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Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia Hardcover – October 21, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: BRADY GAMES (October 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1465414584
  • ISBN-13: 978-1465414588
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Now that the company is celebrating its 30th anniversary, a new book is out to not only give props to Capcom's legacy, but to help fans keep its contributions to the medium and dozens of characters straight, from Final Fight to Monster Hunter and Devil May Cry to Aliens vs. Predator… It's a welcome addition to any gamer's library and/or coffee table." – GameNGuide.com

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Highly recommend for capcom fans!
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The book quality with the hard cover and pages is good.
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Its a great book to have if your into character bios.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Travis B. on October 18, 2013
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Over 200 characters are documented in this release, and it wastes no time in doing so. Aside from a simple two-paragraph introduction, the entirety of the book is a single page dedicated to each character. Each displays art of the character, a textual background, and a few short facts in a box labeled “DATA”. The format is simple, and the artwork chosen for each character seems appropriate to game the character first appeared in. All characters are arranged alphabetically, so it’s quite fun to skip from Baby Head, to Balrog, to Barry Burton.

This publication delivers what it sets out to do, but I can’t help but feel like it is a wasted opportunity. It’s not that the content is bad, it just feels like the bare minimum. I would love to have seen more information about each character, including the names of the original artists and designers, as well as a collection of the sprites and textures from different releases of each game. For example, to be able to see each incarnation of Ryu and Chun-Li from every Street Fighter would have been particularly interesting to see. Or can you imagine a to-scale panel of every Mega Man sprite ever used? Obviously, this would have driven the cost of the book up, but this release is not for casual fans, it is for people obsessed with Capcom. I would have gladly paid more for a higher quality release.

Luckily, the price is more than commensurate with the content, and you will get a great deal if you grab a copy. Just don’t expect to have the de-facto reference material for Capcom characters.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Gatrell on October 18, 2013
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Over the past 30 years Capcom has created many very memorable characters. As with any game company, there have also been many very mundane, filler characters. This encyclopedia covers pretty much any Capcom character you can think of, from the exceptional (Mega Man, Ryu) to the forgettable(Maki from FF2 and many that I can't remember). When the book finally arrived I was surprised as to how small it was. The book is not much larger in size than your standard strategy guide (except that it is hardcover).

The main problem with this book is that it is not what you would expect an encyclopedia to be. Each character is represented by a single page and then 2 or 3 paragraphs. There is a small section on each character page that tells you where you may have first seen the character as well as where you may have seen them most recently, but that is it when it comes to facts or data. The content is equally split between the famous and vanilla characters (1 page each). It is strange to see a single page devoted to a Capcom superstar like Chun-Li or Wesker sitting next to some character from a minor game from ages ago that you've probably never heard of. The issue isn't that these minor characters are included, but rather that there should be more information and details when it comes to characters who have been in more games and have much richer stories and legacies. If you were hoping to find your favorite character and find a trove of trivia, statistics, or even a list of each title they appear in...you are out of luck.

The above complaint is probably to be expected considering the breadth of the subject (there are a LOT of characters in this book). If this were a paperback copy at the same price this would be a 3 star book at best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robozippy on December 26, 2013
The Capcom encyclopedia sounds pretty amazing. I paid about $10 for it, which I thought was a pretty amazing price.

But then I got it and read it. Ten dollars is a fair price, but I would have never paid full price for this after seeing it in person. Pictures are lacking, and each character only gets one page. However, there truly is 30 years worth of characters in this book. Resident Evil, Darkstalkers, Mega Man (with MM from Legends given his own page, which I appreciated), and so on. Some of the pictures aren't even that great, to be honest. Each character get a one page bio, and that's it. I had hoped for something a bit more fulfilling, this is really just fluff you can get from Wikipedia, in some cases, even less.

However, it is a nice casual, coffee table book. If you are interested in Mega Man more than others, I would recommend just getting the Mega Man Complete Works Book:

MM25 Mega Official Complete Works

It's pricier, yes, but an absolute gorgeous book for Mega Man fans.

This is an ok book, but I hope Capcom releases a true encyclopedia with lots of pictures, backstories, and interviews in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By madouda on October 27, 2013
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Wonderful Anthology from one of the most popular company in video game world !
The encyclopedia give you data info in alphabetic order of some of the most iconic characters of all time like Jill Valentine, Leon S. Kennedy , Chun-Li, Megaman, Viewtiful Joe & much more.
This Great hardcover book review info from well known game like Resident Evil, Street Fighter and much more to rare games like Midnight Wanderers & Zack & Wiki "which was an amazing game released on Nintendo Wii " .
A must have to understand the roots of one of the most successful & creative company in video game history and of course for any Capcom fan !
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