Book Review – Halo: The Great Journey: The Art of Building Worlds
Book Title: Halo: The Great Journey: The Art of Building Worlds
Publisher: Titan Books
Author: Martin Robinson
How do you celebrate the 10th birthday of one of the most successful gaming franchises we’ve come to know and love? Release an awesome 192 page art book which contains sketches, commentary, and concept art from taken from all of the various games in that franchise. Halo: The Great Journey: The Art of Building Worlds takes fans along a journey through the Halo universe, starting from Halo: Combat Evolved all the way up through Halo: Reach. With art work from 30 different artists, The Art of Building Worlds will treat fans to over 400 stunning images of characters, weapons, vehicles, and landscapes. The images are very detailed and it’s neat to see the actual sketches of things we’ve come across countless times throughout the games.
Accompanying all of the art work are paragraphs of information, giving readers even more insight into the Halo universe. The information presented is very well written and really adds value to the already amazing artwork presented in this book. It’s also great to see the variety of artwork throughout the book. From early concepts, to sketches, to the final product, I found myself gaining a new appreciation for some of the little things that I took for granted in the games, especially the level of detail. Hardcore fans of the franchise will really enjoy the character sections. We’ve come across a lot of characters over the past 10 years, and now we get to read about them and view the beautiful sketches and concept art that started it all.
There is no doubt that the art and level of detail are amazing sites to look at, but the book offers so much that the 192 pages does feel a bit crammed. With 10 years and a handful of games to go through, there is a ton of art to go through and the contents could easily fill up a series of 2 or 3 books. But, putting everything into one book and slimming in down to only 192 pages does make it a more affordable collectors item for fans of the series, which is always a good thing!
Halo: The Great Journey: The Art of Building Worlds is truly an amazing compilation of artwork and information from the Halo universe. If you’ve played any of the Halo games and enjoyed them, I would highly recommend this book. Between the enormous amount of content, high level of detail, and dramatic full page scenes, Halo: The Great Journey: The Art of Building Worlds is packed with amazing quality and you’ll find yourself going back to it over and over. Whether you are buying this for yourself or another Halo fan in your life, Halo: The Great Journey: The Art of Building Worlds is an outstanding art book that would be a great addition to any collection.