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Explore the art and adventure of the quintessential entries in the Final Fantasy saga with this gorgeous 300-plus-page hardcover. Collecting concept art, design notes, creator retrospectives, and more from Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, and Final Fantasy IX, Dark Horse's journey through the creation of the groundbreaking role-playing masterpiece continues! Dark Horse Explore the art and adventure of the quintessential entries in the Final Fantasy saga with this gorgeous 300-plus-page hardcover. Collecting concept art, design notes, creator retrospectives, and more from Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, and Final Fantasy IX, Dark Horse's journey through the creation of the groundbreaking role-playing masterpiece continues! Dark Horse and Square Enix are thrilled to present the second of three volumes that officially translate Square Enix's detailed history chronicling the creation of the Final Fantasy franchise's seventh, eighth, and ninth games. Filled with captivating art and creator commentary, Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive Volume 2 remains completely authentic to its Japanese source material with unrivaled access for a Western audience. This prestige compendium is a must-have addition for any Final Fantasy enthusiast's collection.


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Explore the art and adventure of the quintessential entries in the Final Fantasy saga with this gorgeous 300-plus-page hardcover. Collecting concept art, design notes, creator retrospectives, and more from Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, and Final Fantasy IX, Dark Horse's journey through the creation of the groundbreaking role-playing masterpiece continues! Dark Horse Explore the art and adventure of the quintessential entries in the Final Fantasy saga with this gorgeous 300-plus-page hardcover. Collecting concept art, design notes, creator retrospectives, and more from Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, and Final Fantasy IX, Dark Horse's journey through the creation of the groundbreaking role-playing masterpiece continues! Dark Horse and Square Enix are thrilled to present the second of three volumes that officially translate Square Enix's detailed history chronicling the creation of the Final Fantasy franchise's seventh, eighth, and ninth games. Filled with captivating art and creator commentary, Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive Volume 2 remains completely authentic to its Japanese source material with unrivaled access for a Western audience. This prestige compendium is a must-have addition for any Final Fantasy enthusiast's collection.

30 review for Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive Volume 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chrissy Poo

    A nice trip down memory lane, but it's exactly the type of book I was hoping it wouldn't be: pages of quotes and screenshots from the games and not much else. There's some neat concept art here and there, a page or two of early plot ideas for FF VII, but the bulk of the book consists of character descriptions, screenshots of iconic moments and 3D renderings of summons and vehicles. Nothing you couldn't find on the internet or by playing the games themselves. Disappointing considering these archi A nice trip down memory lane, but it's exactly the type of book I was hoping it wouldn't be: pages of quotes and screenshots from the games and not much else. There's some neat concept art here and there, a page or two of early plot ideas for FF VII, but the bulk of the book consists of character descriptions, screenshots of iconic moments and 3D renderings of summons and vehicles. Nothing you couldn't find on the internet or by playing the games themselves. Disappointing considering these archive books are obviously marketed toward Final Fantasy fanatics, people who've played the games dozens of times and know them inside and out, so why have so much space dedicated to plot explanations and such? It's like watching a behind the scenes documentary only to have freeze frames of the movie shown while someone tells you whats happening in the shot. The book does include some awesome artwork by Yoshitaka Amano, but it's just smaller versions of the art found in the much better "Sky" collection, a far more worthy addition to any Final Fantasy fan's collection.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Allie Luo

    Continues off of where the previous volume ends. Definitely some interesting insights into these three games, but I couldn’t help but finish wanting more, like there was something missing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    Full on five stars because I'm quite in love with Final Fantasy. Considering what day it is it's wildly appropriate. Dark Horse is on a train to take advantage of major gaming IPs and sell giant encyclopedias on certain franchises. I already fell for the Legend of Zelda tome. Don't get me wrong, I love it. It's like having the gaming manuals that are tucked into said game's disk case. Alas, even that is a time past. There's a lot of art design I have never laid eyes on before. It's both enlighte Full on five stars because I'm quite in love with Final Fantasy. Considering what day it is it's wildly appropriate. Dark Horse is on a train to take advantage of major gaming IPs and sell giant encyclopedias on certain franchises. I already fell for the Legend of Zelda tome. Don't get me wrong, I love it. It's like having the gaming manuals that are tucked into said game's disk case. Alas, even that is a time past. There's a lot of art design I have never laid eyes on before. It's both enlightening and a little mind blowing how different the franchise could be just by shifting the way a character is and looks, even down to the memorable logo. There are pages full of what-ifs when it comes to the art. Here you can find insightful looks behind the scenes, much like in a film's deleted scenes feature or a look behind the screen. It's worth noting that there is no synopsis of the story as a whole. It's very quick and displayed in scrapbook fashion. There's nothing wrong with this but I think the full benefit comes into play for a person who has completed the game or already has a lot of prior knowledge for each of these Final Fantasy series. This is a wonderful tool for revisiting Final Fantasy when one does not have all the time to play it. Sweet, dripping nostalgia accompanies every page if you are in the same boat I'm in. This right here contains the fragments of my childhood that probably shaped a lot of who I am today. It also set a standard for the gaming industry and created a magic that is likely already lost until the next generation comes around with fresh eyes for what's new. I was spellbound as a child for every opening cinematic I watched for Final Fantasy. The music lifted my heart. The story touched my soul. I've revisited playing nearly all the games, however Final Fantasy VII, VIII, and IX are the ones I grew up playing (X as well, it's simply not included in this volume). I plan on buying the first archive which has all the games before the ones listed here, you just can't beat what's in my heart which is why I skipped the second archive, haha! I can already hear my memory lulling me back to its pages. And while the fantastic music scores by Nobuo Uematsu can't be relived in a book you can bet everything that its bursting in my head. There's so much love for Final Fantasy that I hardly think I need to say much more. It's a trip down memory lane and for those of us that were there for the games it's probably more than that. Well, see ya!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Final Fantasy (2012), Square Enix in conjecture with Dark Horse had released the Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive, a three-volume set, chronicling all the main titles of Final Fantasy to date (Final Fantasy I–XIV). It has finally been translated into English with the second volume collecting the next three games in the series (Final Fantasy VII–IX). Full Disclosure: I am a tremendous aficionado of the Final Fantasy series since when it made it across th To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Final Fantasy (2012), Square Enix in conjecture with Dark Horse had released the Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive, a three-volume set, chronicling all the main titles of Final Fantasy to date (Final Fantasy I–XIV). It has finally been translated into English with the second volume collecting the next three games in the series (Final Fantasy VII–IX). Full Disclosure: I am a tremendous aficionado of the Final Fantasy series since when it made it across the shores to North America in 1990. I have been a major fan ever since and each successive Final Fantasy was an instabuy for me – it even determined which console I would buy would eventually buy so I could play the game. Therefore, this review would have that fanboy bias, but just because it is severely biased, it does not mean that the review is not true. Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive, Volume 2 is a collection of original concept art, process pieces, and notes from the original artists and designers chronicling the next three installments in such a timeless and beloved franchised. It has an overview of the plot for each series archived with useful character bios and other lore that is essential to Final Fantasy – in short, it is an excellent reference book for any Final Fantasy fanatic. All in all, Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive, Volume 2 is a beautiful tome of art, lore, and history that is the wonderful franchise of Final Fantasy and I can't wait to read the next volume.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    This wonderful collection of images, quotes, concept art, and developer retrospective's is a great collection for any Final Fantasy fan of the PlayStation era to have. The 300 plus pages are packed full of great content, and you really get the bang for your buck. However, I will say something about the breakdown, which goes something like this: FFVII: 114 pages FFVIII: 70 pages FFIX: 126 pages As you can see from the divide, Final Fantasy VIII fans (definitely including myself) may be hungering for This wonderful collection of images, quotes, concept art, and developer retrospective's is a great collection for any Final Fantasy fan of the PlayStation era to have. The 300 plus pages are packed full of great content, and you really get the bang for your buck. However, I will say something about the breakdown, which goes something like this: FFVII: 114 pages FFVIII: 70 pages FFIX: 126 pages As you can see from the divide, Final Fantasy VIII fans (definitely including myself) may be hungering for more. But for what you get, this book is great. It's really well put together, the binding holds up, pages are nice and thick, and every space feels utilized. It's hard to complain that you want more content in an art book that's already pushing over 300 pages. This book isn't so much a "lore" book as it is a beautiful trip down memory lane with a ton of wonderful art. As a long time Final Fantasy fan who owns other art books for the series, I was surprised to find there were a decent amount of images I had never seen before. Well worth the read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julieanne

    If you are a HUGE fan of the FF franchise, this book is an absolute must for your collection. This second volume includes some rare concept art as well as information not generally known in regards to how some changes were made. This gorgeous book covers VII, VIII and IX, the only three titles FF had released on the PSX (initially of the numbered I mean, VI was originally not PSX and Tactics it not a numbered title). The book is presented beautifully and could be great reference for anyone intere If you are a HUGE fan of the FF franchise, this book is an absolute must for your collection. This second volume includes some rare concept art as well as information not generally known in regards to how some changes were made. This gorgeous book covers VII, VIII and IX, the only three titles FF had released on the PSX (initially of the numbered I mean, VI was originally not PSX and Tactics it not a numbered title). The book is presented beautifully and could be great reference for anyone interested in character design or architectural designs. Each primary character has their own dedicated pages as well.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Just like the first book, this is a beautifully done work for a final fantasy fan. This volume covers final fantasies 7-9. I did not like & so I skimmed this section but the rest is the book is just as well done as the previous volume.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Steve Davala

    Very cool book. I really enjoyed seeing the original sketches of characters from FF789. A must-have for any fan of these games.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gabe

    Very cool book about a few of my favorite games in the series. I wish the design documents and concept art were full page prints though, instead of shrinking them and fitting 3-5+ on a single page.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Steve Kaylor

    Loved it! Very happy this has been translated for US audiences. Fantastic artwork, wonderful developer insights, and a stellar presentation from Dark Horse make this a great buy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cresta

    Tons of amazing backstory on final fantasy's 7, 8, and 9. A deep behind the scenes look on how these games were made and what went into the processes. Super fun if you are into this sort of thing! Tons of amazing backstory on final fantasy's 7, 8, and 9. A deep behind the scenes look on how these games were made and what went into the processes. Super fun if you are into this sort of thing!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    I just started playing IX for the first time the other day, and I hear these books have character pages and stuff, so I’m definitely interested in this.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Satine Dali

    lovely art.. recommend to fans of final fantasy, gaming, and digital art ig

  14. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    It's basically an expanded art-book. Issue is, some of the artwork is really tiny with the rewritten into English notes on them. It's basically an expanded art-book. Issue is, some of the artwork is really tiny with the rewritten into English notes on them.

  15. 5 out of 5

    M. David

    I am a huge fan of the Final Fantasy series, particularly entries 7-9. This book chronicles the story, characters and decisions made developing each of the games perfectly. It’s a fantastic read, and one I wholly recommend picking up if you’re a fan of the series looking to add some beautiful art books to your collection.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Craig Page

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Nahn

  18. 4 out of 5

    Everlys

  19. 5 out of 5

    Luke Atiyah

  20. 4 out of 5

    Liz

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gemma Suen

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kennedy Roberts

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jflow

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary-Margaret

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Maddox

  27. 4 out of 5

    Haznizzle

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ex-SOLDIER

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bill Cornelius

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bart Skroh

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