This art book offers the reader a very intimate look at the world of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Ubisoft's take on a Greek epic. Full of rich, extremely detailed pages on both the game's leads and the many locales, it grants a real intimate look at some of the thought process and research that went into pre-planning the game, with a few sprinklings of real world Greek folklore and history to boot.
Right away the book grabbed me by dedicating several pages to both their lead characters, packed with concept art and renders of exiled Spartan citizens Kassandra and Alexios, as well as recollections on what the design team was attempting to accomplish with the physical traits of these characters. The several pages dedicated to the protagonists of this title are a far cry (get it?) from prior Assassin's Creed books that failed to provide satisfying or adequate page space to their characters. There is very little white space in the book, a definite plus in my opinion, instead filling the pages with beautiful, large sketches and paintings of the characters and locations. In a few instances, the book carries fold out posters, truly giving a strong sense of the size and detail of the game's exotic Mediterranean locales.
Rather than providing a general overview of the game world, the book instead focuses on the many islands, landlocked nations and mythological arenas laid out in Unsoft's re-imagining of ancient Greece. The individual chapters are even all named for the locales you can adventure to in-game. This makes for a grand travelogue where the reader is able to go on their own odyssey along with the book.
While that may sound similar to past Assassin's Creed art books where the sole focus was pretty much on architecture, geographical recreations and landscape paintings (and poor paintings and concepts at that), the Odyssey art book is sure to include the "local flavor" of each nation it globe trots to by including character art, mood paintings, and short paragraphs giving a brief, mostly spoiler-limiting overview of the story for that region. Biome and weather breakdowns, weapons, gear, building materials, ship battles and even a few Greek monsters are threaded between these chapters, successfully keeping it fresh and a strong overview of the game.
Finally, it eschews buzz words and marketing pitches that littered previous Assassin's Creed art book installments, instead allowing the reader a real look into the ideas and thought process of the artists and developers who toiled on the game (example, they discuss how important it was Kassandra's eyes look bright and full of life to deliver a more vibrant personality).
This is a great art book, so great I bought two copies, one for living room for guests to peruse, and one for myself to hoard. Really also one of the best releases of Ubisoft, Titan books and editor Kate Lewis. Not to mention the book opens with art work for the Battle of Thermopylae, how cool is that?
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Titan Publishing Group (1 October 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781785659652
- ISBN-13: 978-1785659652
- ASIN: 1785659650
- Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 2.2 x 31.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)