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This review is from: The Art of Assassins Creed III (Hardcover)
TheAC3 art book is full of some of the most stunning images I have ever seen in a game art book; each picture is of such incredible quality that it could stand on its own as a piece of art work in a gallery.
Having spent the last couple of months devouring this book and its amazing illustrations, I can honestly say I am stunned - so much detail has gone into the backgrounds, the foregrounds, the characters (their faces, clothing, weapons, etc) that it is unfortunate to note how quickly it is passed when you are playing the game; and how little of it I, as a player of the games, noticed during game play.
Take, for example, the ships and docks: the reflections in the water, the rigging, the masts and sails are all so incredibly illustrated, but so is the sky: storm fronts, sunsets, battle smoked skies are almost hypnotic in their detail and depth, as are the winter scenes.
The winter scenes show the seas starting to freeze; the snow covered buildings and trees, even beams and ropes are holding their own snow fall; there are even icicles are hanging down towards the ground ... no detail has been missed.
Wooden beams are detailed with not only the grain but with knots too.
One of the most thought provoking images, for me, was where the character is stood on top of a giant wind turbine looking out over a massive wind farm which spreads across the land as far as the eye can see - an area of land that was obviously once a scene of natural beauty and is now anything but. To be honest I hadn't an opinion either way on the subject of wind farms as the ones near to us are all off the coast, but having looked at this picture of the decimation and the ugliness of these machines I would definitely suggest all those politicians that say wind farms are wonderful (as long as they are nowhere near them) should take a long look at this picture - they may change their minds.
Even if you're not interested in the games the book can be fascinating. My mother who has no interest in the games or in gaming has spent hours looking through the images in the book.
I am blown away by the art contained in this book, and I would recommend it as well worth considering for any AC fan.