- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Udon Entertainment; Anniversary, Enlarged, Revised edition (September 10, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1926778863
- ISBN-13: 978-1926778860
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.2 x 11.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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MM25: Mega Man & Mega Man X Official Complete Works Anniversary, Enlarged, Revised Edition
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I love video game art, and if I could get a job being a curator at a video game art museum, that's exactly what I do. But until that happens, I satisfy myself with books like this. It's beautiful, full of art and it's pretty thick. I am more than happy with the price I paid for it, and would happily buy it again. If I was married to Mega Man, I would be ok with this book as his personal history journal. If you are looking at this, go ahead and get it. Treasure it. You will not regret getting it!
The pros of this book are not the art. It's the little blue paragraphs on each page that detail information about what was going on at Capcom at the time each game was made. Sometimes they talk about development, other times they give bits of information pertaining to a specific robot master. At the end is a full detailed interview with the creators themselves. Ever wondered, like me, why some of these games have gimmick or comical robot masters? (looking at you WOODMAN) This book has the answers straight from the horse's mouth.
Cons? there's no more mega man.
The book was delivered to me in incredibly excellent shape. Was sent to me on time, but the delivery service on my country took a few days for unknown reasons. But besides that, i fully recommend this seller. 100% trust-worthy.
It arrived on monday and i was happy to receive it. Inside, you get to see all the MM art there is and dozens of bonuses of art that didn't make it to American soil when the cartridges where coming out (87-97 or so). Every page is full of beautiful art, it includes Mm9 and 10 and i think the design and overall feel of the book is great. Good purchase, recommended.
1 star to Amazon for not delivering the package when first ordered, they had to put another order when they coudn't find where the original one i ordered months ago was.
Con: I wish it was hard-cover. But, it's all good :D
It contains both the classic and complete works as well as additional material. If you are not familiar with the previous two they contain loads of mostly hand drawn and painted art from Mega Man 1- 8 (plus remakes), Mega Man X 1-8, Mega Man Powered Up, Maverick Hunter X and spin off titles like Battle and Chase, Soccer, the complete World series (the GB games) and others. This includes, main character art, minor enemies, weapons art and almost every boss ( i think the X series is missing one or two) The art, unlike many other books is large enough to be appreciated. Also, the book is rife with commentary from the great Keiji Inafune and all the other amazing artists who have helped him along the way. In addition there is rough sketches. manga covers, box art, group and promo shots, a section complete with full turnarounds and color details for Mega Mans 1-6 (a treasure for artists).
The new content is mostly from Mega Mans 9 and 10. Also, there is a section in the beginning of the book with a full page paintings from almost every Mega Man artist commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Blue Bomber. Other additional stuff includes extra concept art, Bandai's collector cards, some art from Project X zone and Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (one shot of Zero), storyboards, more manga covers and the amazing extended interviews with various Mega Man artists at the end of the book. If you are into art or the process behind creative, artistic and game design this section will be entertaining as well as insightful and educational.
If you are a Mega Man fan and don't own any of the Complete Works this is a must-buy.If you only one of the old Complete works and not the other this is a must-buy. If you already have the old 2, then you might want to think about it. How bad do you want the 9 and 10 stuff, and how important are those interviews to you? If you have the cash to throw around I would say go ahead but considering a lot of that stuff is available on the internet I would say save your pennies.
Regardless, this is my favorite video game art book that I own (and I own a lot of them). Long live Mega Man!