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The Art of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Paperback – Jul 1 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ballistic Publishing; 1 edition (July 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1921002719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1921002717
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 2.5 x 29.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #231,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on June 13 2010
Format: Paperback
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I'm thrilled to get this book, more so when I opened it for the first time.

This book is pretty thick at 272 pages, glossy paper. Inside, you'll find concept art for the characters, environments, cinematics, animation and special effects. About a quarter is on the characters, with the environment and story related art making the bulk.

The first thing that captures my attention is the astonishing amount of details from the art, from all the adventure dirt to the facial pores of those Zbrush head sculpts. You're going to find beautiful textures everywhere, be it from the brushes, on the weather battered walls off some monastery on some mountain, fabric of clothing, etc. The textures are easily what I like most about this book.

For character designs, there are paintings, 3D models of the body and close up on face. The 3D models are really intricate. In terms of the amount of details, the one on Lazarevic belongs to the you-have-to-see-it-yourself-to-believe-it category. Those artists and modelers who created these are definitely at the top of their game.

The environments featured in the book are gorgeous. Tropical forests, mountains, Nepal warzone, villages, temples, monastery, Shabhala and all the places in the game. They really nailed the colours, lighting and textures. Looking at some of the wire frame overlays, I can't even imagine how much time it takes to paint all those textures in. Most of the illustrations shown in the book are good enough to be framed and mounted on walls.

Oh, yeah, there are also commentary from the staff to fill you up with the concepts and ideas behind all that's shown.

This book is your adventure in print.
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By Jules TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 22 2014
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I wanted this book for the longest time in the worst way, and I finally scored my copy here on Amazon. Uncharted 2 being one of my favourite games of all time, I had to have it. But the price was a bit steep for a book... but I eventually swallowed my pride and bought it. I regret nothing.

The quality in this is excellent. The book is well made with nice strong, glossed paper. Ballistic Publishing is known for producing art books and high quality products, so it's not surprising. It's looks great on the shelf and I think it'll hold up well.

The start of the book has some forwards written by those brilliant minds over at Naughty Dog who were involved in the game.

The artwork is just gorgeous. This book includes things like concept art, character concepts, character models, motion-capture animation and environment art. I especially the concept art for settings and environments. A lot of the images are accompanied by a blurb by one of the folks behind the game. The concepts for new characters were also neat to look at, I especially liked the Chloe Frazer stuff and how they decided to go about creating that character and her look in contrast to Elena.

This is a great book for fans of the game(s) and/or fans of video game artwork. I recommend it. It's beautiful and insightful. So if you want to get to know the game even better, check this out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IsmailW on April 15 2011
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Great insight into the development of a high quality interactive product. For anyone interested in the behind the scenes of high quality development, a great book to add to your collection is "The Art of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves"
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If you are a fan of the series and are interested in game development this is the book for you. The book is just amazing, from the concept art and 3d models its the one book everyone should have. I have other art of books and this book puts all the others to shame. If you had to pick one book for your collection that showcases all aspects of game design this is the one. Just buy it you will not be disappointed.
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