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The Art of BioShock Infinite [Hardcover]

Irrational Games
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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Book Description

9 April 2013 Bioshock
In The Art of BioShock Infinite, delve deeper into the city of Columbia-the fabled floating metropolis that serves as a beacon of technology and achievement for the early 1900s! This deluxe hardcover features production designs and concept illustrations focusing on main characters Booker DeWitt, Elizabeth, and Songbird from the highly anticipated BioShock Infinite video game. See the evolution of the Heavy Hitters, the populace of Columbia, the Sky-Hook, vigors, airships, and much more! This deluxe hardcover also features an introduction from BioShock Infinite Creative Director Ken Levine!

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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (9 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595829946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595829948
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 12.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the floating city of Columbia 12 Jun 2013
Length: 1:25 Mins
A lot of games these days have pretty weird characters. BioShock is one of them with its own kind of weirdness, especially the characters.

This is a large 184-page hardcover concept artbook published by Dark Horse.

The concept art features the environment, characters, weapons and other props such as propaganda posters. I like the environment art for the floating city of Columbia. It's beautiful yet mysterious.

There's plenty of character art, that of Elizabeth, Booker, Songbird and many of the grotesque and mechanical enemies, Heavy Hitters. It makes you wonder about the twisted minds of those in Columbia who created these monstrous beings. They have included quite a bit of discarded art that couldn't make it to the game as well.

The art is accompanied by some commentary and annotated handwritten text. No much. If you've not played the game, it's quite impossible to know what the game is about by looking at the art.

It's a nice companion video game artbook, but overall, I felt the art is not as refine as Deco Devolution: The Art of BioShock 2, but this is also sort of a different title.

A Kindle edition for this is also available. You can check out the preview pages on Amazon.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant presentation 9 April 2013
By J. C. Neale TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bioshock Infinite has such a tremendous effort of character, art & design that this art book, for me, was an absolute must have.

Firstly, and as you can expect, the book is presented wonderfully. Under the outer sleeve is a weathered effect hardback book with a gold-foil print.

After a page of introduction by Ken Levine, the artwork begins.
There are eleven chapters in all:

1. Finding Columbia
2. Elizabeth
3. Booker Dewitt
4. Songbird
5. Founders, Citizens & Vox Populi
6. Heavy Hitters
7. Advertisements & Propaganda
8. Vigors
9. Sky-Hook
10. Weapons & Airships
11. Columbia

The first point to note is that this book is a pure art book, as in there is very little in the form of writing or extended descriptions. The artwork is usually full page or fantastic double page spreads, showing ideas and forms that never made it and designs that changed over time. The artwork of the characters, items, people and places have only small printed annotations here and there, together with the scribbles from the concept artists at times.

Perhaps the lack of text or extended explanation may disappoint some, but for me it is a perfect approach. This is an art book, and especially considering the fact this is an art book for Bioshock Infinite, the artwork and design speaks for itself.
Images aren't pushed into bordered corners by blinding walls of text, and they haven't crammed as much as they can onto each page. Instead, everything is given it's own space, and it never feels messy.

There's a lot covered, and it's worth noting that the main focus of the book tends to be orientated around the design conceptions, the changes, and the designs that never ended up in the game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy the kindle edition 18 Sep 2013
By JoeS
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Don't buy the kindle edition!

I was hoping to save some space on the bookshelf so I ordered the digital version.

-The pages don't appear full screen (which would've been fine) but rather in a window in the middle of the screen.

-You can't zoom in.

-You can enlarge some parts of images which comprise several different illustrations but the control of this is not intuitive.

-You can't read some of the text as it's too small onscreen.

So 1 star for the kindle edition!

I have seen and looked through the hardcover edition and that's gorgeous, so go for that!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for a gift 12 Aug 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Present for my husband, who loves these type of books. He thinks its fantastic. He has similar products and wants more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter loves it 22 April 2014
By Tricia
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am reliably informed the book is brilliant and instructive (by my 18 year old daughter, who the book was bought for as a gift).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for fans 4 Mar 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm a huge fan of Bioshock series, and the book is the epitome of everything I love about it.
Not only does it reveal the creative process and the designs of things in the game, it also shows a lot of unused concepts and things that could have been potentially in the game, and those are of most interest to me. The book itself features a wide variety of artwork with bits from every part of the game, illustrating its every aspect. Its large, and at 162 pages its bursting with creativity of the people at Irrational (shame about the closure of the studio).

A must-have for any Bioshock fan and anyone who loved the game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 25 Jan 2014
By Ross G
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A fantastic book which is amazing value for money and a truly fascinating insight into the development of the game but annoying at the same time to have to see such amazing designs which had to scrapped.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Bioshock Infinite 10 Jan 2014
As this book wasn't for me, it's hard to review properly, but my son very very happy with this book. Lovely book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful artbook!
I couldn't be happier with my purchase. This is one of the finest art-books I've seen. It offers a very interesting insight behind the scenes.
Published 3 months ago by MichiGen
3.0 out of 5 stars Best Concept Art Sketchbook
As a Game art student this book isn't your typical concept art book. This one is more based on interesting ideas where you easily follow the steps on where they were heading hence... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Taj Chauhan
4.0 out of 5 stars A good investment for any bioshock fan
If like myself you enjoyed the game and the world itself I would recommend this book. Beautiful imagery and a great insight into how ideas start and develop. Well worth the price.
Published 6 months ago by Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product!
This is an awesome artbook!Beautiful art with plenty of commentaries!I am recommend it to those people, who love bioshock infinite game itself and also 1-class art.
Published 6 months ago by yus_rus
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, a great insight into the creative process behind the...
The product is of a very high quality, strong hardback and removing the sleeve reveals a very attractive 'etched' design, which i actually prefer. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Artwork
I've been a fan of BioShock for a while now and after playing Infinite I am now a total fanboy. This art book is a must have. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Euan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Some great artwork if your a fan i would advised that you pick this book up! Shows alot of the design processes behind charcters and locations within the game!
Published 9 months ago by Subject153
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