Shin Megami Tensei IV: Official Artworks Paperback – Mar 8 2016
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The outside of the book is soft cover but is a nice matte finish with embossed letters for the title of the book.
Inside features plenty of interview snippets and illustration notes from the artists. It's not an exhaustive tour of SMT4 a la The Hyrule Historia, but there is a lot of text here which is welcome.
Mostly though, the illustrations themselves are gorgeous and full sized in most cases, taking up entire pages in a vertical format, so if you don't like two page spreads with the spine down the middle, you're in for a treat as most of them are single paged it seems.
Plenty of concept art for the varied environments from the game a long with NPCs and characters. You're finally able to see all that work in sharp, vividly reproduced scans, now that it's been removed from the 3DS's limitations.
And of course, there's the full page character artworks of Flynn, Walter, Isabeau, Jonathan, etc.
If you own the limited edition release of SMTIV, you will have had access to the strategy guide which is neither a worthy substitute for a strategy guide (it really only takes you as far as the early areas of Tokyo, aka 1/3 of the game at most), nor is it a worthy substitute for an artbook as it only features 4 pages or so of graphics.
This is what you've been waiting for. Sure it's quite belated seeing as how the game itself is 3+ years old and the original JP release of the artbook is just as old, but good on UDON for localizing and bringing this over to the West in English for all to enjoy.
Right in time for SMTIV Final, if/when that ever comes out of Japan.
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