The art in this book is divided into a few chapters but in general, the sections covers concept art for the characters, mechanics, robots and other concept designs. In short, it’s filled with character designs.
The book’s a paperback with dust jacket. The paper’s low gloss, typical of many Japanese art books.
You might remember the other art book on Metal Gear Solid by Ashley Wood. Well, this book has nothing from him and focuses solely on Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
The character designs come in a mixture of sketches, anime style and 3D renders. Brushes are used quite frequently, particularly by Yoji Shinkawa, the lead character designer, who has his own dedicated section in the middle of the book.
The 3D game models look really good. They are rendered at high resolution and have none of the polygonal look at all. It’s so good you really want to — ok, maybe not really — reach out and touch Old Snake’s silky white hair.
The designs for the robots like Metal Gear Rex are also filled with details, having multiple concept sketches and the final high resolution 3D renders.
There are not much on environment art besides Other Haven, and also no game stills.
Right towards the end are interviews (Japanese) with Yoji Shinkawa, Takayuki Yanase, Chihoko Uchiyama and Huke.
Overall a very nice video game art book for Metal Gear Solid 4, recommended for fans of the series.