The Art of Resident Evil 5 Paperback – August 10, 2010
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There is commentary from the artists, which is always interesting, and some of the most intriguing bits are in the environment chapters. Huge portions of level concepts were unused, and some of these are brilliant.
On the whole, a fine, well put together piece of work. Just don't expect a lot of large drawings of characters and creatures. Or cool full page paintings of game situations (there are a few of them in the front). Most of the real estate is taken up by images of in-game CGI models.
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If you're a fan of the videogame and you're interested in looking at wonderful - yet often disturbing! - images from "Resident Evil 5" then I highly recommend this book. It's a joy to browse through.
The only minor issue regarding the book is that, because of the thickness of the pages, the spine tends to becomes a little loose. As such, I recommend a delicate hand.
Plus qu'un Art Book, ce livre montre tous les secrets de Resident Evil 5 sur le projet initial du jeu.
A savoir que tout est écrit en anglais.
Resident Evil has always had a strong dramatic use of lighting (and shadow) and not much here related to that. During early promo videos for the game they spoke a lot of light vs dark as a concept and it'd be great to have seen this explored more. It'd have been nice to have had interviews with more members of the art team. There's also too many shots of the final game characters (if you have RE5 - it has one of the best character model viewers I've ever seen - making it unnecessary to fill the book with these types of shots).
Overall it's still interesting to see what some of the concept art looked like but I didn't feel like I got an in depth behind-the-scenes look of the whole art development process. Whilst some of the stuff I mentioned is more technical, the book would have been better to give a sense of flow and cohesion between the artistic and technical disciplines. It's still an incredible looking game (six years later!) and perhaps I'm being too picky for an art book, but I think it deserves better.