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40 Games from Japan and Beyond
Sep 01
// Josh Tolentino
Hey there! It's not all "manga this, anime that" over at Japanator. We get cool game stuff, too, and one such thing is Game Art: Art from 40 Video Games and Interviews with their Creators, an appropriately-titled book about t...
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Three copies up for grabs
Our friends at Titan Books have given us three copies of The Art of Total War to hand out to lucky Dtoiders! Clocking in at just under 200 pages, this hardcover art book features development and concept art, plus developer co...

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Capcom Fighting Tribute

You could have your artwork featured in Udon's Capcom Fighting Tribute

Your sexy Zangief fan art could be in a book!
Jan 30
// Ben Davis
Udon Entertainment has been accepting submissions for its latest art book, Capcom Fighting Tribute. Professionals and fan artists alike are being asked to create tributes to Capcom's many fighting game franchises. Udon h...
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Bloodborne Nightmare

The real nightmare is that this special edition Bloodborne pack isn't coming to North America

A hole in my heart that can only be filled with Gothic tchotchkes
Dec 11
// Nic Rowen
European desks are about to get a little more cluttered with the announcement of a special “Nightmare Edition” of Bloodborne. The €119 set comes with a variety of doodads, including a spooky looking quill set...

Review: The Art of Alien: Isolation

Oct 17 // Alasdair Duncan
The Art of Alien: Isolation (Book)Author: Andy McVitiePublisher: Titan BooksPrice: $34.95/£29.99Released: October 7, 2014 Despite being set 15 years after the first film, Alien: Isolation copies the design and art style of the movie almost exactly. This is still grungy, industrial, workman-like sci-fi, not flashy, shiny space opera. Each chapter of the book shows that plenty of thought went into making every visual element stand out and fit in with the style of the original Alien. The book is a good opportunity to get a better look at protagonist Amanda Ripley, who only fully appears in the game's cutscenes. There's a whole heap of costume designs and concept art that looks like it came right out of the sketchbook of either Ron Cobb or John Mollo. You're given a better sense of what went into attempting to make the art of Isolation have that "lived-in" feel. There are also quite a few drawings of various space craft, which is just like catnip to me. The center piece of the game is the one thing you don't want to see, the Xenomorph itself. Again, the concept art does a fine job of showing the changes in design the team went through. The initial sketches depict a more muscular alien, whereas the final model ended up being a thinner, more lithe creature. Of course, if you've seen any of the films, you'll already be very familiar with the design of H. R. Giger's iconic monster. On that note, the only really disappointing element is how familiar much of the artwork feels. For fans of the Alien franchise or gritty sci-fi in general, there isn't anything unexpected here. The team at Creative Assembly has done an excellent job recreating the look of the original film but it's a shame there aren't more surprises to be found. There is artwork of sequences cut from the game, like a brief zero-G section and storyboards for unused dialog sequences. Still, Alien: Isolation is undoubtedly a faithful recreation of a beloved film and this art book shows how dedicated Creative Assembly was in making the game.
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This art book is much less scary than the game
Alien: Isolation has received a lot of praise over its faithful recreation of the original film's lo-fi take on science fiction. "Truckers in space" was the aesthetic director Ridley Scott set out to capture and the decks and...

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Dark Souls Design Works

Dark Souls II Design Works book is full of bleak, gloomy pictures

Just how Dark Souls fans like it
Oct 16
// Nic Rowen
Today in news that made me squeal like a fanboy, From Software has released a Design Works book for Dark Souls II just like its predecessor in Japan. It features over 200 pages of the darkly beautiful art of the Souls world,...
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Three US and three UK copies up for grabs
Our friends at Titan Books have given us a bunch of copies of The Art of Alien: Isolation to hand out to lucky Dtoiders! To enter, just leave a comment in this thread! Limit one entry per person, and you have until this Frida...

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Lady link

Hyrule Warriors concept art of a lady relative to Link that looks just like him

Don't get too gender bent out of shape
Aug 12
// Steven Hansen
Some people got real squirrelly when they thought Link might have been a woman in the new Legend of Zelda. None of you, I'm sure. Our community has a noted love for the idea of Link as a woman. Anyway, here's some pictures fr...
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Tail Concerto

This Tail Concerto art book is better late than never

Been waiting years for this collection
Jul 28
// Brittany Vincent
Sixteen years after the ridiculously adorable Tail Concerto made its Japanese debut, CyberConnect 2 has decided to release a new art book collecting 100 new and otherwise unpublished illustrations celebrating its anniversary....
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Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX gets Ultimania book

And here I am still waiting for the Final Fantasy Ultimania series to be released
Jul 23
// Brittany Vincent
According to a listing on Amazon Japan, Square Enix is preparing to release a Kingdom Hearts 2.5 ReMIX Ultimania book: Kingdom Hearts Series Ultimania Memorial. It will supposedly cover all the games in the series to prepare ...

Contest: Win a copy of Death Sentence!

Jul 09 // mrandydixon
From the publisher: Verity, Monty and Weasel have contracted the G+ Virus, an infectious agent that gives you incredible powers – before killing you! What will struggling graphic designer Verity, failing indie guitarist Weasel and roguish media personality Monty do in the time that remains? Fade away – or go out in a blaze of glory? And if they choose to kick back... will there be anything left of the world when they're through? From the streets of London to the North Atlantic, from intimate betrayals to the death of thousands, from muses lost and futures thrown away to the fall of society – Death Sentence is the jaw-dropping next step in superpowered storytelling! Funny, fearless and frightening, packed with shocks, dialogue you can't stop quoting, and the character finds of a generation – don't miss this unforgettable comics debut!
The break-out comic series by videogame artist Monty Nero
[Update: Contest over! Winners have been notified.] Our friends at Titan Comics have hooked us up with three copies of the awesome comic series collection from artist and writer Monty Nero: Death Sentence! Monty is best known...

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Skullgirls' rad lead animator selling a sketchbook until July 31

Mariel Cartwright's stuff is great
Jul 08
// Steven Hansen
Mariel Cartwright is taking one run of pre-orders until July 31 on an 80-page, black and white sketchbook, which was originally sold at Anime Expo. After July 31, you'll have to pick it up at next year's Anime Expo.  It's probably real good because her art is real good.
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Watch Dogs

The Art of Watch Dogs nails the modern cyberpunk aesthetic

Ubisoft's controversial open-world hacking game gets a beautiful art book
Jun 30
// Alasdair Duncan
For all the controversy over its graphical quality, Ubisoft's Watch Dogs had a compelling open-world version of Chicago to explore. As Chris Carter pointed out in his review, the visuals rarely meet the quality set by GTA V b...

Contest: Win The Art of Watch Dogs!

Jun 23 // mrandydixon
From the publisher: In today's hyper-connected world, Chicago has the country's most advanced computer system, known as the CtOS. Concept art and sketches show how the developers designed a living, breathing and "hack-able" cityscape. This book will focus on Aiden Pearce, his allies and enemies, building a new Chicago, and the design of the tech and gadgetry to hack and control CtOS.
Games are art
Our friends at Titan Books have given us three copies of The Art of Watch Dogs to hand out to lucky Dtoiders! This hefty hardcover features extensive concept art and detailed creator commentary, which will take you inside Wat...

Art Hawk: Candy Crush

Mar 22 // Jonathan Holmes
Art Hawk photo
Your instincts can make you an idiot
Art Hawk is funny little fowl. Sometimes he's here, sometimes he's not here. This time he's here talking about Candy Crush, a videogame that is art that is about candy. What a noble editorial! He's a warrior and a knight, fi...

Contest: Win The Art of Castlevania

Mar 12 // mrandydixon
From the publisher: Combining concept art, game stills and promotional images from both Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and Lords of Shadow 2, the book will take readers on a visual guide through the supernatural worlds and dimensions of Castlevania, following the Belmont family’s everlasting struggle against the forces of darkness.
Three US and two UK copies up for grabs
[Update: Contest over! Winners have been notified.] Our friends at Titan Books have passed down five copies of The Art of Castlevania through the Destructoid bloodlines, and we're giving them away to you sexy Dtoiders! This b...

Contest: Win The Art of Thief!

Mar 07 // mrandydixon
Notes from the publisher: Titan Books’ The Art of Thief will give fans and in-depth look at Square Enix’s enormously anticipated new game, featuring exclusive concept and development art, as well as detailed creator insights and commentary throughout. This book will showcase Garrett’s underworld in beautiful detail and truly show the art of the Master Thief.
Art of Thief contest photo
Winning is way better than stealing
[Update: Contest over! Winners have been notified.] Our friends at Titan Books have given us three copies of The Art of Thief to hand out to lucky Dtoiders! This sexy hardcover includes a ton of never-before-seen concept and ...

Games are art
[Update: Contest over! Winners are Themuad, Fawz, and a HUGE member.] Our friends at Titan Books have given us three copies of The Art of Titanfall to hand out to lucky Dtoiders! Check out the gallery below to see some of the...


Xenogears: Perfect Works gets a reprint

About $50!
Jan 16
// Dale North
The book Xenogears: Perfect Works regularly goes for between $200 and $300 dollars as it has been out of print for ages. Mint copies sometimes go for even more. This rare item is the holy grail for Xeno series fans as well as...
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Art of Dead Space, Assassin's Creed IV, Battlefield 4, and Max Payne 3 and Assassinís Creed graphic novels
[Update: Contest over! Winners are AMartinez89, Keiichi Morisato, and Hayate8!] Our friends at Titan Books have shipped us a hefty bundle of art books and graphic novels to hand out to one lucky Dtoider! Included is a copy of...

Assassin's Creed art book photo
Assassin's Creed art book

The Assassin's Creed IV artbook is beautiful

This is easily the most dazzling AC game yet
Dec 08
// Chris Carter
Black Flag was quite the Assassin's Creed game. Scratch that -- it was quite the pirate simulator, that often times made us forget that it was part of the up and down franchise that so many people have given up on o...
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Upcoming Sega Genesis/Megadrive art book looks marvelous

25th anniversary book celebrates Sega's 16-bit glory
Nov 17
// Wesley Ruscher
SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works, an officially licensed 25th anniversary commemorative compilation of artwork, development sketches, hardware manufacturing plans, and interviews from Sega's golden years looks to be t...
Art of Battlefield 4 photo
Games are art debate OVER
[Update: Contest over! Winners are TerryBroadway, knightoftwo, and AWESOMEGAM3R!] Our friends at Titan Books have given us three copies of The Art of Battlefield 4 to hand out to sexy Dtoiders! This hefty hardcover features a...

Contest: Win The Art of Assassin's Creed IV!

Oct 29 // mrandydixon
About the book: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag sees a sea change for the game franchise with a harsh new setting in the Golden Age of pirates. With intricately detailed environments and finely honed and evocative historical re-imaginings, The Art of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag includes the game's vast nautical gameplay, and its amazing range of locations, characters and action.
Assassin's Creed IV Art photo
Featuring art from and inspired by the new game
[Update: Contest over! Winners are Blazergamer112, MikeDoesntKnow, and Scield!] Ahoy! Our mateys at Titan Books have given us three copies of The Art of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag to give out to arrrrr wonderful communit...

Yoshitaka Amano photo
Yoshitaka Amano

Look at Yoshitaka Amano's Deva Zan story and art book

Literary debut of legendary illustrator
Oct 04
// Jayson Napolitano
I've been looking forward to getting this book for a long time. When we featured The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy some months back, we were told about the impending release of Deva Zan, Amano's literary debut that not ...
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EVE Online will be at New York Comic Con this month

All the lore that's fit to print
Oct 02
// Joshua Derocher
CCP has announced it will be at the New York Comic Con, which runs from October 10-13. At the con, the studio will be talking about its upcoming comic book, True Stories, as well as a new lore and art book, called EVE Univers...

Lovely, huge art book: The Art of God of War: Ascension

Almost 400 pages
Sep 12
// Dale North
Here's a quick look at a brand new art book titled The Art of God of War: Ascension. It weighs in at 400 gold trimmed pages and is packed with tons of work from Ascension, including concepts, renders, details and more. ...
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Everyday Is Play is a love letter to videogames

Kickstarter campaign to publish a beautiful hardbound book of videogame art
Aug 02
// Alasdair Duncan
Backing videogame projects on Kickstarter is pretty commonplace these days but it's rarer to back a physical, videogame-related product. Everyday is Play is a book designed by Matthew Kenyon, a graphic designer from West Yor...
Sweet UDON books photo
Sweet UDON books

SDCC-exclusive UDON books up for pre-order August 1

MM25 will be MINE, I say! MINE!
Jul 31
// Tony Ponce
San Diego Comic-Con came and went, and despite my best efforts to use the Dtoid team to my own ends, I was unable to score the coveted hardcover edition of MM25. Thanks a lot, DALE! But no worries! UDON promised that all its ...

UDON brings a Mega load of new books to SDCC

Mega Man 25th anniversary and more
Jul 18
// Dale North
The blue beauty pictured above? That's the Comic-Con exclusive blue laser foil hardcover edition of MM25: Mega Man & Mega Man X Official Complete Works. This thing is heavy, packed with over 400 pages of content -- everyt...

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