- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Books (July 24, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1506706444
- ISBN-13: 978-1506706443
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.4 x 12.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive Volume 1 Hardcover – July 24, 2018
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HOWEVER, please be cautious when purchasing books from Amazon. Mine was poorly packaged (just sitting in a box without bubble wrap), so the entire bottom right corner is bent and wrinkled. The damage went beyond the cover, too, so every page has 2 inches of wrinkles, folds, and scuffs. I'll get over it but, as a fan that has been waiting years for the Ultimania series to reach the states, it's heartbreaking to have my first copy damaged upon arrival.
Note: many characters, monsters, and locations are shown with Japanese language (Katakana or Hiragana most often - sometimes Kanji) with a Romaji translation (such as Kokaturisu for Cockatrice) and a final English translation. Note that much of this book is based off multiple versions of the games - often the PSP / PS1 versions for 1, 2, 4, 5 and DS for 3. Just a note because translations are different for each version. Also some of the sprites shown in character models are from later releases, not original. But it is certainly forgivable since they often show the sprites for multiple versions.
I am just pawing through it non-stop. I feel like a kid when I got the first Final Fantasy and literally wore out the map/monster chart that was included!
The art and screen shots bring back memories of playing these games over the past 30 years. But that’s not all this book has. It also includes great design information as well as plot/scenario outlines.
This book is well worth the money to any fan of the early Final Fantasy games.
My only complaint is that the book was shipped without any protective material in the box (only shrink wrap), and the bottom of my copy has some dents in the cover. Sad for such a fine conversation piece.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR FANS OF THE FIRST SIX FINAL FANTASY JRPGs.
there has been too many complains about the Shipping of this product and I don't know why it keeps happening again and again and no one doesn't want to do anything about, it's like they see our comments and choosing not to do anything, so since they don't want to listen i just lower the score to most negative until they will have no other choice to listen, and finally start wrapping their products correctly.
If I had to review this Ultimania Volume 1 with a single word, I'd simply say: "FANTASTIC!". This first volume of the Final Fantasy Ultimania books covers the first six Final Fantasy games, and has an enormous amount of details and content. Each game has it own individual section, complete with images of each character's classic sprites, and even their official Yoshitaka Amano art work as well. Aside from being visually appealing, the book is overflowing with unique story details, character bios, and even an encyclopedia of items and monsters! This volume of the Ultimania series is thick, it is huge, but not to the point of being a pain to carry around or hold. If you enjoy any of the six Final Fantasy games that this volume covers, you'll find something to love in this book, there is just so much information and artwork contained within this tome.
This is a must-have for anyone who enjoys the Final Fantasy series, I can't recommend it enough. As a long-time Final Fantasy fan myself, I love this book, and I can't wait for Volume 2 to come out this fall.
More distressing was the shipping method of the book. The book was shipped in a cardboard box, non-form fitting so it shook around a lot. Book was shipped by Amazon Warehouse and condition was listed as Very Good. It may have been Very Good when it left the warehouse, but it took a beating on its way here, as shown by the photos on this review. The book is still quite readable, and the damage is not so severe as the book is falling apart, but it definitely took a few hard hits on its way that would have been not nearly as damaging if it had either been shipped in bubble wrap or at least a form fitting box.