Ys: The Art Book (Anglais) Broché – 8 avril 2014
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La qualité des images est excellente, et tout y est, en passant par les nombreuses versions de Ys I et II jusqu'à Celceta.
Un vrai régal pour les fans de la série!
Les couleurs sont un peu ternes avec un choix de papier un peu cartonné un peu bizarre...
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The original book is the Japanese edition イース THEアートブック released in 2013, and this English edition is from Udon.
There are lots to see considering that they packed artworks from the first game that released in 1987 to the latest one in 2012 which is Ys: Memories of Celceta.
Below's the full list of games included and it seems they left out Ys IV.
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys
Ys V: Ushinawareta Suna no Miyako Kefin
Ys II: Eternal
Ys I & II Complete
Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim
Ys: The Oath in Felghana
Ys I & II Chronicles
Ys vs. Sora no Kiseki Alternative Saga
Ys: Memories of Celcetra
It's quite interesting to see the evolution of the game art over a period of two decades. They started out with traditional media art, then moved into digital painting, and the most recent ones have more anime style colouring.
In essence, it's a character design book. It feels like there are over a hundred characters. Miscellaneous art such as locations, props are few. Illustrations are wonderful. There are standalone character art, splash pages and some story scenes.
There aren't any commentary except for notes beside some artworks. Since the games are from so long ago, and there aren't any game summaries, you probably have to go to Wikipedia to get your memories refreshed.
Overall, it's a fantastic collection recommended to all Ys fans.
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
This is one of the best art books I have ever purchased. It is thick, full of content, and pays homage to a wonderful series that deserves more recognition on the west for its contributions to gaming.
The Good: The art in this book is done very well. You can tell how it has changed over the years and it all looks great. It's fun to look over the images of the games I've played in the past and definitely makes me want to do it again.
The Bad: I'm not happy with the order of the book. I wish they started with oldest to newest. I don't care about the timeline of the games which by the way I hate when writers go back to a time before their first game or movie but I won't stress over it much. 2 more criticisms I have. Where the heck is the 4th game? I would really like an explanation and I wish there was more explanation about each game, just something written by the artists and the creators of the games in the back of the book would have been nice.
Conclusion: Despite my criticisms I am still very happy with the book. It is definitely a must buy for the fans or really anyone. Good way to get someone who never played a game. I wish there were more materials out there but I will take what I can get. I even bought the The Ark of Napishtim guide by Bradygames a year ago just because it's an awesome game. It even had some art work in the back.