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Good, but not THAT good...
on 19 October 2001
...It's simply not THAT good. Here's why: first...If you haven't seen this book in the flesh, then, like me, you're going to be a tad shocked. It's not a book so much as a magazine - A4 format and all. Secondly, the content is far from comprehensive - it doesn't, for instance, list which cars are eligible to enter which championship series (and there are nearly one hundred different series' in five leagues). Less important perhaps but true anyway, there are places where the text has been translated literally from a foreign language - which reads very clumsily. Also, the index at the back of the book - all one page of it - is so thin it's nearly useless. The cover boasts, 'this book reveals all the game's secrets'. In reality, this offers a page and a half listing just four 'secrets' in a five page section. There are also some 'special' cars that, "are so secret that you won't even find them listed"! What's the point of a 'secrets' section then?!
But I have bought this title and I like it. Even with the short comings the book is virtually indispensable for GT3. It doesn't really offer good VFM as it stands (computer magzines frequently offer similar amounts of information for much less money)
...The book does score well in its lists. Each of the 48 license tests are detailed, and (nearly!) all the cars are listed, pictured and speced, as are the tracks. The section on car tuning and running settings is very helpful and well laid out - important because tuning and settings are very complicated. One of the most interesting features is a list of the top cars for various values - up to 30 000cr., 100 000cr. etc.
THE BOTTOM LINE: this title's insights really boost the 'fun factor'of GT3 - but it does not deserve a perfect score. Never the less, I love my copy and couldn't do without it now.