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Awakening: The Art of Halo 4 [Hardcover]

Paul Davies
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Book Description

6 Nov 2012
Awakening: The Art of Halo 4® is a very special collection of concept art, sketches, and artists commentary that highlights the imagination and creative vision of 343 Industries. With a unique behind-the-scenes view of the creation of new worlds, new enemies, and new heroes, Awakening: The Art of Halo 4® reveals every spectacular element of the game.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (6 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781163243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781163245
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 23.7 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Finding quality art books for anything related to pop culture is fairly difficult, and video games in particular suffer. Titan actually cares, and that care shows in their work. Just compare it to any art book from a Limited Edition game bundle. Titan s printing is much better and the collection is much more complete; their art books are books in their own right." --Uproxx s Gamma Squad

"The quality is outstanding and will make an excellent addition to any Halo fan's collection." --Co-Optimus

"This gives some beautiful art from the biggest 360 game released this year. --The Gaming Review

"Showcases the amazing conceptual art...Buy the game. Buy the book.Take next week off. You ll thank me for it later." --Cool & Collected review

"Jam-packed with never-before-seen concept art." --Destructoid promotion

"The perfect gift for anyone who likes to delve in to the world of production art. Even if you are not in to video games, there are very few people who could deny the sheer beauty of the artwork that goes in to them, and this book shows just how much work it takes to make a product of this magnitude." --Critiques 4 Geeks

"Great for fans of the series, art book collectors, and those who are looking for a gift for the Halo fan that has most everything from the series already but doesn't yet have this book." --Total Gaming Network

"Awakening: The Art of Halo 4 is something that all die hard Halo fans will want as part of their collection." --Examiner

"The amount of concept art shown in this collection is just incredible, giving the kind of insight into Halo 4 you won t find anywhere else." --Delta Attack review

"It's beautiful...even for non-HALO fans the amount of imagination and effort evident on the page should be breathtaking from an artistry/design perspective alone." --Ain t It Cool

"The Art of Halo 4 is a must buy for any lover of science fiction art or Halo lore. There is plenty to love in this book, from the heavy paper stock, to the overall weight and look on a coffee table. TITAN BOOKS has really created a very interesting and insightful book that would make any Halo fan happy." --ZTGD review

"One of the best art of books I ve ever seen for a video game." --Crome Yellow

"This book is a perfect gift for any Halo fan and truly brings with it one of the most stunning representations of awe-inspiring artwork that I have seen in a long time, and it truly encapsulates the authentic science-fiction mystique that has surrounded the Halo franchise for more than a decade." --VR Zone

"The book is a perfect gift for any Halo fan out there and definitely emphasizes the a level of epicness that is only rivaled in-game. You could literally stare at the pages for hours and get lost in the images. I ve perused through many art books, but very few gave me the want to reopen it after I ve looked through it. Awakening will have you constantly browsing pages to find new things, or just to simply admire the grandeur that it is." --Nerd Reactor

"Beautiful and engaging." --Atomic Moo

"Varying from comic-book-style images of armor-wearing warriors and toothy aliens, to amazingly realistic depictions of battle rifles and spacecraft, to dynamic paintings of breathtaking aerial fight scenes, the illustrations provide much to admire and explore." --School Library Journal

About the Author

Paul Davies - an incurable Halo fanatic - has worked in gaming journalism for twenty years, writing and editing magazines and websites including Official Nintendo and Computer & Video Games.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi art galore 22 Jun 2013
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Length: 1:19 Mins
Halo 4 is back with a bang and this is an excellent video game art book for it.

It's a large 192-page hardcover published by Titan Books. Each page is filled with lavish concept art printed huge, sometimes across two pages. There's a good amount of environment paintings that look really great because they are printed so big -- great for soaking in the ambiance. The environment paintings are easily the highlight of the book. I love the very physical look of the designs. And those with wide open spaces look majestic.

Other concept art include designs for Master Chief, Cortana, Spartans, troops, Forerunners, weapons, vehicles and ships. They are all amazing and detailed. It will take a while to look through the art.

There are several artbooks for Halo, and this is one of the best, and one of my 2012 favourite artbooks as well.

Fantastic concept art book.

Highly recommended for Halo fans.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Halo has been around for quite some time now. I still remember seeing the first Halo trailer, when it was planned to be a Mac game... Yes, it's been a while and Halo has come to be one of the biggest console franchises ever since. One thing all Halo games (and movies, books etc...) have in common is the spectacular, well crafted sci-fi universe they are set in.

Halo 4 set out on a mission similar to that of the first Halo game: Halo 4 is an adventure, deep into an unkown world, uncharted by mankind, so alien yet so beautiful in display, that you can only admire its presentation.

The accompanying hardcover art book Awekening: The Art of Halo 4 has 192 pages and features 5 chapters: Environments, UNSC, Covenant, Forerunner and War Games. Each chapter speaks for itself, the later (War Games) is dedicated to the game's multiplayer environments and war assets. The book depicts a wide variety of art fidelity, ranging from scribbles and scetches to beautiful full feature drawings, I'd seriously consider to put them on my wall, if I had the space. Almost every page has a few lines of explanation. Only few pieces of art have some kind of caption to it, other than the artists name - but credit where credit is due!

Just like the game, Awakening: The Art of Halo 4 takes you on an adventure to another world, only to make you realize how a dedicated game development art team, can craft a visionary experience, almost hard to believe it's all fiction. You should definately get this book if you are a Halo fan and it's a must have for all art book fans.

For more Reviews like this, visit my personal homepage (check out my profile for the link) where I review video game art books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's fantastic 13 Nov 2012
By Marcus
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this in mind with Halo 3's art book going up in price but i have no intention of selling it. I like art, no fanatic, but this is so worth buying. Every inch of detail explained.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hello Halo 28 Jan 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Like my video games but not particularly Halo,that is until I got this book.Good quality book with loads of design concepts relating to game environment,character,vehicle and architecture design.Brilliant pictures and if you're looking for sci-fi inspiration this is the book.Good buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Halo Parents (again) 10 Sep 2013
By EK
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Wonderful images that bring the imagination to life following the world of "Halo" in its many forms. Hard copy is a great gift!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 16 April 2013
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A lot of gory and strong art with some really good and creepy design. A great product if you are a fan of the franchise and/or interested in production art.

The quality off the art books by Titan Books is however slightly below the ones by Dark Horse in my opinion. They come with these awful protection covers that I hate, since they inevitably get damaged and ugly, instead of having a nice printed cover. The pages are not as thick and some of the pages have a slightly wavy surface because of the amount of ink used in printing.

That being said however, it's still a great book with all the art you love if you are a fan of the franchise. It's not at all a bad quality book, just not made to the same standards as the Dark horse books (Art Of The Mass Effect Universe, The Legend Of Zelda Hyrule Historia etc...).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to any Halo collection. 8 Mar 2013
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I'm a sucker for anything regarding video game development and this book hits all the right spots. There are some really nice panoramic landscape images and all the art is of a very high print quality. I really recommend this to anyone with a spark for game development, concept art or just a big Halo fan at heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning. 25 Feb 2013
By Miloze
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a great Sci-fi concept art book. The worlds are superbly detailed and have great descriptions about their concept and development. A well recommended book for inspiration and a glimpse into the the studios of 343 Industries.
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