The Art of Dead Space is the latest in a line of video game art books published by Titan Books (others include The Art of Assassin's Creed 3 and Awakening: The Art of Halo 4 - see reviews of these books linked below this review). The Art of Dead Space was released on the same date that Dead Space 3 came out, February 5th.
These aren't just dinky little art books that gamers sometimes get with pre-orders of video games either. The Art of Dead Space contains 192 pages that include over 300 high-quality, full color images such as original concept art and sketches. The book includes images from the three major games as well as Extraction, Ignition, and the Salvage and Liberation graphic novels. Also speckled throughout the book is commentary from the game artists describing their thought processes when coming up with certain designs.
For example, Creative Director Ben Wanat explains that early concepts for Isaac Clarke originally had him with an assortment of energy weapons and blades. It didn't really fit with what they had in mind and eventually he was scaled back into the "everyman" that fans know from the games. Think of how much different this would have made the entire franchise had the development team gone with early designs!
The book is sorted into nine main sections (not including a foreword by Dead Space & Dead Space 2 Art Director Ian Milham or the acknowledgments at the end) with "chapters" dedicated to art to Isaac, the USG Ishimura, machinery, environments, culture, etc. By far the most interesting section is the one that focuses on Necromorphs. It is awesome to see all of the little details that went into the various types of Necromorphs from each game. Honestly, Dead Space 2's look the toughest but Dead Space 3's definitely look the scariest. Swarm Infectors are like something straight out of a horror movie.
As far as video game art books go, this has to be one of the best that I have seen. It is jam packed with beautiful content. Fans of the Dead Space franchise are going to love this book. It is currently on sale for around $21 from Amazon but there will also be a Limited Edition version at the Titan Exclusives Shopify site available in March. This will set you back $75 but comes with a glossy laminated slip-case and a signed print by game artist Patrick O'Keefe. It's also limited to just 1,000 copies.
Final Score: 5 / 5 stars
(This review was based off a review copy of the book).