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Mortal Kombat Kollector's Edition: Prima Offical Game Guide Hardcover – April 19, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Games; Lam Pck Ha edition (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030789097X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307890979
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I will never ever buy another prima guide. wast of money.
Edwin Santos
The book gives no information on frame data and honestly even if it did I wouldn't believe it considering how many typos are in this book.
SpawnSC
There are screenshots of one Fatality for each character in their move list section, but that's it.
Egman

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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Egman on April 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Simply put, this guide is poorly designed, poorly written, and lacking in almost every respect. Most frustrating to me is its incompleteness. For example, in addition to Fatalities, this game has Babalities as well. However there is absolutely no mention of them in the entire guide or move lists. Strategy and detail is severely lacking in all sections. The "tournament caliber" strategies amount to a basic and general description of each fighter's play style, comprised of at most one or two tiny paragraphs. The "Fatality gallery and warrior evolution" feature listed in the product details is COMPLETELY missing, by which I mean it's not even an exaggeration, it's literally not present. There are screenshots of one Fatality for each character in their move list section, but that's it. No gallery, no evolution. That was one of the things I looked forward to the most, seeing their progression from game to game, but it's not there. Frame data and combo damage statistics are completely omitted, under the guise that "it could be patched and make our info wrong so we just won't include it at all." Gee thanks, now I don't even have an idea of RELATIVE speeds or damage statistics for moves and combos. Oh, there are trophies/achievements for discovering secret battles as well, and there is absolutely no mention of them or how to find them.

The quality of the guide is poor. Even just skimming I found typos all over the place, from using the wrong "its" to "ration" instead of "ratio" to writing "BMG" instead of "BGM" for background music unlockables in the krypt.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Ying Ming Lam on April 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I buy strategy guides just to have move sets printed out for characters of the game. The additional combos are just bonuses to me. However, this strategy guide is not only full of typos but the character inputs for various character is switched. No quality assurance was made prior to printing these guides, and it is easy to identify. Granted the book was nicely made in terms of construction, but I am ranking this guide a 1 star simply because it does not accomplish the main thing all guides should do (especially fighting games!): accurately represent in-game command inputs. I spent $20.00 for something incomplete, and I made sure to return it the next day.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Morgue on April 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book having high hopes, but this book was a rushed, sloppy mess created to cash in on information you could find for free online. I like having a nice colorful book in front of me rather than a sheet of paper with move sets printed off the internet, but I was disappointed in the utter lack of polish in this book.

The book basically takes the move lists for each character (that you can get for free), and then fills the pages with tiny blurry screenshots of said moves. As for concept art, and the pretty pictures for which I bought the book for? There aren't many. The book is literally one picture of each character, and blurry screenshots of their moves and combos.

Also (as other reviewers have noted) advertised sections of the book are missing. I suppose that they hit some sort of deadline, and cut their sections out for some reason, but they are advertised as FEATURES OF THE BOOK, so that's classic false advertising. Features that don't exist include:

- Tournament caliber strategy for the serious tournament players. Only if by "tournament caliber" you mean "simple and obvious". Did you know Baraka is best used up-close? Did you know Raiden could teleport behind people? Wow what "tournament caliber strategies".

- Massive concept art section. Maybe Prima thought it was Opposite Day, because there is no concept art section at all, and what little there is sprinkled in the "Inside NetherRealm Studio feature" cannot be described as "massive" by any thinking person.

- Character histories with Fatality gallery and warrior evolution. This section simply doesn't exist. This would actually be a really cool feature of the book, but it's nowhere to be found. They show blurry screenshots of one fatality per character in the book, and that it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edwin Santos on April 21, 2011
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The product is of the up most build quality but the errors are far too many and not minor in any way. More than half the characters have wrong info and missing moves. Prima's official website has an absurd apology and a list of all fixes to download (pdf format). I will never ever buy another prima guide. wast of money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tech Friendly on April 20, 2011
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Got it for $20, but the guide is incomplete. No real strategies, lots of pics of what amounts to the in game tutorial, no mention or movelist for Babalities, and movelist included for 2nd Fatalities w/ no pics or fatality distance. Also a measly 4 page write-up of the history of the last 8 MK games, some only being mentioned in a single sentence. Poor waste of money.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Dean on April 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
First off, many features listed in the product description simply do not exist in this book.

* Massive concept art section
* Character histories with Fatality gallery and warrior evolution

Neither of these are there. At all.

The book is FULL of typos. Combo sections are switched (yes SWITCHED) between Liu Kang and Kano. (did they even proofread this thing?) Many moves and combos on the cheap 'laminated' cards are wrong. Misspellings and badly listed moves are everywhere.

I suggest returning this book back for a FULL refund as it is not as described. That's what I did today. MASSIVE disappointment.
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