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The Art of Dead Space Hardcover – February 5, 2013
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"Titan put this book out and it looks goooooooood." - Ain’t It Cool Holiday Gift Guide
"As far as video game art books go, this has to be one of the best that I have seen. It is jam packed with beautiful content. Fans of the Dead Space franchise are going to love this book." –
"Hot Damn, this Dead Space concept art is stunning" – io9
"You don’t have to relive to horror to fully appreciate the design thanks to the gorgeous Art of Dead Space hardback, featuring over 300 images, sketches and concept art." – SFX Short Review
"Your backstage pass to the nightmare that is Dead Space, and fans of the series are sure to eat up every page." – Delta Attack
"Full of gruesome delight." – Goozer Nation
"This lavish hardcover is filled to the brim with never-before-seen concept art" – Destructoid
“As far as video game art books go, this has to be one of the best that I have seen. It is jam packed with beautiful content. Fans of the Dead Space franchise are going to love this book.” – Examiner
“The ultimate Dead Space resource.” – Wired.com
“Every bit the prestigious coffee table book we wanted.” “One of the nicest art books I’ve seen in awhile.” “Titan Books has created a gorgeous, old school offering which is sure to impress your gamer friends.” – Forbes.com
“Packed with just the right quotient of horror and science fiction to satisfy either fan base. Definitely worth checking out.” – Strange Kids Club
“A great collection of sci-fi/horror art.” – TG Daily
“The book provides amazingly detailed conceptual renderings of key characters, creatures, environments, and props while explaining the thought process that allowed the artists to arrive at the final product.” – 4 Player Network
“A phenomenal collection of art.” – Total Gaming Network
“A beautiful collection.” – Unwinnable
“The fresh ink smell and the stylish cover tell you to get ready to see some wonderful visuals. The book goes over every little detail from the series. How the universe was designed and conjured up. You get some glances at early designs. You also get some lengthy info on each piece of art be it plasma cutter to just doors in the game. It's more than just tidbits, it more like a cultural guide book to the Dead Space universe.” – Things To Do In LA
“Very few companies are putting out art books of this quality these days – my hat is off to Titan for making a book worth owning. It is an amazing peek behind the curtain.” – Gaming Trend
"Titan Books has done its usual stellar job on this volume, from the embossed, glossy black covers to the Rorschach-like endpapers to the stunning amount of work between them.
“Take it from a guy totally unfamiliar with Dead Space – liking the videogame is not a prerequisite for enjoying this book." – The October Country
“From carnage-filled hallways to desolate planetscapes, this book will transport you into the Dead Space universe and immerse you in its depth.” “This book is epic in its scope and lavishly illustrated.” – Shattered Ravings
“The artwork is also positively stunning.” – Horror News
“For anyone interested in the art behind the video games, this is an amazing glimpse
into the detail, the creativity and the effort that comes before we get to sit and play.” “This is a great addition to anyone addicted to the Dead Space trilogy, as well as a very interesting look at the inner workings of a video game from an art perspective.” – Hearts on Fire Review
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At the time of this review, “The Art of Dead Space” was selling for $16, which is a fair price for what it contains. In the absence of art books for each individual game this is as good as “Dead Space” fans are going to get and there is plenty in here to enjoy but given the existence of some larger art books that hover in the 300 to 400 page range, this books feels slim for what it tries to cover and leaves you with a constant sense of wanting more of each topic.
Everything you expect to see in a video game art book is here. Includes creature designs (every form of necromorph) locations (from the Aegis VII to Tau Volantis) weapons (Plasma Cutter, Flamethrower, etc.) in game advertisements (Peng) outfits and ships. Every piece of artwork just oozes detail. Pictures and text are printed on high quality glossy paper. One complaint I usually have with other video game art books is that some features, like locations or landscapes, are given more attention than others. However with The Art of Dead Space I can’t seem to find any faults. If you love these games or are just a fan of science fiction/horror then you need this book.
There are sections on Isaac Clarke, other characters, weapons, suits, the USG Ishimura, vehicles, Unitologists, Necromorphs, the Blood Moon, The Sprawl, Culture , Tau Volantis and the Wrecked Flotilla and the graphic novel.
All of these sections are filled with commentary which is great. Having something to read in addition to the pictures always makes for a better, deeper and longer experience in an art book.
I do have complaints. They all stem from one general complaint: I wish there was more! What's here is so amazing but there are some things missing. The other characters section only contains art from Dead Space 3. So no Nicole Brennan, Alex Stross, Hammond, Tiedemann or *spits* Kendra Daniels. There are a few suits missing from the second and third games. Some weapons are missing. I am sure this is because there is already an artbook for the previous two games and they didn't want to reproduce too much content but both of those are quite hard to come by. I hope they do another book with more art from the other games.
The Necromorphs section is pretty thorough and cool beans. Slashers, wasters, stalkers, leapers, lurkers, The Snowbeast, The Tormentor, tripods, The Pack, alien necromorphs, The Nexus, crawlers, twitchers, exploders, Hunters (from 1 and 3), The Ubermorph, brutes and pukers are all present. Weirdly missing are Feeders from the new game. No bosses Proper from the first game are present. And no *sniff* Dividers. A great section though.
Something else of merit to note is how large the environment sections are. Some paintings span two pages. This is great as in a lot of video game art books the environment sections are small and the art is reduced to puny thumbnail size. This book really lets these beautiful pieces shine.
I love Dead Space. I love this book. I have already been through the new game three times in two weeks and I have been through this book twice as many times. This book is essential for fans of the series. Horror/sci fi enthusiasts would find joy in these pages also.
Right now at it's current price of $17 this is a steal deal for any fan. I have enjoyed the series, played it over a dozen times collectively, and feel like reading through this book has really solidified the masterpiece that I've gotten to enjoy. It's like holding that Golden Ticket that you've signed up for and taken the best space-horror video game ride the world had to offer. I'm going to treasure this book forever and I wish I could enjoy buying it again at this price again and again.
Top international reviews
The original Dead Space came out of no where to be a huge sleeper hit that no one was expecting, a multi layered, engaging story with an incredibly taut atmosphere and famous Science Fiction/Horror influences literally dripping from the overhead vents, the graphics for the time were visually striking and although our protagonist remained silent throughout his first adventure, the voice acting was strongly delivered and sound design had you jumping out of your seat more than once.
The lighting or lack there of, that created such a heightened sense of tension and unsettling atmosphere is all present and accounted for on these pages, the flickering of fluorescent lights casting deceptive shadows on the blood spattered walls is all present in the concept Art and Sketches. Over the 10 Chapters spanning the Dead Space Universe you have highly detailed concept Art of the Characters and their Uniforms and Equipment, Enemies/Creatures, Vehicles, Spacecrafts, environments, 3-D rendered models of Necromorphs and creatures, I particularly like the Blueprint/Layout of the Ishimura and The Sprawl.
Ultimately this is another brilliant effort on Titans Books part, a quality product with a premium feel, like all good Art it provokes thoughts and feeling about the grotesque images presented inside, definitely one for fans of Survival Horror and Sci-Fi.
This is a fantastic example of how art books should be done - It is packed with amazing work throughout the Dead Space series (Including Dead Space 3, so beware of spoilers) that include interesting annotation regarding the design choices and briefs - All compounded in superbly well designed and high quality tome.
This is no cash in addition to tie in with the release of Dead Space 3, as I was slightly expecting to be honest. Instead, this is a genuine exploration and celebration of the fantastic art work that goes into the series that is presented excellently and is well worth the price tag, showing justice to the quality of work inside.
If you are a fan of Dead Space, this is basically a must-have in my opinion, and it would make a fantastic collector's piece to be proud of.
Cannot recommend enough.
Is it good value for money? I would say yes. When you think of the price of art books generally then it fits nicely in the lower to mid-price range.
Something Titan always do with their art books (which I really appreciate) is to have nice, concise info provided for almost every picture from the artists themselves explaining the picture, the thoughts behind it, how they feel about it, or some combination of these points.
Do I have any complaints? Yes. I want more! It's a good sized art book, average really (not a beast like the new Blizzard Entertainment art book), so you know there is a lot more art they could have put in. They talk about all the iterations that pictures went through but in most cases only show the final design of a creature/location/character. Not in all cases, mind. There are quite a few pictures exploring the design of Isaac Clarke and various weapons and other features. But still, it would have been very rewarding to see the design process in a little more depth.
In conclusion I would highly recommend this book for lovers of concept art or Dead Space. If you're a fan of both then you will consider the book quite cheap (I paid £20), as it really is a fantastic, well produced and beautiful book.
Very gruesome OH loves it.
It has lots of amazing artwork inside which was excellent!