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Awakening: The Art of Halo 4 Review

We delve into the incredible depths of Titan Books' Awakening: Art of Halo 4 featuring a myriad of concept art masterpieces that helped shape Halo 4.

Awakening: The Art of Halo 4 is a collection of amazing, spellbinding artwork that dazzles any fan of concept art, and is an extra special treat for Halo fans everywhere. The paintings and sketches that are contained throughout this book are masterpieces in their own right, and are directly responsible for building the dynamic, sci-fi world of Halo 4 as we know it.

Seeing the game take shape and how every artist influences the structure of the game is an eye-opening experience: as you flip through the glossy pages of Awakening, you can see direct paralells from each and every picture to everything from in-game environments to characters in Halo 4.

Awakening: The Art of Halo 4 in essence chronicles the visual construction of the game. From the early concept art to the finalized and finished pieces, readers can see the dramatic change and how every nuance of every painting affected and is mirrored in actual gameplay.

With Awakening, Titan Books brings one of the most incredible collections of Halo-themed concept art and paintings available today. Every single piece is breathtaking and of such high quality–many of them were quite astounding in their professionalism that I had trouble making sense of how someone could be that good of an artist.

Written by Paul Davies, this book features 191 pages of stunning visual masterpieces from some of 343i's most accomplished artists including Sparth, Robogabo, Kenneth Scott, John Liberto, Thomas Scholes, and many more. Artwork for every campaign level as well as rare pre-production concept art and sketches are captilized within this collection, giving a remarkable look into the foundation of Halo 4.

From the first page to the last, Awakening captivates and inspires a deep yearning withing every fan of Halo, inticing your curiosity and sparking your imagination for everything to do with far-away worlds and ancient alien architecture.

Split into five sections, Awakening focuses on everything from Halo 4's myriad of environments to the geometric planes of Forerunner architecture, with everything in between like the UNSC Infinity, the Forerunner planet of Requiem, War Games multiplayer maps, and even Master Chief, Cortana, and every piece of customizable Spartan IV armor in the game.

This book is a perfect gift for any Halo fan and truly brings with it one of the most stunning representations of awe-inspiring artwork that I have seen in a long time, and it truly encapsulates the authentic science-fiction mystique that has surrounded the Halo franchise for more than a decade.

Awakening is more than a book: it's a gateway into the soul of Halo 4, a direct portal that shows how every visual puzzle piece was put into place to create one of the most eye-catching and stunningly beautiful games of our era.

Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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