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Mortal Kombat Kollector's Edition: Prima Offical Game Guide Hardcover – April 19, 2011
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The quality of the guide is poor. Even just skimming I found typos all over the place, from using the wrong "its" to "ration" instead of "ratio" to writing "BMG" instead of "BGM" for background music unlockables in the krypt. The game basics section is clumsily written, and even having played the demo and understanding the mechanics pretty well, I found myself re-reading some explanations (such as for overhead attacks and some of the mix-up info) trying to figure out what the author actually meant. And it doesn't help that even the first Fatality I tried to use a reference for had the distance listed wrong and I had to look in-game anyway (and many Fatalities in the guide don't even tell you the distance at all). To top it off, the print quality is pretty bad. The paper quality is okay but the ink is sticky, grainy, and smells bad even.
In the end, the only thing the guide is really useful for is its table of krypt unlockables. Even the extra interviews at the end are painfully boring (and this coming from someone who enjoys reading that kind of thing), and have very sparse and tiny artwork sprinkled throughout. Now, if you're like me, one of the reasons you want to buy this guide in the first place is to have all the information in front of you and see nice pictures too. Unfortunately, this doesn't really provide. I would say a good 80-90% of the pages are taken up by excessive screenshots of all the moves and combos. Each special move has three or four progressive screenshots showing the move in action, but they're so small that it's hard to enjoy them. One much larger picture would be so much more satisfying. And why do we need sequential screenshots of the combos? It's pretty ridiculous when you have a 16-picture sequence of a combo, since it's not visually entertaining nor helpful for the actual execution of the combo. All it does is fill page after page that could be telling you how to actually apply the moves or more strategy. And corner combos aren't even mentioned.
If you ignored all the people saying fighting game guides are pointless like I did because you wanted something nice to leaf through, I'm sad to say this isn't that. Save your money and put it toward something else.
EDIT: I have continued to try using the guide and I just discovered that the ENTIRE combo section for Liu Kang has the correct pictures but the button inputs for KANO! STAY AWAY FROM THIS MESS!
The concept art section is not massive at all. They put all of the concept art in the back with the interviews, which I found to be bland and obtain nothing worth noting whatsoever. There is no fatality gallery or warrior evolution, so if you're buying for that reason, then DO NOT buy this guide. It is just not there and I was extremely disappointed when I flipped through the guide to not find it when I know it was advertised as a selling point for this book. There's a chart for the challenge tower but it isn't useful. There is also a list of all the items in the krypt, but that could easily be found online. No character frame data at all either. There is nothing in here at all regarding babalities, nothing about how to fight the secret fighters, and no tips or anything interesting for the story mode.
237 pages of this guide is all dedicated to screen shots of character moves, X-rays, and only one fatality. There is a little bio for each character ripped right from the game. There is a little match chart showing you how each character fares against the others. It isn't all that great really.
This guide is simply terrible. It does look good with the hardcover, nice pages, and slick presentation, but the content is not worthwhile. This book isn't helpful at all and gets old to flip through real quick due to the sea of screen shots. I bought it for the concept art and evolutions mainly, things that can't easily be found online. There is concept art in here, just not nearly enough to be called "massive." 20 or so pages of concept art is not massive, especially when they cheated and inserted the concept art into the interviews to save space.
Stay away from this guide. You will come across all that is included with this guide in the game on your own.