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Focusing on the beautiful artwork of Guerrilla Games' Horizon Zero Dawn this is an in-depth insight into a world as dangerous as it is beautiful. The Art of Horizon Zero Dawn is the ultimate gallery of the hotly anticipated new IP from Guerrilla Games (Killzone series). It focuses on the stunning artwork used to develop the game, and includes over 300 images, sketches, and Focusing on the beautiful artwork of Guerrilla Games' Horizon Zero Dawn this is an in-depth insight into a world as dangerous as it is beautiful. The Art of Horizon Zero Dawn is the ultimate gallery of the hotly anticipated new IP from Guerrilla Games (Killzone series). It focuses on the stunning artwork used to develop the game, and includes over 300 images, sketches, and concept art, commentary throughout from the artists and creators. This is an in-depth insight into a world as beautiful as it is dangerous. Over 1000 years ago a cataclysm destroyed life as we know it, forcing humans to the brink of extinction. In our place machines rose, and nature took back our cities, until all that was left of our world was the rumours of the old ones and the ruins of a civilisation long past. The tribes of the new world live scattered, some small and humble, some as powerful as kings. If Aloy, an outcast and hunter, is to find her true place in this world she must combat the great robotic creatures of the land and uncover the mysteries of a lost civilisation.


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Focusing on the beautiful artwork of Guerrilla Games' Horizon Zero Dawn this is an in-depth insight into a world as dangerous as it is beautiful. The Art of Horizon Zero Dawn is the ultimate gallery of the hotly anticipated new IP from Guerrilla Games (Killzone series). It focuses on the stunning artwork used to develop the game, and includes over 300 images, sketches, and Focusing on the beautiful artwork of Guerrilla Games' Horizon Zero Dawn this is an in-depth insight into a world as dangerous as it is beautiful. The Art of Horizon Zero Dawn is the ultimate gallery of the hotly anticipated new IP from Guerrilla Games (Killzone series). It focuses on the stunning artwork used to develop the game, and includes over 300 images, sketches, and concept art, commentary throughout from the artists and creators. This is an in-depth insight into a world as beautiful as it is dangerous. Over 1000 years ago a cataclysm destroyed life as we know it, forcing humans to the brink of extinction. In our place machines rose, and nature took back our cities, until all that was left of our world was the rumours of the old ones and the ruins of a civilisation long past. The tribes of the new world live scattered, some small and humble, some as powerful as kings. If Aloy, an outcast and hunter, is to find her true place in this world she must combat the great robotic creatures of the land and uncover the mysteries of a lost civilisation.

30 review for The Art of Horizon Zero Dawn

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    LOVE this art book ♥ Vídeo reseña/ Video rev here: https://youtu.be/WZOcEXDl9T0 LOVE this art book ♥ Vídeo reseña/ Video rev here: https://youtu.be/WZOcEXDl9T0

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Curie

    This stunner of a book presents the artwork used to developed the video game Horizon Zero Dawn that was released for Sony's Playstation 4. I have only recently started playing this game, but have been taken in by the beautiful and thought-through open world from the beginning, which was what drew me to the art book. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic future, in which a cataclysm has destroyed the world as we know it, allowing machines to rise and nature to take pack our cities. In a world whe This stunner of a book presents the artwork used to developed the video game Horizon Zero Dawn that was released for Sony's Playstation 4. I have only recently started playing this game, but have been taken in by the beautiful and thought-through open world from the beginning, which was what drew me to the art book. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic future, in which a cataclysm has destroyed the world as we know it, allowing machines to rise and nature to take pack our cities. In a world where tribes live scattered, some small and humble, some powerful as kings we follow Aloy, an outcast and hunter, who is to find her true place in this world and uncover the mysteries of a lost civilisation. The book is a real treat and definitely one that is fun to flick through again and again! The 200 coloured pages are split into different sections in which we get to have a look at the development of each tribe that appears in the game, but also get background information on the machines, the cultist group Eclipse, the bandits and the ruins. Anyone who has had the pleasure to dive into this world will know about the diversity of the people that inhabit this world: we've got the modest living Nora, the flourishing Carja and the functional Oseram. They all have their own characters, looks, cultures, way of living. It's definitely a book that lives from its imagery, which is the point of an art book I suppose, but the short paragraphs of texts accompanying the sketches, the concept illustration and finished art works are a nice bonus and give interesting background information! I guess this book will speak to a very specific audience, but if you enjoyed Horizon Zero Dawn and its world, you'll definitely have fun with this release!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andreas

    It's been two years that I played Horizon Zero Dawn. No game before managed to draw me in like this: I just love the main protagonist Aloy, a fierce, strong woman; the puzzling setting of post-post-apocalypse with machines roaming around that Aloy has to fight with her bow; the stunning beauty of the landscapes partly around the National Parks of The Grand Circle Tour in USA; the tribal culture; and an immersive story which builds up and stays interesting until the grand finale. I can't wait to It's been two years that I played Horizon Zero Dawn. No game before managed to draw me in like this: I just love the main protagonist Aloy, a fierce, strong woman; the puzzling setting of post-post-apocalypse with machines roaming around that Aloy has to fight with her bow; the stunning beauty of the landscapes partly around the National Parks of The Grand Circle Tour in USA; the tribal culture; and an immersive story which builds up and stays interesting until the grand finale. I can't wait to play the next volume on PS5 next year. To soothe my aching heart, I've just snagged the hardcover The Art of Horizon Zero Dawn and its 193 pages of illustrations. They cover all the aspects of the game, with a special focus on Aloy and her hairstyle, the tribes, landscapes, and machines. They range from concept illustrations, to comic style, up to photo realistic drawings. Some of the most prominent moments are double sided. There is not much text in it, but the few lines on every double page bring forth the artists' intentions directly from the source. It could have provided a bit more insights into the creative process, and I'm missing details around the cultural background. In addition, I missed some important characters, and I'd loved to see some more machines. On the other side, I always can go back to the game. You want to see a few fotos? There are some on my blog.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Moon

    I love Horizon Zero Dawn. I loved the concept artwork Loish had done for Aloy before I bought the game, and I loved it when I played it, so much I pre-ordered the extra content (yes, I know this is a site about books, NOT video games). I also preordered funko's and pins and the soundtrack. And now I have the book. The book is stunning, with a lot of detail in it, a lot of artwork (which is one of my favourite parts, sometimes books that are "the Art of" don't have enough art) and it just made me I love Horizon Zero Dawn. I loved the concept artwork Loish had done for Aloy before I bought the game, and I loved it when I played it, so much I pre-ordered the extra content (yes, I know this is a site about books, NOT video games). I also preordered funko's and pins and the soundtrack. And now I have the book. The book is stunning, with a lot of detail in it, a lot of artwork (which is one of my favourite parts, sometimes books that are "the Art of" don't have enough art) and it just made me want to draw there and then. Absolutely stunning!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jacoline

    Very beautiful art book about Horizon Zero Dawn. The book contains art of and information about the tribes, locations, machines, culture, weapons & outfits. I like the fact that the book features some concept art and is not just screenshots of the game. Horizon is my favorite game and this book gave some more insight into the world. It is stunning.

  6. 5 out of 5

    christine

    Stunning just wish there was a bit more of the scenery.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Great book providing insight into the world that Guerrilla Games created although the need to withhold story spoilers holds the book back and leaves a hole with what has been left out.

  8. 4 out of 5

    LKay

    My husband gave me this art book along with a pre-order of Horizon: Forbidden West for my birthday. I’ve been wanting to fire up Horizon: Zero Dawn for a replay before the sequel releases, but just haven’t been in the mood to. Cracking open this art book did the trick, it had me itching to play and explore the world of HZD again. HZD is one of my favorite games of all time. Its storyline and graphics are unmatched. I’m constantly looking for a little bit of HZD in any sci-fi or post-apocalyptic m My husband gave me this art book along with a pre-order of Horizon: Forbidden West for my birthday. I’ve been wanting to fire up Horizon: Zero Dawn for a replay before the sequel releases, but just haven’t been in the mood to. Cracking open this art book did the trick, it had me itching to play and explore the world of HZD again. HZD is one of my favorite games of all time. Its storyline and graphics are unmatched. I’m constantly looking for a little bit of HZD in any sci-fi or post-apocalyptic media that I come across, and they rarely measure up. The art in this book is gorgeous and so detailed. I loved seeing all of the iterations of Aloy’s character that came before the girl we now know and love. The deep look into all of the tribes made me learn new things that I hadn’t realized in my playthroughs and has me appreciating the story even more. I’m super hyped to play the game!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Daniel O

    The book is definitely replete with wonderful colored images making it a wonderful book particularly for the coffee table. For me, there was a paucity of conceptual, drawings-from-the-drawingboard, type drawings which is what I'd like to see much more of in an 'art of.." book. I am personally not interested in the details of the story of the game, at least not in the art book. I'd rather read more about the processes that went into developing the finished product - the initial drawings, the ones The book is definitely replete with wonderful colored images making it a wonderful book particularly for the coffee table. For me, there was a paucity of conceptual, drawings-from-the-drawingboard, type drawings which is what I'd like to see much more of in an 'art of.." book. I am personally not interested in the details of the story of the game, at least not in the art book. I'd rather read more about the processes that went into developing the finished product - the initial drawings, the ones that were discarded and the ones that were kept and how they were modified and developed...In that regard, the 'Star Wars art of books remain my favourite. As an art hobbyist, conceptual art in particular, I collect these books for ideas, and of course the images which I enjoy copying as part of a learning experience. So I'm glad I got the book. The images are fantastic, don't get me wrong, but so many look like the finished piece. And amazing. Lovely book, great price, glad to have it in my collection, but it just seems to be another in the current trend of 'art of ' books with insufficient conceptual drawings but an abundance of the finished, 'screenshot' type images.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Horizon Zero Dawn is just one of those games that had an aesthetic that caught my eye IMMEDIATELY. The game was interesting and the world was so varied and alive and Aloy was such a witty and kind protagonist so I really enjoyed the experience. Naturally, I needed the art book. I loved seeing the differing art styles as they developed Aloy from a young girl to a young woman, and the concepts made me almost wish that some art styles had carried over so we could get that same expressiveness in the Horizon Zero Dawn is just one of those games that had an aesthetic that caught my eye IMMEDIATELY. The game was interesting and the world was so varied and alive and Aloy was such a witty and kind protagonist so I really enjoyed the experience. Naturally, I needed the art book. I loved seeing the differing art styles as they developed Aloy from a young girl to a young woman, and the concepts made me almost wish that some art styles had carried over so we could get that same expressiveness in the game! The majority of the art book is sorted into concepts and notes for developing each of the tribes and the machines, and it was beyond interesting to see the numerous concepts of character designs, environmental landscapes and sketches of tools and weapons. I was captivated by the deep insight that went into forming the history, customs and day to day items from the tribes that were thoughtfully derived from the differing environments and religion such as how the Nora symbology embodies feminine anatomy. A must have for any fan of the game!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dyslexic Bookmonster

    This book is full of beautiful art which makes me truly want to play the game. I am not kidding. True, I got the book because I already planned to play the game and wanted to immerse myself a bit beforehand. And that is exactly what this book does, it gives the reader a peek into the world of Aloy, but nothing more. It makes one curious, to make them want more. There is information given about the art and what influence it has had in the game or within the process of the making of the game world This book is full of beautiful art which makes me truly want to play the game. I am not kidding. True, I got the book because I already planned to play the game and wanted to immerse myself a bit beforehand. And that is exactly what this book does, it gives the reader a peek into the world of Aloy, but nothing more. It makes one curious, to make them want more. There is information given about the art and what influence it has had in the game or within the process of the making of the game world, without the text being annoying, obnoxious or anything else negative. All stories that are told are straight to the point and objective. I didn't give it five stars because there are still subjects I missed. Such as which influences the artists used as inspiration for both the tribes and their buildings. Or how the artists started on the basis of the machine creatures, and how they continued to better their builds.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cloak88

    Capturing the feel of the game! The world of Horizon Zero Dawn is truly beautiful. The grace of the machines and the cultural details of each tribe are a wonder to behold. As a fan of these kind of artbooks I can only commend Guerrilla on doing such a good jobs exploring and refining their concepts and making this marvel of a game. This book is a depiction of that exploration. Filled with a wide variety of art ranging from landschapes, character studies and design philosophies of the various trib Capturing the feel of the game! The world of Horizon Zero Dawn is truly beautiful. The grace of the machines and the cultural details of each tribe are a wonder to behold. As a fan of these kind of artbooks I can only commend Guerrilla on doing such a good jobs exploring and refining their concepts and making this marvel of a game. This book is a depiction of that exploration. Filled with a wide variety of art ranging from landschapes, character studies and design philosophies of the various tribes. Their mix of visual storytelling to enhance and build an intuitive understanding of the game-world was particularity interesting. An achievement in itself, but doubly so while avoiding all major plot-spoiler. Overall just a beautiful book and one of the better examples of its kind!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Camille 🥀

    This book was so freaking cool!!! Horizon Zero Dawn is one of my favorite video games, so to see the early art concepts of how everything came to be was awesome. Learning about how Aloy was created, to understanding about all of the different tribes and the parts that they play in this post-apocalyptic world, to the machines and what their purpose is, and knowing why certain designs were chosen... it was all very insightful. I also enjoyed seeing how the Old World was transformed into this new a This book was so freaking cool!!! Horizon Zero Dawn is one of my favorite video games, so to see the early art concepts of how everything came to be was awesome. Learning about how Aloy was created, to understanding about all of the different tribes and the parts that they play in this post-apocalyptic world, to the machines and what their purpose is, and knowing why certain designs were chosen... it was all very insightful. I also enjoyed seeing how the Old World was transformed into this new and different world, and the thoughts that went into every detail to make sure it was believeable. The art in this book is really mind blowingly beautiful too. A HIGH recommend for my fellow Horizon fans! 📖🏹🧡

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eivind

    A both beautiful and interesting art-book about the art in a equally beautiful and interesting game. I particularly enjoyed reading about the thought and hard work that went into the design of the matriarchal Nora tribe. Not content with having a "strong woman" protagonist, Aloy is put into a larger context where her role makes sense. The organic-inspired "robot dinosaurs" of the game are pretty awesome too, and I think both the tallneck, a giraffe-equivalent machine of gargantuan size) and the wa A both beautiful and interesting art-book about the art in a equally beautiful and interesting game. I particularly enjoyed reading about the thought and hard work that went into the design of the matriarchal Nora tribe. Not content with having a "strong woman" protagonist, Aloy is put into a larger context where her role makes sense. The organic-inspired "robot dinosaurs" of the game are pretty awesome too, and I think both the tallneck, a giraffe-equivalent machine of gargantuan size) and the watcher, a one-eyes small machine with a scout/guard role are pretty awesome.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Will Brown

    Beautiful, haunting, and mesmerizing. That's how I'd describe the world and story this game built. The official art book showcases the concept art made for the game's various characters, locations, and creatures and the goals they had when designing the world's styles and cultures. It's all stunning frankly (and that's coming from someone who hasn't actually played the game!) Its absolutely worth your time and money. Also, special sidenote: the book is entirely spoiler free!!! So if you want to Beautiful, haunting, and mesmerizing. That's how I'd describe the world and story this game built. The official art book showcases the concept art made for the game's various characters, locations, and creatures and the goals they had when designing the world's styles and cultures. It's all stunning frankly (and that's coming from someone who hasn't actually played the game!) Its absolutely worth your time and money. Also, special sidenote: the book is entirely spoiler free!!! So if you want to read this ahead of playing the game, you can do so without ruining the main plot! :D

  16. 5 out of 5

    Darren

    Anyone familiar with Horizon will know how beautiful this world is and the "Art of" shows the stunning detail and talent put into this incredible world. From the concept sketch to the final work and abandoned designs the book is filled with genuinely stunning artwork. This book could be taken and read and enjoyed even if you have never been in the world of Horizon but if you have you will be turning pages back and forth all day long pouring over the details and beauty inside. Get it and take you Anyone familiar with Horizon will know how beautiful this world is and the "Art of" shows the stunning detail and talent put into this incredible world. From the concept sketch to the final work and abandoned designs the book is filled with genuinely stunning artwork. This book could be taken and read and enjoyed even if you have never been in the world of Horizon but if you have you will be turning pages back and forth all day long pouring over the details and beauty inside. Get it and take your time reading it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katarina Ross

    This art book contains insights and spectacular graphics of the 'Horizon Zero Dawn' game. As someone who was deeply inspired by the beauty and complexity of this title, I was eager to delve into its creative evolution and support Guerilla Games. While I do wish there were more character sketches and painted scenes, the contents is breath-taking and intriguing. Anyone who's a fan of the game will appreciate this book. This art book contains insights and spectacular graphics of the 'Horizon Zero Dawn' game. As someone who was deeply inspired by the beauty and complexity of this title, I was eager to delve into its creative evolution and support Guerilla Games. While I do wish there were more character sketches and painted scenes, the contents is breath-taking and intriguing. Anyone who's a fan of the game will appreciate this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This had beautiful pictures, and sketches from the development of the game to the finished product. I liked how it showed the progression of the artist work. We not only see the art, but we get descriptions of why the style, colors, or materials were used for each character or location. This was a great look at the "making of" the game. The book does not spoil the story of Horizon Zero Dawn, although you see locations and machines, and have them named for you. This had beautiful pictures, and sketches from the development of the game to the finished product. I liked how it showed the progression of the artist work. We not only see the art, but we get descriptions of why the style, colors, or materials were used for each character or location. This was a great look at the "making of" the game. The book does not spoil the story of Horizon Zero Dawn, although you see locations and machines, and have them named for you.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    This is my absolute favorite video game, so I am probably biased in saying that the art book was gorgeous, absolutely stunning. The concept art was really neat. It was great to see the background one where the story came from, what kinds of plots, ideas, and characters didn't make it to the final cut, and especially seeing all the ideas for different machines. This is my absolute favorite video game, so I am probably biased in saying that the art book was gorgeous, absolutely stunning. The concept art was really neat. It was great to see the background one where the story came from, what kinds of plots, ideas, and characters didn't make it to the final cut, and especially seeing all the ideas for different machines.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Severind Alexander

    A lovely art book. Figured since Forbidden West is coming out later this month, I might as well revisit the game that started it all. It was nice reading about some of the concepts behind the game, and why certain things are the way they are. It's absolutely beautiful too. The concept artists at Guerilla are truly phenomenal. A lovely art book. Figured since Forbidden West is coming out later this month, I might as well revisit the game that started it all. It was nice reading about some of the concepts behind the game, and why certain things are the way they are. It's absolutely beautiful too. The concept artists at Guerilla are truly phenomenal.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Oscar

    Full of great details on how they were able to craft this immensely articulate world. It gets me so hyped for playing more of the game!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shimone Thorn

    Great analysis of the art in the video game, although I would've like it to have a discussion of whether 'Horizon Zero Dawn' is considered art and why. Great analysis of the art in the video game, although I would've like it to have a discussion of whether 'Horizon Zero Dawn' is considered art and why.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I'm obsessed with this game right now!! I'm obsessed with this game right now!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Peters

    Great art along with some wonderful insight into the foundation building for this game of the year.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Gorgeous art book with a lot of interesting bits on the thoughts that shaped the extremely varied designs of the different cultures and such.

  26. 4 out of 5

    David

    Light on the text, heavy in the artwork. I wish there was more to it, but it is pretty:)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Violet

    Some of the art is annoyingly low-res, but it still serves as a living tribute to a beautiful game.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    Absolutely stunning. A must-read for any rabid Horizon fan.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aether Ghoul

    This book expanded on lore, fleshed out how clothing and art helped build the various cultures of this world, and spent a lot of time explaining life in various corners of the world. I walked away with an even greater appreciation of one of my favorite games of the last generation!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    I've really enjoyed this book. I have already started playing the game and think it's a fantastic companion that gives more explanations to the game as a whole. Artwork is amazing as you'd expect from Paul Davies and Titan Books. I have a full review with pictures of the book which can't be posted here if you're interested. http://gamerssphere.com/the-art-of-ho... I've really enjoyed this book. I have already started playing the game and think it's a fantastic companion that gives more explanations to the game as a whole. Artwork is amazing as you'd expect from Paul Davies and Titan Books. I have a full review with pictures of the book which can't be posted here if you're interested. http://gamerssphere.com/the-art-of-ho...

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