Valkyria Chronicles: Design Archive Paperback – August 9, 2011
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- Grade level : 8 - 11
- Item Weight : 3.85 pounds
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1926778162
- ISBN-13 : 978-1926778167
- Dimensions : 8.3 x 1.2 x 11.6 inches
- Publisher : Udon Entertainment (August 9, 2011)
- Reading level : 13 - 16 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,733,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Design Archive is the first game art book I've ever bought, and it's a doozy.* It really is large and high quality: it comes in a thin sleeve, the cover is made of a soft, textured plastic, and the pages are glossy).** It's not a strategy guide and thus doesn't have the typical walkthrough, but it does start off with a full recap of the game that goes through every mission and cutscene (including those side-missions you could buy through the reporter), with mini-maps, screencaps*** and briefing information . The layout can be disjointed at times but is generally fine. It's been around a year since I played the game so this is an excellent synopsis and points out all the little details I forgot about.
The rest of the book is filled with sketches, renderings, and concept/design/pre-production art (with plenty of accompanying notes) on every character, location, weapon and uniform/outfit in the game (right down to the swimsuits!). You'll see different hairstyles for Alicia, a height chart that includes the enemy generals, and even rejected emblem designs. The notes are easy to read and give a lot of insight as to the creative and design processes needed to flesh out and fine tune rough ideas for the final product. All this and I've still barely made a dent in the thing, so there's a ton of stuff left to discover.
* It's already big, yet Amazon shipped it in a box twice its size, half-filled with air bags!
** The book has a bit of an odor to it. It smells like patching plaster when you first take it out. I'm serious!
*** A small disappointment is that the book's text has been translated into English, but the screencap text is still in Japanese. For all the release delays, I'd think they would have re-capped it or at least subtitled those caps.
To bad I don't share the same love for Valkyria Chronicles 2 for psp. If only they kept the same art style and kept it on ps3. But nope they had to make it a generic anime style game, which lost it uniqueness. This lend me to not beating part 2 to this very day. But none-the-less I will put in a pre order for Valkyria Chronicles 2 art book as well and hope it as good a quality book as this one, so let the wait begin.
There's sections on everything the characters,the vehicles,the missions,the weapons,the outfits,the locations,etc
(it's the whole reason the book is so big)
Practically everything you would want to know about from either end (game/anime) is in this book
so again, it's definitely a must have for fans
Well on to the review
When I first got my hands on this artbook, I could tell you it was pretty hefty of a book. It definitely has some weight to it which makes it seem like an encyclopedia when you browse through it. I like the book very much overall. Nice pictures and description. I have yet to actually look through the entire book but I can tell you, I was not disappointed one bit with my money well spent.
Final thoughts, where can you get a 400 page artbook for only $30 that has nothing but art inside?
Well not literally all art but words and stuff, you get the drift.
I'm satisfied with it.
Even if you are a fan or not a fan of the Valkyria Chronicles game, this book is a pleasant book to pick up and have it in your stash.
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No only does it have an incredibly high level of detail and art (much of which is never seen in game) there is a very thorough write up on each page detailing the games creators and designers thoughts and the processes which went on behind the scenes to create the images.
There is a large segment at the end of the book showing initial designs for the game and demo/proof of concepts along with other paths that the design almost went down.
Overall not just a great art book, but an interesting and insightful read.