Book Review: The Art of Gears of War 3


The Art of Gears of War 3 is one whopping 320-page art book. Not a lot of art books come at this size. It's incredible.

The book is split into two parts, featuring the concept art and production art. There are art for characters, monsters, weapons, vehicles and environments, together with quotes on selected pieces.

The concept art is amazing. They are painted with high levels of detail and look really great. Everything looks gritty real and has weight. That's the art direction of the game. The characters and monsters are bulky but always look believable. There are many variations including discarded concepts. The best ones are then chosen for production.

The second half of the book shows production art version of the concept art as they are used as game assets. The high-res renders and textured mapped models are really amazing. All of them deserve to be made into collectible figures. In particular, the monster models are wicked. They are painstakingly sculpted with mind-blowing details to show all sorts of imaginable contortions.

The environment art are beautiful haunting scenes of ruins and other locations, such as the grandiose interiors of Azura.

The amount of art that goes into making this game is unbelievable. One thing missing is the artist credits. There must have been a lot of artists working on the game.

It's a terrific book overall. Highly recommended for fans of the game, concept artists and collectors. More video games should come up with books like these.

This art book is also available as special and folio editions, both available only from Ballistic Publishing website. An A3 poster comes free for the first 100 customers.

Also check out the earlier video game art books from Ballistic Publishing, namely The Art of God of War III and The Art of Uncharted 2.

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PS. This book is a review copy provided by Ballistic Publishing. Thanks a lot!

The Art of Gears of War 3 (The Art of the Game) is available at Ballistic Publishing | Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | CN) and Book Depository

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13 Comments

Hey there my dear Parka, I

Hey there my dear Parka, I saw your review at amazon -great review & vid ;)-, but I have 1 question for you, In amazon & most of the stores that sell this book, the info is: 272 pgs, but your reviews say 320 page artbook, I suppose the others are wrong, becuse you own it, but I'd be very glad if you could confirm this to me, because I'm very interested in buying the book
Thnx in advance

Best regards
DD

Hey there dear parka, I've

Hey there dear parka, I've seen other reviews & yours is the best -very complete & great vid too ;)-, but i have 1 question, the "official" info says 272 pgs, & your reviews -here and amazon- say 320 pgs, I guess they're wrong because you own the book, but I'd be very glad if you could confirm me this. because I'm very interested in aquiring this artbook
Thnx in advance

Best regards
DD

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