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The Art of The Mass Effect Universe by [Hudson, Casey]
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The Marvel and Other Short Stories is a collected anthology of six short stories written by the winners of the Austin Macauley World Book Day short story competition.

The Marvel and Other Short Stories is a collected anthology of six short stories written by the winners of the Austin Macauley World Book Day short story competition.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 118647 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (7 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A820UF0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Length: 1:20 Mins
The first Mass Effect art book, The Art of Mass Effect, was quite good. The Art of Mass Effect Universe is even better.

This handsome 184-page hardcover art book covers art for Mass Effect 1, 2 and 3. Yes, you'll be able to get a sneak peek at the upcoming Mass Effect 3, that's if you don't mind a little spoiler.

The book is packed with concept art for characters, creatures, environments, props, weapons and vehicles. There are a few sketches but most are just gorgeous fully coloured designs. The art is top notch, the environment paintings are spectacular.

There's some overlap of content with the first art book that features the first game. Here, there are additional content which makes you wonder why they weren't in the earlier book. Anyway, the first art book is already out of print so it makes more sense to get just this one.

As all the designs come with insightful commentary, there will be a bit of a spoiler when you're reading the last chapter on Mass Effect 3. If you're just looking at pictures, then it should be alright and it'll give you a nice idea of what to expect visually in the next game.

Unfortunately for a book this good, the artists aren't credited, not even with a page on the list of names like they did in the first art book. In many instances, I wanted to find out who these artists are and their websites. This is a silly exclusion, a downer.

Overall. this is a great art book for fans of the game and sci-fi art. It should be one of the top art books for 2012.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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Disclaimer: I got this book today and read both sections for Mass Effect 1 and 2, though I have looked through the Mass Effect 3 material, I haven't read any text in that section because I awaiting the heavily anticipated conclusion to Commander Sheppard's story.

Mass Effect visual direction borrows from many works but still comes off fresh, if not wholeheartedly original but very few things are. Looking at the concept art for each section, shows Bioware's dedication towards quality as there were many revisions leading up to the final product. It's nice to read about the thought behind many of the things we see in the epic space opera.

Contained is plenty of hand drawn art, CG renders and turn table views of character models. In addition includes many stunning pieces of art, across many areas e.g. environment, character poses etc.

As of this date of review, I am pretty sure most readers, will have not played Mass Effect 3, aside from the E3 demo, Beta Leak and recently released demo, so I do warn that this book in my opinion has a significant amount of spoilers, or reveals at least. Some spoilers may be obvious but with such a story driven series, I'd rather be surprised through playing the game.

To conclude, this is a great book and welcome addition to any Mass Effect fan. The art is so captivating Kasumi Goto probably wouldn't be able resist stealing it, don't get it - buy the book.

Thank you.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"The Art of the Mass Effect Universe" more than the comics or books is directed at the really crazy hardcore fan. This is a beautiful edition with hardcover and good quality paper with great color and printing. When it comes to presentation the book is absolutely amazing, opening with three full page pictures with both male and female Shepard which are simply magnificent.
The book covers all three games. For each game we get to see the design process of all the "important" characters, races, weapons, locations, armors and even vehicles. Each page has a small piece of text offering insight into the thought that went into designing the various elements of this amazing universe. The text is informative, well written and a perfect companion to better understand the images.
Its truly captivating to see the evolution of some characters, like Saren or races like the quarians or krogan. There is a wealth of information here which is a pure pleasure for the dedicated fan.
Every fan favorite gets a bit more "space" like Garrus or Tali, Miranda or Legion with full page pictures with fantastic art which are all amazing work from the Bioware artists. The book also covers all of the ME2 DLC and its characters and locations, which I thought was a nice touch.
While there was clearly an effort to be thorough in trying to cover everything some flaws were glaring and a bit perplexing. Aria is strangely absent. Given a whole comic and ME3 DLC was devoted to her and she is even in the ME books its incredible how she didn't make it to these pages. She's a fascinating and fan favorite character with a fantastic design and her absence is a huge mistake.
Another very surprising thing is how little of the "villains" of the trilogy is present here. I'm talking about the reapers of course.
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I'll keep this short. If you are a fan of Mass Effect and love (as I do) the art direction and design of a fully realised futuristic environment in which you can immerse yourself, then this is for you! There is some amazing concept art here, from sprawling alien architecture to finely detailed character costumes, much of it previously unreleased. As noted by previous reviewers, it should be noted that there are plot spoilers contained in the section on Mass Effect 3, so be warned. All in all, an excellent book for a decent price. Nuff said.
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