The Art of Assassin’s Creed 3 – Andy McVittie Art Book

I’m a long time fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, spanning way back to the early days when the first game was little more than a beautiful, well meaning, but deeply flawed game. I also happen to have a real passion for fine art. No, not fine art in the genre sense of the phrase, but fine as in ‘that’s damn fine, son’. I can’t help it, I just like pretty things.

That’s why I was moderately excited to receive this Assassin’s Creed 3 art book. Put together by Andy McVittie, a veteran of the video games industry whom admittedly I’ve never heard of, and with a forward by AC3’s creative director Alex Hutchinson, The Art of Assassin’s Creed 3 is 141 pages of awesome paintings featuring more climbing, leaping, and stabbing than you can shake a hidden blade at.

Getting Artsy with Assassin’s Creed 3 Art Book

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Now, you may have noticed that I said moderately excited to receive this. Well, you may be surprised to hear this, but I gave away my entire book collection years ago, right around the time that the first Amazon Kindle hit the market. Since then, I haven’t looked back, and I’ve been sans paper books ever since. No, I’m more of a digital kind of guy, so owning this book was a, shall we say… leap of faith? But – for the most part – the book did not disappoint. If I had to choose to sections which I enjoyed more than any other, it would be Characters and Battle at Sea. Some of the artwork is absolutely incredible.

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Some of the sea related paintings are epic, and more than worthy of adorning my walls. If Titan Books (the publisher of this very book) are smart, then they’ll release a few posters of these scenes.

Is it Worth a Buy?

If you’re a fan of the series, have an obsession with art, or are both of the above, then I think you’ll enjoy what your money gets you. Aside from the “future scenes” artwork – which I found completely bland and uninteresting –  I found most of the pages pretty great. Would I go out and drop $18.71 USD on this myself? Well, probably not, truth be told. Though the imagery is fantastic, I would really rather just receive a .pdf with the artwork instead, but that’s just me. If paper books are your thing, you won’t be disappointed.

Lastly, I would like to thank Titan Books for graciously providing a copy for me to review. You’ve given me a look at a bunch of fantastic artwork I wouldn’t have otherwise seen, and you’ve helped me seem a lot more sophisticated to boot. This art book will be the highlight of my coffee table.

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