With kingdom hearts 1.5 Prima announced the "Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix: Prima Official Game Guide" which contains the strategy guide for both games included in the hd the version(Kingdom Hearts 1 Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories) , it's also a hardcover edition. So it would really cool if they made one hardcover strategy guide including x and x-2.
They had BETTER release a strategy guide for the re-release of Final Fantasy X/X-2. I need a new one since I don't know where my old books are, plus we definitely need books since this is supposed to be the INTERNATIONAL version of the two games, which is going to contain NEW stuff that the old version of the books and games that were released outside of Japan didn't have.
It's paperback, but probably fairly large since it has to cover two complete games.
Amazon always offers a hefty discount on paperbacks though. Far cheaper than you'll ever get at GameStop or Best Buy even with any 'bundle' discount. It's $18.67 right now, wouldn't be surprised if it drops a little more.
For example the last guide I bought was for Tactic's Ogre which I got for $12.50 at release from Amazon.
I haven't decided on if I'll get it or not. I still have my original X and X-2 guides.
I really hate the original X-2 guide though because it's almost impossible to 100% the game following it. It has a separate 'side quest' section, of which you must do to get 100%, but it does not mention them in the main guide at all so unless you read through the side quest section and bookmark the main guide you'd never know.
I'm not sure if a new guide would be of much benefit since the content of the game is pretty much identical and there are just a few extras at the end. Gamefaqs also has numerous guides for both, although I do much prefer a physical book.
As someone who used to buy the guide to nearly every game he owned, I can tell you with due certainty that 9/10 guides are paperback. It is a very rare treat for a company like Brady to make a hardcover one. The old guides for both X AND X-2 were both paperback. Do not expect anything different for this game.
Oh, I know. I used to own both FFX and FFXII guides. I know FFXII came in a Collector's/Limited Edition too, but I can't remember if it was hardback.
I guess we all hoped it would be hardback considering it's getting a nice treatment. Prima did a great job with making a KH1.5 guide, though I don't own it so I can't vouch for its content. That said, BradyGames *has* been making collector's/limited editions recently, so I was hoping for one for this collection.
The guide being paperback is half of my worry. The other half is the fact that it's only 304 pages.
Well, it looks like BradyGames finally listed it on their site, and it states that the guide is 432 pages long. Still, that seems kinda of short compared to having the two guides separated, and that's keeping in mind this guide is both guides in one *with extra material*. Maybe they just cramped the material up?
To combine both guides, add in the extra content for both games, and shave off 200 pages they certainly would have to had cramped the material up quite a bit.
I played through both games and used both strategy guides and I seem to recall neither guide being bloated or having more material than needed. They were both pretty much on point with everything, especially the guide for 2 because you needed some extra explanations in some areas to get 100% in the game (which the guide did helped with PERFECTLY).
The good news for me is that I still own the original guides for X/X2 and I will be reusing them, and when it comes down to the international content I will just use Gamefaqs.
I found a site that has flawless scans of the Piggyback guides (no, I won't post a source), so I may end up using those. I had hoped BG would be a nice alternative, especially since I sold off my copy of the X guide in anticipation for this. I think I'm going to cancel for now and wait for reviews. If the Piggyback versions prove still superior, I'll hunt down physical copies of those eventually.
@Marissa No, there are no new weapons. Weapon auto abilities, yes. The weapon auto-abilities are called Distill Power, Distill Mana, Distill Speed, and Distill Ability. They force an enemy to drop a particular type of sphere after battle.
Online guides are your best bet. They're free, and mistakes can be corrected.
I have the original guides for both games, and there are a lot of. pictures throughout,; some take up half the page, as well as the fact that. the type seems to be large print. If they shrunk/removed all those pictures and used. smaller font/type they could certainly include everything needed for both international games in this new guide. I bought this new guide and I love it. The original guides just don't cut it anymore.
I have the original guides for both games as well. Yet, I still preordered my copy of the new walkthrough. The new game is going to have some differences that I would like better explained through the walkthrough. And I'm a game collector as well, so I'm not just going to leave it up to looking up things online when I need help... unless I'm really confused and the guide doesn't help me.