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Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Signature Series Guide (Bradygames Signature Guides) [Paperback]

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16 Jun 2008 Bradygames Signature Guides
Let the battle commence! Enter the legendary world of Final Fantasy VII

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Brady Games (16 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744010241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744010244
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a few problems 8 Aug 2008
This is a good walkthrough with plenty of good advice and help, but some of that advice is difficult to actually implement.
The biggest example that i can thank of is it recomends costly punch, a very powerful attack materia that doesn't use AP.
The problem is that after an excess of 70 hour play time and a 95% mission completion rate, i have not unlocked this materia, and according to the guide, i'm not quite there yet, as i need to complete 5 more (very hard) missions that, according to the guide i need costly punch for. (i find goblin punch works instead)

The up side is that the maps are accurate, as i have come to expect from brady games guides. The bestiary is good, as The game uses monsters that look the same, but aren't quite.

The secrets section is really very good, but is quite small. Still very useful if you are chasing the Genji equipment.

The materia fusion guide is not good to begin with, but once you get your head around the basics, it rapidly becomes extremly good.

Overall a useful guide, but the advice seems to take advantage of new game+ at times. Get it for the advice and hints to beat the monsters that are hard to kill.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Over all happy 5 Oct 2013
The book came in good time & well packaged but there was one page that was torn out & put back in place. For what I payed I can not complain & I have mended the page. So over all shocked at first but happy
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb guide 10 Sep 2010
Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core - Special Edition (PSP) is a prequel to the Final Fantasy 7 video game and it covers the story of Zack Fair, Cloud Strife and Sephiroth and the reasons for their actions in FF7.

This guide provides assistance to anyone who is stuck or wants to go back and cover areas where they had problems when they completely the game. That is why I bought it. I had struggled with some of the battles but after a number of restarts I made it to the end. I had not found all the materia, potions, treasures, etc. I needed help finding these missing items, so I decided to give this game guide a chance.

The book is spectacular it is in full colour, on a glossy paper with some of the most beautiful illustrations I have ever seen in a game guide.

It opens with a Character Guide, giving not only a summary of the character but its link to the Final Fantasy VII Platinum game and the DVD film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]. There are also screen shots demonstrating the characters key moments in the story.

This is followed by a "Game System" guide. The "Game System" guide covers things from the Core Concept of the story, through the game controls; how to read your character's health stats and a Key to the abbreviations; as well as limit skills to name but a few.

The walkthrough is more of a guide to what to do and where to go, and includes a guide to the boss fight(s) for that level. It opens with a summary, including quotes and screen shots.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Toughest FF game 29 Jun 2010
This is probably the toughest Final Fantasy game I've played so far. Even following the guide book, this game is easy for the 1st two 3rds of the game, but then the difficulty jumps from easy to nearly impossible. I'm only a casual gamer, but this was rediculous. Other than that, a great game.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Companion 26 Mar 2008
By S. Rhodes - Published on
When it comes to crafting Final Fantasy guides, Bradygames has a shaky history. They have a few hits but also a few misses. Luckily, the Crisis Core guide doesn't miss. It still suffers from some of the follies of previous guides, but at least its a helpful tool in many respects.

The guide begins with an introduction to the storyline and then quickly jumps into the characters section. This brings us to the first and quite possibly only major problem with the guide, there are tons of spoilers almost from the moment you open it. The characters section explains more than it should about some characters. While it's nice that it refreshes your mind on some tidbits of Final Fantasy VII, it also gives away a bit to the plot of Crisis Core. There's nothing major here, at least.

After the characters section we get into the game basics. If you're confused on anything in Crisis Core, this guide does a great job of explaining and helping to understand the system of the game and it does it without wasting too much time. It's a well organized section that hits all the important points. On another note, the biggest attraction in this section is easily the coverage of DMW. If you're confused in anyway about this new unique system, the guide explains it very well.

Afterwards we get into the meat and potatoes of the guide. The walkthrough. This is where the guide has that major hit coming to it. If you don't like spoilers, this guide is full of them. The walkthrough is divided into chapters, and at the beginning of each chapter the guide feels the need to explain the situation. While it avoids spoiling a few major plot twists, it takes away some of the fun. There are also spoilers throughout the main text of the walkthrough. So far, there's nothing incredibly major, but there is enough to spoil some of the fun of the game.

Otherwise, the walkthrough is almost perfect. At the beginning of each chapter they give you a step by step run down of what it is you'll be doing throughout the chapter and then explain it in more detail throughout the main sections. The walkthrough is extremely organized and has maps to go along with it. The maps are too detailed. They were pulled straight from the game itself, but they do point out the location of items, save points etc. They also have some fairly good boss strategies listed here. In short, if you really need a leg up, the walkthrough helps out.

When the walkthrough is finally done with, there is a huge section dedicated to the missions in the game. Each mission has stats for the enemies, a brief description, a map and a strategy. Since missions are fairly small and straightforward, there's not much to say here, hence, the mission strategies are pretty short and small, save for the strategy for Minerva. While the mission section is helpful, there's quite a bit of page flipping in navigating it

Then we get into the Materia section. There's a breakdown of Materia fusing here, which can really help players out, and there's also a breakdown of each and every Materia. This is also a nice lead into all those charts that are pretty much standard in every RPG guide.

The Bestiary is fairly detailed, but much like the missions, will require a huge amount of page flipping. Thankfully the basic stats you need are provided for monsters int he walkthrough because the bestiary is also not in alphabetical order like it is in most RPG guide books. Rather they're divided by their families. Chances are you won't need the bestiary at least, but it's there in case you do

And after all this detail, we finally get into all the bonuses and secret goodies of the guide. The secrets chapter entitled "23 Wishes" serves to not only tell you a couple of secrets, but let you in on a bit of trivia as well. There are potential spoilers here, but once more, it's nothing too major. There's also an expansive art gallery if you're curious, as well as a doubled sided foldout.

Overall, this is a great companion to Crisis Core, as long as you keep in mind that you're getting a few spoilers along the way. If you can deal with that, you've found the perfect guide. If you can't, finish the game before investing.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide 28 Mar 2008
By H. P. Chang - Published on
When looking for a guide you look for a few things:
1. Be able to find things that you may miss if you don't look everywhere closely
2. Help you get through the game quicker
3. Help you achieve 100% on everything
4. Good tidbits that helps you play better and enjoy it more so you don't have to keep restarting from game overs

Well this guide has all of those. The guide helps with all the missions, and gives insight to the game. Much recommended
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I expected more from a "Signature Series" guide 16 July 2008
By elisabel - Published on
There are two main things that determine if I'll buy a strategy guide: Do I care about the game enough to go for 100% completion on everything, and would it be easier for me to achieve that if I'm looking at one book rather than clicking around between four different guides online? My other concern is, if the book isn't helpful, will I at least get lots of pretty pictures of my favorite characters? The Bradygames Guide's touted poster and Art Gallery section were definitely factors in my decision to buy.

If you're going for 100%, this guide will get you there, but I gave it a modest rating because I found the information poorly organized. As I was mid-way through my second play-through when I got this Guide, I've only used the walk-through for the end-game, and I found myself flipping pages more than I should have to. The Bestiary section is neither alphabetized nor indexed, instead enemies highlighted in the walk-through are listed with the page number they appear on in the Bestiary. So far I've found the sections dealing with Accessories, Shops, and Fusion Items comprehensive. The Materia section is also good at detailing how and or/where to get specific Materia. The leveling up section left one of my questions unanswered though, and that is HOW to level up Materia. Their explanation would have you think it's completely random, whereas my experience is that the more you use a particular materia, the more likely it is to gain a level. Since there's an invisible Experience point counter for Zack, I assume there is also one for Materia.

The Missions section is very good, giving all the necessary information. Unfortunately, I have found one annoying mistake in this part (a mistake repeated elsewhere in the Guide when referring to this), and that is that it incorrectly gives Fire as the second spell you need to cast on the Magic Pot in Mission 10-2-3. (It should be Fira.) Otherwise what I've read of this section seems great.

On the "pretty pictures" front, Nomura's illustration of the cast (not the one seen in the game's save screen) alone made the book worth it. There are also beautiful high quality CG renderings of the characters scattered throughout. However, the poster was disappointing: as the reverse is the Materia Fusion chart, the need for a long composition gets us a picture of Zack looking over his shoulder, the Buster Sword being the focus. The Art Gallery likewise was anticlimactic; space devoted to NPC's and gadgets could have been put to better use, and should have avoided inclusion of production art of settings already placed elsewhere in the Guide.

Lastly, me being the huge FFVII geek that I am, I was perhaps more disappointed than newcomers to the world of FFVII by inaccuracies in the Characters section. The biggest of these was that it says Tifa met Cloud during the events of Crisis Core; even if you haven't played the original FFVII, events later on in CC let you know this is not the case. That this assumption is restated elsewhere in the Guide makes me wonder if the writers truly are the "fans" they profess to be in the Introduction, and about the accuracy of info relating to characters who debut in this game.

Long story short, if you like playing with a book to guide you, go ahead and get this if these deficiencies don't override that desire.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for the game. 17 April 2008
By T. Smith - Published on
I played the game all the way through 2 times before I got the guide. I was glad I did because it explained how to unlock missions that I couldn't figure how to get unlocked. I shows where all the Items are during the mission... Which is a big help not to waist time running where you don't need to go. There we're a few mix-ups in the mission parts, like where there are barriers that wern't marked and some that were marked that wasn't blocked.

My first guide that was shipped from amazon was damaged but not during shipping. I contacted amazon about this and they had a replacement out in no time free of charge. Great service... Great guide... AWESOME GAME!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful 15 Oct 2009
By John Francis - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is very helpful. chances are you can beat the game without it. however if u desire to beat it a 100% i say get this book
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