Book Review: The Art of Battlefield V

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World War II is certainly an interesting subject to base on for a game. Game developer EA DICE did a nice job coming up with the concept and ideas for players to explore what it's like fighting WWII and yet respects the history and people who actually fought it.

This artbook is a huge 200-page artbook filled with concept art for character designs, storyboards, environment, weapons and tanks.

The scene paintings and environment art look terrific. They are well composed from an artistic point of view and for scenes with actions, they are well captured. These are digital paintings, probably with texture overlays, that are really well done in the scenes that they look realistic. I've seen concept art from other games that use this collage/texture overlay/speed paint method and they don't work well, but in this artbook it's done really well.

Designs for the characters, weapons and tanks are mostly realistic renders, like in game stills, rather than sketches. They look great though. I've read some reviews on Amazon complaining about the lack of art because of the 3D renders but I don't mind the look here.

Most pages come with short captions that talk about the designs, on why they were drawn a certain way, and what the artists are trying to show.

Compared to the previous artbook, the concept art here seem to have more life, maybe cause it has a good mix of art, some are just environment and some with people and action.

Overall, this is a nice companion video game art book. I like it.

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