The Art of God of War III marks the second title in the newest Art of Game series by Ballistic Publishing. It showcases some of the magnificent characters and environments featured in the final installment of the God of War series which came out earlier this year for the PlayStation 3.
The book features the art along with commentary from the artists themselves. The book starts off featuring storyboard concept art for the Opening sequences and the Final battle. Next it showcases some of the key marketing art some of which has never been seen before! The book is full of character concept art, 3d production models as well ass concept and production art for the weapons and environments seen throughout the game. You will get an in-depth look at some of the inspirations of one of the greatest visual game series of our time from the artists that penned the artwork. The book also showcases the “Lost Art” of God of War III that was not included in the game and can be seen for the first time in ever in the pages of this book. They are marked with a red Omega symbol.
If you are a fan of the God of War games, game art, or even Greek inspired art, you need to have this book in your library. The book has 272 pages of glorious color images (some black and white ones too) all printed on glossy paper. There are three versions of the book available: The soft cover versionfor $65.00 (which is what this review is based on), a leather-bound Special Edition for $129.00, and a collector’s Limited Folio Edition with a hand-crafter leather-bound presentation case, a hand-signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity from Santa Monica Studios’s key creators, and a beautifully hand-carved metal cover ornament of the “Blade of Exile” for $300.00.
A review copy of the book was provided but did not affect the outcome of this review.