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The game itself is vibrant with colour but this art book is seriously drab. It looks like it was printed on black ink that bled through and discoloured the artwork, making it dull and dark. The book is beautifully presented but, after playing the game with its bright cherry blossoms and fields of colour, this book doesn't do it justice. Very disappointed.
The book intentionally has its binding exposed. Okay, sure, it could work for paperback but it would still be unusual, but the front and back hard cover are not even connected to each other!!
The front and back hard covers only seems to be attached to the paper with the leaves printed on the inside. Imagine just a thin paper holding onto two huge hard cover pieces! Who's the genius behind this design choice!? I could probably break the cover off by running my finger through the edge of paper attached to the cover. On normal hardcover books that would not happen because the front and back hard cover would be one entity and the binding would have been protected by the hardcover spine.
The exposed binding seems to be an imitation of some sort of Japanese aesthetic. If the book actually uses the traditional Chinese binding style for a smaller, paperback version of this book, then it would actually make some sense.
The content of the art book is pretty good. Though I wish there were also artwork related to the the mythic tales, the fighting stances, ghost weapons, artifacts, etc.. But what it does have is a very beautiful collection of pictures. You have the artwork of the Mongols, sword sets, Jin's armours/clothes (no loincloth art tho, sorry ladies), etc..
Das gute zuerst: das artbook hat eine edle Aufmachung, wunderschöne Bilder, nette Einblicke ins Storyboard und Anfänge. Aber 1 Stern muss ich doch abziehen, denn einige Bilder sind recht dunkel wo man manchmal kaum was erkennt, und beim Papier hätte ich mir glattes glänzendes gewünscht. doch trotz alldem ist es eine Empfehlung, wenn man sich in dem Game verloren hat und gern in der Welt unterwegs war ♡
The design of the book fits the overall feel of the game, the time period and the culture. The book itself has a wonderful collection of concept art of the characters, the world and I can see why the held off on releasing it because it also includes concept art for the upcoming Legends free dlc.
I realize some may have expected more or something different but for me its exactly what I was wanting. And now they have me wanting more. in future. Thank SP and publisher.
Absolutely love the care taken on packaging, the materials feel so superior and it feels like so much love has been put into creating this. Love the attention to details and appreciate the developer's work. One minus i'd point out is that despite the interior paper being of high quality itself, it's a bit unfit for the photos, as you lose some detail of the works and it makes it look a bit darker than usual. I love the feeling of the paper, but I think some carton shiny paper would've displayed the works better.