The Art of Assassin's Creed III by Andy McVittie is an art book published by Titan Books that was released at the same time as the game. The book contains 144 pages of absolutely beautiful artwork that really helps you to appreciate the detail put into the game's characters and environment.
Graphics have progressed to a point of realism in video games today that oftentimes players just take them for granted. Art books like this one allow true fans to stop and really soak in the atmosphere of the game's unique universe through imagery.
The book consists of mostly drawn images rather than just game renders which makes it all the more impressive and a lot more artistic. The best section is chapter two which contains artwork of characters, showing you fine details that you otherwise might not even notice from just playing the game. This section, and the one immediately following it called "Forest and Frontier," really bring Assassin's Creed III to life.
If there is one complaint to be had about the book it is that many of the captions are done in too light of a font. Some are written in black, which is fine, but others are written in a light silver for some reason. This color does not really blend well with the white background on the pages and makes the text hard to read. The captions tend to provide a lot of insightful information about the game, such as the challenges the art team faced when creating a mix-raced hero such as Connor or why so many of the game's present day scenes take place at night. Luckily these parts were written in black so I could read them!
This doesn't really take away from the focal point of the book which is the art itself and The Art of Assassin's Creed III is definitely a must-buy for any fan of the series. Whether you have already beaten ACIII or have yet to play it, you'll be able to get lost in the amazing artwork in this book for hours. It is currently available in hardcover only for $19.99 at Amazon.
There is also a Limited Edition (500 copies) available for $75 which has a glossy laminated slip-case and comes with two signed prints by the artists The Chinh Ngo and Gilles Beloeil at the Titan Exclusives Shopify site.
Final Score: 4 / 5 stars
(This review was based off a review copy of the book).