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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix: Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Official Game Guides) Hardcover – October 21, 2013

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Product Details

  • Series: Prima Official Game Guides
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Games; Pck Har/Ps edition (October 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804162654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804162654
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.3 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. Lucas on October 22, 2013
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For those that don't know, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMIX was a compilation of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Re: Chain of Memories, and a movie version of 358/2 Days. Chain of Memories is exactly the same game as the PS2 port of the same name released in the US in 2008 in HD. Kingdom Hearts Final Mix is the original Kingdom Hearts (released for PS2 in 2002) with a few extra enemies, revamped synthesis, an extra boss, and more weapons and accessories. The Final Mix version of the game was never released in the outside Japan until this compilation. Keep this in mind while looking through the rest of this review.

--Kingdom Hearts Final Mix--
As I mentioned above, the Final Mix version has some new features but is overall the same game from before. When buying this guide, I was expecting a fair amount of copying and pasting because of this. What I was hoping was that the writers would at least make an effort to update the existing text with the new information.

What's Included/Updated
- Boss strategy for the new secret boss, "The Unknown"
- Synthesis recipe list
- List of new special enemies

What's NOT Included
- Synthesis ingredient list
- Strategies for new special enemies
- Gummi ship missions
- Gummi blueprint list

There could be other items I could add to the lists, but I haven't yet dived into the Trinity list nor the Dalmatian list (both had minor changes in the Final Mix versions). I will update this review when I know for sure on these two items and others.

One major issue for me is the lack of information on the new enemies. These new enemies aren't just normal hack-and-slash kills. Most of them require a strategy to kill or get their special item to drop.
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I was so excited for this guide, being a special hardcover edition with coverage for both games included in KH 1.5. It is a decent guide for first-time players, but not long-time fans of the series who are hoping to achieve 100% completion. It is little more than a copy of the original Kingdom Hearts guide by Dan Birlew (and that guide, in my opinion, was much more helpful and comprehensive).

Many of the Dalmatian puppy locations are listed incorrectly in this guide - I had to go searching online for help with the most difficult ones, when I should have had that information under my nose already. Heartless unique to Final Mix are barely mentioned and no strategies are given to defeat them, much less how to obtain the rare synthesis items they drop. Boss strategies in general are vague and not particularly helpful. I remember relying heavily on the strategies in the original guide (especially since I was quite young when the first game came out), but these aren't helpful at all for the novice player. The guide as a whole offers nothing for the experienced player. To you, I recommend buying the original guide if you can still find it anywhere, and supplementing your "research" with video game forums.

The bottom line? Unless you are a beginner or a casual player who has no intention of achieving 100% completion for these two games, this guide is a heavy, nice-looking waste of money. I wish I had known all of this before pre-ordering it.
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Here's the bottom line.The guide is really pretty. Design and construction wise, it's fantastic. But as far as the actual content, a lot more could have been done to make it better.

I won't go into all the details, since so many other reviews have already spelled it out, but a lot of information that would have been helpful was not elaborated on in this guide. And if you're like me, trying to get all the trophies for all three games, then you'd be disappointed to know that all they have is a trophy list. No "How-to" thing for getting trophies.

And there's no section for the gummi ship missions. At all. And that is arguably the hardest trophy to get in the entire game (getting every blueprint). The fact that the guide gives you no help for one of the most difficult sections in the game is very subpar.

The Re:CoM section is rather vague. Lines like "Go into the next room, fight the Heartless if you like, then continue on" make it seem like they really only focused on KHFM. And every world in Re:CoM only gets a single page, front and back. There are exceptions, like Olympus Colisuem, but the fact that each section is so short shows how little they actually "guide" you through the game. It's more like bulletpoints for you to follow that you really could've figured out on your own.

The only really helpful parts are for the bosses. This guide helped quite a lot for the Re:CoM bosses, offering great suggestions about what kinds of cards or sleights will be most effective for winning. If they had showed more of this kind of helpfulness for the rest of the content, it would have been awesome.
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I don't work for Prima, so I can't say this is the fact - this guide is not a complete guide and seems to have been a rush job. First, it was two months late from the publisher's original publishing date, placing it WELL past the release date of this game. Second, it contains very little information about any of the new Final Mix enemies, and completely lacks information on the new items these enemies drop (needed for synthesis and the ultimate weapon in the game). Some weapons are labeled as accessories. To top it off, it issues spoilers on content NOT IN KINGDOM HEARTS 1 but in Kingdom Hearts 2! If you're new to the series, don't use this guide. It will have some major impacts and spoils plenty of the story for you.

The build quality of the book is nice - the art is pretty and the pages are premium paper stick. But half-assed work on paper is still half-assed.

Save yourself the cost of purchase and use the online guides you can find through Google. You'll find them to be much more useful.

Prima: You keep on showing why you're not a reliable guide company. You want to make this right? How about re-issuing this guide in a complete form and giving those you screwed over a discount on the expected sequel book you're going to make for II.5 HD Remix. Oh wait, this is Amazon, you're not going to read my review.
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