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'Halo: The Great Journey - The Art of Building Worlds' [Hardcover]

Martin Robinson
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21 Oct 2011 Halo
"'The Art of Halo'; is the ultimate gallery of the Halo universe, with over 400 images including sketches and concept art by acclaimed artists such as Ashley Wood, detailed interiors and sweeping landscapes of Alex Chu, and Frank Capezzuto's breathtaking spacescapes, plus commentary from the artists themselves and a Foreword from 'the face of Halo,' Frank O'Connor."

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; Reprint edition (21 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857685627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857685629
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 12 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I always loved the Haloverse. It's atmosphere, its style, its design, its wholeness. All of which are beautifully embodied in this book." --Ain't It Cool News

"If you are a fan of the Halo universe, this book needs to be on your shelf" --Cool & Collected

"This is a book that deserves huge recognition... It has life, colour and soul bouncing from every page combined with words from people that have lived and breathed Halo. It's a book that could grace any shelf or coffee table and become a talking point. In fact it s worth buying a coffee table just for this book." --This Is Xbox

"Halo: The Art of Building Worlds is simply magnificent in production and content. Even this reviewer, who is not a fan of the series, cannot help but be blown away by the sheer beauty of this book." --Square Go

"Totally breath-taking" --io9

"I always loved the Haloverse. It's atmosphere, its style, its design, its wholeness. All of which are beautifully embodied in this book." --Ain't It Cool News

"An impressive release, providing a breathtaking window into the creation of one of gaming's most imaginative universes. With a near perfect blend of expansive art pieces, rich backstory, and entertaining anecdotes, the book is a worthy tribute to Microsoft's juggernaut franchise. Any self-respecting Halo fan would be wise to clear off a bit of space on their coffee table." --Piki Geek

"An exhaustive lexicon of the memorable and groundbreaking art from the entire range of Halo games." --Hypebeast

"Gamers and fans of great science-fiction worlds would be proud to have this on their coffee tables or next to their controllers." --wired.com

"Totally breath-taking" --io9

"I always loved the Haloverse. It's atmosphere, its style, its design, its wholeness. All of which are beautifully embodied in this book." --Ain't It Cool News

"An impressive release, providing a breathtaking window into the creation of one of gaming's most imaginative universes. With a near perfect blend of expansive art pieces, rich backstory, and entertaining anecdotes, the book is a worthy tribute to Microsoft's juggernaut franchise. Any self-respecting Halo fan would be wise to clear off a bit of space on their coffee table." --Piki Geek

"An exhaustive lexicon of the memorable and groundbreaking art from the entire range of Halo games." --Hypebeast

About the Author

Martin Robinson is an award-winning journalist and Features Editor at Eurogamer. Previously Content Editor at the UK office of IGN.com, Martin has been a keen tourist of the Halo universe. Over the last decade he has slain the entire Covenant race several times over and saved the universe on countless occasions.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Scope of Halo is too much for just one book 2 Nov 2011
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Length: 1:22 Mins
When I first realise that another Halo art book is coming out, I was wondering what they are going to put inside.

Turns out this art book is sort of a look back at Halo from the art. That's looking back at 10 years of Halo, which really needs a few books to be comprehensive. So this book tries to cover in its 192 pages, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo: ODST, Halo: Wars, Halo: Legends and Halo: Reach. Seven titles if you're counting.

The art is grouped in chapters that look at the environment, the enemies, vehicles, alien beings, the good guys, Master Chief and homeworlds.

The art is beautiful. There are sketches and also huge paintings. Some are development art, some made it to final. Selected bits are featured so you only get snippets of information, bits and pieces of the whole Halo story. There isn't much duplication compared to other art books because the book shows new art and is made up of stuff that were left out in other books.

Because of the immense scope of Halo, this book is a bit underwhelming even though the art is spectacular. Something in my mind keeps telling me there's more. If you've seen Halo Encyclopedia, you know that there's a whole lot more.

If you want to check out more Halo art, you can look for The Art of Halo: Creating A Virtual World, The Art of Halo 3: Prima Official Art Book (incredibly rare), Halo: Reach Legendary Edition Guide (Brady Games Cover image may Vary) (art section at the back) and Halo Encyclopedia (the ultimate reference).

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Halo- Anniversary Splendor 12 Oct 2011
By Elipses
Format:Hardcover
This is a lavish and beautifully crafted book celebrating the first ten years of the Halo franchise. It's a coffee table book that in effect lets the creators of the game flex their muscles and show the origins of the design and conception of the game. Its packed with concept art and illustrations exploring the environments, characters and military hardware inherent to the game. For me it is a revelation to see the artists and creators of Halo set free to paint and scribble their ideas and to show us the pleasure and deep imagination that goes into building whole worlds and stories from scratch.

My favorite images in the book are the epic paintings, depicting the scale of the wars played out in Halo, but I also really enjoy the concept sketches of the bad guys in their many terrible forms!

If you are a fan of Halo and love the space the developers of the game have created for you to play in then this book is essential, and is richly rewarding.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nicely presented homage to the Halo Universe. 12 Oct 2011
By MrMrMr
Format:Hardcover
While this book is a tad reverential in tone (though, fairness, the text is very much secondary to the images, which are the book's focus), for fans of the series there really is much to recommend it. The 186 pages of wonderfully reproduced images really give you a good feel of the work that went into crafting the games. I'd have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone with a desire to delve a little deeper into the Halo universe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sublime art book 13 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
This book contains amazing concept art from all Halo games to date, as well as the upcoming Halo: Anniversary. The texts are sparse and always secondary to the art, which covers all aspects of the universe and have excellent quality: the double-page spreads can easily be mistaken for oil paintings. "The Great Journey" is a worthy homage to the Halo franchise, and is a must-buy for any Halo fan (or any sci-fi art lovers, for that matter).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 12 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
Now if like me you enjoy concept art, particularly if that art is from one of your favourite games series, then Halo: The art of Building Worlds will be right up your street. The book is rife with full colour images ranging from sketches to full colour concept art, including many images which go across the double page spread.

I must admit that there isnt a vast amount of words in this book (which suits me perfectly) but to be honest, the images do all the talking. The book really is a celebration of Halo's 10 years and makes an excellent addition to any fan's collection. Looking through the books 190 odd pages sure does take me back over the years I've been enjoying the games and some of the concept art displayed on the pages is of stuff I've not seen before.

The repro is excellent and Halo: The Art of Building Worlds makes for a excellent keep sake and stands up to such games concept art as the excellent Assassin's Creed Art book. If you love looking at concept art and enjoying admiring the effort and work the artists put into the works of art contained within this book then do yourself a favour and pick this bad boy up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Halo parents buy this! 10 Sep 2013
By EK
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Superb and detailed book that kept my son off the computer for hours. Is actually a wonderful way to get beneath the graphics
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice 7 Jun 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great quality, full of interesting art work and other information. Bought this as a gift for reddit secret santa and the receiver loved it! Very pleased.
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A really nicely presented book with a lot of art wrok pictures from across the Halo universe of games. Some nice concept designs through to design development and final art from the bungie days to the current 343 artists. Could do with more writing in explaining more about the process but thats just picking faults. A good start for anyone interesting in games design and this book will stay on my reference shelf for some time to come. Highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Genius
A wonderful coffee table book and a brilliant insight into the creation of a legendary computer game. Great visuals of alien vistas and futuristic, military tech. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lee Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
For Halo fans its amazing and for artwork lovers is very good!
Great ilustations of 10 years of halo amazing landscapes .
Published 18 months ago by Dino
5.0 out of 5 stars Artwork to Inspire
My 10 year old son saved up his pocket money for this after seeing it in a shop and spending many hours looking through the artwork. Read more
Published 24 months ago by P. Stokes
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly stunning!
I bought this book as a thank you/valentines day present for my fiance as he is a massive fan of halo. He is in love with the book! Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2012 by Mrs. Spicer
5.0 out of 5 stars AwesomeChristmas present
Bought for my son for Christmas, what an amazing book. Cannot stop looking at it myself. He is very, very pleased with it. Price and delivery very good too. Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2012 by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I bought this book for my boyfriend, and now i want one myself. It was fantastic. Loads of amazing pictures from the game, as well as details on the production. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by Abi
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not as advertised
If you're buying this book to see green-skinned space mammas engaged in sexy activities like washing cars, or standing in tears at the allotment because the rabbits got in AGAIN,... Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2011 by Deanzor
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a grower
Whilst not as comprehensive and exciting as his earlier work on Shire Album's 'Old Letter Boxes' - this art book is certainly an impressive piece of work. Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2011 by M. Lees
5.0 out of 5 stars A very nice art book
the book is great and the art is fantastic, it covers all of the games from CE to reach and for the price it is well worth it. Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2011 by James Gibson
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