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Valkyria Chronicles: Design Archive Paperback – August 9, 2011
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It's a 400-page thick book and Udon did a good job with the binding this time, much better than some of their previous books. The binding is a bit stiff but at least the pages don't threaten to fall off. You'll still want to be careful with the spine though, it is a very thick book.
What's unique about the game is perhaps the graphics, which resembles watercolour paintings. It reminds me instantly of the game Okami which also uses a traditional art style.
The book is split into different chapters, namely Story, Characters, Weapon Machine, Military Affairs Natural History, Geography, Illustration, Preproduction and Interview. It's loaded with beautiful concept art for all aspect of the game. Character designs, storyboards, background art, promotional art, etc.
If you haven't played the game yet, the first chapter covers the game. This section will be a major spoiler as it covers the key events for every battle from start to finish.
There's plenty of character design. There are so many characters I lost count somewhere. Each character has different drawn profiles, uniforms, weapons, armour and gadgets. Just like the game, all these are in watercolour style with pencils. There's also plenty of commentary on the design.
Under the Weapons and Machine sections, lots of tanks are featured, among other war machines. You'll get to see the different sides of the tank profiles and 3D models before and after paint is added. They are very beautiful and detailed. Absolutely gorgeous. All the fact sheets are included, as with all the characters.
And there are also the set and background concept art for the locations.Read more ›
Definitely worth the money for Valkyria fans as well as those who enjoy a beautiful artbook.
On a side note, I hope Udon follows through with the artbook for the second game, and maybe considers translating the manga. They certainly did a beautiful job with this one!
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent art book and the translation seem good. Serves very well as an encyclopedia to the series itself.Published 1 month ago by G
This is, without a doubt, the most impressive video game art/design book I own. There's not much to say that other reviews haven't already touched on, but the level of detail in... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kevin Bizub
The art book came yesterday, was faster that I expected so thank you! My friend is happy to have this awesome art bookPublished 6 months ago by DVirus_R
Shipping process wasn't exactly kind to the box as when it arrived the box was damaged and was taped up (almost barely kept the box together). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This art book is thick and has a ton of material. A must have for fans of VC.Published 6 months ago by Aleksandar Markovic
Superlative example of a game art book. The 256mb in-engine pixelated representations are excellent, yet simply don't do their corresponding concept artwork justice. Read morePublished 13 months ago by charlesnarles