The Art of Darksiders II (英语) 精装 – 2019年6月4日
New Hardcover Edition! Awakened by the End of Days, Death, the most feared of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, embarks on a quest to undo Armageddon! The Art of Darksiders II collects the dark and dynamic artwork behind the second installment in the fan-favorite Darksiders video game series. Featuring the artwork of legendary comic artist Joe Madureira (X-men, Battle Chasers) and the Vigil Games art team, the book collects full-color illustrations, character and environment designs, unused concepts, and more!
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I know everyone has different criteria for what they like in an art book, and my complaint with this book is something that may or may not bother you: there is almost no commentary. There is a couple of pages at the end but other than that you get no written insight to the process of design. That being said, there is such an immense amount of art in this volume, so many sketches and painted pieces that they almost tell the story themselves.
As a Darksiders fan I found this volume great to flip through and every time I go back I noticed something I hadn't noticed before. The book covers characters, enemies, weapons and places. The places section is pretty sparse, but the rest of the sections are not. There are a couple of missing enemies but they are mostly all there. There's a couple that appeared int he first game that didn't make it in and then there is a boss and a couple of regular enemies that I don't recall seeing but it's possible I missed them due to the vast plethora of enemy art.
Oh, there's a section with CGI models as well, which is a nice addition.
The binding is good. The pages are thick. Amazon's asking price makes this killer visual tribute to a killer game a must-have for any fan. The only reason i dock it a star is because of the lack of commentary.
Despite this, I highly recommend both artbooks if you love the game or video game art in general. There are lots of wickedly good drawings on every page. I'm very pleased with the quality and quantity. :)
It also isn't as heavy on the environmental art like some other video game "art of" books and focuses more on actual characters. Great book, wish the game was as good.