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The Art of Horizon Zero Dawn Hardcover – February 28, 2017
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“Horizon: Zero Dawn isn’t just a very good game, it’s a very pretty game” Kotaku
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“a beautiful book that depicts just how gorgeous this game truly is” Gamers Sphere review
“Horizon Zero Dawn’s art book is as beautiful as the game” Polygon feature
“very good at what it does, providing background context to what makes Horizon Zero Dawn so visually appealing.” Adventures in Poor Taste
“At 192 pages, this hardback book is a beautiful and packed from cover to cover with incredible artwork. I can’t find a single thing to call out in a negative way with this book — it’s simply perfect.” Gaming Trend
“This is easily one of the most top rate art books in my vast collection.” Enemy Slime
About the Author
Paul Davies 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 of media agency Unlikely Hero Ltd. whose clients include Yahoo! UK and Microsoft.
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It is also more fleshed out than the art book that comes with the Collector's Edition. I do not have this edition, but my friend brought his over last night and we compared them.
My pictures were taken in Low Light on an iPhone 6S+, so they're a little grainy.
This book is very beautiful as you would expect from such a gorgeous game. I am a huge fan of "Art of" books and I own about 10 or so different ones. The cover is very attractive how Aloy's silhouette is glossy and the surrounding background is matte. I tried to show this in the video.
The book shows off artwork of all the characters/tribes from the games, the machines and the environments. The character designs are very detailed. I was slightly disappointed in the environmental work, which is what I was looking forward to most. Some of the designs were created at a smaller size and when they blew them up for the book they got a little chunky. Only a few images seemed chunky though. The style used for the environments wasn't my favorite. It looked like they used a lot of reference images/textures layered in Photoshop rather than being 100% drawn. This makes total sense from a design standpoint to save time/money etc, but its not as pretty to look at. I'm not a digital artist, so I can't say for sure, this might be a common technique, but this has never stood out to me with a lot of other work i've seen. Its still beautiful and very imaginative, so I'm not nocking any stars for it.
I paid $24 for this book, and I don't regret it at all. I'm not sure if I'd pay the full $40 though. I guess i'm just cheap.
Anyway, highly recommended.
This 192-page hardcover is filled with gorgeous concept artworks. There are designs for all the characters from the different tribes, enemy designs and of course locations. It's kinda refreshing to see tribal designs for a change among all the sci-fi and fantasy concepts. There's of course a slight plot twist as the story goes on so you might want to go through the book only after you have completed the game.
The artworks are incredibly detailed. The designs look great. The scenes are well lit and beautifully painted. There's some speed painting and photo-bashing going on but the result always look believable. There's the right amount of detail for areas that matter. The artworks are also printed large whenever possible. Downside is in some cases, there's pixelation but I don't think it's really a big deal as long as there aren't too many pieces like that.
Typical staff commentary on the design is also included.
Overall, it's a video game artbook that's worth the money. It's great to see something different from characters in space suits or armour with their high-tech sleek space guns.
If you're wondering about the orange splash on my cover. That's ink spilled from a bottle in my Amazon box. I'm getting the book replaced.