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The Art of Assassins Creed III Hardcover – 30 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (30 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781164258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781164259
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 1.9 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stunning in itself." --Ain t It Cool feature

"The Art of Assassin's Creed III is definitely a must-buy for any fan of the series. Whether you have already beaten ACIII or have yet to play it, you'll be able to get lost in the amazing artwork in this book for hours." --Examiner review

"Titan books has put together a beautiful companion for the Assassins Creed fan. Displaying a gorgeous hardcover, beautiful dust jacket, and excellent foreword by Alex Hutchinson, Creative Director of the game. The Art of Assassins Creed III is an indispensable companion to a game you should ALL be playing." --Comic Hype review

"One of the best art books for a video game that I have ever seen." --Cybertron Reviews

"The artwork featured in these books will blow you away. In a word: mesmerizing." --B&N review

"This art book will be the highlight of my coffee table." --Unfinished Man

A book that contains evidence of a thoroughly and intelligently researched revolutionary epic. --Wing s Art

"The Art of Assassin s Creed III gets a 5 outta 5 stars. I have always been a big fan of art books that help give you a better understanding of your favorite movie or game and this book delivers on all fronts. Whether you re a fan of the Assassin s Creed series or not, I highly recommend picking up the game and the book this season and sitting down for a history lesson , you won t regret you did!" --Don t Forget a Towel

"The Art of Assassin s Creed 3 is a beautiful piece of gaming history." --ZTGD review

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Andy McVittie has worked in the video games industry for more than twenty years. The Assassins Creed III art book represents a pinnacle in a career that encompasses magazines such as Mean Machines, Nintendo Official Magazine and PlayStation Plus, and a client roster that includes Yahoo!, Turner Broadcasting and Microsoft.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:24 Mins
I find that Assassin's Creed books are generally quite good. It's not just artbooks, the game guides too, and of course the wonderful Assassin's Creed Encyclopedia which is now updated to 384 pages for Assassin's Creed 3, available at Ubi Workshop online store.

The Art of Assassin's Creed is a 144-page hardcover artbook in rather similar size to the first artbook Assassin's Creed Limited Edition Art Book.

This time, the game travels back in time to the American Revolution from 1753 to 1783. As such, you'll see a lot of period costume designs, so much that I think fashion design probably flourished at that time. Most of the character designs are of soldiers and generals in uniform.

The environment art consist of a small portion on present day and the rest are in the past. You can really see how the mood is set by colours and lighting. Abstergo offices look rather sterile with the hard edges and the Temple is more stylized without going into much details. Environments for the past look bleak. It's like the sky is overcast every day, regardless of whether you're in the forest, town or at sea.

I noticed that many paintings have a tendency with subjects blending into the dark shadows. Like if Connor Kenway is perched atop a structure with his face lit, the unlit part of the body will just merge with the unidentifiable structure. That's the soft edges technique in art. In this case, I guess it's to emphasis something about camouflaging, and to keep you wondering what's lurking in the shadows.

There's not a lot on weapons. The main bulk of art are on characters and the environments.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Su TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2013
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TheAC3 art book is full of some of the most stunning images I have ever seen in a game art book; each picture is of such incredible quality that it could stand on its own as a piece of art work in a gallery.

Having spent the last couple of months devouring this book and its amazing illustrations, I can honestly say I am stunned - so much detail has gone into the backgrounds, the foregrounds, the characters (their faces, clothing, weapons, etc) that it is unfortunate to note how quickly it is passed when you are playing the game; and how little of it I, as a player of the games, noticed during game play.

Take, for example, the ships and docks: the reflections in the water, the rigging, the masts and sails are all so incredibly illustrated, but so is the sky: storm fronts, sunsets, battle smoked skies are almost hypnotic in their detail and depth, as are the winter scenes.

The winter scenes show the seas starting to freeze; the snow covered buildings and trees, even beams and ropes are holding their own snow fall; there are even icicles are hanging down towards the ground ... no detail has been missed.

Wooden beams are detailed with not only the grain but with knots too.

One of the most thought provoking images, for me, was where the character is stood on top of a giant wind turbine looking out over a massive wind farm which spreads across the land as far as the eye can see - an area of land that was obviously once a scene of natural beauty and is now anything but.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Gray on 15 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover
First things first: I feel like I am the only guy in the world, who actually doesn't like the Assassin's Creed series. While I'll admit that the first Assassin's really cought my interest, I never came around finishing it, because it felt like a chore halfway through the game. Then again, maybe my interest in the game was more of an interest for Jade Raymond, the producer of the original Assassin's... Anyways. I have never played another Assassin's Creed since.

What I do have, is the The Art of Assassin's Creed 3, and it's one of the most beautiful art books I own. I got this as a christmas gift from my parents and I love it! It's glossy white hardcover binding displays a big red roman three with the Assassin's Creed logo shimmering behind it. It looks very artsy and draws your attention towards your book shelf. The harcover is protected by a paper cover which displays a snowy peace of art.

The book has 7 distinct chapters ranging from the art works for the present day part of the game, over the forests, frontiers and cities of the game (e.g. Boston and New York), to the vast battles at the sea. You will get an inside look into the characters and some of the weapons of the game as well. From all the chapters inside the book I particularly loved the ones about the forests and generally epic landscapes of the game.

I really like that this art book feels like a story in its own right. It's perfectly set up and features lots and lots of insight into the development of Ubisoft's blockbuster AAA title. Almost so many insights in fact, that I feel every Assassin's Creed fan should definately get this book, just to make sure not to miss out on anything.

I can only give this book another whopping 5 out of 5. If anything, this book made me want to play Assassin's Creed again. Awesome job!

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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