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When Halo® hit the shelves with the launch of the Xbox® in 2001, it was an immediate sensation. This action-packed science fiction—military combat game, set on a distant, war-torn, artificial planet, became an instant triumph with gamers–and scored numerous awards for its innovations, irresistibility, and sheer thrills. The Art of Halo is a showcase of its stunning visual When Halo® hit the shelves with the launch of the Xbox® in 2001, it was an immediate sensation. This action-packed science fiction—military combat game, set on a distant, war-torn, artificial planet, became an instant triumph with gamers–and scored numerous awards for its innovations, irresistibility, and sheer thrills. The Art of Halo is a showcase of its stunning visual style, a fascinating guided tour through the making of the phenomenon–from bright idea to brilliant result–and a testament to the creativity of the artists at Bungie Studios. • Meet the brains behind Bungie, the birthplace of Halo • Feast your eyes on a panorama of all-new artwork from its spectacular sequel Halo 2–one of the most eagerly-awaited games of 2004 • Discover the art of game design from the inside out, in interviews with–and illustrations by–the Halo creative team • Learn the secrets of designing gear from the artists themselves • Follow the construction of a crucial sequence from storyboard to completion, along with pages from the actual script • Thrill to a gallery of glorious Halo artwork, including action figure designs, game packaging, cartoon strips, posters, T-shirts, and more It’s all here–the story behind the sensation that GamePro declares “above and beyond what console gamers have come to expect”–in one virtuoso volume!


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When Halo® hit the shelves with the launch of the Xbox® in 2001, it was an immediate sensation. This action-packed science fiction—military combat game, set on a distant, war-torn, artificial planet, became an instant triumph with gamers–and scored numerous awards for its innovations, irresistibility, and sheer thrills. The Art of Halo is a showcase of its stunning visual When Halo® hit the shelves with the launch of the Xbox® in 2001, it was an immediate sensation. This action-packed science fiction—military combat game, set on a distant, war-torn, artificial planet, became an instant triumph with gamers–and scored numerous awards for its innovations, irresistibility, and sheer thrills. The Art of Halo is a showcase of its stunning visual style, a fascinating guided tour through the making of the phenomenon–from bright idea to brilliant result–and a testament to the creativity of the artists at Bungie Studios. • Meet the brains behind Bungie, the birthplace of Halo • Feast your eyes on a panorama of all-new artwork from its spectacular sequel Halo 2–one of the most eagerly-awaited games of 2004 • Discover the art of game design from the inside out, in interviews with–and illustrations by–the Halo creative team • Learn the secrets of designing gear from the artists themselves • Follow the construction of a crucial sequence from storyboard to completion, along with pages from the actual script • Thrill to a gallery of glorious Halo artwork, including action figure designs, game packaging, cartoon strips, posters, T-shirts, and more It’s all here–the story behind the sensation that GamePro declares “above and beyond what console gamers have come to expect”–in one virtuoso volume!

30 review for The Art of Halo

  1. 4 out of 5

    TempOcean

    This book is awesome! It explains everything up to the end of Halo 2, plus gives tons of pictures and descriptions of characters and stuff in the game.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dylan Fuller

    Wow the author and bungie put there hearts into this book to reach out to fans:)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Braden

    Like a Halo Field Guide one word- AMAZING !!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures at parkablogs.com) The Art of Halo is an art book that collects the concepts and designs of the immensely popular game. The main bulk of art are on characters and enemies, followed by the environment. Weapons and vehicles have a smaller portion. There are sketches, painted illustrations as well as a lot of screenshots. The problem with the screenshots is some of them aren't in high resolution, so some pixelation on the images can be seen. Not really a big concern anyway. The text (More pictures at parkablogs.com) The Art of Halo is an art book that collects the concepts and designs of the immensely popular game. The main bulk of art are on characters and enemies, followed by the environment. Weapons and vehicles have a smaller portion. There are sketches, painted illustrations as well as a lot of screenshots. The problem with the screenshots is some of them aren't in high resolution, so some pixelation on the images can be seen. Not really a big concern anyway. The text provided talks about inspiration, research, characters, sets in the game and things that happen behind the scenes during production. Captions are also provided for most of the art and credits are included. It's interesting to read all about the weapons and learn how they are suppose to work. Right at the back, the crew also talks about cinematics, audio and even animation for the cut scenes. This book is recommended to video game artists and Halo fans.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Bulthaupt

    The Art of Halo covers the development of the first two Halo games from a creative and artistic perspective. It focuses on the characters, environments, weapons, and vehicles as well as the storytelling and cinematics and even the music. It seems pretty comprehensive and offers a good look behind the scenes of the two games. All of the artwork is of course amazing, from concept sketches to design ideas to early renders and finally to in-game assets. There's so much content crammed in the pages it The Art of Halo covers the development of the first two Halo games from a creative and artistic perspective. It focuses on the characters, environments, weapons, and vehicles as well as the storytelling and cinematics and even the music. It seems pretty comprehensive and offers a good look behind the scenes of the two games. All of the artwork is of course amazing, from concept sketches to design ideas to early renders and finally to in-game assets. There's so much content crammed in the pages it's almost absurd. The text compliments the art well and doesn't get in the way. There's lots of commentary from Bungie employees and contract artists that give insight into the work that went into designing the look and feel of the Halo universe. You definitely learn a lot about the games. Overall, I'd definitely recommend this for fans of the games who appreciate all the assets Bungie was able to fit onto the disc that resulted in some great-looking games.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Krissys

    Ohh the epicness of John aka Master Chief.... A fantastic book for all Halo fans. The Art of Halo gives background goodies on the creation of the first two Halo games and its development. Ohh the epicness of John aka Master Chief.... A fantastic book for all Halo fans. The Art of Halo gives background goodies on the creation of the first two Halo games and its development.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Asher Riley

    An inspiring, beautifully illustrated, as well as, informative book on the making of halo that I found to be a joy to read and look at. A must own for concept art lovers and Halo fans alike.

  8. 4 out of 5

    recon falcon

    IT WAS ABSOLUTELY EPICNESS PLUS I LIKE FOOD

  9. 4 out of 5

    Babs

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  10. 4 out of 5

    Reed

    I think that this book felt like playing it on X-box 360

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