Paul Davies – The Art of Thief

thiefAuthor: Paul Davies
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Titan Publishing
Genre: Art (Video Game)
ISBN 13: 9781783290970

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary: With the exceptional heritage, critical acclaim and tremendous sales of the Thief franchise, fans of the series will be delighted to add this book to their collection in anticipation of the new Thief game.The Art of Thief demonstrates the stunning concept and development art from the eagerly anticipated next-gen console game, Thief.The Art of Thief will be released day and date to coincide with the launch of the long awaited Thief game. The Art of Thief is the perfect companion for fans of the Thief franchise. The Thief videogame series has achieved tremendous sales and been praised by numerous respected media sources, such as The Washington Post, The LA Times, and The New York Times. The Thief games have often been praised for innovating the stealth genre and have accumulated a dedicated and loyal fanbase consisting of millions of people worldwide.The new Thief game will be heavily promoted as it will feature on the Xbox One and Playstation 4 consoles, which have both received international media and online attention.

Review: This book, a dark, beautifully illustrated with descriptions, scenes and important points of the video game Thief, is a keeper for collectors and superfans of the game. I am not a fan of the game (I haven’t even every played it) but I read this book as strictly an art book and I loved it. The design and planning that go into making the game are incredible and the documentation in this volume outstanding.

The “Evolution of a Thief” covers the main character, Garrett. Garrett’s main weapon is his intelligence but he has many others to choose from, faithfully documented here. The detailed description of Garrett’s costume is only two pages but also interesting.

There is commentary by the artists throughout the book much of which is probably more appreciated by fans of the game. As I read it strictly for the artwork, the commentary was interesting but didn’t make a huge difference for me. The characters are depicted with descriptions and have a definite dark feel to them, as do the scene and setting depictions.

My favorite, however, are the illustrations of the city. Dark, burning, gloomy and forboding, I loved the detail. The clock tower, in particular, is an intriguing piece.

A nice addition to a collection for fans of video games but also a decent read for those looking for the art.

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