Anyone on /v/ purchase artbooks for any of their favorite video games? What are they like? Are they good? Any really terrible artbooks one should avoid purchasing?
I got this one today and its amazing.
Videogame Artbook thread
Bought this one.
It's great, it shows you all the different artists that worked on character design.
also has lots of Edea. Lots and lots of Edea.
Pauline in a swimsuit with catgirls and stuff
Bravely Default has such amazing artwork. Good buy.
Sorry I'm not too familiar with it. Has that artbook been released in the US? Or would I have to import it? I might get it myself.
I had to import it. But I ordered it on normal amazon and was able to get it via a Californian shop. It cost me a little more than 50€. shippping included.
You also get penciled version of the backrounds and male female versions of every antagonist.
And there's a section dedicated to the sequel browser game and the 4 heroes of light.
Sweet. Cheap, easy to access, and good. I'll be sure to get a hold of it sometime anon. Thanks for the info. Art looks nice.
Okay, but why was he referenced in this thread?
Because they also like artbooks for Solatorobo? I dunno man, don't take it personally.
Yeah. Amazon.co.jp has it. CyberConnect2 seems to always have at least one in stock.
Can I get some pics? Sounds gr8
This is the cover, it's not very hard to track down a copy
I don't have a lot of them, but if I find one cheap for a game I enjoy, I tend to pick it up. Main ones I have as Hyrule Historia (think it was $20-30 when it came out), Tales of Symphonia ($10), Dragon's Crown ($3), and a recent addition: A copy of the Darksiders II one that I think may have initially come with the Collector's Edition of it or something ($5).
And a couple of little strips in there. Camera's too shit to do any high quality art justice
>tfw this will never be back in stock
I've got two Rance ones, the Soejima one, Typemoon 10th Anniversary, a Muv Luv one, and then various small ones that came with games like Dragon's Crown.
Sorry for the delay. My internet went to shit for a little.
If you live in the US, you might be happy to know that there's no import tax on books. Its $50 plus a $30 shipping and handling fee and that's it. If you ever get the money, go for it. Its pretty gr8. Getting all three though...Now that's expensive.
Yep. Her designs get really varied. Pic related. Sorry for picture quality though. I don't have a scanner.
Well I'm sorry. I don't really do much physical labor with my hands and I'm scrawny.
I only have the hardback edition of The Art of Oddworld Inhabitants. It set me back just around €80 but it was well fucking worth it
Need to see what else is out there. I'm not big on artbooks for weebshit and realistic shooters though so not sure
the zero one has an interview with inti creates that confirms that harpuia, leviathan, and fefnir all died in zero 3 and thats why they did not appear in zero 4. It also has concept art on the cyber elves and various other info
>The Kemono Book
>The Kemono Book 2
>All three official Solatorobo artbooks
>Solatorobo opening animation book (I think)
>LTB Super Hero manga that comes with the third artbook
>All 8 Solatorobo fan artbooks
You are amazing.
>The two Megaman artbooks
That taste....Anon....You're amazing. The first Solatorobo artbook and Hyrule Historia are the only artbooks I have.
Wow. That's interesting. Its cool that they explain things like that, and the art sounds pretty cool. I'll have to grab those sometime too.
Second hand Kaneko stuff is pretty expensive, otherwise I'd be all over that.
I actively buy stuff by Takehito Harada, Yaegashi Nan and Himukai Yuji.
Yeah, that's true. Probably the reasoning there aren't good scans for various other artbooks out there, between having to disassemble them and some being quite costly.
Still, do they even produce the Oddworld one anymore? It would be kind of neat if they did some high quality PDF version using the original files in the future.
>between having to disassemble them and some being quite costly
That and older import ones being a bitch to find even second-hand.
Just checked for you. The soft and hardcover versions are sold out from the publisher's direct store leaving only the super fucking expensive $170 and $290 limited editions.
Might have some luck elsewhere like on eBay but now that it's completely OOP the prices are gonna rocket
>tfw trying to find art books and strategy guides for old unlocalized games
it also has this neat little character relations chart
Could be possible with New n' Tasty. They could do an updated version to cover the years passed since, cos Stranger's Wrath was still in development at the time of the book's release
Fingers crossed bro
I bought the Bayonetta artbook. The Eyes of Bayonetta.
Completely worth it. Over 200 pages of awesome drawings, well-translated editor's notes and a 90-minute long DvD for hardcore bayonettafags like me.
Only about $35.00 after shipping.
I got the Bayonetta Art Book/Documentary
and the future press strategy guideThe book itself is worth it just for the documentary
I honestly prefer having physical copies of things that I'd like to rummage through very now and then.
If I downloaded it I would look at it once then never open it again, just like 99% of the shit I end up saving onto my hard drive.
1, 3, 7 an 9 are pretty neat.
Yes I have. I love it and all but I wish they had a better translator. The english translations didn't come out so well. Such as Rodin simply saying, "I'm a Gunsmith." Now becomes "I am a manufacturer of guns for battle."
I liked the movie enough to see past this, but I'll probably be buying the english dub whenever it comes out.
Bayonetta went through 40+ complete re-designs before settling on the final design. Something about Platinum Game's higher up kept shooting their ideas down. Fun fact.
ive got a whole bunch, i try and collect them for games that i really like or games that i think have really nice art. Most interesting one i own is for sure the dark watch book. The game actually started out super cartoony and kiddy and it shows the progression to the grimdark horror game it became. The valkyria chronicles one is also top notch.
my biggest gripe with artbooks is how shit japanese ones usually are. They are always just like, really pretty art pieces, like the kind of stuff that would be posted on deviant art. Never any good concept sketches or character or item development.
Man how much that set you back? So fucking tempted
Also are the Uncharted ones any good? I saw Dark Horse announced an Art of Naughty Dog book recently, hope there's more Jak stuff in it
Also props on Akira
85 bucks i think and that includes shipping, I got it when the preorders were going for the second edition so its signed by the art director.
its well worth it though. its pretty cool. especially with the vr stuff.
I really want to start picking up all of those CC2 books, but I'm having trouble currently justifying spending a few hundred on importing half a dozen art books I can't even entirely read.
Thank god Udon got around to finally getting The Eyes of Bayo out in English. For a while there, I was seriously considering just getting the Japanese version. Although now I'm waiting on them again for the Asura's Wrath Complete Works, so I guess it never really ends.
Art books are probably going to be the death of me someday.
i would say so, it shows a whole bunch of cool stuff that didn't actually make it into the game. (flying big daddies, different enemies) and lots of nice character and environment art
OP here. If all of those are anything like the first Solatorobo art book, I can tell you they are mostly just art anyway. There's certainly some interesting stuff written in there, but the bulk of it is art. So if you like the art, go for it. Maybe you'll find a translator or a friend who knows Japanese someday to read it. There is a section that talks about the culture, species, world, creatures, etc in depth (I'm guessing it tells a lot about the world and how people do things, etc), at least that's what it appears to be, so it's a bummer not being able to read that, but ultimately its an artbook. Go for it.
i would say so, its really high quality, It is made in landscape so it's kinda a hassle to find somewhere to put it but its mostly environment art and some character design (but that's not all that surprising)
check out the parkablogs for a more in-depth look at it.