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Artbooks & Gaming books |OT| A new era, a new shelf

Oct 25, 2017
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Just reordered my the supposed Red Dead Redemption 2 artbook listing with the $5 off $20 book deal. Now looking at $17 for it.

Good so far, now if they would just confirm it!
 
Jan 30, 2018
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My Dark Souls III art book arrived. It is indeed excellent, but after seeing it didn't have any interviews like the others I kinda regretted waiting so long for the localized version.
true but i'd say that there's a lot more to say regarding the latter games.
Why is that? FF I was one of the first console JRPGs, II eschewed the typical level up system, III introduced a more complex class system a la Dragon Quest III, IV provided a well developed cast for the first time, V offered an excellent and richly defined class system, VI traded in the class system for a richer, fuller cast and introduced an almost vignette style story to introduce its characters one by one, etc. I don't think there's a lot more to say about the later games at all given that the earlier games did so much.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Why is that? FF I was one of the first console JRPGs, II eschewed the typical level up system, III introduced a more complex class system a la Dragon Quest III, IV provided a well developed cast for the first time, V offered an excellent and richly defined class system, VI traded in the class system for a richer, fuller cast and introduced an almost vignette style story to introduce its characters one by one, etc. I don't think there's a lot more to say about the later games at all given that the earlier games did so much.
Probably because we have FF X-2, XI and XIV expansions, XIII-2, and Lightning Returns. Maybe XII Revenant Wings, too. But I haven't opened my vol. 1, so I don't know if they include direct sequels in the book (Is FF IV After Years included in vol. 1?). I wonder if vol. 2 will also include Advent Children and the whole VII spin offs...
 
Oct 31, 2017
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Probably because we have FF X-2, XI and XIV expansions, XIII-2, and Lightning Returns. Maybe XII Revenant Wings, too. But I haven't opened my vol. 1, so I don't know if they include direct sequels in the book (Is FF IV After Years included in vol. 1?). I wonder if vol. 2 will also include Advent Children and the whole VII spin offs...
It only includes mainline games.

man, that's a lot of games for one book. :(
The Japanese version is broken down like this:

X - page 6-104
XI - 106-154
XII - 156-228
XIII- 230-318
XIV- 320-330
 
Oct 25, 2017
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ah, that's too bad. oh well.
You can always ask the developer and LRG if there will be a chance of a small reprint. There might even be a few extras left aside for potential lost ones during shipping. LRG does that with its print runs and sells them during later sales like Black Friday, or at trade shows, to get rid of remains inventory. I don't think these books are made yet, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Homeworld
You can always ask the developer and LRG if there will be a chance of a small reprint. There might even be a few extras left aside for potential lost ones during shipping. LRG does that with its print runs and sells them during later sales like Black Friday, or at trade shows, to get rid of remains inventory. I don't think these books are made yet, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
Honestly, I didn't even know it existed before today so I'm not really broken up about it.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Los Alfheim
I've been looking around online for a bunch of artbooks, here and there, and I found something I've had my eye on. Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives. I freaking love Dishonored, and I've been meaning to replay the first game because I never got around to playing any of the DLCs. What a perfect way to get back into that universe!

I know it's not much of an artbook, more of a lore book. Still, I believe the book is on the rare side nowadays, at least if trying to purchase online in the US. I've seen it for $100+ on Amazon, Ebay, etc. Thought I'd post, in case anyone else was interested.

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Oct 25, 2017
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Homeworld
I know it's not much of an artbook, more of a lore book. Still, I believe the book is on the rare side nowadays, at least if trying to purchase online in the US. I've seen it for $100+ on Amazon, Ebay, etc. Thought I'd post, in case anyone else was interested.
Huh. I didn't realize it started becoming scarce. I still have my copy.
 
My Dark Souls III art book arrived. It is indeed excellent, but after seeing it didn't have any interviews like the others I kinda regretted waiting so long for the localized version.

Why is that? FF I was one of the first console JRPGs, II eschewed the typical level up system, III introduced a more complex class system a la Dragon Quest III, IV provided a well developed cast for the first time, V offered an excellent and richly defined class system, VI traded in the class system for a richer, fuller cast and introduced an almost vignette style story to introduce its characters one by one, etc. I don't think there's a lot more to say about the later games at all given that the earlier games did so much.
i just would assume there's more reference material available to use for the modern games compared to the older ones really.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Speaking of Final Fantasy, I got the first Ultimania Archive in from Amazon and have been reading on and off since Saturday. What a great book. Makes me want to fire up FF IV or VI for the umpteenth time.

Will definitely pick up volume 2. Maybe volume 3, though I don’t really care about any of the games post IX.
 
Aug 20, 2018
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man...that dark souls 3 design works just sold out on amazon! are there alot of text that requires translation or will the japanese version suffice?

Also, abit OT from gamebooks, anyone know where i can buy the Kamen rider and super sentai encyclopedia artbooks?
 
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Oct 29, 2017
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I got the collector's edition RDR2 guidebook today. I am so glad I bought this...

The book is absolutely amazing. Every single bit of content is covered in the guide, in full detail. Every single animal, npc, weapon, chance encounter, point of interest, elixer, everything is in there.

The pages are very thick and glossy quality, and the cover is debossed with a glossy Arthur. It is perfect.
Lots of photos:
It's pretty mind-blowing just how much content is in the game. I see a ton of stuff I missed despite playing over 150 hours so far.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Picked up the Pokemon Let's Go! Pikachu/Eevee guide book. I'll miss Prima... nice detailed guides, and the Pokemon ones also had extra sections full of interviews and tons of concept art/designs.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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The Amano biography is starting to release in comic shops. Apparently the limited edition is about 5000 copies, far more reasonable than the 1000 signed copies of The Sky they released. Comes with signature, Blu-Ray documentary, Paris sketchbook, and two prints (Terra & Vampire Hunter D)

Crunchyroll has a preview of the translation from French, which seems quite good: https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-n...artist-yoshitaka-amanos-illustrated-biography



 
Jun 24, 2018
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Question for anyone here who might know. In your opinion, what is the best Resident Evil Art book out there?

Hard to tell, honestly. Most of the RE books have been quite lackluster. If I had to choose, though, I'd pick Udon's Art of Resident Evil 5, well above any of the others.

Just hope that The Resident Evil 2 ReMAKE has an accompanying artbook, or that Capcom partners with Titanbooks, Insight, or DarkHorse.

Cheers.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Only RE artbooks/companions I've come across have been the Archives. First one has some interesting art in a small section in the middle, but the book is more of a lore resource than anything else.

Not the greatest quality though. Half of my copy is falling apart. Pretty sure Brady Games did the publishing.