I gotta be honest; as an amateur writer, I don’t feel comfortable or qualified to critique other writers. It’s just not something I want to do, frankly. So rather than tell you about the articles in terms of quality, I’m going to focus on the overall presentation of the latest “Lock-On” release from the lovely folks over at Lost In Cult. Spoilers: It’s brilliant.

With over two hundred pages of art and pieces, Lock-On Volume 3 is overflowing with content. Each article highlights a particular game or topic, and covers it just as beautifully as the artwork present with each piece. Seriously, I can’t think of another gaming book that has such a diverse and lovely mix of artwork.

To focus on one piece, I especially adored the Shenmue featured in this edition. It, like all the other pieces within, bleeds with passion and admiration for the game. I found myself smiling while reading this and many other articles in the book, which in these dark times, is increasingly rare.

The book itself is printed in a super high quality fashion. I myself received the paperback. It feels good in the hand, and looks even better. It’s clear they didn’t go cheap on any of the printing involved.

So to conclude, the latest release in the Lock-On series is utterly outstanding with its presentation and quality. If you are a lover of video games and video game history, you should definitely give this a look. It’s one of the best collections of video game love you can find.

Huge thanks to Lost in Cult for sending over of these lovely books over for review. You can snag yourself a copy over on the official shop.

Justin Ortiz

Introduced to video games when he was only five, after dying somewhere around four thousand times while playing Star Tropics, he never looked back. Some of his favorites range from titles like Shenmue and Metal Gear Solid 3 to Half-Life 2, Manhunt, and the Dark Souls series. Justin has a passion for vinyl records, and loves to collect video game memorabilia. If he had one wish, it would be to travel back to 1984 Miami.

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