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The Art of Mass Effect Hardcover – November 20, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Games (November 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761558519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761558514
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even if you're not a fan of the game, this book is great for inspirational purposes.
Todd Groves
There are tons of images in it, from character to npc, to "wild" aliens (like pyjacks) that I thought were very inspirational.
Risselda
A convenient cover and high quality of a paper - this book is simply pleasant for holding in hands.
Aleksey Verkhovskiy

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 27, 2009
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This book was published in 2007 and so I have the chance to read through a few reviews on Amazon before I bought mine. After reading the book, I'm surprised that their reaction were pretty mixed.

There are five chapters in the book. The first two chapters are on the design of characters and creatures in the game. Chapter Three: Transport is on the different vehicle and airship designs. Chapter Four looks at concept art of objects like furniture, equipments and weapons. The last chapter contains matte paintings for the environment.

This book packs a lot of full colour illustrations with a few pencil sketches. All the art shown are very polished, as in they can be shown to any director who would then give the go ahead order. There are short captions on each page.

The very few game screenshots included are used mainly to compared the final rendering with the concept art. For example, there will be 3D model renderings compared to an actual set which is rendered with texture. There are plenty of matte paintings to look through, with several 3D models to go with some.

What's missing are the individual credits for each illustration. So we'll not know who did what. However, there's a list of artists who worked on the project are at the back of the book on a page. They are:

* Derek Watts
* Matthew Rhodes
* Sung Kim
* Adrien Cho
* Fran Gaulin
* Mike Spalding
* Mike Trottier
* Michael Jeffrey
* Sasha Beliaev
* Mike Higgins

This is a nice book for concept designers, sci-fi and game artists.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Voss on November 26, 2007
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This is a decent art book with a lot of nice work, but I was hoping for more rough concept sketches of characters, weapons, and armor. There's a lot of nice environmental artwork here, though.

If you're an artist, and are interested in getting this to learn more, then this isn't really good for that purpose. It's good for inspiration, but you're not going to learn much about character construction or anything like that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Olkewicz on January 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Great book, especially if you love some of the more digital art style concept works. It would have been nice to see more pencil style sketches, more progress work, but otherwise it delivers exactly what it promises: an excellent visual representation of the process behind developing a game with a full and rich backstory.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By CB on March 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I found this book by chance at the local bookstore and decided to take a chance on it. I wasn't disappointed; however, the art isn't phenomenal. It offers a nice variety of designs for settings, vehicles, gear and, of course, characters for the video game Mass Effect (which I haven't played). Most impressive, form my standpoint, were the character designs, but these were not spectacular - just nice. This is, however, a very well-produced book, and would probably be best for fans of the game, rather than someone looking for a good "Art of..." book.
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When a Universe as big as the mass effect is created a lot of decisions are taken. I always love to se how it could have been if different decisions where took. A real "must" for Mass effects lovers. And in excelent condition
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By Mark Ohler on June 12, 2013
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Mass Effect fan, I love the game & the artwork. Great piece to add in your collection if you are seeking memorabilia.
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By Jx2 on January 22, 2013
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I ordered this book early on 21DEC and stuck with the default shipping, not expecting it to even process let alone ship before Christmas. By mid afternoon on 21DEC Amazon emailed to state that the seller had already processed and shipped my order. The projected arrival dates were from 31DEC-16JAN however it arrived on 26DEC (to be fair I live one state away). I cannot complain in the least about the timeliness of shipping even though I imagine this may not be entirely typical of standard rate.

The book itself is in the physical condition it was rated at by the seller, a used book in "close to new" condition. No damage, no torn or marked up pages, only typical wear and tear to the hardcover as it was not produced with a dust jacket. The only thing I wish the seller would have stated differently was that the book has a strong smell of cigarettes throughout its pages. This was only a minor annoyance but one I would have liked to be aware of before purchase.

I would buy from this seller again in the future.
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Before Mass Effect 1 came out and when i pre-ordered it, I was asked if I wanted to buy the art book with it, I said no. Cut to a few years later i ended up buying it anyway.

I enjoy having it in my collection just for the cover alone, its iconic in my mind of ME1, and the art inside is nice to pour over for anyone devoted to the ME universe.
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