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Great for moves and full character guides but not for unlocking and achievements
on 13 March 2009
My copy of this guide arrived this morning and I have to say it's brilliant but not perfect.
The most important factor is that it explains things far better than the game manual does (which I believe is down to poor translation in the manual).
Obviously it has the advantage of giving full detail on ALL characters (which the manual gives basic move lists on but doesn't on ALL characters because of the fact you have to unlock some and therefore they didn't want to give away who you unlock).
It has incredibly detailed pages about each character, listing their moves, special moves, combos etc etc and frame data. It also has pictures of what each punch and kick looks like, which is great for both playing as that character and against. Therefore this is the perfect guide for mastering all the characters and is great in that respect as it offers solid strategies and the info you need character-wise.
It covers all the basics at the start, combos, dashes, blocking, countering, safe and unsafe hits and fully explains the concept of the revenge gauge and combo gauges so after reading this you'll know everything you need to in order to master the game.
Where the book in my opinion DOESN'T deserve 5 stars is the explanation of how to unlock all the characters, the icons and the titles.
It states unlocking characters such as Seth is as simple as completing arcade with all other characters, this is NOT true and requires far more specific circumstances. To find out this information I suggest you simple search on Google as there's very detailed guides on how to do this as it requires specifics such as getting 3 ultra combo finishes to even meet Gouken.
It would have been nice to have had a full unlock guide for all the colours, characters and titles as well. Perhaps a table showing what completing each stage of the challenges unlocks. In that respect I think it can't be called a definitive guide to the game but definitely a definitive guide to the characters of the game which is arguably the most important aspect.
Another key missing section of this guide is a challenge guide. In the game there are Time, Survival and Trial challenges. Time works one a time limit where you face a number of opponents in a row and have to beat them in the time limit, getting victories adds seconds as does perfect victories, ultra and super combos. Survival is simply beating a certain number of opponents without losing too much health.
The Trial challenges is where this guide could have been of great use. These involve performing complex combos for each character. Detailed guides of how to get the timing and the button combinations would have been great.
So pick this up if you want full move lists and want to master the characters. If you're after just unlocking everything or completing challenges then this isn't the guide for you.