Titan continue their streak of outstanding art books with Black Flag. The quality of the art is exceptional and the design and layout of the book shows the content in its best light. A good number of the pictures are full page and those that aren't are accompanied by commentary from the artists and designers.
Titan have stood out from the crowd in the field of making art books for some time and this one lives up to all that has come before. For the price (£19 at time of writing) this book is without question worth the cost. Fans of the games would no doubt be delighted with this book and even pirate fans would give this title a place of honour on their bookshelf.
When trying to find any faults with this book (aside from my usual gripe of wishing there was more) I draw a blank. It's the kind of book you can flick through time and again and just get lost in the pictures. Looking through its pages has made me more and more certain that I want to buy the game.
What happens when you pair a world class art team with a first rate book publisher? Five stars, that's what. If you're a fan of the games, concept art, pirates or just amazing art in general then click 'buy' and be happy.
This is quite possibly the best Assassin's Creed artbook so far. It's a terrific video game artbook.
It's a big 192-page hardcover published by Titan Books with most of the artworks are printed big to the page edges.
Many concept paintings featured are actually collage of photographs and art. Look closely and you'll see photos erased and digitally manipulated to form the shape and composition required.
You might that that the photo and art collage style is cheating. The thing is, they look amazing. As concept paintings, they capture the mood and atmosphere really well. This is in part because the colour values are captured correctly, resulting in a convincing environment. The photo and art collage style when not well done, even by a bit, can result in a fake look. Well, all the paintings in this book look great to me. The end result looks more like art than photos.
A nice improvement over the previous artbook The Art of Assassin's Creed III is that details are no longer hidden in shadows. Even when they are hidden, they are done so suggestively, with details fading to vague masterfully.
Character designs are mainly of the pirates, and of course of the main character Edward Kenway. Costume designs are really detailed. Who knew 18th century pirates can be so fashionable. Artist Patrick Lambert's rough paintings look expressive and just great.
There are lots of environment art. Many of the environment art pieces are inspired by location visits.
The design team visited Spanish city Havana in order to create the Havana in the game, a beautiful coastal town that is described by Spanish colonist at "Key to the New World" at that time. It's lively, full of people, activities. There are not just beautiful town houses, but also the poorer middle class people with tattered roofs. The other places are Kingston, a city in Jamaica, or as pirates claim the "Wickedest City on Earth". There's also Nassau, city of Bahamas. For Nassau, there's also a concept art inspired directly by the Queen's Staircase.
Other locations included are the fortified shipwreck, fishing villages built on stilts, tropical hideouts, Mayan temples, mangroves and coves, jungles, campfire night scenes and more. Every location has several paintings to convey the idea of the whole place. There's even a whole city designed, Port au Prince, that was cut from the game. At least the art remains in the book.
Designs for the pirate ships are detailed, interiors inclusive. There are several ships, namely Jackdaw, Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge, Black Bart's The Royal Fortune, Benjamin Hornigold's The Benjamin, The Governor, The Ranger, Calico Jack, Spanish Man of War and other ships from the British Navy. Yes, lots of ship. And there are also many paintings with pirates working on the deck, big ships, small boats, on fire or blown to bits.
There are also scenes from underwater, with submerged shipwrecks, and also sharks with eyes that say "We want to eat you".
Ubisoft art team has truly put together some amazing art, and well compiled by author Paul Davies.
Highly recommended to those who like concept art and fans of the game.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
Yep it goes without saying that with perhaps one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the year out, additional items are going to appear for your hard earned money. So what makes this so different.
Firstly, whilst gamers love what they get, a lot of the content is written off in a few words, for example the scenery was beautiful and that's about it. Many don't appreciate all the months of work that have gone into creating such a thing let alone all the pre-game art that has inspired the programmers and helped to drive the tale forward.
That's where this cracking book comes in. Not only does it give the artists the chance to shine but with the written commentary within, it will help the reader/gamer get the most from their experience. As can be expected the pieces are breath taking and when you add a breakdown of the various locations into this, it really does give the title a new dimension.
All in a wonderful addition and definitely a title that I've spent a lot of time pouring over and will reference again when I go through a replay to see what other gems I missed.
Love this book! Beautiful, hardcover edition and it's a fantastic tribute to a brilliant game. The pictures are simply amazing. I would have liked a bit more in the way of written description (the writing is a bit shallow in parts, not giving much background about the pictures, merely describing what we can already see). But for an "art book" it is lovely, and the pictures are worth the price, especially if you are a fan of the fantastic game.
Everything was described to the piecies. If you are AC fan you have to own this. Nice paper quality and material. It has been send in very large box, but delivered on time and without damage. Thank you.