Final Fantasy Chronicles Official Strategy Guide (Bradygames Strategy Guides) Paperback – 2 Jul 2001
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BradyGames FINAL FANTASY CHRONICLES Official Strategy Guide contains complete walkthroughs of both FINAL FANTASY IV and Chrono Trigger games, including area maps, bestiaries, and boss strategies. Comprehensive weapon, armor, and accessory lists for both games. The Chrono Trigger section covers tech and magic lists along with secrets and tips to access every ending. The FINAL FANTASY IV section covers character classes, bestiaries, and locations of key items.
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Let's start with Final Fantasy IV, first. Normally when I do a review for a guide I like to tell you about each section as a whole, but I won't really do this with this particular guide. It does start with the introduction that reminds you Final Fantasy IV is one of the hardest RPGs out there and quickly glosses through the basics. But it's really the walkthrough where the guide has problems for both games. Final Fantasy IV suffering more so. Yes, as usual, they've divided things up into chapters with a list of objectives. They divide the walkthrough by area, often listing the enemies found in the area or in the dungeon itself. But again, it only list most. Not all. There are boss strategy call outs that aren't so bad and it has suggested levels for each dungeon but you never really get the sense that there's anything necessary about what the guide is really telling you.
When it comes to an RPG guide there are a few things that I believe are rather important. The first, and perhaps most important of all, is to include maps. Area maps and world maps. While the guide has the world maps there are very few actual area maps. And when they do include maps it's a rather lazy effort. They might show where they lead but they will NOT point out items. And it's rather annoying. Granted, many areas in Final Fantasy IV are quite straightforward but the walkthrough isn't organized enough that it tells me where to find items or anything of the sort. It's not that the guide can't help one get through the game--it's that it isn't a definitive resource about the game itself.
The Chrono Trigger section is very similar. Though it's walkthrough is divided by the actual chapters of the game with call outs to the areas it's actually somewhat annoying just the same. In part because it has similar issues. There is an unusual lack of maps. And when there are maps there is a severe lack of item callouts on it. Unlike Final Fantasy IV, however, all the enemies are listed... but it's quite clear this is only because the game itself actually has the entire bestiary loaded onto the disc and you can unlock it. The info is ripped straight from there. They also list all the items in an area instead of just some, but again, mainly because you can unlock "treasure maps," in the bonus content of the game itself.
That's not to say it's all bad. It will help you obtain all the endings and actually does have some decent strategies (particularly the boss strategies).
The disappointment with the guide isn't that it lacks a ton of information, but rather that it feels rushed in getting it out there. The lack of detail in the maps when they're there and sometimes excluding them entirely just seems strange. The lack of a comprehensive bestiary for both games (and instead just providing an enemies list before each dungeon) seems strange, but can be forgiven. It just seems strange that Bradygames put so much more effort into the Final Fantasy Origins guide and (to some extent) the Final Fantasy Anthology guide but couldn't be bothered to really do as much here. You WILL get through both games using this guide, you just might not gleam all the info ABOUT these games using the guide.