- File Size: 20933 KB
- Print Length: 774 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 21, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005231248
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,748 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
The good: a huge amount of games covered, lots of detail, attention and love. Can't get much better than that.
To begin with, the book is 'typeset' in Word or something. It really shows. Now, Word may be a good processor, but a DTP package it is not. This is something I could have printed and bound myself. Also the photos are, disappointingly (but predictably, due to cost issued) in B&W only.
There a lot (a lot!) spelling and grammatical mistakes, a sign of the text not having been edited. Sometimes it's obvious the author changed his mind half-sentence, deleted some of it and then rewrote it without making sure it sticks with the beginning of the sentence. Stuff like that.
The interviews are very few, and gathered together towards the beginning of the book.
Coverage is uneven and raises some brows. For instance, the author covers some obscure (and, probably, hated by the kids that played them back then) edutainment titles and then throws Personal Nightmare and the Elvira titles together in a single (!) page. Then he goes on to cover games up to 2011 (classics??) in his attempt to make an exhaustive guide, but truth be told, he could do with 100-150 pages less, easily. There are definitely tons of non-classic games in there, and you'll find yourself skipping page after page, after a certain point.
What's more, he seems to be nitpicking for most of the time (the Nazi guy in Indiana Jones has an overdone German accent? For god's sake, that was obviously on purpose!) about things that don't really matter when you're engrossed in a real classic and suspension of disbelief is in the works, but that's not a big deal. He also seems to get some facts a bit on the wrong side (Black Dahlia 'totally ignored'? Nah...), but overall he's doing a great job, so maybe I'm the one nitpicking now.
All in all, it's not a perfect book, but (especially since it's the only one out there) it's essential reading. And the price is right, too!
Each article is essentially a detailed description of the game/games with a fair review of its quality on puzzles,story/writing,and graphics. As expected the bigger name games have longer and more in-depth articles. Some even briefly describing the impact they had on the genre or video game industry.
The only downside to the book is that a couple of the articles on some of the games were taken from the website [hardcoregaming101.net]. The issue with this is if you already read the articles on the games from the site your not getting anything different for the most part. Most of the game specific articles that are featured on the hardcoregaming101 site the book takes word for word. Also there are more pictures on the website of the games and their in color to boot. Fortunately the big games included that have been featured on the site have been changed so your getting a bit of new information on those.Also on a positive note it is quite nice to get the articles in physical format over having to read them on a computer screen.
Overall though besides this minor fault this book is a gem. Opening this book is like the old cliche saying about potato chips, you cant just read one article with out wanting to read another and another after that .If you love adventure games then this is a must have.