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Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Sky Signature Series (Bradygames Signature Guides) Paperback – July 7, 2010

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BradyGames, an imprint of DK and a division of Penguin Random House Inc., is the world’s leading publisher of strategy content for PC and console video games. BradyGames understands what gamers—both casual and hardcore—want and need from strategy guides. Every guide features in-depth content, detailed screen captures, quick-reference tips, and professional strategy. Prima Games is also a leader in the digital strategy realm, offering interactive maps, streaming video, searchable online guides and apps, and a full website at primagames.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: Bradygames Signature Guides
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: BradyGames (July 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744012384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744012385
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Let me start by saying this guide is rather large...448 pages to be precise. The artwork and detail are phenomenal. It is completely glossed over (every page) and seems like it will hold together better than most guides. It is divided into 8 areas: Learning the Basics, Gameplay, Vocations (Classes), Walkthrough, Side Quests, Multiplayer and Downloadable Content, Bestiary, and Appendices. Now, I may have slight SPOILERS in this review. You have been warned.

LEARNING THE BASICS: Standard intro. for a guide that covers the basic info. for the game. It's short, but sweet.

GAMEPLAY: This provides tips about creating a versatile party. It also has a nice Skill Point Levelling Table. The Advanced Combat Mechanics is where the strategies come into play and it covers them well with many different party combinations, like stacking damage for combos. It also covers levelling and obtaining gold, as well as Alchemy. The Challenge Quests and Treasure Maps are also briefly touched on.

VOCATIONS (CLASSES): This is where you have your info. about the different classes and the skills they learn. Each skill is fully explored, showing how many skill points you need to learn a certain ability. Benefits about each class are also explored. There are 12 Vocations in all.

WALKTHROUGH: This leads you through the main story and some of the post-game content. It covers each town and event, but doesn't spoil the story by explaining what will happen. It tells you where to go and what you can find there (Mini Medals, Items, etc.). This is where the Mini Medals are located, however, there are bosses in the game that have a 100% Drop Rate with Mini Medals and they can be fought over and over. In other words, there is an endless supply of Mini Medals in this game.
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This game is massive and the guide is no different. With just shy of 450 pages, this guide contains almost all the information you will need. However, I find it lacking in a few departments, especially when compared to some of the other great RPG strategy guides.

PROS:

Beautiful artwork - the maps, monsters, and other art scattered throughout the guide is amazing. Brady Games did a great job illustrating this guide.
Fantastic main quest walkthrough - shows the location of every treasure chest, monster, and shop.
Great leveling strategies, alchemy guide, and class information.

CONS:

Lacking a world map. Many guides of this size will have a fold-out large map. In this guide, it could show all the harvest locations to reduce page flipping.
Some side quests are not complete - an example of this can be seen in quests 63 and 64. There are others like this, where the location of the quest is given without information for solving them.
Table of Contents lacking - considering the information contained throughout this guide, it would be great to have a detailed table of contents. If the guide wasn't so long I would suggest listing harvest points and shop inventories in their own section, but a simple solution would have been to provide a table of contents showing which pages show shops, harvest points, etc.

Conclusion:

This is a great guide, I just wish it had those few things mentioned above. I find myself going online to search for where to find specific alchemy ingredients or which shops sell specific accessories, and that shouldn't be the case considering I purchased a strategy guide already. When compared to some of the guides Prima has done, or even some of the other strategy guides from Brady Games, this one seems less complete. Its presentation is fantastic, the information is almost all there, but I find the execution lacking.
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This guide like any other gaming guide from Brady Games does an excellent job of keeping me in the game. If I find myself getting lost I can turn to the guide for my next move. I'm the type of gamer that will zig when I should have zagged and then I miss out and wind up lost because I can't go any further, this guide prevents me from that. It's well written and I will always continue to buy gaming guides from Amazon.com and Brady Games.
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Before we bought this book, my husband and I had over 200 hours into this game. Then the guide came and we had to start all over, because we realized there was so much content that we had missed the first time around! Since then, my husband, on his own, started AGAIN! Using this great book as a guide, he said that he has gotten so much more out of the game.

Not only does the guide cover the game basics, but it also provides and extensive walkthrough, details of side quests, vocations, bestiary and even downloadable content! (Which we didn't even know existed until we got the guide).

Bottom line, this is an absolute MUST HAVE if you love getting everything of your games!
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The title isn't hyperbole, folks. I buy strategy guides with nearly every game I purchase. Not because I'm a cheat, but because my time is limited and in order for me to get the most out of a game I have to do it as soon as possible within the gameplay. And never before have I played a game like Dragon Quest 9....

Firstly, the game itself requires a person to play for at least two-hundred hours to achieve even half of what's in this game. And as all Dragon Quest games tend to be, there are parts of the game that you're forced to just figure out for yourself. Anyone remember playing early Dragon Quest games and getting to a point where you had no idea where to go? Well Dragon Quest 9 has that everywhere (mostly in the sidequests). Dragon Quest 9 is an extremely foggy game, and this strategy guide is the lighthouse that guides you through it (wow, that was melodramtic)....

I'm going to skip the main-walkthrough. It's very well-done and shows you everywhere you should be going, and offers optional routes as well. No, where this strategy guide pays for itself is in the sections after the walkthrough. The quests in Dragon Quest are difficult to complete (most times) and often time consuming. This guide helps to expediate that process without taking any of the enjoyment out of the gameplay. I'd give this guide a five on that alone. But nope, they continue with a very in depth bestiary that shows you every item dropped by every monster and the rarity in which the items can be dropped (oh and it shows vitals and stats and what-not). Why is this important? Because getting items for alchemy can be very difficult, and having a blue-print of where to look is a great start.
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