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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.

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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on 6 June 2012
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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on 15 May 2015
A beautiful book. Up their with my favourite art books. Extremely large and no filler. Incredible work by Sony Santa Monica.
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on 14 December 2014
Item was purchased as a gift so it has not yet been unwrapped. Item was well presented and well packaged.
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on 21 August 2011
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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on 3 May 2012
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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