Art of Metal Gear Solid V Limited Edition, The Hardcover – 1 Dec 2016
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Japanese game publishing and development giant, founded in March 1969 by Kagemasa Kozuki as a jukebox rental/repair business. The company was officially established under the name Konami Industry Co., Ltd. in March 1973. Made famous in the old days for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Contra coin-ops series, and Castlevania, Konami expanded its brands over the years with titles like Metal Gear Solid, NBA In the Zone, NHL Blades of Steel and Silent Hill, as well as a large number of rhythm games like Dance Dance Revolution.
Since then, it has successfully grown with increased product franchises and continues to expand its lineup for both the home and coin operated markets. In 1998, Konami became a $700 million dollar publicly traded company in Tokyo. It also has offices in North and South America, Europe and Asia.
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If your a fan of Yoji Shinkawa's art you are in for a treat, there's a little short, but sweet introduction written by him at the front of the book. Over 200+ pages of wonderful art, things that made it into the final product and also a lot of interesting things that where left on the cutting room floor.
The negative however is that there is a severe lacking of text throughout the book. So much gorgeous illustrations have no English translation, So If you were to re-read the book you would just be going back to look at images. Nothing wrong with that, but as a fan I would definitely liked to have known a bit of the behind the scenes because it's all wonderfully laid out, and there is some story and character stuff not in the game that you really wish someone explained.
Is it due to the somewhat alleged troubled development of the project? who knows. Overall, it's a beautiful book of art I've been waiting for, but I would not recommend if you want to learn anything more about the production.
However it is not up to the standards of the earlier MSG art books (1, 1.5 and 2) which despite being paperback are simply stunning both in layout and content ... in fairness though they cost considerably more than this book (if you could actually find one to buy)
Overall a great book for anyone who enjoys MSGV or this type of graphic art - Recommended
The book feels like a rush job and lacks the care and quality control that the Japanese language versions of the art book series have enjoyed. Indeed, in comparison to Dark Horse Books other video art books series, this is quite a let down. It really expect better from DH.
Wait for a potential second edition, or better yet wait for a Japanese edition to seen print.
Or better still, let Dark Horse know they dropped the ball on this one.
For an artbook there really could have been more art surrounding the main cast. There seems to be more pages dedicated to vechiles/transport, or guns, than the main cast.