Final Fantasy X-X2 HD Remaster Official Strategy Guide (Offical Strategy Guide) Paperback – 18 Mar 2014
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With that being said, I am sat here currently using the Original release guide because this guide is poorly written, extremely small print and does not show on the map all the items. You have to sit and read the entire walkthrough to learn the locations of alot of the items, in the original guide, it puts all the things on the map, gives a key to what each icon is and away you go to get said item, that's all I want from a guide, not "walk here, turn left, go straight, pick up xxx, then turn arond go here, pick up xxx" etc. I want to play the game not spend countless hours reading a step by step guide to find my items.
So to summerise. If you want to read about EVERY single step that Tidus/Yuna has to walk to get everything, then this is the guide for you. If you, like me, want to just know the locations of the items on the initial playthrough and then read to find the stuff you missed along the way... Get the original release guides... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Final-Fantasy-Official-Strategy-Guide/dp/190351133X and http://www.amazon.co.uk/Final-Fantasy-X-2-Official-Strategy/dp/1903511534/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1395927871&sr=1-1&keywords=final+fantasy+x-2+guide.
Remember that the Piggyback guide is based on the PAL version so all the international content from the original PAL release is included in there to begin with. The Piggyback X-2 will only lack the monster creator and Last Mission stuff - which this guide doesn't even have anyway.
Avoid at all costs.
I flicked through the pages, and came to the last 50 or so which hadn't been bound properly. The pages had been inserted at quite a severe angle, and consequently when the pages were trimmed the corners were chopped off - about a third of each of those pages is missing.
The pages that have been bound "properly" (and I use that term loosely - much like the pages) aren't very good. The paper that they have been printed is of quite poor quality, they feel like those you would find in a magazine you get free with a newspaper (and even that is being generous). They are very thin, and it would take very little to tare them. This is immediately noticeable when you pick this guide up as it is about half the weight of the FFX piggyback book alone.
As for the quality of the content, it doesn't seem to be anything to write home about either. One of the main reasons I buy these books is for the concept art and high quality screenshots. These don't feature in this book.
In the characters section at the start, each of the main characters has half a page dedicated to their backstory, playstyle, overdrive(s) and a picture. Compare that to the piggyback book, where there is a whole page dedicated to the character's backstory, playstyle and picture (the same pictures in this book, but much larger), but then you also have another section dedicated to the characters' overdrives - roughly half a page for each.
The aeons suffer a similar treatment.Read more ›
Secondly, half the town maps are missing - meaning that you will miss important key items. Comparing this to the decade old Piggyback version shows how much is missing from the 'updated' version'.
I'm a huge Final Fantasy fan and as well as collecting the games I also collect the guides too. I was hoping for a guide to accompany the re-master to include the additional content and perhaps some new art too that's sometimes included as a bonus in these guides.
Having looked through this guide it is very poor, the quality of the paper is awful, the area maps are small and in some cases simply inaccurate, the bestiary has very little info and tiny pictures and there's no additional artwork.
If like me you still have the Piggyback guides (who make the best guides in my opinion) then save yourself some money and avoid this guide at all costs, unless your a collector like myself and feel the need to own this for completions sake.
The print quality is cheap, and they have mustered what looks like a teenage GCSE effort. They had a wealth of beautiful art work they could have chosen from, but no, instead they've copied and pasted some blurry unrepresentative pictures (for the aeons in particular). If effort was a strenuous issue they didn't have to look far, they could have just googled some better pictures!
I was looking forward to starting work on getting trophies for FFX, but had a shock when on the contents page there are only trophies for FFX-2. I spent about ten minutes being confused and looked online, because I was certain I had read FFX has trophies. Once I confirmed online that there were, I flicked through the book twice and finally found a lackluster trophy list put together, which had not been listed on the contents page. When you're buying something 'official' it's not a nice feeling to spot blatant lazy errors like that in the first five minutes.
Everything from the maps to the bestiary are represented in what looks like some ancient paint program. I think I would have considered the look really cool when I was about 12 years old and had no computer skills. Speaking of maps, they don't even put the items on them. If I drew the map myself and used some highlighter pens it would look far more exciting than these maps do.
When I play, I'm dazzled by the PS3 2014 HD remaster and then I look down to read this lazy, cheap looking guide that looks like it was made 18 years ago and it just doesn't feel right. This HD remaster has been huge with fans and it deserves a much better guide than this.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My item was well made and value for money i also received it very quickly . The item was well wrapped thank youPublished 3 months ago by Lynne
Lots of inaccurate pages, some missing information, poorly put togetherPublished 7 months ago by j perkins
might as well just use the internet, this book is lacking soooo much compared to the older white cover (by piggyback i think)Published 10 months ago by Anthony 'Princess' Hibberd
Seller was fantastic. I was a bit disappointed with the guide as it wasn't as detailed as I expected. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kelly
I had the original guides, so got this for the extra features, but it was very basic in comparison. Still covers everything, but does not flo as well and not as detailed. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Carl
such a beautiful book, has everything you need and more, if you love final fantasy x/x2 this guide is a must havePublished 16 months ago by Josephine