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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (1 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811875008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811875004
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 2.5 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The format is unique, drawing you into this collection with ease almost like you are watching a story unfold. Highlighted with poignant writing and dynamic font usage, the layouts are equally compelling to the content itself. 4 out of 5. " - The Daily Blam!

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An editor at Lucasfilm, Ltd., Frank Parisi has worked as a custodian, waiter, EFL teacher and roadie for El Vez, the Mexican Elvis in the U.S. Parisi was the co-author of The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, editor of Star Wars Insider Magazine, project editor of The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and has written a bevy of articles about video games and music for GamePro and ALARM magazines in the U.S. Writing Director for BioWare's Austin, TX studio, Daniel Erickson has been a writer, editor, lead designer and producer.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:38 Mins
The book collects mainly character designs, environment art, and some spaceship designs. It's also a making-of book that explains at length on the production of a game with scope this big. I like reading insightful productions stories. The remaining text serve as commentary on the concept art.

The art is sci-fi art, of course, for the Star Wars universe. For the character designs, you can see some design clues that are distinctly Star Wars, such as armor and helmet. Sometimes they are also quite different. What you can see are the eight character classes with their few costumes and sometimes weapons. Creature and spaceship designs aren't a lot.

The main draw of the book would be the environment art for the different locations and planets. They are beautiful and gives a nice idea of the place, although I'm not sure if they are the actual place the game characters can run on.

The downside of the book is layout. There are pockets of space on pages which can really be used to pack more art. Text represents a substantial portion of the book, but is interesting to read so it's alright. As a MMORPG, I was expecting a lot more character designs, a whole lot more. There's a nice amount but somehow I don't feel like the universe is very populated. I'm comparing this to the other video game art book The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed which feels packed in every sense.

I've checked out the website for Star Wars: The Old Republic and there are lots of concept art there. Last time I check, it's over 160 pieces. There many on the website that's not even in the book. Maybe that's why the book can feel sparse at times.
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By Martinp74 on 20 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Very well made book! It's a must have item if you like Star Wars:The Old Republic. It does in no way compromise the Collector's edition, there's no art book in there so it was very enjoyable reading.
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Arrived very quick, excellent packaging. Art in the book is great but not enough ship designs though, but still a great book
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Can feel sparse at times, just like being in space 9 Nov. 2011
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book collects mainly character designs, environment art, and some spaceship designs. It's also a making-of book that explains at length on the production of a game with scope this big. I like reading insightful productions stories. The remaining text serve as commentary on the concept art.

The art is sci-fi art, of course, for the Star Wars universe. For the character designs, you can see some design clues that are distinctly Star Wars, such as armor and helmet. Sometimes they are also quite different. What you can see are the eight character classes with their few costumes and sometimes weapons. Creature and spaceship designs aren't a lot.

The main draw of the book would be the environment art for the different locations and planets. They are beautiful and gives a nice idea of the place, although I'm not sure if they are the actual place the game characters can run on.

The downside of the book is layout. There are pockets of space on pages which can really be used to pack more art. Text represents a substantial portion of the book, but is interesting to read so it's alright. As a MMORPG, I was expecting a lot more character designs, a whole lot more. There's a nice amount but somehow I don't feel like the universe is very populated. I'm comparing this to the other video game art book The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed which feels packed in every sense.

I've checked out the website for Star Wars: The Old Republic and there are lots of concept art there. Last time I check, it's over 160 pieces. There many on the website that's not even in the book. Maybe that's why the book can feel sparse at times. Some of the artwork in the book, especially the ones on spaceships are the more detailed pieces but they are printed too small. If you download the high resolution artwork from the website, they are several times bigger than the ones in the book!

This book is mixed bag. It's has good production stories but ruined by bad layout and seemingly incomplete selection of artwork.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A nice collectable book 15 Nov. 2011
By Spaceman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Very nice Book lots of great pictures and behind the scenes stuff well worth the money a great edition to any star wars collection even if you are not a gamer
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent artwork book and a lot of content and insight on how the game was developed 26 Dec. 2011
By Michael Cannon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I dont often buy this sort of book but SWTOR was such a departure for Bioware that I was curious to get some insight into their thoughts as they set about developing this huge game.

This is well written with excellent artwork and belongs in any fan's collection

Only minor point is that the foreword by Penny Arcade is pathetic / insultingly bad so dont waste time reading that - just enjoy the excellent artwork and the insights which this provides
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Making The Old Republic 19 Nov. 2011
By Elitro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Honestly this is a good coffee table book for the everyday person, and those who like art. I personally love video game artwork, seeing ideas and things that helped make the game I will play. Weather you like art, or games I think this would be a great book to look at and read. If your an game artist this would be a great edition ad as reference material for idea about creatures and weapons.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
awesome 11 Dec. 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book itself is very well put together, the art is good and the writing is good. would have liked to see more early designs of characters and creatures but over all very good. It is also very informative as to what a pain in the butt making a gigantic video game is.
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