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Awakening: The Art of Halo 4 [Hardcover]

Paul Davies
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Nov. 6 2012
A glimpse at the beginning of a new trilogy in the massive global gaming franchise, featuring a stunning array of concept art, character sketches and much, much more.

Halo 4 is the next blockbuster installment in the iconic franchise that shaped entertainment history and defined a decade of gaming. Set in the aftermath of Halo 3, it marks the beginning of a new trilogy as the Master Chief confronts an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe.

Awakening: The Art of Halo 4 will give gamers an in-depth look behind the scenes at the creation of the stunning worlds of Halo 4, with commentary from the art director and game designers throughout. Concept art, character sketches, detailed environments and an additional section on the forthcoming multiplayer game make this the definitive guide to 343 Industries' take on the Halo universe.

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"Finding quality art books for anything related to pop culture is fairly difficult, and video games in particular suffer. Titan actually cares, and that care shows in their work. Just compare it to any art book from a 'Limited Edition' game bundle. Titan’s printing is much better and the collection is much more complete; their art books are books in their own right ... one of the better gaming art books available." – Uproxx’s Gamma Squad

"It's jam-packed with beautiful concept art and sketches" – The Verge

"Great for fans of the series, art book collectors, and those who are looking for a gift for the Halo fan that has most everything from the series already but doesn't yet have this book." – Total Gaming Network

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Art lovers and fans of the series will love this book. So if you’re able to put down your controller for a moment and take a break from some war games, pick up Awakening: The Art of Halo 4, you’re bound to be glad that you did." – Gamer Exchange

"This book is a testament to those people who worked tirelessly to create a visually appealing game." – Gaming Bolt

“The quality is outstanding and will make an excellent addition to any Halo fan's collection.” - Co-Optimus

“A lavish coffee-table book that provides a detailed look at art created specifically for the new version of the game.” – Military.com

"If you are any kind of fan of Halo, then this book is a must-buy for you"
"this book will leave you almost as breathless as the game itself.” Shattered Ravings

About the Author

Paul Davies--an incurable Halo fanatic--has worked in gaming journalism for twenty years, writing and editing magazines and websites including Official Nintendo and Computer & Video Games. He is the co-founder and director of media agency Unlikely Hero Ltd. whose clients include Yahoo! UK and Microsoft.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book Jan. 10 2013
By Stefan
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As awesome as the game is the art behind it is amazing. Very good reference if you're an artist trying to come up with your own concepts. I'm a pro artist that works in the entertainment industry and I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book review May 25 2013
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Big fan of Halo 4. Loved the artwork and drawings. Would definitely recommend it to those who have Halo 4 and want to see the art of the environments of the game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful concept art and sketches. May 14 2013
By Joel
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Awakening: The Art of Halo 4 is an amazing book for Halo fans. Published by Titan Books, The Art of Halo 4 contains 192 pages of art work from various stages of the game's development compiled by Paul Davies with a foreword written by Kenneth Scott, the Senior Art Director at 343 Industries.

The Art of Halo 4 is organized into five chapters: Environments, UNSC, Covenant, Forerunner, and War Games. Each chapter is then further broken down into specific sub-chapters. For example, weapons, vehicles, and characters each have their own sections. This allows readers to quickly flip to the part of the book that most interests them. Want to see some cool Forerunner character designs? Turn to page 146. Want to take a look at some of the new UNSC vehicles like the Mantis? Go to page 110. It is very well organized.

The War Games chapter is especially interesting as it provides a glance at the challenges the development team faced when designing multiplayer environments and player armor variants.

The art itself is absolutely beautiful. Images range from full page artwork to concept sketches to character renders. Captions on each image provide deeper insight into Halo 4's development process and the Halo universe in general.

Measuring at roughly 9" x 12," this book is pretty big. It is more fitting for a coffee table rather than a book shelf. But Awakening: The Art of Halo 4 is something that all die hard Halo fans will want as part of their collection.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Dec 1 2012
By Matthew
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They packed it with no protection some of the pages where bent and the out side sleeve was bent as well
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi art galore Nov. 23 2012
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Halo 4 is back with a bang and this is an excellent video game art book for it.

It's a large 192-page hardcover published by Titan Books. Each page is filled with lavish concept art printed huge, sometimes across two pages. There's a good amount of environment paintings that look really great because they are printed so big -- great for soaking in the ambiance. The environment paintings are easily the highlight of the book. I love the very physical look of the designs. And those with wide open spaces look majestic.

Other concept art include designs for Master Chief, Cortana, Spartans, troops, Forerunners, weapons, vehicles and ships. They are all amazing and detailed. It will take a while to look through the art.

There are several artbooks for Halo, and this is one of the best, and one of my 2012 favourite artbooks as well.

Fantastic concept art book.

Highly recommended for Halo fans.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Visually Stunning Companion to the Game Nov. 13 2012
By Matthew S Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In honor of the recent release of the Halo 4 game, I thought it only appropriate to review this amazing book today. I have been a HUGE fan of the Halo series, ever since the first game came out years ago. The action, the weapons, the combat...it is an amazing series that is beyond captivating. But it's not just the actual game itself that pleases; the Halo universe is one of the most vivid and interesting locales in which to place a storyline. Such can be seen in the detail placed into the graphics for each game. Halo 4 breaks new ground by giving much more detail in these graphics as well as a rich plot to go along with it. Thanks to Titan Books, fans like me can now revel in the concept art that helped bring Halo 4 to life.

If you are any kind of fan of Halo, then this book is a must-buy for you. AWAKENING: THE ART OF HALO 4 takes you deep into the mindset of the designers at 343 Industries, and shows how their ideas evolved into the excellent game that was released just last week.

With stunning imagery and exquisite detail, the concept art in this book will leave you almost as breathless as the game itself. The pictures are lavish and rich, portraying the new world and realm in which the Master Chief finds himself this time. And I have to say, these images are the very definition of beautiful.

The imaginations involved with creating such complex yet lavish scenes must be staggeringly powerful. The fine folks at 343 Industries have raised the bar and set a new level of excellence with this work. AWAKENING: THE ART OF HALO 4 chronicles part of the work involved, by giving in-depth but short commentaries on each scene and the mentality behind it.

Comparing the concept art to the scenes in the game (which I have done quite a bit) is a lot of fun. It's very interesting to see how different the final graphics can turn out, even after being fleshed out with a brush. But nonetheless, the core elements in almost every scene are there and spring vividly to life.

But aside from the visuals, AWAKENING: THE ART OF HALO 4 gives us a sneak-peek at new characters, creatures, and items that can be found in the game. The book also fleshes out existing characters and creatures by providing new, finer details to their images. This provides double the excitement, as it feels like visiting old friends who have changed due to time.

AWAKENING: THE ART OF HALO 4 is an amazing book and it definitely belongs in your collection. Even if you are not a Halo fan, you should check this volume out, as it has some of the most amazing landscape artwork you'll ever see. The images within its pages are inspiring and mesmerizing; and they might just convince you to play the game as well. Give this one a look.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant artwork - A must have in your library for Sci-fi/Gamer fans alike Nov. 28 2012
By Jimmy Kim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I must say that this product surprised me. I've owned many artwork books before and they were simply pictures and a few explanations but this one is quite different.

Each panel and artwork is accompanied by the importance and significance of the artwork and what it means to the production team and us, the gamers and fans.

This book is a perfect gift for the individual who is infatuated with the Haloverse. But I would make sure that you bought them Halo 4 first! Halo 4
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great art book Nov. 20 2012
By UpsYourAs - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like concept art, and enjoy seeing game dev, ideas. Its a great coffee table book. If some one you know likes sci fi they will love this as a gift.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good concept art book. Jan. 22 2013
By NetDiver - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I haven't personally played any Halo games since the first Halo and it's sequel Halo 2 on the original Xbox. But I've always liked the visuals of the games which is one of the reasons why I bought this book. The second reason is work related because I do concept design as a livinghood. While not exactly the same as concept art, there are enough similarities between the two to justify me buying the book.

Now, I've read a lot of concept art books in recent years and I have to say that Awakening: The Art of Halo 4 is among one of the best out there. The love of the studio behind the new game really shows here. The new trilogy has given the makers freedom to turn a new leaf in the visuals of the Halo universe and still keeping it recognizable as Halo. Master Chief, Cortana, weapon and ship designs are an evolution lifted from the previous works while the new threat, the Forerunners, are presented as very alien and fresh take on the almost cosmic enemy.

Now I haven't personally played the game so I can't tell well the concepts have translated to the actual game, but the book is a really good lesson in concept design and evolution of the franchise. Highly recommended, even if your not in the games themselves.
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