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Assassins Creed Art Book (Prima Official Game Guides) Hardcover – Special Edition, 16 Nov 2007


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Games; Limited edition edition (16 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076155873X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761558736
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 1.6 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:14 Mins
Assassin's Creed Limited Edition Art Book is a making-of art book, the not-too-technical kind.

There are over hundreds over beautiful pieces of art included, complete with great insights on how the game was designed artistically. We have the producer, art directors and artists, AI programmers describing how the game was made. They talk about game rules, for example the real world climbing, design concepts for characters and environment, their research process, and other stuff. There's a bit of everything but none too technical.

There are plenty of character design in the book. For Altair, many iterations of costumes are included, with the different belts, embroidery. This also means you get to see a lot of discarded ideas. Other characters include the assassins, citizens, military, Saracens, scientists and of course the different assassination targets. They actually had to put in more colours and accessories because 100% historical accuracy would mean citizens wearing rather similar (boring) clothes.

Concept paintings for the cities, towns and sets are included. These are really gorgeously painted with lots of details. The different sets include Masyaf, Arsuf, the lab, Damascus, Assassin's Bureau, Acre, Jerusalem and a few discarded concepts. The middle eastern mood is so perfectly created that a professor at Oxford couldn't tell that the development team didn't travel for their research. They hired a historian to help with research. Research images provided (not in this book) are not even available on the Internet.

Unfortunately individual paintings are not credited although there's a list of artist included at the back.

For a supposedly limited edition art book that's this good, I'm surprised it's not in limited availability yet. So grab yours while it's still in stock.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By conner heron on 27 Mar. 2009
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The art book is stunning, interior and exterior. The book has a slip sleeve which can be pulled away, then you have a very clean and very asthetically pleasing book cover (and they said don't judge it by it's cover. Hah, you should with art books?) Inside is an array of beautiful images from the artistic mind behind the game. They talk you through processes and reasons for decisions. The pages are very high quality and are thick, which I think adds to the whole art book feel. The prints are Ultra-High quality. The pages are NOT glossy, but wherever it's printed is. Which is VERY handy as you don't get finger prints on all the pages and avoiding the images isn't hard.

I however DID NOT recieve the Limited Edition Lithograph, which is advertised! I'm very annoyed, I am a collectables fan and without the lithograph I feel as though some of the authentic feel is lost! I hope you recieve it if you do purchase this.

All in all, I highly recommend this art book. Whether your a fan of the game or just a fan of art. The art book doesn't have to accompany the game in ANY way. It's got many amazing art pieces and doesnt focus on the story or the actual gameplay.

9.5/10 = 5/5 (Very annoyed about the lithograph situation!)
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I ordered this art book to help with writing a design essay and it arrived the next day! Great service and product , even though it was used there are no real signs of wear and tear.
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