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The Art of Assassins's Creed IV - Black Flag (Assassins Creed) [Hardcover]

Paul Davies
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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29 Oct 2013 Assassins Creed
The recently announced Assassin s Creed® IV Black Flag(TM) sees a sea change for the game franchise with a harsh new setting in the Golden Age of pirates. With intricately detailed environments and finely honed and evocative historical re-imaginings, The Art of Assassin s Creed® IV Black Flag(TM) includes the game's vast nautical gameplay, and its amazing range of locations, characters and action.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (29 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781169039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781169032
  • Product Dimensions: 30.9 x 23.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brought to us once again by Titan Books, whose video game art books are traditionally exceptional." --IGN preview

"A detailed walk through of the design choices and concept art that went into the look and feel of the game...really fascinating..." --Twin Geeks

"There is absolutely nothing about this book that isn t incredible." --Gaming Trend

"AC4 s book delivers on every level when it comes to art books. There s really no comparison, the book is so intoxicating you ll want to reread the damn thing." --Adventures in Poor Taste

"You do not need to be a fan of Assassin's Creed, or even video games in general to be able to appreciate the art in this book." --Video Games Artwork

"This is quite possibly the best Assassin's Creed artbook so far. It's a terrific video game artbook....Highly recommended to those who like concept art and fans of the game." --Parka

"I think it is the most beautiful and fully packed art book I have read." --Giant Bomb

"If you re a fan of the Assassin s Creed series or are a fan of art and concept art, be sure to check out this book." --Nerd Reactor

"Clocking in at 192 pages, The Art of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is a visual record of the game's most captivating characters and locales. It's arguably the best art book in the series too." --Destructoid

"Titan's gaming art books consistently offer a thorough overview of the gorgeous concept art that precedes the creation of a digital world. This year's tome covering the lush, vibrant world of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is the pick of the bunch." --IGN.com

"This superbly designed art book provides a brief overview of the creative process with some lovely glossy stills to match... a fantastic collectable. It looks and feels like an art book should." --Starburst Magazine

"A veritable treasure-chest (pun intended) of character and environment concept art...to the point that you can almost smell the scent of rum the closer you get...the book itself is absolutely stunning and I for one would be perfectly content to frame and mount the majority of it above my fireplace." --Skwigly

"Aaargh! Tis a fine book... Whether you re a fan of the game or not, it s a master class in game art. If you re an Assassin s Creed fan, it ll be a doubly brilliant purchase." --Imagine FX

"Ubisoft has definitely set the bar high for artistic design in their games and Titan Books should be the standard that any game related artbook strives towards, both in quality and price." ----Game Skinny

About the Author

Paul Davies has worked in gaming journalism for twenty years, writing and editing magazines and websites including Official Nintendo and Computer & Video Games. He is the co-founder and director of media agency Unlikely Hero Ltd. whose clients include Yahoo! UK and Microsoft.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional. 30 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Titan continue their streak of outstanding art books with Black Flag. The quality of the art is exceptional and the design and layout of the book shows the content in its best light. A good number of the pictures are full page and those that aren't are accompanied by commentary from the artists and designers.

Titan have stood out from the crowd in the field of making art books for some time and this one lives up to all that has come before. For the price (19 at time of writing) this book is without question worth the cost. Fans of the games would no doubt be delighted with this book and even pirate fans would give this title a place of honour on their bookshelf.

When trying to find any faults with this book (aside from my usual gripe of wishing there was more) I draw a blank. It's the kind of book you can flick through time and again and just get lost in the pictures. Looking through its pages has made me more and more certain that I want to buy the game.

What happens when you pair a world class art team with a first rate book publisher? Five stars, that's what. If you're a fan of the games, concept art, pirates or just amazing art in general then click 'buy' and be happy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice stuff 5 April 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Everything was described to the piecies. If you are AC fan you have to own this. Nice paper quality and material. It has been send in very large box, but delivered on time and without damage. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely pictures, nice book, worth the price! 6 Feb 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Love this book! Beautiful, hardcover edition and it's a fantastic tribute to a brilliant game. The pictures are simply amazing. I would have liked a bit more in the way of written description (the writing is a bit shallow in parts, not giving much background about the pictures, merely describing what we can already see). But for an "art book" it is lovely, and the pictures are worth the price, especially if you are a fan of the fantastic game.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific artbook 18 Nov 2013
Length: 2:14 Mins
This is quite possibly the best Assassin's Creed artbook so far. It's a terrific video game artbook.

It's a big 192-page hardcover published by Titan Books with most of the artworks are printed big to the page edges.

Many concept paintings featured are actually collage of photographs and art. Look closely and you'll see photos erased and digitally manipulated to form the shape and composition required.

You might that that the photo and art collage style is cheating. The thing is, they look amazing. As concept paintings, they capture the mood and atmosphere really well. This is in part because the colour values are captured correctly, resulting in a convincing environment. The photo and art collage style when not well done, even by a bit, can result in a fake look. Well, all the paintings in this book look great to me. The end result looks more like art than photos.

A nice improvement over the previous artbook The Art of Assassin's Creed III is that details are no longer hidden in shadows. Even when they are hidden, they are done so suggestively, with details fading to vague masterfully.

Character designs are mainly of the pirates, and of course of the main character Edward Kenway. Costume designs are really detailed. Who knew 18th century pirates can be so fashionable. Artist Patrick Lambert's rough paintings look expressive and just great.

There are lots of environment art. Many of the environment art pieces are inspired by location visits.

The design team visited Spanish city Havana in order to create the Havana in the game, a beautiful coastal town that is described by Spanish colonist at "Key to the New World" at that time.
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