Free Bioshock artbook available for download

Written by Joe Martin

August 14, 2007 // 10:18 a.m.

Tags: #2k-daddy #adam #art #bioshock #boston #eve #irrational #raising-the-bar #rapture #rockstar #system-shock

It may be a something that Roger Ebert may disagree with, but game artbooks are becoming increasingly popular thanks to the massive influx of talented concept artists and animators into the games industry.

While Bioshock was originally planned to include an artbook in the very attractive Collectors Edition version, the plans were later scrapped and the artbook was removed in favour of a Big Daddy figurine. It was a move that not everybody was happy with, but 2K Boston has kindly triedto cater to those disappointed art-aficionados by making the official artbook downloadable from the official Bioshock website.

The book, titled Bioshock: Breaking The Mold, is available to download in both low and high resolution versions and is over sixty pages long.

Be warned though, the foreword to the book is written by Ken Levine and contains a few spoilers which may ruin the game for those who haven't played it yet.

Bioshock will be available on Xbox 360 and PC later this month though, so if you want to play the game first then you don't have much longer to wait. If you still haven't got the guts to pre-order the game then you can check out our extensive, multi-format hands-on preview or wait for the comprehensive review we'll be bringing out closer to release.

Xbox 360 owners can also get the added bonus of trying out the Xbox Live demo, though PC owners will have to settle with the online version of the launch trailer.

Are computer games an art form, how excited are you about Bioshock and which platform will you be playing it on? Drop your answers into the forum discussion.

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