Okay, but not great or "final game" worthy book
Reviewed in the United States on 6 June 2016
I'm a huge Uncharted fan & I was eagerly anticipating this game & all the fun stuff that was to come along with it...this art book included. I'm conflicted though, as Uncharted has been one of my favorite series to play & I'm almost embarrassed to say how sad I am that this series ended.
All in all, the art book for Uncharted 4 is good, though not as good as the Uncharted 2 art book, which wasn't even a hardcover but I still like better. I feel like the UC2 book provides a lot more detail & background, whereas the UC4 book feels almost like an afterthought cobbled together because they forgot the deadline or something.
The presentation is nice, hardcover, with detailed, mostly full color pages throughout. The page weight is nice too, with an almost matte texture to it, not too glossy, which is good. The beginning has a few of pages of detail & backstory on UC4, and when I say a few, I mean a few, not much was spent on the actual written pieces that went into this art book, that much is obvious. It would've been nice if they had used a larger or at least easier to read font, even better contrast between the page background & the ink color would've been great...I have pretty good eye sight, but for those who don't, the reading in this book might be challenging. You'll need your glasses & every light on in the room due to the publishers color choices for printing it. Also, the content written, was just okay, mostly from Scherr & Druckmanns POV & I'll be honest, I'm not a particularly big fan of Druckmann, UC designer or not. If I have to read one more story about UC4 that references gameplay of TLOU again, I'm going to scream. Druckmann mentions TLOU in the UC4 art book as well. I know TLOU is a huge hit Druckmann worked on & he's proud of it, I liked the game as well on play through, but the constant call backs & name dropping of it in EVERY SINGLE PIECE of UC4 press has been annoying. Even the uncharted 4 art book has it.
Do I like this book? I do, but not as much as the UC2 art book or the art of the uncharted trilogy one. It's nice, but not as comprehensive as the others. Since this is the last game, I'd have thought a little more effort would've been placed. So, I took a star off for that.
I took off another star because there was no final render at the end for Nate when he gets older in the epilogue which was a HUGE oversight in my opinion. They included Cassie & Elena, but not the main character? Since this is the final art concept book, for the final game, this base should've been covered, not skipped. Nate's the main protagonist for goodness sake, why would they leave out the final render for the main character? Especially after including a final render for EVERY OTHER version of Nate & his wardrobe choices from The Malaysia Job chapter to Scotland, The villa, I could go on & then they leave out one of the most important one? The depiction of our hero at the end?
I couldn't believe it when it wasn't there. They held off on the release of this book until game launch, because presumably, the art would give away a lot, and yes, the addition of Cassie at the end definitely would. But the concept art for Nate in the epilogue wouldn't offer many clues as to how much Nate aged, though the age of is daughter clued one in...still with no final render of Nate, you know along with the ones supplied for Cassie AND Elena, all the reader has to suppose Nates aging are some concept art. And while I appreciate their inclusion, as well as the other promo pieces at the end, I think you could've skipped a few of these & put in a page of older Nate's final render for the book. It was shocking to me that this was left out, this is the final chapter for Nate & Co. with loads of emphasis on the characters growth, closing out the series & they leave out the final render of the main character?
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