Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Review: The Art of BioShock Infinite

Purchase The Art of BioShock Infinite here.


In The Art of BioShock Infinite, delve deeper into the city of Columbia—the fabled floating metropolis that serves as a beacon of technology and achievement for the early 1900s!

This deluxe hardcover features production designs and concept illustrations focusing on main characters Booker DeWitt, Elizabeth, and Songbird from the highly anticipated BioShock Infinite video game.

See the evolution of the Heavy Hitters, the populace of Columbia, the Sky-Hook, vigors, airships, and much more!

This deluxe hardcover also features an introduction from BioShock Infinite Creative Director Ken Levine!


I am terrible at first-person shooters.  I mean, beyond awful, shoot-my-own-foot, make-everyone-motion-sick bad.  I'm great at other games, but an FPS is just not going to happen for me.  However, I make an exception for BioShock games.  The art of the games and the intricate story lines drive me insane, to the point where I will watch hours of walkthroughs while waiting for the game to come out for Mac.

When I got the chance to read through a book entirely about the art of the most recent BioShock game, BioShock Infinite, I couldn't wait.  This book does not disappoint.  Filled with beautiful, full-page illustrations that immerse the reader completely in the world of Columbia, The Art of BioShock Infinite is perfect for any video game or graphic design nerd.  It's also incredible getting to see what baddies and other designs didn't make it into the final game; the reader can see the designers going through completely different moods for the game.  It's also interesting to see them struggle to make a game that sticks to the type of play and design we love in BioShock, but keep from making a villain that is too close to "A Big Daddy with wings."

The book is fairly spoiler-free.  You'll get names of characters and pictures of baddies you haven't encountered in the game and you'll learn a little about Elizabeth's character, but nothing you don't learn in the first hour. This is a beautiful and fascinating book that any fan of the game will love.

Until next time, happy reading!

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