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Posted February 20, 2014 by Amy in Books
 
 

The Art of Titanfall (Book) Review

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“We built our dream houses and decor, then destroyed everything by hand, all the way down to the infrastructure of every wall and floor.” Josh Dunnam

If sheer effort and attention to detail is the marker of a great game, Titanfall has a lot going for it. Set for a March 11th release, the highly anticipated title from Respawn Entertainment definitely has people talking, and the recent beta has spurred even more excitement. So what’s a gamer to do, in those long, long weeks before release. Maybe you sorely wanted a spot in the beta but didn’t make it in. Maybe you enjoyed every minute of the beta and need a little something to tide you over till release day. Or maybe you just love a little good backstory and a whole lot of great art. Whatever your reason, The Art of Titanfall is a well put together way to get your Titanfall fix.

The large, hardcover volume is a perfect size for a conversation starting coffee table book or a new addition to your gaming display, with an eye catching cover featuring a preview of the top notch art you’ll find inside. The pages are made of a nice thick paper that will stand up well to hundreds of thumb throughs, and high quality printing makes for colorful images that nearly jump off the page.

The Art of Titanfall is separated into four different categories, and you’ll get a lot more than just art in this art book. Each section features pages covered with concept art, eye-poppingly realistic final images, and even scenes that never made the final cut. Each of these are accompanied by anecdotes from the making of the game, explanations of the inspirations used to create various characters, and sneak peeks of what players will find when they finally launch the game. While these descriptions provide a fascinating look inside Titanfall, they are arranged to be unobtrusive, putting the spotlight right where it belongs – on the skillfull artwork that makes up the game.

In the first category, Titans & Pilots, we are introduced to a variety of the titular Titans from the game, including the Ogre, the Atlas, and the Stryder. You’ll get a nice look at the Titans as a whole, including inside pictures, an explanation of their usage and inspirations, and an in depth look at the characters and creatures who will pilot them or fight them. Having the artists themselves describe why a character looks the way it does really immerses you in the game world, and the fantastical creatures created just for the game are an exercise in creativity and realism that speaks toward the attention to detail that went into Titanfall.

The second category, Vehicles, Weapons, and Tech, gives an equal amount of detail and backstory to the transportation and weapons of destruction that gamers will find in Titanfall. Whether you’re a ship junkie or a gun fool, there is plenty to love in this chapter, with all angles looks at ships, tanks, guns, and robots. The third category is locations, and this is where the quote at the beginning of the article comes from. As you gaze at formerly majestic mansions now reduced to rubble, the sheer attention to detail is simply fascinating, and the variety in the locations is a nice change of pace. Some locations are filled with lush greenery, while others are little more than toxic ghost towns, but all of them are fully fleshed out in a way that should make immersion in the game a simple task. Finally, the book ends with a short category on graphics in modeling. This includes a look at the full sized Titan that was created for E3 2013. It’s sheer size really hits home how massive these machines are in game.

Whether you’re already a Titanfall junkie, or you’re just a sucker for a great art book, The Art of Titanfall has a lot to offer to the right buyer. Featuring insights from game designers, artists, and even the CEO of Respawn Entertainment, it provides a rare pre-release look into a game that’s already turning heads. This is a book that is well made from quality materials, and the masterful art within its glossy pages is well served by the full page graphics and eye catching colors.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)