on 30 May 2013
Everyone knows that once you finish playing through a games campaign you are often left with a ton of collectibles and hidden spots to find. It can become a bit of a chore to some people having to play back through all over again and still risk the chance of missing something. Not when you get your hands on one of these Strategy Guides which are put together by the folk over at Brady Games.
Personally, I have never been one to use one of these guides. I have seen them about often enough, I just had never given them a try. I am more of a "I'll have a quick peek on YouTube" kind of person. After receiving this guide for review though, my opinion has changed.
First impressions are that anyone can see how much thought and work has gone into making this guide. The artwork throughout the book is mind blowingly good and even a non fan of the game would be impressed.
When you first get into looking through the guide you are greeted with the game basics and weapons. A great way to get started I think as this enables you to figure out the best way to get your character ready for use later on in the game. The guide also runs through the different pieces of "gear" that are included in the game. It shows you all about the guaranteed gear as well as random gear that you will come across. With the guaranteed gear pieces being very few, the guide does good by informing you where these pieces are located through the game.
Also included in the guide is the walkthrough. The walkthrough informs you where you can find collectibles and telescopes, as well as other items. You are presented with screenshots as well as a birds eye view map which shows you the locations. Each paragraph is well detailed as to where things are so focusing on what each one says will definitely work in your favour.
The guide also gives you a list of achievements and trophies so if you need any help with how to get that elusive last one that you need to completely finish up the game, the way that the harder achievements/trophies are described and detailed should help you to get to grips with things.
Lastly, I do like the way that the guide describes and talks about of the enemies. These enemies are listed in categories, ordered by the weapons that you will find them to be using. All enemies that are described are also supplied with hints and tips to enable you to defeat them so if you come across an enemy that you can't quite get past, take a look and you should find a way.
Overall, I think that my perception of strategy guides has changed significantly. Between the artwork and images included to all of the help that is available, each and every fan of the game should have one of these by their side. You can find this guide over on the Brady Games website, along with others that they have cleverly compiled.
on 25 September 2013
I have purchased quite a few Brady Games manuals - and always AFTER I have completed the game (or have become entirely stuck!!). Great fun when revisiting Columbia.....find out exactly where all the reluctant goodies and power ups are located, change your mind about load outs and ponder over city maps. Great artwork, well worth keeping alongside the game package.
These titles don't spoil the game, they enhance it. If you're buying it for a kid......wait until they've played the game nearly to the end, then give them it. Lets them do it all over again.