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Resident Evil 4 Official Strategy Guide (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames)) Perfect Paperback – 5 Jan 2005

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  • Perfect Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Brady Games; 1 edition (5 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744003466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744003468
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 1.3 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 842,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Capcom Entertainment, headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capcom, Co., Ltd. of Japan. A leading force in the multi-billion dollar interactive entertainment industry, Capcom's legacy spans 22 years of entertaining video gamers. Capcom develops, markets, and distributes home video games for the PlayStation(r) game console, PlayStation(r) 2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo(r) GameCube game console and the Xbox(tm) video game system, Game Boy Advanced and Game Boy Color systems, personal computers, and coin-operated games. Worldwide recognizable product lines include Street Fighter, Mega Man, Breath of Fire, and the Resident Evil series. World headquartered in Osaka, Japan, the company also has offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London and Sunnyvale, California.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Lucas on 13 Feb 2008
Format: Paperback
The book is nicely illustrated with all the basic info you need, whether you're an experienced Resident Evil veteran or if you are new to the series. All the controls and functions are laid out for you at the beginning, so that you have a head start instead of reading the instructions during game play, where you are likely to be attacked. This guidebook is aimed at players who are using single player or network mode. I still haven't played network mode yet, but the tips that are laid out throughout the guide seem pretty essential in helping you figure out what you should do if one of your on-line allies has taken a certain item, or if they have set off a certain event.
The tips offered for playing in Single mode are very good. The character profile pages give you instructions for using each character's personal skills and items, as well as explaining how to cope with each character if he or she is being controlled by the game's AI. It is worth revising the character profiles, as it gives info on all items that can be acquired using George's medical kit, David's weapon combinations and Alyssa's lock picking events. All of these subjects are repeated throughout the combat sections, weapons guide and throughout the walkthroughs for each scenario. There are detailed descriptions for each enemy encountered, including info on how their strength and attack points vary from each difficulty setting.
The weapons guide offers advice on how to rely on characters' unarmed attacks, as well as an illustrated description on each weapon including it's location and attack power. The same goes for recovery items and important items such as keys, chemicals and the like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 May 2007
Format: Paperback
If you want to find all the special items and finish the game 100% you will need the help in this guide. As anyone who has played the game knows there are 20 special items per level and an extra 20 items that only certain characters can get each level. The special items do not "glitter" and so unless you know where to look are almost impossible to find. To make the game harder the items are in four groups, and the game decides on loading which group to display. As well as detailed maps and locations of these items the book also details the events you need to trigger in order to finish the game 100% again some of these are decided by the game if they will happen or not on that play through so the guide tells you how to maximise your chances of triggering the event.

It also has all the usual knowledge found in game guides including character strengths and weaknesses as well as monster guides and strategies.

Its one down side is that there are a few errors in the book, for the first mission the special items street level map is missing and instead is a duplicate of the second floor map, however on the next page there is a written guide on item locations so it still helps. Other errors I have spotted are which groups a special item falls under and some copy and pasted text in the wrong place. Despite these minor problems the book still has all the information needed to unlock all the extras in this game.
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By Jan Gootzen on 8 July 2013
Format: Perfect Paperback Verified Purchase
It arrived one week later than the estimated arrival time, maybe it was stuck at the customs.
Product is okay, but I'd say acceptable instead of (very good). Damage on the outside is quite normal, the back is broken on pages 1-10. Poster is intact. I give it a 80% overall score. Thanks. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Resident Evil Player's Guide 16 July 2006
By Napoleon Shmapoleon - Published on
Format: Paperback
It's hard not to find a satisfactory player's guide, and this is no exception. I buy player's guides for two reasons, and those would be for: 1. collecting 2. Help, because I'm stuck and don't know what to do. This just so happens to be one of those where I needed help to complete the game. I have no problems with this product and would recommend it.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A nice companion piece 1 Mar 2005
By Simon - Published on
Format: Perfect Paperback
I'm usually not the kind to shell out money for strategy guides, but my friend bought me the RE4 book as a way of celebrating this huge achievement in gaming. Author Dan Birlew has written a great guide that makes the game a blast to play through without spoiling any of the plot points. Of particular use are the map diagrams, which show you the location of every treasure in the game. This is particularly important if you want to upgrade all your weapons or enlarge your case, which would otherwise take a much longer time to accomplish. Elsewhere Birlew offers you advice on the safest way to dispose of enemies that you might not think of in the heat of battle, or what items to sell off and when. There's also some insider info on how certain events are triggered, so you don't suddenly increase the amount of enemies in an area just by simply stepping into a room.

There are a few inconsistencies here and there with regards to item placement (book lists magnum bullets when I found rifle, for example), but it only pops up in two or three places and otherwise the guide matches the game to a tee. This strategy guide certainly isn't a required buy, as the game isn't that mentally taxing to finish without it, but if you're a Resident Evil collector or you feel like splurging on an A-list game, you can't go wrong with this guide.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A must-have guide 1 Mar 2006
By J. Clark - Published on
Format: Perfect Paperback
I began the game sans the guide and decided it was to my best interest to start over after reviewing the hints. It probably would have taken me until NEXT Christmas to finish instead of the 3 months.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Probably the best RE4 Companion out there 10 Jun 2005
By S. Rhodes - Published on
Format: Perfect Paperback
BradyGAMES is known for presenting good Resident Evil guides, and Resident Evil 4 is no exception. One of the best RE4 resources you'll ever need. This guide is jam-packed with all the secrets and strategies you need to conquer Resident Evil 4. With the help of game developers, BradyGAMES has produced one of the best RE guides ever!

Resident Evil 4 is a complex game. It's new targeting system, and far more threatening enemies will take time to get used to. Luckily, this guide has the lowdown on all of them. They help you to understand the new system, and get used to the new motives that RE4 introduces, such as it's interactive movie sequences.

The guide gives all the low down on enemies and weapons. You'll know what works, and what doesn't. Easily, this makes this guide pretty handy.

The walkthrough is perhaps the best part of the entire guide. The maps are detailed, pointing out where all the items are. They'll even tell you where random items appear. Before each section there is also an items list so that you don't have to explore through all the maps just to see what items are in an area. They're also nice enough to tell you what enemies you're apt to run into in an area.

The strategies presented in the walkthrough are some of the best. They tell you WHEN you should grab certain weapons (and what happens if you grab it beforehand), they recommend when to buy stuff, and when to sell it, and they keep you one step ahead of the monsters. The boss strategies will ensure that you stay alive. They'll tell you how to avoid one-hit kills, and what weapons deal the best damage.

Finally, once you get to chapter five, the guide explains that the game adjust the difficulty based on your inventory. So if you're not picking up the items the guide points out, they've explained why.

The secrets, and mini-games are incredible. You'll figure out how to unlock all the hidden characters, and the importance of beginning a new game. Easily, this is the best RE guide BradyGAMES has ever put out.

Is it worth the money? I'd say so. If you need a leg up, you'll need this guide. It won't steer you wrong either. You COULD go online and get some of the same info, but I doubt GameFAQs has maps this detailed, screenshots this clear and information this concise.

Also, BradyGAMES finally gets to the point. No more useless up-to-date info. BradyGAMES doesn't just have a reputation for presenting good Resident Evil guides, they also have a reputation for digressing too much. This guide doesn't digress. It stays concise and to the point. You'll be well-prepared for every area you go into, and you won't have to wait for the guide to get to the point.

Grab it. You'll never need another RE4 resource again!

The Good

+Complete walkthrough

+Bradygames gets to the point!

+Weapon suggestions

+Enemy suggestions

+Excellent strategies

+Great boss strategies

+INCREDIBLY detailed maps

+Crystal clear screenshots

+Warnings in-case something may be changed


The Bad

I'll level with you. I actually saw nothing wrong with this guide. It did its job, and it never steered me wrong. Trust me, you shouldn't have problems with this guide. Good effort BradyGAMES!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Guide, Full of Infor!!! 25 Jan 2005
By Elton Lee - Published on
Format: Perfect Paperback
This is a awesome guide... It lists out every single detail you need to know to complete the game. Gives you scenarios and advice of what is the best possible way to beat your foes....You will get the chance to witness and learn about your enemies thru this guide....If you are having a tough time not knowing which weapons to used, then this is the guide for you. All the strategic strategy outlaid in this guide will help you navigate and play thru your game with ease but of course even though the guides tells you what to do, it doesn't mean you will complete the game with flying colors. The controller is in your hand so you are the player, decide which best walk thru to get your thru easily. Brady games' guide are always very detailed and easily understood. This guide will definitely help you in your quest for world peace in RE4!!!
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