming circles, and the upcoming God of War 3 is no exception. A rumor has surfaced that the boxart for the European (PAL) version of the game has been finished via [Gamersmint].

God of War 3

Either Kratos is staring down the next batch of baddies to eviscerate or he’s fixing his cyclopic gaze on the graphic artist who shortchanged his pose — and judging by the recently revealed U.S. boxart, I can’t blame him.

Savvy gamers may be aware that the cover served as a placeholder for pre-order copies that sit on store shelves, which may preclude the validity of it being the finalized European edition. Then again, Sony does seem to have a thing for extreme close-ups on their game covers.