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Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (Prima Official Game Guides) Paperback – 5 Nov 2007

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Product details

  • 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)

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Format: Paperback
Having slogged away at the game for some hours before obtaining this book, the Fire Emblem strategy guide certainly helped me to discover those little secrets that surely only the greatest gaming anorak could otherwise find.
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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa183e6cc) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1870264) out of 5 stars Once Again, Prima Fails To Deliver 24 Nov. 2007
By Miranda Bogardus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I strongly discourage the purchase of this guide. Prima demonstrates in this guide that, yet again, if you can't play the game their way, you can't play it at all. The guide is set up in a step-by-step format, telling you specifically what characters to be used, and when they are to be used, turn-by-turn. Because of Fire Emblem's chanciness, the advice offered by this guide is just short of absolutely useless. Utter garbage. Its sole saving grace is the art featured throughout the book.
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2140234) out of 5 stars I like... the artwork. 9 July 2004
By danielle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was flipping through my friend's Fire Emblem Strategy Guide, and I almost died laughing wondering why he even bought the book. I don't think it was worth $14.99 (or $10.49 for Amazon :P), except for the artwork.
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1da487c) out of 5 stars Fire emblem guide 4 Feb. 2013
By Kevin Gallagher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The guide I got was listed as like new but had bent corners on almost every single page. There is warping on several pages as well. Aside from being lied to about the quality I was ordering the guide is of poor quality. There is lots of useful information in it and its much better then opening 10 internet pages to get all the info I need at once. Still there is a lot of mistakes in the guide. Which is very frustrating considering the type of game it is, several times it says an enemy will appear in one place when he is no where near there. Very hard to plan when the guide is so undependable. Also the author of the book is clearly a moron. I buy guides to get precise details about games. He likes to make suggestions and comments on how to play or where to spend things and his opinions in the book are awful. Very clear that he just doesn't get the game at all.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa21f5798) out of 5 stars not a strategy guide 3 April 2008
By tach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When people buy strategy guides there are looking for a collection of facts that will allow them to develop a better strategy. This "guide" is little more than the author's turn-by-turn diary of the way he played the game. The enemy locations and stats are often wrong and only offered for Normal Mode, so if you're playing easy of hard mode you're on your own. The maps are often too dark or too small to get a good idea of how to approach the chapter (especially the one with the bridge). There is hardly any artwork, just screen shots of the game Dan Birlew (author) played. Its almost as if Prima new this guide sucked when they released it with the name premiere edition, certainly suggesting it wouldn't be the only edition. I really wish Nintendo Power would make their own (instead of teaming up with Prima) because their efforts on previous fire emblem game guides were far superior.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1870798) out of 5 stars A noble effort, yet fails. 29 May 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm a Fire Emblem veteran, so I usually don't go for guides, but my siblings wanted to play, and I thought this would help them. I was wrong, apparently

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.
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