The Gears of War series is one of the most beloved franchises among video gamers. The series takes place on a distant planet in the future torn apart by war. This third-person shooter is one of the most popular Xbox 360 exclusives, which shows in its huge fanbase. But what many people don’t consider is that behind the gargantuan space marines with machine guns lies a collection of art worthy of a gallery.

Following a trend of video game artbooks, Ballistic published The Art of Gears of War 3. The book features character design sheets, concept art, environment shots and more. Believe it or not, video games take a lot of creativity and hard work to make the world you play in so amazing and immersive. It took a whole team of artists to create the game you love so much.

This book is pretty hefty with 320 pages of art from the game. The pictures featured in the book are so good that whether you’re a gamer or art enthusiast you will be begging for more by time you finish looking at the art collection.   This isn’t the first time Ballistic has had the genius idea to publish a book of this kind. they have also published books for games such as Oddworld and the beautiful Uncharted. These kinds of books are wonderful companions to their games. They give you the opportunity to appreciate the craftsmanship and creativity that goes into designing these games by allowing you to take a step back and open your eyes. You can even appreciate the beauty in a grey and gritty world full of dirt and Locust Hordes. Anything that can achieve that is definitely worth taking a look at.

There are even pages dedicated to weapons within the game. You can really see the complexities within these weapons. And that is just looking at static images of them. Just think how much work must have gone into creating three dimensional versions of these in game, complete with moving parts. This isn’t something that usually comes to mind when you’re playing, so it’s nice to get a chance to love the game from a different perspective. If you want to view your Gears of War 3 from a different angle, then this art book is just the thing you need to do the trick.

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