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Awakening: The Art of Halo 4 Hardcover – November 6, 2012


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"Finding quality art books for anything related to pop culture is fairly difficult, and video games in particular suffer. Titan actually cares, and that care shows in their work. Just compare it to any art book from a 'Limited Edition' game bundle. Titan’s printing is much better and the collection is much more complete; their art books are books in their own right ... one of the better gaming art books available." – Uproxx’s Gamma Squad

"It's jam-packed with beautiful concept art and sketches" – The Verge

"Great for fans of the series, art book collectors, and those who are looking for a gift for the Halo fan that has most everything from the series already but doesn't yet have this book." – Total Gaming Network

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Art lovers and fans of the series will love this book. So if you’re able to put down your controller for a moment and take a break from some war games, pick up Awakening: The Art of Halo 4, you’re bound to be glad that you did." – Gamer Exchange

"This book is a testament to those people who worked tirelessly to create a visually appealing game." – Gaming Bolt

“The quality is outstanding and will make an excellent addition to any Halo fan's collection.” - Co-Optimus

“A lavish coffee-table book that provides a detailed look at art created specifically for the new version of the game.” – Military.com

"If you are any kind of fan of Halo, then this book is a must-buy for you"
"this book will leave you almost as breathless as the game itself.” Shattered Ravings

About the Author

Paul Davies--an incurable Halo fanatic--has worked in gaming journalism for twenty years, writing and editing magazines and websites including Official Nintendo and Computer & Video Games. He is the co-founder and director of media agency Unlikely Hero Ltd. whose clients include Yahoo! UK and Microsoft.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; 10.7.2012 edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781163243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781163245
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.9 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

You should definately get this book if you are a Halo fan and it's a must have for all art book fans.
Robert Gray
With stunning imagery and exquisite detail, the concept art in this book will leave you almost as breathless as the game itself.
Matthew S Baker
I guess you can say he, "loves it." He's shown me some of the pictures from the book and they looked pretty cool.
NGTO1

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:19 Mins
Halo 4 is back with a bang and this is an excellent video game art book for it.

It's a large 192-page hardcover published by Titan Books. Each page is filled with lavish concept art printed huge, sometimes across two pages. There's a good amount of environment paintings that look really great because they are printed so big -- great for soaking in the ambiance. The environment paintings are easily the highlight of the book. I love the very physical look of the designs. And those with wide open spaces look majestic.

Other concept art include designs for Master Chief, Cortana, Spartans, troops, Forerunners, weapons, vehicles and ships. They are all amazing and detailed. It will take a while to look through the art.

There are several artbooks for Halo, and this is one of the best, and one of my 2012 favourite artbooks as well.

Fantastic concept art book.

Highly recommended for Halo fans.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matthew S Baker on November 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In honor of the recent release of the Halo 4 game, I thought it only appropriate to review this amazing book today. I have been a HUGE fan of the Halo series, ever since the first game came out years ago. The action, the weapons, the combat...it is an amazing series that is beyond captivating. But it's not just the actual game itself that pleases; the Halo universe is one of the most vivid and interesting locales in which to place a storyline. Such can be seen in the detail placed into the graphics for each game. Halo 4 breaks new ground by giving much more detail in these graphics as well as a rich plot to go along with it. Thanks to Titan Books, fans like me can now revel in the concept art that helped bring Halo 4 to life.

If you are any kind of fan of Halo, then this book is a must-buy for you. AWAKENING: THE ART OF HALO 4 takes you deep into the mindset of the designers at 343 Industries, and shows how their ideas evolved into the excellent game that was released just last week.

With stunning imagery and exquisite detail, the concept art in this book will leave you almost as breathless as the game itself. The pictures are lavish and rich, portraying the new world and realm in which the Master Chief finds himself this time. And I have to say, these images are the very definition of beautiful.

The imaginations involved with creating such complex yet lavish scenes must be staggeringly powerful. The fine folks at 343 Industries have raised the bar and set a new level of excellence with this work. AWAKENING: THE ART OF HALO 4 chronicles part of the work involved, by giving in-depth but short commentaries on each scene and the mentality behind it.

Comparing the concept art to the scenes in the game (which I have done quite a bit) is a lot of fun.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Kim on November 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I must say that this product surprised me. I've owned many artwork books before and they were simply pictures and a few explanations but this one is quite different.

Each panel and artwork is accompanied by the importance and significance of the artwork and what it means to the production team and us, the gamers and fans.

This book is a perfect gift for the individual who is infatuated with the Haloverse. But I would make sure that you bought them Halo 4 first! Halo 4
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By UpsYourAs on November 20, 2012
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If you like concept art, and enjoy seeing game dev, ideas. Its a great coffee table book. If some one you know likes sci fi they will love this as a gift.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NetDiver on January 22, 2013
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I haven't personally played any Halo games since the first Halo and it's sequel Halo 2 on the original Xbox. But I've always liked the visuals of the games which is one of the reasons why I bought this book. The second reason is work related because I do concept design as a livinghood. While not exactly the same as concept art, there are enough similarities between the two to justify me buying the book.

Now, I've read a lot of concept art books in recent years and I have to say that Awakening: The Art of Halo 4 is among one of the best out there. The love of the studio behind the new game really shows here. The new trilogy has given the makers freedom to turn a new leaf in the visuals of the Halo universe and still keeping it recognizable as Halo. Master Chief, Cortana, weapon and ship designs are an evolution lifted from the previous works while the new threat, the Forerunners, are presented as very alien and fresh take on the almost cosmic enemy.

Now I haven't personally played the game so I can't tell well the concepts have translated to the actual game, but the book is a really good lesson in concept design and evolution of the franchise. Highly recommended, even if your not in the games themselves.
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Absolutely stunning concept art for one of the best games in the Halo series! Some very talented artists contributed to this game. It's incredible to see how close the final game was to a lot of the concept art. Lots and LOTS of things to look at and a great book to get if you're into video game art books/concept art. The amount and quality of the content is well worth the price!
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