BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Uncharted 2
Ballistic Publishing takes fans on an exhilarating visual thrill ride...
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Sony’s iconic adventure hero Nathan Drake returns next year in the recently-announced Uncharted 3 video game. While this exciting new sequel is not set for release until fourth quarter of next year, Ballistic Publishing has released the all-new Art of Uncharted 2 book to tide fans of the game over while they wait for the next chapter in the Uncharted saga.
The Art of Uncharted 2 is an exhilarating visual thrill ride which takes readers through the entire creative process of this amazing game. From preliminary concept pencil sketches to amazing three-dimensional sculpted maquettes of the epic game’s main characters, this book, published by Ballistic Publishing, explores the unmatched beauty of all the game's exotic and one-of-a-kind settings as well as the design process behind the characters, structures and more.
Worth noting are the foreign locales in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, including the vividly colorful yet war-ridden streets of Nepal and its exotic ancient temples and ruins. The creators of this top-rated game explain the extensive pre-production process from start to finish. The book reveals all the cutting-edge artistry and design that went into making the second chapter in the Uncharted saga better than the original game.
The Art of Uncharted 2 also offers readers the rare opportunity to explore the visual details one might have missed while playing the game. While the book offers mostly visual content, there are several interesting reads explaining the process behind the creation of the game. The 3D Modeling Section covers character creation and evolution, utilizing such computer programs as Zbrush to create virtual sculptures of Drake and the additional cast of key characters from the game. Likewise, the book reveals the creative progression behind the game’s ruthless villain Zoran Lazarevic from preliminary conceptual drawings all the way through to his uniquely battle-scarred final look.
The environmental concept art of various key settings from the game such as Borneo, the Nepal war zone and the beautiful and mysterious city of Shambhala provides for some truly exhilarating eye candy.
A lot of work goes into the creation of such an epic video game as Uncharted 2 and The Art of Uncharted 2 offers readers a rare one-of-a-kind look at these creative efforts. From beginning to end, Uncharted 2 Among Thieves makes you feel as if you have been dropped into a live-action adventure film as players help Nathan Drake on his daring quest.
Whether you’re a fan of the game or just a conceptual art connoisseur, the fantastic The Art of Uncharted 2 art book is guaranteed to impress. Take a trip through the adventurous world of 2009’s Game of the Year with Ballastic Publishing's The Art of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, available now wherever fine books are sold and directly through BallisticPublishing.com.
Review by Jorge Pelaez
Review Sample and Photos Courtesy of Ballistic Publishing