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The Art of Alien: Isolation (Hardback)


Author: Andy McVittie
Publisher: Titan Books
RRP: £29.99, US $34.95, Cdn $39.95
ISBN: 978 1 78116 931 5
Publication Date: 07 October 2014

The Art of Alien: Isolation is an in-depth look at Creative Assembly's new take on the classic Alien franchise. The book follows the studio's vision from conception to execution and includes never-before-seen concept art, sketches, 3D renders and much more. With extensive behind the scenes commentary from the artists and creators, this volume takes readers on a chilling journey through the space station's deserted corridors, cramped vents and final, face-to-face with the Xenomorph...

As one would expect from a Titan official art book, The Art of Alien: Isolation (178 pages) looks incredible. Beautiful layout, nice glossy pages and interesting and informative text all make this a must buy book for fans of the game. It walks us through almost every aspect of the background making of the game and focuses on the minutia.

Of particular interesting was the look at the 'Lo-Fi Sci-Fi' design of the game; the detailed exploration of the the ships in the game; and the comprehensive overview of the game's weapons and equipment.

I did have some issues with the book's production. Firstly (and the book we received came wrapped in film) the pages didn't look like they'd been bound very well... in fact after only a quick flick through I could clearly see that some of the pages were in serious danger of falling out. Now, it could be that we received a badly bound book (two of the pages were glued together by a large glob of glue, and trying to prise them apart just resulted in the print being torn off that section of one of the page) but personally if I spend £30 on a book I expect to be able to read it more than once before it all falls apart.

It's a nice coffee table edition for fans of the game - just check that the book's not falling apart before you buy it.


Nick Smithson

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