- Paperback: 221 pages
- Publisher: Prima Games (5 Nov. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761558403
- ISBN-13: 978-0761558408
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.9 x 27.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (Prima Official Game Guides) Paperback – 5 Nov 2007
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Fire Emblem is a long and complex game (but excellent nonetheless!), and the Guide is written well enough to fill in gaps where the game instructions aren't that clear. It's well illustrated and provides a little more background on the numerous key characters you'll come across during the game - both friend and foe.
The temptation that must be avoided is to let the book play the game for you - fortunately it is sufficently vague that you still have to make most key decisions yourself, but it does give you the reassurance that you're not missing anything big!
Overall, well worth the investment. Where's the Guide for Fire Emblem II?
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The strategies weren't that fabulous. Actually, a player could have done better on his (or her, in my case) own without the book. The game is not that hard, although at times rather long and frustrating (but beatable). However, I did have trouble in one stage, and I read the guide, and I thought it wasn't worth it. Well, the guide did point out some hard-to-find secrets, though, but that's about it.
Side note: There are some grammatical errors and whatnot - in books like these, there shouldn't be errors like that. Where was its editor?
One thing I do like is the official (anime) artwork. It's beautifully drawn, and there's lots of it, too. A decent buy for people who like anime gaming artwork.
If you're looking for help on the game, I suggest you look somewhere else. Anime artwork, you might want to consider this.
Just to note, do not confuse this review with a review of the game. Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn is an excellent game, and well worth playing. Back to the review of the guide:
The guide is basically a diary of the author's playthrough. Each chapter chronicles what HE did on HIS game, with no variation or differing choices. It would have been nice to see different strategies for the different teams a player might like to use. For example, I like to use a party that consists of mages, with a few melee units to back them up. The author of the guide actually advises against mages, while recommending units that are so overpowered, they feel cheap to use. Yeah, they'll win the game for you, but where's the challenge? The game is balanced enough that you can win using anyone, but according to the author, the cheap way out is the only way.
There is also a lot of missing information. There are special conversations, hidden scenes, and a secret ending that are all absent from the guide. I had to find out online about one of the game's biggest spoilers that you can unlock. But is it in the guide? NO! Of course not!
In conclusion, I can't recommend this book. If you want a diary of a guy playing a game, this is it. However, there are better guides for free online. While the artwork is good, it is also available for free.