- Paperback: 223 pages
- Publisher: Bradygames (20 Jun. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0744010292
- ISBN-13: 978-0744010299
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.9 x 27.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,677,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift Official Strategy Guide (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames)) Paperback – 20 Jun 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
There are three different ways into Brightmoon Tor, and that each way has a secret route that leads to a unique, powerful accessory?
The wells in the quest "Odd Places" randomly appear or disappear every time you enter the area, and that you need to investigate all four wells to unlock every quest that links from it?
If you need a Crusader's Tonic loot item, a guaranteed way of getting one is by picking all of the fruit in the quest "A Harvest Hand"?
To learn the "Cornered" blue magic spell, you have to get a turtle-type creature below 10 HP and let it cast "Limit Glove" on your unit while he/she is protected by the Reraise buff?
If you buy this book and solely rely on it, then you wouldn't have known any of this. The individual guides to each quest are good: The strategies discussed are fairly comprehensive and the illustrations help a lot. However, the quests are in a random order in the book and the index is alphabetical only. There is no picture of the Quest Roster grid, so you can't see what quests are missing easily. Though all quests are noted in the book, including all random and secret encounters, several quests are missing key bits of information.
I arrived at this game from the previous title on the Gameboy Advance, so I wasn't fazed by the lack of introduction into how the game plays generally. Once you are used to how the game works and can search the internet for discussions by people who needed help to find all the little secrets in the game, then this book is a useful quick reference guide. It will certainly get you to the end by itself, but you will miss a few things along the way.
Maybe it's the complexity of the game but this guide is poorly organised. An index would have solved this problem.
The content is fairly thorough and comprehensive but is missing a few minute details and there are several mistakes.
As another buyer has mentioned this book doesn't explain the basics of this game so if you're new to the FFT world, this guide won't help that.
The tenner price tag doesn't help either.
This guide however, does have some useful screenshots, good maps and lovely pictures.
The guide also includes lots of tables and item lists.
All in all, a useful companion if you know where to find stuff in it but not essential
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
It has the usual layout of information on the game, explains the classes and their abilities, and gives general advice on game play. It then lists the story line quests, the side quests, and the extras like the auctions and bazaar.
It has a list of every quest in the game, along with an index so you can find the page you need quickly. Each quest shows the map you play on and nicely points out where any traps are. It will also give a list of the enemies you'll face and the level ranges they can appear at.
What I was highly dissapointed in was how little it says about each quest. The vast majority do not give any advice at all on how to beat the quest, which is kind of the point of a strategy guide.
In addition, their are typos and errors that while not major, can be an annoyance. For example there is a quest where you are asked to give a response (most popular new years resolutions). The answer is random (you have to actually talk to every NPC and tally up the results) but the guide doesn't say this, it tells you to pick a certain answer. It's only right 33% of the time (there are three choices). It really gave me the impression that the author only played through it once and assumed it would always have the same answer...
1 star is bad, 2 is below average, 3 is average, 4 is above average, and 5 is perfect. I would consider this guide to be below average due to it laking strategies for most quests and the number of typos/errors in the information presented. The only advantage this guide has over using free ones avalible on the internet is the color maps showing trap locations.
I wish however that it would show me what loot items are needed to create weapons and armor. It does shows what quests you have to complete to get the item. I also wish it would go more into character builds and show a diagram tree/path of character job progression as well as job availability, rather than writing it out prose-like.