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The Art of Gears of War 3 (The Art of the Game) Paperback – August 7, 2012


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  • Series: The Art of the Game
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ballistic Publishing (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1921828153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1921828157
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 9.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must have for any Gears of War fan or fans of Sci-Fi arts.
Jay Leeo Johnson
Basically tons of concept sketches and characters break downs, full environmental renderings and weapon details.
W. Lucero
The book is a fairly large format with really good quality paper.
Erin Fritz

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Length: 1:32 Mins
The Art of Gears of War 3 is one whopping 320-page art book. Not a lot of art books come at this size. It's incredible.

The book is split into two parts, featuring the concept art and production art. There are art for characters, monsters, weapons, vehicles and environments, together with quotes on selected pieces.

The concept art is amazing. They are painted with high levels of detail and look really great. Everything looks gritty real and has weight. That's the art direction of the game. The characters and monsters are bulky but always look believable. There are many variations including discarded concepts. The best ones are then chosen for production.

The second half of the book shows production art version of the concept art as they are used as game assets. The high-res renders and textured mapped models are really amazing. All of them deserve to be made into collectible figures. In particular, the monster models are wicked. They are painstakingly sculpted with mind-blowing details to show all sorts of imaginable contortions.

The environment art are beautiful haunting scenes of ruins and other locations, such as the grandiose interiors of Azura.

The amount of art that goes into making this game is unbelievable. One thing missing is the artist credits. There must have been a lot of artists working on the game.

It's a terrific book overall. Highly recommended for fans of the game, concept artists and collectors. More video games should come up with books like these.

This art book is also available as special and folio editions, both available only from Ballistic Publishing website. An A3 poster comes free for the first 100 customers.
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I love every single page. Very useful and inspirational if you are an illustrator. Equally valuable if you just love to enjoy excellent concepts design and illustration.
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This book is a 'must-have' for every GoW fan. It is printed on a heavy top-quality glossy paper and it is a graphic resources allowing you to see what you cannot when you play the game. I will keep this book forever, remembering the pleasure I had playing the 3 games. DO NOT hesitate, get this book right now!
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By jesus on December 28, 2012
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recominedo mucho este libro para todos los fans del juego gears of war mucha informacion y hermosas ilustraciones excelente yeah
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By Erin Fritz on August 24, 2012
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I really enjoy "The Art of" books from movie. I don't usually get a video game art book. Gears of War is such a visually rich game that I was very interested to see. I think the video of the book in one of the other reviews helped push me over the edge to get this book.

The games are great and this art book lives up to their quality. The book is a fairly large format with really good quality paper. They did not skimp on pages either. This book covers a lot of ground and gives the art and concepts room to breath. There is just enough explanation to keep things interesting yet not get in the way of the art.

I definitely recommend this book.

There are two things that bring this rating down from a 5 star. First of all, for a book this pricey I would expect a hard cover. Now don't get me wrong, I knew this was a softcover when I bought it and I still love the book. But for this much weight, content, and quality, it's just a shame not to wrap it in a hard cover. Especially at the price.

Second, this book covers only Gears of War 3. Again, I knew this, but after being teased with so much good art I really wish they took the time to cover the other two games too, especially since this is not tied to the release of the third game.

Anyway, it's a great book and worth it.
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I eagerly waited all summer for this book and I just couldn't bring myself to order it from the publisher (Ballistic) and pay $65 plus $19.99 S/H. Don't get me wrong, it is worth it. But 19.99 for shipping, in my opinion, is a little too much.
The book is large and durable (for the soft cover), the art is excellent and in this art book (in comparison to that puny one that came with the Epic Edition of the game) there isn't more text than images. We're shown behind the scenes and pretty much how each character is put together and even (of course) concepts that didn't make the final game.

The price Amazon is selling for is extremely reasonable and the shipping is free! A must have for any Gears of War fan or fans of Sci-Fi arts.
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