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Published on November 9th, 2012 | by Kyle Spencer, Editor

The Art of Assassin’s Creed 3 Review

Author: Andy McVittie
Publisher: Titan Books
Genre: Art
Release Date: Oct. 30, 2012
Price: $24.99

Review Note: A Copy of the Book was received for review purposes

If you are a fan of art, and really appreciate the artistic visions of game developers today, then the “Art of Assassin’s Creed 3” is a must see. Featuring 144 pages of beautiful hand drawn art of all the different aspects of the game, it definitely gives you that sense of realism and attention to detail that graphics designers achieve in video games today.

We all know, especially if you have been following video games as long as we have, that the graphic progression has achieved unbelievable levels as generations continue on. This is not your typical art book that you would get inside of a Collector’s Edition of a game, but it offers insight into some of the design choices that its developers take into consideration when planning out the games art style. You can really see the detail in the atmosphere chapter, where it breaks down the world of Assassin’s Creed 3 and drawing out history.

The book does does speak volumes to those of you who question as to whether video games today are considered art. As you flip the pages of this book you can’t help but marvel at the beauty of the hand drawn art and the work it went into bringing these images to life. This, to me, answers the questions that some have and answer those critics that say “Video Games are not art”.

The Cover of the Beautiful Art Book

Most of the book’s illustrations are hand-drawn, and were used in creating the game’s environments and characters. These are actual hand-drawn sketches as opposed to game renders, which serious art fans should appreciate.

The glossy pages make it easy on the eyes, with the exception of the small, light grey captions that can be a bit testy but other than that the book is easy to read through. I strongly encourage the game fans to read the commentary of the decision making that the team took when choosing art images, and why they made some of the small changes that they made.

Final Truth:

This truly is an art lover’s book. If you had ever shown interest in the art of video games, or even questioned whether video games were art to begin with, I strongly recommend to read this book. It will change your mind. It is a book of beautiful imagery and shows the longs steps it took to bring this art to reality.

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+ Very Strong Imagery
+ Glossy, clean pages
+ Excellent commentary
– Light text

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About the Author

I have been a video game enthusiast for many many years, and have been in the industry for the last 10 years. I love what I do and I love, well VIDEO GAMES! I have a degree in computer programming and currently working on a arcade/indie title.

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