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NO POKEDEX...at all
on October 16, 2013
This review was revised and updated with new info.
---- Original Review 10/16/13 ----
For 17 years, the Pokemon players guides have ALWAYS had a pokedex section. When Prima took over publication, they started splitting the guide into 2 volumes. Volume 1 was a walkthrough with a small regional dex in the back, and volume 2 was a full National Dex.
But for X and Y, Prima has decided to eliminate the pokedex entirely. So this guide is a walkthrough only, with no dex AT ALL, not even a *regional* dex.
I don't care how pretty the pictures or how cool the maps are. For most players, the pokedex is the single most important part of the guide, and in some cases, the sole reason for purchasing it. Prima totally dropped the ball on this one.
And if that's not bad enough, I just received Prima's response; They said there are NO plans to publish a 2nd volume this time. So there will be absolutely no pokedex for this game whatsoever. [SEE REVISED MESSAGE BELOW]
---- UPDATED: 10/18/13 ----
I had to revise my review, because Prima just emailed me again, with new (updated) information. . .Good news AND bad news.
The GOOD news:
Prima WILL be publishing a Volume 2 guide after all.
The BAD news:
It'll have a Regional Dex, but NOT a National one. . .AND. . .it won't be released until JANUARY 2014. . .the *END* of January. Almost 4 months after the game's release.
Really? I don't know who's making these decisions, Prima or Nintendo. But whoever it is, has lost touch with reality. Most of us will have already finished the game by then.
So, while I'm glad we'll (eventually) get a Kalos Regional Dex, I'm still very upset that they eliminated it from the *first* volume (which they never did before), and that we'll basically have to play the entire game without ANY Pokedex at all.
And if you think we can just get that info online. . . good luck with that. Even Serebii doesn't have any Pokedex info for the Kalos region.
Anyway, onto the review. . .
The description doesn't mention it, but this is not a standard size guide. It's a "pocket" guide, approx 6" x 9". (same size as the Animal Crossing New Leaf guide, only thicker)
It has the same amount of content and same font size as a standard size guide, it's just laid out differently. Less on each page, but more pages. I normally love the convenient size of pocket guides. However, this one. . .notsomuch.
Don't get me wrong. The book itself is gorgeous. The cover, paper and workmanship are top-notch quality, but it was a huge mistake to put a HARD cover on a pocket guide. Again, who's making these decisions? Ever hear of Focus Groups? :-/
A hard cover on a large book works fine, but on a small book, it creates problems. It makes it impossible to flip through easily, and the stiff binding makes it difficult to keep the book open. I have to hold it open with both hands, and when I let go of one side to turn a page, the book wants to flop shut. So it'll make a beautiful addition to my collection, but it's extremely impractical for actually USING.
I haven't had time to read through the whole 415 pages, so I'm unable to comment on the actual content of this guide. But I can tell you that it appears to be chock-full of great info and charts, etc. And very nicely done.
However, the individual maps printed in the book are not very good quality. They're not sharp and clear like previous ones were. (maybe because they're shrunk down?) They're kind of muddy looking and a little difficult to make out detail, especially the caves.
If you're like MOST players, who buy the guide *primarily* for the Pokedex, then this guide is a total FAIL.
If you're ok with not having a Pokedex, but you still want to use the walkthrough *during* gameplay, then it's a semi-fail. (see "difficulties using" comments above)
If you don't need the Pokedex OR the walkthrough, and you're just buying it to have as a lovely addition to your collection, then I highly recommend this guide. For 11 bucks, you might as well ;)