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Final Fantasy XII Signature Series Guide (Bradygames Signature Guides) Paperback – October 31, 2006

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Product Details

  • Series: Bradygames Signature Guides
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Brady Games (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744008379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744008371
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

So I would strongly recommend playing this game all the way through without using the guide.
Peter Popoff
I bought this strategy book "Used," so it was a good bargain, although the license grid poster had been removed and a few pages were loose in the front of the book.
Quercus Alba
Also, throughout the book, the writers cross reference related sections on other pages, but were too lazy to fill in the number.
Outlaw Pete

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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Stephen J. White on November 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
Brady Games is notorious for putting together somewhat haphazard game guides, and the FF12 guide is no exception. What we have here is a colossal guide for FF12, featuring almost all of the information that any player needs to complete the game. It includes lists of all of the loot drops in the game, strategies on how to beat all of the optional bosses, and advice on how to build your party so that the license board does not completely perplex you. However, the guide has many inherent flaws, which make it a little less than lovable.

To begin, the guide is chock full of spoiler information. Nowhere in the guide can you go and get the quick and simple advice that you might be seeking for a part of the game. Instead, the writers have chosen to fill almost every part of the walk through up with unnecessary information on the storyline scenes and spoilers that which makes playing the game a little boring. The guide could easily have had 50+ pages taken out of it if the writers had avoided spoiling most of the game's storyline. Instead however, it seems that they have (with Square-Enix' blessing) filled every part of the walk through up with spoiler content in order to add weight to the guide when the weight is superfluous.

Another hindrance on the guide are it's strange typographical errors. Throughout the guide the reader will find instances where references to other pages are turned to question marks. For example, when going over a side quest, the guide says to look to page (???) for more information. This is rather troublesome and it leaves the reader wondering if that page is even in the guide.

The guide also suffers from bad organization.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Law on November 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Final Fantasy XII is a very complex game with all treasure box items being random and rare monster appearance. A complete strategy guide is highly recommended. A good example is that one single mistake at the beginning of the game might change the entire probability of occurance down from 100% to 0.1% for certain powerful items, such as the Zodiac Spear. There are also near 400 different monsters, bosses, and enemies data that player should know their strong and weakness in order to defeat them at ease and obtain rare items.

Moreover the maps in FFXII are HUGE, very similar to MMORPG scale, while contains many hidden paths that are NOT shown by pressing SELECT button for the in game maps. A printed collection of maps are very convenient.

The US version FFXII strategy guide is actually a translated and reorganized version from the two Japanese guides: FFXII BATTLE ULTIMANIA & SCENARIO ULTIMANIA. I give the two Japanese guides 5 stars due to their complete data tables for monsters, items, equipment tables and most efficient boss strategies. The US Bradygames guide however, I give 4 stars due to not 100% complete as the Japanese guides.
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51 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Katie on October 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
First of all, I must say that this guide is absolutely gorgeous. If nothing else, it is worthwhile for the collectability and the beautiful artwork.

Second, BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO BUY THIS GUIDE be advised that there is a special edition version of this guide. The special edition is more expensive but it includes an artbook (VERY beautiful and detailed), the guide, and a folder to keep them in. The special edition guide has one of six covers featuring a character from the game, but the artbook contains all of the images - so no worries if you don't get the one you want. However, the inside contents of the two guides are EXACTLY THE SAME. Just be aware of that before you decide to buy.

The guide contents themselves pretty standard - the guide first includes a story, character profiles, and even a "relationship flowchart." There is a full explanation of the License Board system including a chart that shows how each character can access the complete board. Other sections include Gambits, Espers & Quickenings, a complete Walkthrough, Hunts, Side Quests, & Secrets, Weapons, Armor, & Accessories, Magicks & Techniques, Items & Sundries, The Bazaar, Marchant Shops, and last but not least, a Bestiary. This guide is great for getting everything in the game, and as I said before, if you're a collector, this is a must have.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Outlaw Pete on January 30, 2007
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As near as I can recall, this is the most worthless strategy guide I have ever used. In virtually every instance, I have found it easier and less time consuming to figure out the problem without the guide. For instance, last night I fought a tough fight against one of the hidden espers. But I couldn't find the esper because I didn't know it was an esper. Since the word next to the health meter said BOSS, I therefore looked for a BOSS and couldn't find it. While I was fighting the guy (whose name sounds like a sneeze to me) my girlfriend took up the task of finding the guy. She eventually figured out the guy was an esper, but by then I had already figured out what worked and didn't work, so it was moot.

Yes, this guide is chock full of (probably) every piece of information you could possibly need. However, the guide is poorly organized and finding the information you're looking for is often a more daunting task then trying to solve whatever the issue is in the game.

The worst of it comes from BradyGames being too lazy and sloppy to bother with page headers. Instead, the reader is forced to scan through each and every page of a given section looking for sub-section changes.

For instance, the bestiary is organized by the appropriate section in the game, and the order of those sections seems to be either random, or loosely based on the game time line. While this may seem a perfectly natural method of organization to people making the game (as well as to lazy writers of strategy guides), it is cumbersome and aggravating at times to look for a particular monster in the absence of page headers.

If the book were designed for USERS and not the WRITERS, the bestiary would have been organized ALPHABETICALLY.
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