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The Art of Titanfall review

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Standby for The Art Of Titanfall drop commander. We may not be getting the Titanfall game anytime soon, but one thing that SA fans will have access to, is a behind the scenes tomb of Titanfall knowledge. So throw those older, tinier art books that came with your various collector’s edition out of the way, because the daddy of concept art has just dropped in.

Right from the start, the massive book just slaps you in the face with a glossy mechanised penis of art. It’s chunky, big and will most likely inflict all manner of blunt force trauma should you find yourself stuck in zombie apocalypse.

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So what do you get inside the book? Well, it’s just shy of 200 pages, but it covers a ton of development, from the early days of Respawn Entertainment, through to the final design phase. It’s filled with all manner of art. Paper and pencil, Maya, 3D sculpting and various other digital paintings adorn the pages of mechs, beasts and environments. Hell, there’s even a section dedicated to that ridiculously massive full scale Titan that appeared at E3.

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The real bonus here however, is the insight into the design process. It’s one thing to gawk at a pretty picture, but if you fancy yourself an artist, it’s even more fascinating to read what went on in the heads of the Respawn art team when they were designing the look of the game.

Make no mistake though, the Titans steal this book. They’re the key driving force behind the hype for the game, and the book spends plenty of time and pages on them, with fewer sections dedicated to the humans, and far fewer to the beasts of the game.

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Still, as a gigantic fan of our eventual robot overlords and future masters, I’m not complaining. There’s also plenty of attention lavished on the underrated and criminally underlooked aspect of art design in games, scenery. At least half of the book is focused on this, and the majority of that art is beautiful enough to warrant being framed and displayed in an art museum.

Bugger the Monets and Jackson Pollock art enemas, this is the kind of visuals that artists live to create. If you’re a fan of art books, the The ARt of Titanfall has it all. Much like it’s source material, it’s massive, shiny and the sheer weight will crack your coffee table.

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A new generation of gaming is at first, all about the visuals. And that’s something that The Art of Titanfall accomplishes in an old school medium. Whether you’re in love with the game, or you want to show off just how much effort goes into making a video game, it’s a book that gives you plenty of value for the price it asks.

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Last Updated: March 10, 2014

27 Comments

  1. I can’t help but feel that there could have been an epic SP game and story here.

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    • RinceThis

      March 10, 2014 at 12:25

      Yeah man.

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    • oVg PAYNE

      March 10, 2014 at 14:13

      Single Player? lol How do they make money and control off-line gamers. Single player is dead.

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      • General JJ the Fett

        March 11, 2014 at 07:17

        No! I will not believe that.

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    • Brian Murphy

      March 10, 2014 at 17:34

      Titanfall Sigma on PS4 will probably have it exclusively lol.

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  2. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    March 10, 2014 at 12:07

    Never really felt the hype. Felt like another COD of Duty with some robots and jumping… Meh-tinfall

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    • General JJ the Fett

      March 10, 2014 at 12:10

      Agreed

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    • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

      March 10, 2014 at 12:16

      Call of Duty of Duty? O_o

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      • General JJ the Fett

        March 10, 2014 at 12:18

        You really felt like it was your Duty to correct him on calling Call of Duty, Call of Duty of Duty? Then I shall take it as my Duty to second your Duty of correcting his Call of Duty of Duty to Call of Duty.

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 10, 2014 at 12:26

          Heh. Doody.

          Oh no it’s started!

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      • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

        March 10, 2014 at 12:18

        Yup… Was done intentionally. KOTL of the Light… RIP in peace… Bit of a running interwebz joke. Actually may only exist in DOTA2 world, but then again so much exists there that the world should never have to see.

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        • General JJ the Fett

          March 10, 2014 at 12:18

          LOL out loud.

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        • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

          March 10, 2014 at 12:19

          Lol, I blame lack of coffee 😛

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    • Brian Murphy

      March 10, 2014 at 17:36

      It looks like it could be fun, but I’m not sure about how long that would last and I just don’t think it’s right paying full-game price for MP only, sets a turrible precedent.

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    • DJ Qua dinero

      March 10, 2014 at 18:46

      Probably played it like it was cod , Far from it sir.

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  3. Sageville

    March 10, 2014 at 12:14

    NOT RELEVANT TO SA GAMERS.

    NOT INTERESTED!

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  4. RinceThis

    March 10, 2014 at 12:26

    Nice trolling on twitter with this review, well done 🙂

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  5. FoxOneZA

    March 10, 2014 at 12:28

    So the art book is available locally but the game ain’t? Did EA and Respawn check our literacy levels before releasing the book here?

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  6. FoxOneZA

    March 10, 2014 at 12:30

    #TITANOFALL

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  7. FoxOneZA

    March 10, 2014 at 12:30

    #TITANLONGDROP

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  8. RinceThis

    March 10, 2014 at 12:33

    Titanmaul 😛

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  9. Rock789

    March 10, 2014 at 12:55

    Shame man… Why keep teasing poor ol’ SA gamers with Titanfall news? They are all sad pandas right now… And understandably so.

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  10. oVg PAYNE

    March 10, 2014 at 14:12

    Any other South African want a little salt to go with that wound?

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      March 10, 2014 at 15:24

      The saltiness is salty with this one.

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  11. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    March 10, 2014 at 15:31

    So tomorrow we get inundated with the usual 10/10 reviews from the usual suspects, and then shortly thereafter…. the real reviews from the community. I am expecting a blood bath of TITANIC proportions! I’m also keen to see the sales figures for this one. Will it save the bone? Will it lift the boner to greater heights, or will it merely be a blip on the radar of Wii-U-like fail?

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    • Deano

      March 10, 2014 at 16:41

      Clearly you are hoping for a fail based on your brand loyalty reading the above line.

      How about we just wait and see how good it is and shed tears that we cant play it 🙁

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  12. Deano

    March 10, 2014 at 16:42

    World Prepares for Titanfall
    South Africa Prepare for #Titanfail

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