on 4 April 2013
Right off, I'll say that I loved the game that this art book is the companion of. A proper reboot that needed to happen, that charts the origin of who Lara Croft became in those earlier games. But this a review of the art book and not about the game.
This art book is simply gorgeous, and quite large (11.7" x 8.6") too but unlike most of the other gaming / movie art books I have in my collection, Tomb Raider is in paperback format, but don't let that put you off thinking it's been cheaply put together. The 272 pages are full of beautiful conceptual art on the characters, enemies, environments and weapons in the game and all printed on high quality heavy art stock paper.
Most of the book is taken up with the beautiful art of the forests, villages, buildings and the monasteries with a description of the set up of the scene in the game plus comments from behind the scenes about how they went about putting it together.
The level of detail in this book is pretty in depth and coupled with the superb artwork, all gives you a sense of what it must be like on the mysterious island that Lara and her companions are shipwrecked upon in the game.
If you enjoyed the game, like I did, I can definitely recommend this art book if you want to revisit Lara Croft's adventures on the Japanese Island.
on 21 April 2016
For shelf continuity would of preferred a Hardback, but whatever. Wonderful gritty re-imagining of an iconic character and may always hold a special place with me due to the fact that I travelled to Japan the same year that Tomb Raider was released and the Artists/Developers visited Nikko, outside of Tokyo for inspiration where there are some temples and the moss covered lanterns on the gravel pathway leading to the them always reminds me of the game.
Due to the dark tone and setting of the game there isn't alot of colour to be had, dark hues of Grey, Blue, Green all used to create a foreboding ambience on an isolated savage island cut off from civilisation, detailed looks at underused one dimensional bit part characters plus Lara and all of her weapons, equipment etc.
Excellent book which provides an interesting in depth look at a detailed, wonderfully realised world with its own miniature eco-system.
on 28 August 2013
this is a really good art book, the detail in it is amazing, if u are a tomb raider or a Lara croft fan this is a book for you, it is based off the 2013 game, all the characters are in there and enemies, it is good if u love to draw as there is plenty in there to inspire you. fast delivery and well packed
on 26 July 2013
my recommendation is mostly for any artist looking to get into the game industry.
the book portrays a rich world, with many distinct environments that work coherently together as different parts of the same island.
while the art illustrates the appearance of the game's environment it also conveys a lot of emotion, which (i believe) really helped with the design of the game's cinematic.
other than Lara and some of the villains, the characters are pretty plain, both in design and character, but I guess they're designed as much as their role requires.
item design is also a great feature as it shows several weapons, each with its own set of upgrades, which stay unique even as the weapon level rises.
the book is also filled with commentary that wraps the whole process together, and gets you to think of what is needed to succeed in creating such a unique look.