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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite guide for an exquisite game, November 10, 2010
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First of all, if you have any interest in futuristic third-person shooters, go check out the reviews for Vanquish (PS3/360). Or take my word for it: Vanquish is unbelievably cool, with surprisingly complex gameplay that matches its stunning visuals and breakneck pacing. It's a throwback to old-school action games - you play for score! - but with modern HD graphics and sound. What else would you expect from the team behind Bayonetta?

Now for the guide: this is, without a doubt, the most in-depth guide I've seen in a long time. Vanquish is not a long game - the campaign is six or seven hours on Normal difficulty - and it's not tough to bull your way through on the lower difficulties. However, if you want to explore the multiple layers of the gameplay, and play Vanquish the way it was intended - including getting higher scores, conquering God Hard difficulty, and achieving great times on each Challenge - this guide is a must. The tips and strats outlined in the guide have vastly improved my own skills, and I still have (a lot) more to learn. This guide will not just teach you how to play Vanquish; it will show you how to master it.

You'll find everything you need here: detailed strategies for each enemy and boss, in-depth explanations of each weapon (including the pre-order bonus weapons), and a clearly written description of the awesome capabilities of Sam Gideon's DARPA suit. For example, the guide will tell you how long it takes for the suit to recover from overheating.....in hundredths of a second.

Also included are two walkthroughs of Vanquish's Campaign - one for Normal difficulty and one for the highly challenging God Hard - as well as step-by-step strategies for all six Tactical Challenges. The guide outlines the location for each hidden Pangloss statue, and describes exactly what you need to do for each trophy/achievement. It even has codes for accessing strategy videos on FuturePress' website. There is also an interview with director Shinji Mikami and early concept drawings; perfect for those who want to learn a bit about the game's history.

This my first experience with a FuturePress guide, and they've hit a 500-foot home run here. It's a well-made, surprisingly hefty volume that's overflowing with carefully designed, easily read page layouts and clear, well-written text - not to mention the gorgeous artwork spread from cover to cover.

I didn't expect this depth and breadth of content from a guide for a niche action game such as Vanquish; this kind of treatment is usually reserved for major RPG releases. In the age of the internet, you might think that the days of the traditional strategy guide are coming to an end, but this book was created by people who loved Vanquish, and wanted to share their knowledge with the reader. Bravo, FuturePress!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This guide is a work of art, November 18, 2010
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I've never bought a Future Press guide prior to this one, but I had heard a lot of good things about them. Even so, the quality and sheer amount of information provided in this guide blew me away. Especially considering the main campaign in Vanquish is only about 6-7 hours. It even has strategies for the most hardcore aspects of the game, including speed runs, high scores, and the God Hard difficulty. I especially love the in-depth break downs of weapons and enemies.

The people working at Future Press are obviously passionate about video games, as this guide feels like a true work of art. The high-quality images seem to jump off the page, and the layout is beautiful. The internet age has made printed players guides almost obsolete, yet Future Press proves that as long as you put effort into creating an amazing product, people will get value from it. I can't recommend this product enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars guide, April 22, 2013
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this game is intense had a tough time getting through the first stage until i got the book. the guide was in perfect condition if i need anything else from this seller ill definitely buy it from them
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME GUIDE, August 4, 2013
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This guide is so detailed it makes no sense. The perfect guide for a basic walk through so a serious 100% God Hard run. If your serious at all about this game this guide WILL help immensely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide for a Great Guide., July 11, 2013
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This guide is amazing for helping with this game on the hardest difficulty and also collectables . There is a nice art section in this guide in the back which I really enjoyed. In Short~ Buy this if you love the game and want to 100% it and see some art!
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome, May 31, 2013
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incredably helpful it also showed me how to find movie codes to watch.i also loved how the art work in the back of the book for the early desgins.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FINISSHED THE GAME AND IT HELP A LOT AND MADE THE GAME EASIER TO PLAY?, September 4, 2013
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HAD TO DO EVERY THING OVER AGAIN AND IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN A LOT OF TIME BUT THE BOOK MY IT EASIER TO PLAY AND MORE FUN?
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Vanquish: The Official Guide
Vanquish: The Official Guide by Future Press (Paperback - October 22, 2010)
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