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Feb 17, 2019Since it's more illustrations than text, keeping it as a semi short review.
Dec 16, 2015Dark Souls grabbed a hold of me with a power that most other games seem to have forgotten. The game gets a wrap for being hard, & it is-- about as hard as old NES games were. The skills you need, the world you explore, the clever maps...all of that is built on a gorgeous & evocative foundation. This book is full of pretty pictures & insights into that macabre process. --MK
Mar 18, 2014This is a brilliant showcase of all the hard work that went into the design of the amazing video game Dark Souls. As a huuuuuge fan of the series, i found this book highly fascinating, and to top it all off, there is a long interview at the back with the design team themselves, I learned a lot of new things about the lore of the series, and all in all, a must read for any fan of the games, or people who love art books in general.
Nov 26, 2019I don't have much time for playing video games these days, but I really enjoy reading about and looking at the art that goes into the development of them. This book has page after page of stunning, gorgeous artwork. It's an amazing example of beauty and horror tastefully combined. As a collection of visuals in the genre, I can't recommend it enough. I would have liked to see more text about the game's development, but that clearly wasn't an objective of the book's creators, and the visuals are I don't have much time for playing video games these days, but I really enjoy reading about and looking at the art that goes into the development of them. This book has page after page of stunning, gorgeous artwork. It's an amazing example of beauty and horror tastefully combined. As a collection of visuals in the genre, I can't recommend it enough. I would have liked to see more text about the game's development, but that clearly wasn't an objective of the book's creators, and the visuals are strong enough to stand on their own. ...more
Sep 10, 2015I love Dark Souls and its in-game designs, but this art book is honestly very underwhelming. It doesn't feel like it is doing much justice to the games vast world and numerous enemies. There is too little of, well, everything basically. Not much environmental art, very little item art.
Jan 27, 2015A gorgeous book, love the texture of the hardcover.
Apr 22, 2016Not knowing this book was just showcasing the videogame artistry of Dark Souls, I put this book on hold anticipating a story. While the graphics of the game were indeed spectacular, I was mildly disappointed by the absence of narration. However, I will give the artists their due by saying they did an extraordinary job creating such a barbaric, foreboding world and populating it with the most vile demons I've ever seen.
Feb 04, 2014I really need to play more Dark Souls. I've dabbled in it, but the game is pretty intimidating. This book has done a bit to get me interested again. The monster and boss designs in this game are just fantastic. They're great to look at, but also frightening and unsettling at the same time. Just what you want from monsters.
Dec 26, 2015I really love the art direction in this world. However, I would liked to have seen even more of the rougher development sketches in this book too as I like seeing the design process and how the artist works.
Oct 01, 2016It's an artbook filled with some of the beautiful concept art of the first incredible Dark Souls game.
Sep 08, 2014Beautiful artwork and a very detailed and insightful interview with the creators of one of the best realised fantasy worlds in gaming.
Jul 05, 2014I just love the design of this game. Whether it's locations (Anor Londo is my favourite) or bosses (Ornstein's armor!), everything is so detailed and beautiful.
Oct 10, 2014Inspirational showcase. The interview at the end is a very nice addition. A must have for the fans of the franchise and dark fantasy / art as general.
Jun 16, 2013Amazing Mimicry ahead.
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