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The Art of God of War III (Art of the Game) Leather Bound – 1 Jul 2010


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  • Leather Bound: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ballistic Publications; Lea edition (July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1921002743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1921002748
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,563,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
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The Art of God of War III is the second book in the Art of the Game series from Ballistic Publishing. Mine's the paperback edition but for the hardcore collectors, you can indulge yourself with the limited Special edition and the Folio edition, which have suede leather-bound covers and other luxurious finishing.

In this book are character studies, 3D models, environment art, production art and storyboards. Just because the imagery doesn't move in this book doesn't make them any less intense. That's my first impression of the book.

The concept art is incredible. The work featured are beautiful and extremely detailed. You get to see the true pained face of Hades (sculpted and textured), know whether or not Kratos brushes his teeth from the texture maps, laugh at the straightened out snakes on Gorgon Serpent's head as its in the T-pose, get close with the hot Poseidon Princess and Aphrodite, or just marvel at the muscles, blisters, or intestines of various creatures that made it into the game, as well as many of those that didn't.

All the things you want to get a closer look on, but just can't because they happen too fast on screen, are now all captured in high resolution for your viewing. The designs are amazing. After looking at them, I'm not too sure who my favourite character is anymore.

A good portion of the book is devoted to the atmospheric environments on the game. You can see these spectacular places as they were in their concept stages, and compare them to the production art which is close to what you see in the game. Everything just looks really grand, Olympus City, Hades' underworld, Hercules' Arena, Labyrinth and all. This is truly one hell of a world that can only be created by talented artists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrfluffy on 6 Jun 2012
Format: Paperback
Being a huge fan of god of war and artwork in general I had to own this book.Now that I have it in my hands and having dysected every page and written description its better then I had hoped for.The pages are very high quality (not cheap thin flimsy paper).Fully painted drawings of the gods,landscapes to 3d models of the characters and creatures which are accompanied by thoughts of the artists and designers on how they went about creating them.
Without a doubt one of my favorite art books.Once you have read and soaked in the pages of this book you will appreciate GOW-team for how much effort they put in to bringing this titanic world to reality.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Milen on 3 May 2012
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Good book. The hardcover would be good decision for handling. Easy for reading than for handling. Great addition and guidance for the user to the game. The rate as a content is 5 stars, but it is paperback and reduces the pleasure.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tenchi on 21 Aug 2011
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Another excellent product from Ballistic publishing. Never played the game, but it looks amazing from seeing the art. The book has the right balance of 2d concepts and 3d development to characters and environments. Very inspirational art too.

Highly recommended!
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With epic games come epic art 14 Nov 2010
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Art of God of War III is the second book in the Art of the Game series from Ballistic Publishing. Mine's the paperback edition but for the hardcore collectors, you can indulge yourself with the limited Special edition and the Folio edition, which have suede leather-bound covers and other luxurious finishing.

In this book are character studies, 3D models, environment art, production art and storyboards. Just because the imagery doesn't move in this book doesn't make them any less intense. That's my first impression of the book.

The concept art is incredible. The work featured are beautiful and extremely detailed. You get to see the true pained face of Hades (sculpted and textured), know whether or not Kratos brushes his teeth from the texture maps, laugh at the straightened out snakes on Gorgon Serpent's head as its in the T-pose, get close with the hot Poseidon Princess and Aphrodite, or just marvel at the muscles, blisters, or intestines of various creatures that made it into the game, as well as many of those that didn't.

All the things you want to get a closer look on, but just can't because they happen too fast on screen, are now all captured in high resolution for your viewing. The designs are amazing. After looking at them, I'm not too sure who my favourite character is anymore.

A good portion of the book is devoted to the atmospheric environments on the game. You can see these spectacular places as they were in their concept stages, and compare them to the production art which is close to what you see in the game. Everything just looks really grand, Olympus City, Hades' underworld, Hercules' Arena, Labyrinth and all. This is truly one hell of a world that can only be created by talented artists.

There's also the commentary and interesting information that weren't even in the bonus section of the game disc.

The art direction for the game and art is wonderful. This is an intensely good art book. Highly recommended.

(There are more picture of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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By Robert Moyses - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Kratos is the main hero from the game God of War.

The artwork shown here ranges from character, environmental concept sketches right up to fine art.

The brutal nature of Kratos is captured perfectly.
Just Perfect 10 Aug 2013
By Alvaro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Is everything you want from an art book. All the artistic content including high resolution and high poly 3D models.
And the treatment of the product by ballistic is also flawless. Great treatment in every aspect very well packeged.
An artbook as good as the game 6 April 2013
By ArtsyPreMed - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent artbook. It's a perfect balance of insightful commentary and impressive art. Media of all kinds is explored and discussed, including storyboards, 3D renders, concept art and images that didn't make the final cut. A little pricier than most artbooks, but Ballistic has it for $60! Best to get it here on Amazon, it's worth the money.
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By Minlo Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
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As a future Professional Illustrator ,I need the Best tool to reach to my goal ,so this one of the best tool ,
Inspiring a lot
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