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4.0 out of 5 stars
Adequate, 10 July 2010
Like so many guides recently the guide for RDR looks very good. A polished publication with plenty of illustrations and all aspects of the game adequately covered. But like so many other guides it lacks in one area; it doesn't give you any information that isn't provided by the game itself. All text for extras and items is lifted directly from the game and offers no extra information. Although all the challenges and achievements/trophies are listed it doesn't tell you how to get them. For exmple the 'Mowing Them Down' achievement cannot simply be completed by replaying a level with a lot of gattling gun kills or, if you're stuggling to kill a bear with a melee knife it doesn't mention that you can shoot it a couple of times first to make it easier, as only the final strike counts (or that that's not true for the same challenge in multiplayer). Simply put the guide doesn't go beyond the game but then this is true of most, if not all guides in recent years.
I'd like to see a return to guides like Future Press' 'Resident Evil: Nemesis' guide which showed you how to complete the game in under 1hr 20mins, get all the epilogues, complete the mercenaries mini games and showed all unlockables, hidden scores and so much more. A guide that truely took you beyond the game in so many ways.
As nice as the RDR guide is to look at, if you're really stuck with something in the game you'd be better checking on line. 'Every Point Counts' is a great online resource.
I could only recommend the RDR guide for collectors, which is a shame because it's a truly great game.