Review: The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order

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“Bethesda and Machine Games offer up the secrets behind Wolfenstein: The New Order, a game set in a post-WWII world where the Nazis have won and only you can rewrite history. Featuring concept art, character designs, and astonishing settings, landscapes, and technology, this book provides a unique look at one of the gaming industry’s most intriguing games.”

THE ART

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(Der Mond!)

This is a huge book, but I’m gonna keep my review of it pretty simple. The Art of Wolfenstein is just over 200 pages and is divided up mostly by concept art for each level (or chapter) in the game. Having just completed the game only early yesterday, I still have the game fresh in my mind. That made it especially neat to read all of the insight from the creators of the game and to see how a visually stunning game like The New Order developed artistically.

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(She’s so creepy.)

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(Max Hass!)

There is a bit of look into how the characters were developed, but maybe not quite as much as I’m used to in these art books. It seems to be more environment-heavy. I suppose a lot of these characters only needed to be updated from previous models, though. Being a newbie to the series, I keep forgetting that this isn’t a reboot, it’s a sequel. That being said, there’s still all kinds of concept art to enjoy in this book.

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(Poor German Shepherds…)

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THE BOTTOM LINE

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Like I said, this review is going to be pretty short and sweet. I don’t have a lot to say about it, but I would definitely recommend The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order to any big fan of the Wolfenstein series who has played or will be playing The New Order. The price is a little steep if you only have a passing fancy, but should definitely be worth it if you meet that criteria. I specifically mention that you should have already played the game when reading it, because of possible spoilers for the game. Not only that, but you’ll get a lot more out of it if you have played the game. The bottom line is that this is an awesome art book for the big Wolfenstein fans out there!

THE RHODES RATING: 90/100

Buy Your Copy Here: http://www.darkhorse.com/Books/24-689/The-Art-of-Wolfenstein-The-New-Order-HC

Also, be sure to check out my review of the actual game, Wolfenstein: The New Order, here: http://stephenwrhodes.com/2014/06/10/review-wolfenstein-the-new-order-ps4-2/

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