Saturday, 20 July 2013

The Art of the Last of Us Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By Nate Wells, Arne Meyer and Eric Monacelli
Introduction By Neil Bruckman (Creative Director) and Bruce Straley (Game Director)

Published By Dark Horse Books

Genre
Concept Art, Gaming

Synopsis

Naughty Dog Studios and Dark Horse proudly present the essential companion to The Last of Us, a richly detailed and compelling game set in a post-pandemic world where humans have become an endangered species.

Featuring concept art, character designs, and astonishing settings and landscapes, The Art of The Last of Us provides a unique look at one of the gaming world’s most eagerly anticipated titles.

Review

'The Last of Us' has been one of the most highly anticipated and highly rated games in a very long time.  Gamers have been quite literally chomping at the bit for more news, screen shots and game play snippets since day one so I was very excited to be able to read this book and see how they made the game itself.

I have to admit though, I was a little disappointed in what we have here.  The game itself is superb, it looks great and has multiple layers to the game play and the characters.  However, this 'making of' book doesn't really have that.

That's not to say that it's a bad book at all because it really isn't.  Some of the art here is absolutely beautiful and really shows the evolution of the characters and the settings in a really good way.  In fact, I kept flicking back to certain pictures because I liked them so much.  The variety of art is a wide range of things connected with the game but it's the writing that lets it down.

Instead of an in depth look, we get small captions that give us a little snippet of information about the drawing that it's accompanying.  Don't get me wrong, the captions are quite interesting but it's a case of wanting a little bit more than the end result.  I'm not one of those fans that must know every single little thing about the making of a game or a movie but at the same time I would have liked to have seen a little bit more information than the amount we have ended up with.

If you are a fan of the game then no doubt you will absolutely  love this book because the pictures are absolutely superb at showing the evolution of the game itself.  I've always been a fan of books with concept art in and this one doesn't fail at all on that front.  It's just a shame that there wasn't more information included, although what we do  get is written in a concise and easy manner.

Presentation 4/5
Informative 3/5
Recommended 3.5/5
Overall 10.5/15

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