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The Essential Guide to Videogames Paperback – 1 Sep 2001

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd (1 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842223798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842223796
  • Package Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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A welcome addition to the likes of Trigger Happy and Game Over for those who enjoy reading about games nearly as much as playing them.
Although by no means exhaustive this covers the current 6 largest formats , although released to recently to include the GBA , and a large proportion of their videogames.
Space is nicely give over in preference to the very best and most famous games such as MGS , Tomb Raider , Mario & Zelda with short , succinct reviews provided by the likes of OPM , DC UK and PC Gamer .
Whilst I can't fault the text overall , I feel some of the reviewers have been over generous in the final scores with over 50% of the PC reviews scoring 9 or 10 out of 10 and with older games not benefitting from having been re-reviewed & updated (all 3 Ridge Racer games score 9/10) this undermines the books attempt at providing a definitive buyers guide.
As a bonus it includes a 20 page section dedicated to the very beginning of the industry from the likes of Pong and Space Invader through such gaming systems as the 2600 , NES and Saturn on which 30 somethings such as myself have been brought up on.
Overall a hefty tome weighing in at nearly 400 A4 pages which makes a great reference book covering what is an exciting period of the industry , just ignore the outdated scores.
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This comprehensive guide to videogames is extremely out of date now but has a huge nostalgic value for avid gamers. It is crammed full of informative and frequently amusing reviews for games you may have owned in the past and timeless classics such as the Pokemon series for Game boy. If you have a love of gaming or simply enjoy reading reviews this book is for you. However, it is particularly surreal when it tells you about the Gamecube and Xbox in the future tense!
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If you are looking for a nice book full of glossy pictures and one or two line descriptions then this will be the book for you.
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By A Customer on 19 Oct. 2001
This is an excellent reference book. I have a lot of the magazines that the reviews came from so I recognise some of the original reviews. They left out a lot of the low scoring games but they shouldn't have given almost every game an 8 or above. It would have been better to rate the games according to how good they seem in the light of new devolpments. The best thing about the book is the classics section, which includes loads of games I loved playing when I was a kid, and a lot more I have never heard of. If you forget about the ratings for the current games then the classics section is almost worth the money on its own. A worthy companion to books like Game Over.
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