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Naughty Dog Studios and Dark Horse proudly present the essential companion to The Last of Us, a richly detailed and compelling game set in a postpandemic world where humans have become an endangered species. Featuring concept art, character designs, and astonishing settings and landscapes, The Art of The Last of Us provides a unique look at one of the gaming world’s most e Naughty Dog Studios and Dark Horse proudly present the essential companion to The Last of Us, a richly detailed and compelling game set in a postpandemic world where humans have become an endangered species. Featuring concept art, character designs, and astonishing settings and landscapes, The Art of The Last of Us provides a unique look at one of the gaming world’s most eagerly anticipated titles.


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Naughty Dog Studios and Dark Horse proudly present the essential companion to The Last of Us, a richly detailed and compelling game set in a postpandemic world where humans have become an endangered species. Featuring concept art, character designs, and astonishing settings and landscapes, The Art of The Last of Us provides a unique look at one of the gaming world’s most e Naughty Dog Studios and Dark Horse proudly present the essential companion to The Last of Us, a richly detailed and compelling game set in a postpandemic world where humans have become an endangered species. Featuring concept art, character designs, and astonishing settings and landscapes, The Art of The Last of Us provides a unique look at one of the gaming world’s most eagerly anticipated titles.

30 review for The Art of The Last of Us

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Although I cannot play these games (I am both terrible at playing them and also they give me migraines) it does not stop me from admiring and appreciating the art that is created from them. These books (as I think nearly all major games these days produce them) are testament to the fact that these games have production budgets similar to motion picture films. They certainly share a lot of the production values - and as result a lot of additional material is created. And so in born books like thi Although I cannot play these games (I am both terrible at playing them and also they give me migraines) it does not stop me from admiring and appreciating the art that is created from them. These books (as I think nearly all major games these days produce them) are testament to the fact that these games have production budgets similar to motion picture films. They certainly share a lot of the production values - and as result a lot of additional material is created. And so in born books like this - and I for one really appreciate them. Not only do you get to stop and appreciate part of the game you may not see (in my case ever) but also get to appreciate the work that went in to them, often in aspects you will never get to see after all like films how much material is cut before the final version. In this book you get to see a lot of iterations of the various characters - how they evolved in to what they were in the game but also the process behind how they came about (as the artists experiment with how they want to them appear and what they are trying to portray in the process) As in often the case with these books the production quality is impressive - and to me reflects the respect and care that the studios and publishers put in these games and the material that is associated with them.

  2. 5 out of 5

    César Bustíos

    Beautiful. As a software engineer I always wanted to be part of the gaming industry, although life had different plans for me. Nevertheless, my feelings towards gaming will never grow old. Hell, I'm still playing games from the 90's with my SNES emulator on Linux (I successfully finished "Breath of Fire" for the millionth time a couple of weeks ago. Don't get me started with "Chrono Trigger"). Ah, I feel so nostalgic now. I wish I had more time to play video games like I used to, I guess I'll hav Beautiful. As a software engineer I always wanted to be part of the gaming industry, although life had different plans for me. Nevertheless, my feelings towards gaming will never grow old. Hell, I'm still playing games from the 90's with my SNES emulator on Linux (I successfully finished "Breath of Fire" for the millionth time a couple of weeks ago. Don't get me started with "Chrono Trigger"). Ah, I feel so nostalgic now. I wish I had more time to play video games like I used to, I guess I'll have to wait for my kid to grow up a little more and play whatever games and consoles they have in 10 years. "The Last of Us" is one of the best games I've ever played, the story line is amazing, solid game play, the graphics are breathtaking and the setting is one of my all-time favorites: a post-apocalyptic world. No wonder why I enjoyed this little one so much, what an amazing art team!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    While I love the videogame, I find that this art book isn't for me. A lot of repetitive desings, and I would have loved more about the characters and story and less of the places which seem to be all over the book. While I love the videogame, I find that this art book isn't for me. A lot of repetitive desings, and I would have loved more about the characters and story and less of the places which seem to be all over the book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Komal

    A game of breathless beauty and devotion with artistic concepts that break all boundaries. The Last of Us was, to say the least, one of those play-throughs which ignited all wires of emotion in my mind. The visuals are the best I've seen in any game thus far. A game of breathless beauty and devotion with artistic concepts that break all boundaries. The Last of Us was, to say the least, one of those play-throughs which ignited all wires of emotion in my mind. The visuals are the best I've seen in any game thus far.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    I really enjoyed looking through the hundreds of pictures within this hardcover. Being a huge fan of the game, I was excited to gain an insight into the making of it. The book is split into sections, such as "Joel and Ellie" and "The Infected". The pages show concept art for everything in the game; including characters, environments, and weapons. Small paragraphs of text are scattered throughout the book, explaining images and providing details on why decisions were made. It took me longer to fi I really enjoyed looking through the hundreds of pictures within this hardcover. Being a huge fan of the game, I was excited to gain an insight into the making of it. The book is split into sections, such as "Joel and Ellie" and "The Infected". The pages show concept art for everything in the game; including characters, environments, and weapons. Small paragraphs of text are scattered throughout the book, explaining images and providing details on why decisions were made. It took me longer to finish this book than I thought, which is of course a good thing. If you are a fan of The Last of Us, buy this book! My copy is displayed proudly on one of my bedroom shelves.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Alirezaee

    Best game I've ever played... Best story.. and the concepts are awesome... thanks to John Sweeney, Eytan Zana, Shaddy Safadi, Maciej Kuciara, Nick Gindraux, Aaron Limonick and Hyoung Taek Nam, I had a wonderful experience through the game looking at beautiful scenes, especially the giraf scene. incredibly awesome. Best game I've ever played... Best story.. and the concepts are awesome... thanks to John Sweeney, Eytan Zana, Shaddy Safadi, Maciej Kuciara, Nick Gindraux, Aaron Limonick and Hyoung Taek Nam, I had a wonderful experience through the game looking at beautiful scenes, especially the giraf scene. incredibly awesome.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mara Gr

    3.7/5 This is one of my favorite videogames so I obviously enjoyed to read more about the making of this but I ended up wanting more...

  8. 4 out of 5

    hadeel m

    best game best art

  9. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I love The Last of Us! I like the Uncharted series more, but this game is amazing too. The storyline is great and I love the friendship between Joel and Ellie. Looking at how the game was made was absolutely fascinating. I liked seeing how the look of Joel and Ellie evolved from the beginning concept to what is actually in the game. Naughty Dog is clearly the gold standard when it comes to video games. I don’t even like zombies that much and I loved this game. (I’m also totally looking for that I love The Last of Us! I like the Uncharted series more, but this game is amazing too. The storyline is great and I love the friendship between Joel and Ellie. Looking at how the game was made was absolutely fascinating. I liked seeing how the look of Joel and Ellie evolved from the beginning concept to what is actually in the game. Naughty Dog is clearly the gold standard when it comes to video games. I don’t even like zombies that much and I loved this game. (I’m also totally looking for that Easter egg in Uncharted 3!)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Spencer

    I loved the game and this book is a brilliant showcase of the art used to develop and produce it. The artists, game designers, and all the rest who worked on The Last of Us are ridiculously talented and deserve all the praise they get, you can really tell that a lot of care and attention went in to the game. The only problem I have with the book is that I was expecting a bit more information on the development process, but otherwise this is a must for any fans of the game.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    In the plot of the game The Last Of Us, father and daughter, Joel and Ellie, are survivors travelling across a dystopian America. The book The Art Of The Last Of Us shows the incredibly rich detail that went into the atmosphere of the game and the characters encountered along the way. The game took three and a half years to complete and the hard work shows. The game is set about 20 years after cities have been left to those who have been affected by a plague, and plants are taking over urban area In the plot of the game The Last Of Us, father and daughter, Joel and Ellie, are survivors travelling across a dystopian America. The book The Art Of The Last Of Us shows the incredibly rich detail that went into the atmosphere of the game and the characters encountered along the way. The game took three and a half years to complete and the hard work shows. The game is set about 20 years after cities have been left to those who have been affected by a plague, and plants are taking over urban areas. There are safe zones that have been protected with traps, and there are environmental issues like snow. The dilapidated environments are detailed and definitely look more realistic than those on the television show The Walking Dead (who mows the lawns on that show? The zombies?!?). Care is given to the types of clothing and gear that survivors would gravitate towards, and the evolution of design for the main characters is shown. The plague victims are shown and they are scary, with fungus growing and bursting out from their once human frames. The book begins with an introduction by Game Director Bruce Straley and Creative Director Neil Druckmann. Computer games have reached an immersive level of detail and storytelling. Many times more immersive than major motion pictures. Based on the art in this book, this game looks amazing and terrifying.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)

    Originally reviewed @Blood,Sweat and Books The Last of Us is a game unlike any other. In fact at this moment I'm even calling it my favorite game this year. The Last of Us combines a richly detailed world with a strong plot, likable characters and just enough Horror to create something unique, scary and beautiful all at the same time. When I saw The Art of The Last of Us on Netgalley I knew I needed read it. Well let me tell you, I devoured this book in one sitting. From conception to screen the d Originally reviewed @Blood,Sweat and Books The Last of Us is a game unlike any other. In fact at this moment I'm even calling it my favorite game this year. The Last of Us combines a richly detailed world with a strong plot, likable characters and just enough Horror to create something unique, scary and beautiful all at the same time. When I saw The Art of The Last of Us on Netgalley I knew I needed read it. Well let me tell you, I devoured this book in one sitting. From conception to screen the detail that went into The Last of Us is truly amazing. I loved seeing the evolution of not just the world but the characters as well. I even learned a few facts along the way that in all my Googling I didn't know. So just a heads up if you haven't played the game yet you might want to do so before reading. If you loved The Last of Us and want to learn more about Joel, Ellie and the world then I highly suggest picking up this book. If you haven't checked out this game yet I highly recommend doing so as well. Naughty Dog created something special with this one and I tip my hat to them for that. With that being said, I will be rating The Art of The Last of Us ★★★★★.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    There is some great art in this book, and it only makes me more excited for the game - which I've managed to log about 40 minutes in - but it also has a lot of MAJOR SPOILERS for the game. Check out my full review - with Pictures and Art on my blog or booklikes There is some great art in this book, and it only makes me more excited for the game - which I've managed to log about 40 minutes in - but it also has a lot of MAJOR SPOILERS for the game. Check out my full review - with Pictures and Art on my blog or booklikes

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michael Alexander

    Not sure how much really needs to be said about this. The game was one of the best I've played, and this book is an extension of it. It's mainly filled with concept art that includes notes from the designers. There's also quite a few double page spreads that are just a joy to gawk at. I got my copy with the Survival Edition of the game, but the book is available separately as well. Highly recommended. Not sure how much really needs to be said about this. The game was one of the best I've played, and this book is an extension of it. It's mainly filled with concept art that includes notes from the designers. There's also quite a few double page spreads that are just a joy to gawk at. I got my copy with the Survival Edition of the game, but the book is available separately as well. Highly recommended.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gavin Yee

    For an artbook is pretty good but it falls under the .. almost everything is online... issue.. and they don't really show you anything interesting and the comments on there don't explain to much For an artbook is pretty good but it falls under the .. almost everything is online... issue.. and they don't really show you anything interesting and the comments on there don't explain to much

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Weems

    What a magnificent book to accompany such a masterpiece of a video game! I absolutely LOVED getting behind-the-scenes looks at how Naughty Dog and its team created “The Last of Us”. Getting to dive into how they developed the characters, landscapes, the infected, and much more was so incredible. I particularly loved how we got to see how they went through several adaptations of each character before coming to the ultimate look. I also THOROUGHLY loved seeing how they developed the infected...tha What a magnificent book to accompany such a masterpiece of a video game! I absolutely LOVED getting behind-the-scenes looks at how Naughty Dog and its team created “The Last of Us”. Getting to dive into how they developed the characters, landscapes, the infected, and much more was so incredible. I particularly loved how we got to see how they went through several adaptations of each character before coming to the ultimate look. I also THOROUGHLY loved seeing how they developed the infected...that was terrifying and sooo cool at the same time! If you love “The Last of Us”, this book is 100% worth buying. The artwork, inside looks at how ND created this intense world, and the extra info you get about each character is so rewarding. I’m already re-reading it and flipping to my favourite parts, and I feel like I’ll be doing it for a while. I also know I’ll be doing the same with Part II’s art book. Endure and survive!

  17. 4 out of 5

    connie

    I've been fascinated with post apocalyptic works for as long as I can remember, especially zombie and virus stories, so this game was a dream come true for me when I discovered it when I was around 14 years old. This art book is incredible. It shows character designs and concepts, the process that goes into selecting the final design; it looks a lot at the world and the decisions they made in what they included in scenes from marketing to lighting and greenery. Looking at all of the thought and I've been fascinated with post apocalyptic works for as long as I can remember, especially zombie and virus stories, so this game was a dream come true for me when I discovered it when I was around 14 years old. This art book is incredible. It shows character designs and concepts, the process that goes into selecting the final design; it looks a lot at the world and the decisions they made in what they included in scenes from marketing to lighting and greenery. Looking at all of the thought and care that went into designing the clickers? I swooned. Really, I spent 2 hours swooning as I savoured each page. So thankful to my best friend for buying this for me for Christmas.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    I have read through this multiple times. As I hame an umpteenth run through of the game, I thought it would be great to have another gander through the Art and making of the game. The down side of art book are that they don't really go into true depth of the development of the game. However, it is great to see the directions of which the characters were designed. I am also very thankful that we didn't get some of the more creepy and weird infected that were featured in this book. I have read through this multiple times. As I hame an umpteenth run through of the game, I thought it would be great to have another gander through the Art and making of the game. The down side of art book are that they don't really go into true depth of the development of the game. However, it is great to see the directions of which the characters were designed. I am also very thankful that we didn't get some of the more creepy and weird infected that were featured in this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Teagan (IZAKS)

    I honestly loved looking at the art in this book, the process of creating the scenery, the storyline, and the characters. The beginning and the end product and the journey between those two points. All points are absolutely stunning and I am soooo glad I bought this book. Really good for those who want to learn more about graphics game design while learning the history of this amazing game!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicky

    I already knew a lot about this game because I'm obsessed, but I was surprised to learn some new information. All the art is stunning and makes me feel quite nostalgic about the game since I played it first when I was 14 or 15 years old. This also makes me really excited about the second game. I already knew a lot about this game because I'm obsessed, but I was surprised to learn some new information. All the art is stunning and makes me feel quite nostalgic about the game since I played it first when I was 14 or 15 years old. This also makes me really excited about the second game.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nilla Tama

    Let me say this first. I love this game, and its art. Nevertheless or because of that, this art book, at least its kindle edition, was bad. The resolutions of its arts were really bad and there were very little explanation of them. I believe they could do much better than this.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rahul

    Quite a journey this book is. The complexity and technicality the designers has used to create the world is amazing and educational. Helped you realise the limitless nature of the imagination.

  23. 5 out of 5

    jo

    Listen I just really love this game and really love concept art.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Persephonie

    A gorgeous look at the concept art that made up a genre defining game. High quality to be sure, I just wish there was more commentary from the creators to accompany the glossy images.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    i read every word so i thought it could count...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Niki Rowland

    Beautiful.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joseed2410 InG

    The game is a work of art.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    Awesome really cool art although concept art is really much about doing things quick so it has a lot of models in copy paste mode cool tough

  29. 4 out of 5

    Giridharan Karunagaran

    You played the game three times already. You've watched all the youtube interviews and the Making Of documentary (twice). You yearn for more of The Last of Us. You finally get your hands on this book. It takes you back to your early childhood when you curled up in bed looking at each picture in your picture book for an eternity, soaking in the colours and details, transporting yourself to another realm. That's this artbook. You played the game three times already. You've watched all the youtube interviews and the Making Of documentary (twice). You yearn for more of The Last of Us. You finally get your hands on this book. It takes you back to your early childhood when you curled up in bed looking at each picture in your picture book for an eternity, soaking in the colours and details, transporting yourself to another realm. That's this artbook.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Janus the Erudite Artist

    The Last of Us has been the talk of the gaming world ever since the news came out of its upcoming release. In spite of the delay, players who have played and/or finished the game have then since raved about it. Other than trying out the demo version, I haven’t played The Last of Us video game yet. I know. How dare I, right? In my defense, I am working in a company that involves game designing. Contrary to what other people think, being in the gaming industry (or in my case – game-ish), you don’t The Last of Us has been the talk of the gaming world ever since the news came out of its upcoming release. In spite of the delay, players who have played and/or finished the game have then since raved about it. Other than trying out the demo version, I haven’t played The Last of Us video game yet. I know. How dare I, right? In my defense, I am working in a company that involves game designing. Contrary to what other people think, being in the gaming industry (or in my case – game-ish), you don’t get to play video games all day. In fact, you even end up rarely playing or not playing at all. Unless you’re a reviewer, critic or tester, then that’s beside the point. Since I mentioned about my job, research and inspiration comes with the territory. When I stumbled upon an advance copy of The Art of The Last of Us on Netgalley... This is the part where we say the rest is history, but I need to elaborate. I was thrilled to be granted access to view this before it got published. Oh, the joy of flipping through this book! Not only is it fascinating to see a glimpse of the story (thank you for the not-so-much-spoiler-ish way of detailing the course of the story, by the way) and how the game came about, seeing how each character’s defining growth and creation was something I genuinely appreciated. I love that several intricate details were given out to attest to fans and readers. I’m not much of a freehand artist, but I was grovelling over the concept art of the environment the artists and designers of this game created through the course of Joel and Ellie’s journey. It’s always definite for me to know the history behind something I am interested in. This book was not only inspiring for an artist/designer; it also enthrals the curious reader in me. After reading The Art of The Last of Us, and in spite of being a wimp and being jumpy over horror/suspense games, books and/or movies, I’m anticipating my chance to play the video game. There is a lot said there coming from someone who ruined her brother’s controller by “accidentally” dropping and throwing it countless times while playing Resident Evil every time a zombie or whatever infested creature jumps out (PS1 days). That person was not me. I swear. Okay, I’m lying. It was me. *Thank you, Diamond Book Distributors, Naughty Dog Studios, Dark Horse Comics and NetGalley for the copy of The Art of the Last of Us. For more of my reviews, please visit my blog: The Blair Book Project @ www.theblairbookproject.blogspot.com

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