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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. They only get a third of a page dedicated to them, and instead of featuring the very nice art that was used in the piggyback book, they only feature some poor screenshots that have been cut out. The picture of Shiva is particularly poor. I haven't played the HD version of the game yet (as it hasn't been released yet), but it looks like it's a screenshot from the PS2 game - It's very blurry.
I haven't looked through every section of the book, but at a glance, they all seem to suffer a similar fate.
This guide takes 52 pages to cover the main storyline of FFX, where as the piggyback guide takes 91 pages. The piggyback guide has a far better, clearer layout. And as I mentioned earlier features concept art and (good) screenshots to break up the guide. The screenshots that are featured in this guide are either small or blurry - often both.
The walkthrough itself is probably good enough (I haven't looked in much detail), but if that's all your after, use one of many, many online guides.
Lastly, the size of this book. The width and height is nearly identical to the piggyback guides, with one main difference - the thickness. The FFX guide alone is slightly thicker than this combined guide of FFX and FFX-2.
If you can find a good price for the old piggyback guides, then I would highly recommend picking them up. The quality is in a completely different league. If you can't find a good price, then don't bother with this guide, just use an online guide - You'll get just as much out of it.
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'.
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