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3.0 out of 5 stars No frills, straightfoward guidebook, 18 Mar 2004
This review is from: Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter Official Strategy Guide (Paperback)
Strategy guides...you love the extra depth and the helping hand they provide? No? then you think they are a rip off compared to the free FAQs available on the net? If not that then do you hate them with a passion, as they allow cheating freeloaders with more money than sense to learn in seconds what you sweated for hours to glean from your favourite game?
Personally I think it comes down to whether these guides ruin the game by making it far to easy, or enhance the experience by giving insight and help while needed, and being more than just an expensive FAQ. Some of that depends on the type of player you are, and some on the quality of the guide.
It has to be said that if any genre of game lends itself to the extra financial investment of a strategy guide its RPGs and especially Japanese ones. They can justify their existence by giving so much more depth to the game, as well as the basic walkthroughs, and allow you to eek out that extra bit of pleasure from your chosen game. Also they can explain what the hell the crazy Japanese plot is all about.
A truly good guide avoids failing to finish a game due to frustration, simplifies combat and equipment, helps you find those extra XP and upgrades to take out the Bosses, enlightens as to plot points and background and enhances the experience of the game without spoilers.
This guide succeeds on most fronts. The walkthrough does the job, and the glossy maps and tables give that extra sparkle over a faq text file. There is particular help avoiding problems with the controversial Dragon Counter that ends the game if it runs out...fans have either loved or loathed this development, and this guide does help you choose when to use up those precious Counter credits.
As with most RPG's the complexities of the combat system and the ins and outs of equipment and upgrades can be bewildering and certainly you can't rely on the manual that came with the game for help. This guide assists well in these departments too.
On the downside - its a bit thin on extra detail, and doesn't really stand up well to the lavish standards of the Authorised guides to FFX or FFX-2. Hardcore RPGers who know all the tricks are unlikely to find anything to really enhance the experience here.
How much do you love the game? Is is giving you real problems? Have you got that bit more money to have easy help at hand? If you're stuck and will pay for glossy maps over txt file line drawings, then go for it.
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Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter Official Strategy Guide
Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter Official Strategy Guide by Casey Loe (Paperback - 18 Feb 2003)
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