The Art of Halo 3: Prima Official Art Book

The Art of Halo 3: Prima Official Art Book

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  • Stunning layouts of hundreds of pieces of concept art from Halo 3. Enter the creative world behind the smash hit video game.
  • Commentary from Bungie artists on their vision of the world of Halo.
  • Hardcover, square trim book to showcase the art in a classic, lasting format. Interior

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Official Release Date Nov 25, 2008
Language English
Version  US
Pages 168
PAX-Code PAX0002239750
Catalog No.  ISBN0761560726
Item Code  9780761560722


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Mendicant (1) on 07, May. 2010 13:09 (HKT)
The Art of War
If you're awed by the fantastic visuals of Halo 3 on screen, this book will give you the concept art that were used to create them

It is filled with concept art on the characters, vehicles, weapons and the environment. Each character comes with lots of design variations. Master Chief itself has 15 variations, all fully painted to the point I can't tell if they are 3D or digital paint. Some of the characters include ODSTs, Arbiter, Brutes, Flood and Strato Sentinel. At the end of the book, several pages are devoted to paintings of Master Chief.

The second and third chapter contains the war vehicles and weapons. There are lots of sketches and paintings. The really cool part is they have included lots of different rifles that weren't use in the game. The captions that appear throughout explain very briefly the ideas behind designs, same goes for all illustrations in the book.

The next section is the environment paintings. All look really fantastic and they printed them big. There are a few beat boards and storyboards but not much.

The last chapter is filled with random stuff. There are photos of miniatures, t-shirts, promotional items and toys.

The book itself is hardcover without any dust jacket with low gloss pages. The paper stock is not thick enough. The paper became wavy from the glorious art printed on it. Luckily, it doesn't affect the visual quality of the pictures in anyway.

This is a wonderful book to complement the game, highly recommended to all concept artists, game developers and fans of Halo 3. For the price, it's worth every cent.
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ruben.frosali (5) on 05, Nov. 2009 15:39 (HKT)
This book is filled with great concept art on the characters, environment, enemies, weapons and vehicles. The sketches are fantastic.
If you loved Halo, or you are into Concept Design, you should absolutely buy this book!
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NeecHMonkeY (55) on 09, Jun. 2009 14:08 (HKT)
Very Inspirational!
Maybe I'm a little biased because I myself am a Concept Artist working in the game industry but this book is all kinds of awesome.

Beautifully laid out, starting with character art, enviros and moving on to multiplayer and marketing. there's so much in this book to appreciate, even if you're not a fan of the Halo games themselves.

The story and thought that goes into each design is amazing and a great inspiration to anyone with an interest in this lesser seen aspect of the game industry.

If there were a downside to this book it's that they could get more into the pages (because I know there's a lot more out there that's not being shown here).
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