Halo 4 excels on many fronts, but perhaps 343's art teams probably deserve the most enthusiastic back-slaps. Charged with creating a world that's as hauntingly alien and pregnant with mystery as the original Halo installation, they've spared no effort, and the results can be appreciated in Awakening: The Art of Halo 4, a mighty tome of concept art that's on shelves right this very moment.
The book delves into the visual prehistory of the characters, weapons, vehicles, and environments, and costs £29.99 (or £15 if you shop around). We've got hold of three exclusive images to demonstrate its greatness. Have a look. If you're more of a fan of the chunky, reverb-heavy audio component than the visuals, here's a feature on the making of the Halo 4 soundtrack.