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Dragon's Dogma Signature Series Guide Paperback – May 22, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Signature Series Guide
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BRADY GAMES (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744013631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744013634
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

All the maps are here, but the order and organization of the maps make very little sense.
Justin
I've logged probably close to 100 hours into the game now and as you progress, you will realize that there will be quests that can be missed.
Harvestbuddy
There is nice background information about game features, monsters, vocations, pawns, and trophies/achievements.
R. J. Gutt

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Armdog on May 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
This review is for the strategy guide BOOK for Dragon's Dogma, not the actual game (loved the game, by the way).

I'm very satisfied with this purchase, as I use the guide for reference quite frequently. Unfortunately, there is quite a lot about the pawn system that is not explained in-game or in the manual that comes inside the cover. Details on the tendency types, how to change pawn behavior, class rank/skill matches, etc. weren't really explained elsewhere. Also, the large and detailed map of Grand Soren is good.

The guide also lists stats for all weapons, armor, creatures, and details on quests. I've tried to avoid the quest section, since I wanted to avoid spoilers...but what I have seen of the quest explanation has been pretty solid.

My biggest complaint about this guide is that the quest/area sections seem to be in alphabetically order rather than listed in order of when you encounter them in the story. For those avoiding spoilers, it makes it scary browsing through that portion of the guide.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Grand Poobah on August 18, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Dragon's Dogma has many missable quest lines that need to be completed before certain events in the game or they can't be done, closing off further events as well that come after them. Given this you'd expect the guide to be chronological as well and to flag missable quests so you'd be careful to complete them in time. Right? Wrong, it's alphabetical and therefore useless if you want to use the guide to make sure you see the whole game.

Dragon's Dogma has dozens if not hundreds of armor and weapon items. Given this you'd expect the guide to rank each type from weakest to strongest so you can easily determine if something is worth getting. Right? No, silly, that's alphabetical as well and therefore needlessly hard to use.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Armordent on June 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was very Pleased with the Price here on Amazon. I Primarily bought the book for the crafting section. But with all of the detailed Armor and weapon scales (Including Level 4 Dragon Forged), I can make calculated decisions on whether I want to upgrade something or not. I can locate hard to find items and it even says what the percentage rate for a drop is. A Very valuable tool for a game that will last as long as you want it to.

The only problem I have found is that the categories for Assassins and Mystic Knights are swapped on "Armor" pieces. It says it is for an Assassin, but it works for a Mystic Knight instead and vice versa.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harvestbuddy on May 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
A lot of you are complaining that "the guide is not in the order of how it plays out" but there's a reason why it's all in alphabetical order. I've logged probably close to 100 hours into the game now and as you progress, you will realize that there will be quests that can be missed. Though the game presents these quests in an unorthodox way, it's easier to read through in alphabetical order to quickly find the quest that you're looking for rather than go through each quest in a non-existent "chronological" order. The strategy guide isn't made for someone to get from beginning of the story to the end. It's made for those who are lost or stuck on a particular quest that can easily be searched through. Hence you wouldn't need an index since everything is already presented as such.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris on October 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've used a number of game guides over the years. My all-time favorite has been the Piggy Back Interactive guide for Final Fantasy XIII which divides up information into a walkthrough with maps but no spoilers so you can enjoy the game itself, a deeper spoiler-riddled analysis that helps you with difficult areas if you need it, and a very well thought-out section on the bestiary and equipment, and each section has a color-coded "tab" on the page edge so they're all easy to find. Dragon's Dogma Signature Series has none of that level of thought.

The first 20 or so pages throw information at you that's very good to know up front, but some of which won't be useful until later. There's no glossary or appendix either, so if you find yourself in a situation where that knowledge might be handy but you've forgotten it because you read so very long ago, you have to go digging until you stumble on it. The walkthrough section has a big world map, followed by an alphabetized map for each area. The area descriptions have and a bunch of poorly laid-out NPC and treasure information, then an alphabetized list of quests that are available. However, the quests in the game aren't available in alphabetic order: there's a chronological list of events that take place that can cause certain quests to become unavailable or permanently incomplete. There are very few, if any, hints to where these cut-off times are, and there's very little suggestion in the guide itself as to what quests should be done in what order. Usually it only sticks to suggesting you do other things before taking a quest that has a time limit on it. Considering that the quest information takes up most of the guide, it really is a waste because you'll find yourself not using it for fear of being confused.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin on June 28, 2013
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OK, here is the situation. If you want to know something about this game, you are going to find it in here. It's all here, the maps, the quest guide, the weapons, armor, and skills guides, all of that.

It takes a big hit in the design department though, and I mean a big hit. The information is all over the place. There is no index so finding something on the fly is not gonna happen. All the maps are here, but the order and organization of the maps make very little sense. There are guides on who sells what, but it doesn't tell you what is and is not available depending on the part of the game you're at. All the side quests are in there (the reason I bought the guide, I have completionist OCD in games like this) but it just lists them out in a few pages all in one little section for each location. The problem with this is that most of them will not be available till later in the game. And you will find reference to this, but it'll be a little asterisk mark by the quest letting you know what quest has to be complete before this one is available. It's just ridiculous. You can spend as much time interpreting the guide as you can playing the game.

I know it sounds bad, all the stuff I mentioned. But I gave it the review I gave it because the information is in there, even though it requires some searching on your part. It also looks way thicker in the picture than it actually is. At the end it feels like it was just poorly designed. So bad, I had to drop my review a couple of stars.
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