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The Art of Assassins Creed III [Hardcover]

Andy McVittie
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30 Oct 2012
Assassins Creed steps into a brand new era. With intricately detailed environments and finely-honed and evocative historical reimaginings, this is a world into which you can immerse yourself and feel the echoes of the past come to life. Continuing in the footsteps of this already world-renowned franchise, Assassins Creed III promises to be the biggest and best yet.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (30 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781164258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781164259
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 23.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,616 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

About the Author

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
5.0 out of 5 stars Transported back again to another time 11 Nov 2012
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning 13 Feb 2013
By Su TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Art of Assassins Creed III 19 Jan 2013
By mozz
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Bought for my son for Christmas and he raved over it. Brilliant for those who are interested in how it was created, my son loves to draw so this was right up his street
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5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous book, perfect for the AC lover 28 Dec 2012
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got this for a familty member who is nuts on AC, its fabulous. Great detailing and put together in a way giving great value for the price. RECOMMENDED !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for a boyfriend (19) 19 May 2013
By Alyssa
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm really glad I took the risk and bought this for my boyfriend who's obsessed with the assassins creed franchise. He loved it, the concept art was absolutely gorgeous, something even I appreciated it, despite knowing nothing of the characters or games. A very nice informative collection of imagery and artwork from the game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for AC fans! 22 April 2013
By Sheila
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is just amazing. Includes a lot of information and artwork. Parka's review is so complete that I just don't know what more to say.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful Art book 13 April 2013
By Gnarok
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A big book with a beautiful hardcover.
About 140 pages of awesome arts. And a modern, sober and beautifull layout.

A lot of explications about the arts. A must have for every fan of Assasins's Creed
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Art. 12 Mar 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The art work in the book is pretty good, I think I may have been expecting too much but all in all the overall quality is good. If you are a fan of the Creed this is a well worthwhile addition to your collection. The packaging was superb and it arrived in top class form. it is always a worry with art books as to whether they will arrive intact. This one certainly did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A w e s o m e
Awesome quality. Totally worth the money. As a design student, this book has many beautiful work on it and it is good as a source of inspiration
Published 3 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Assassins Creed III Book
A very cool and great book for fans of Assassins Creed.

Very nice and cool picture in this book.

Very great price and very fast shipping.
Published 5 months ago by Martin Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I am becoming a bit of a Assassins Creed fan. I am pleased to add this figure to my collection. Great product, packaged well. Thanks
Published 6 months ago by Ivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I bought this for boyfriends Xmas and he loves it! Better than we both thought it be. Came in great condition
Published 17 months ago by jacqui kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars If anything, this book made me want to play Assassin's Creed again.
First things first: I feel like I am the only guy in the world, who actually doesn't like the Assassin's Creed series. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Robert Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Assassin's Creed III
I realy enjoyed this book, it told me a lot about the game that I didn't know before. there are amazing pictures That (if wanted) could be torn or cut out for posters. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lachlan
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute quality.
This book is a must have for any assassins creed fan. The quality is fantastic and for 15.99 it's an absolute bargain. Read more
Published 18 months ago by JW
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