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The Art of The Mass Effect Universe [Hardcover]

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Book Description

Feb. 7 2012
The Mass Effect trilogy is a groundbreaking epic that has immersed gamers in one of science fiction's richest universes. Now BioWare and Dark Horse are proud to invite fans deeper than ever into the Mass Effect saga with The Art of the Mass Effect Universe! Featuring concept art and commentary by BioWare on the games' characters, locations, vehicles, weapons, and more (including Mass Effect 3) The Art of the Mass Effect Universe is the most complete companion available to gaming's most compelling series!

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a colourful and busy universe Feb. 22 2012
Length: 1:20 Mins
The first Mass Effect art book, The Art of Mass Effect, was quite good. The Art of Mass Effect Universe is even better.

This handsome 184-page hardcover art book covers art for Mass Effect 1, 2 and 3. Yes, you'll be able to get a sneak peek at the upcoming Mass Effect 3, that's if you don't mind a little spoiler.

The book is packed with concept art for characters, creatures, environments, props, weapons and vehicles. There are a few sketches but most are just gorgeous fully coloured designs. The art is top notch, the environment paintings are spectacular.

There's some overlap of content with the first art book that features the first game. Here, there are additional content which makes you wonder why they weren't in the earlier book. Anyway, the first art book is already out of print so it makes more sense to get just this one.

As all the designs come with insightful commentary, there will be a bit of a spoiler when you're reading the last chapter on Mass Effect 3. If you're just looking at pictures, then it should be alright and it'll give you a nice idea of what to expect visually in the next game.

Unfortunately for a book this good, the artists aren't credited, not even with a page on the list of names like they did in the first art book. In many instances, I wanted to find out who these artists are and their websites. This is a silly exclusion, a downer.

Overall. this is a great art book for fans of the game and sci-fi art. It should be one of the top art books for 2012.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy for Mass Effect fan. Feb. 17 2012
By Lambda
Hardcover thick pages with high quality art make this a must buy.
Contains art from Mass Effect 3 so some spoilers until March.
has art from Characters Locations Missions and scraped projects.
One thing that could have made it better was more notes from Bioware.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase April 25 2013
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I was really amazed with all the details in the artbook. I already had the ME2 artbook that I bought from the Bioware Store, but it was so tiny and I was very disapointed. All the arts that were missing were in this book, and I'm so glad I got it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This art book is absolutely gorgeous. The quality is great and it gives some information about the development of various things in the games. This covers the first two Mass Effect games and also has stuff from ME3. The ONLY thing that was a little off was that it didn't come wrapped in plastic like I'd expected (I bought it new), and there was a grease smudge on the cover. The smudge came off with alcohol but slightly wore out the ink on that spot (despite how careful I was being). I'm picky with those kinds of things though (I like to keep my books looking new) so if that doesn't bother you, don't worry about it. Otherwise, the book was in flawless condition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars was a gift June 8 2013
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Luckily the friend that this was bought for loves it! He saw it and was quite impressed with the pages/format of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Art Book for Mass Effect fans Aug. 15 2012
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Those of you who can't get enough of Mass Effect and want to learn more about the Universe will want to get this book. It contains concept art from all three Mass Effect games and it also provides early sketches of what the various characters looked like before they were finalized. The book also includes some fun facts and notes about each sketch.

If you haven't finished the Mass Effect games beware about possible spoilers in the book.

Also, book stores often have this book priced at around $40 so it would be a good idea to get this online instead of in stores.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing artwork! July 28 2012
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A necessary addition to any fan of the Mass Effect series! Large pages, fantastic artwork, and descriptions about the development of the game. 10/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A steal at the price May 19 2012
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Was amazed this was under $30 for what it delivers. Yes, must buy as a fan, and yes, must buy as a sci-fi art fan as well. Books i character centric, but thats a given since the game is all about them, but it does surprisingly give a fair amount of space to the environments used to shape out the world. Content wise i give it 4 stars, but due to its price, its an easy 5 for value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was much better than I expected
It was much better than I expected. I am truly glad I purchased this book because I am a HUGE Mass Effect fan and also a fan of art in general. Great buy!
Published 12 days ago by Mohamed Isaaq
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well put together
Published 2 months ago by C. Smaridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
The art of this game an little bits of detail this book shares is just fantastic and really gives insight into the artists point of view.
Published 4 months ago by Kolby Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Money well spent
Best artbook yet. This book is so good that it inspires me to make an art/design book of my own.
Published 5 months ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into the development of the universe
I've bough many "art of" books over the years, and this is one of the best. It is gorgeous to start, and it is filled with actual content. Read more
Published 6 months ago by BK
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book For Fans
Check this out if you're a big Mass Effect junkie. It has art from all three games. There's tons of neat concept art of different characters, races, weapons and vehicles. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jules
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything that I hoped for
I am an art student and love to see their progress into creating their environment and characters, it doesn't help when they are so well painted and had descriptions of what they... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Hoshi Tora
5.0 out of 5 stars Good content
Full in its content. The art is lovely. Not a purchase to worry about not getting enough from an art book (as is sometimes the case).
Published 18 months ago by Danielle Jedral
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it!
I was extremely disappointed by this artbook. I expected so much for it, but its just a ripoff. Artworks are not what you expected them to be. Read more
Published 20 months ago by ttusman
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok...
I'm not loving this book. I think it's a bit sparse. They could have released one of these for each game. It's a quality product and worth the price really. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2012 by R. Gowan
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