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Resident Evil Archives I and II Bundle Paperback – October 26, 2012

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BradyGames, an imprint of DK and a division of Penguin Random House Inc., is the world’s leading publisher of strategy content for PC and console video games. BradyGames understands what gamers—both casual and hardcore—want and need from strategy guides. Every guide features in-depth content, detailed screen captures, quick-reference tips, and professional strategy. Prima Games is also a leader in the digital strategy realm, offering interactive maps, streaming video, searchable online guides and apps, and a full website at primagames.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: BradyGames (October 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744014425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744014426
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #996,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 16, 2012
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Here's the 2-book set video game companion for the popular Resident Evil series.

There are 544 pages total from the two archives. Archives I covers Resident Evil 0, 1, 2, 3 and Resident Evil Code: Veronica. Archives II covers Resident Evil 4 and 5.

The content covers the stories, characters, creatures, items, art, timeline and keyword profiles. There's a lot to read, uncover and reminisce about if you've played the games.

I like the character and creature profiles. For the characters, they are really detailed in the background. Also included are relationship maps that show you who's linked to who. The stories and profiles serve as a good recap to how the plot has evolved over the many games, and years. There are plenty of video game screenshots with the narrative.

The concept art includes character designs, creatures and background art. While there are many pieces, they are printed rather small so it's not easy to see the details.

Overall, this book is a must-buy for all Resident Evil fans. It's quite a bargain considering the price and the amount of content included.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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After numerous changes in estimated shipping dates by Amazon, and further delivery delays due to Hurricane Sandy, I finally received my order (after a 14 hour day at work) last night! I left the box on the table and went to bed. This morning I had enough time to open the box and flip through the first book and my initial opinion is extremely positive. The bundle arrives as two separate books. Both have 2012 publishing dates.

Archives I covers Resident Evil 0 to Resident Evil Code: Veronica
Archives II covers Resident Evil 4 and 5

I think there is a tremendous wealth of information in these books, especially for someone like me who's only knowledge of the Resident Evil franchise has come from just the movies. The first RE game I ever played was Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City. I also have Resident Evil 6 Archives so now I have a fair chunk of Resident Evil games to play through. Due to the wealth of information I thought some of the illustrations were quite small but this might be due to the fact that these are screen captures from older games in a resolution that's sub-standard today. But that would be my only complaint.

Now, material from Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City and Resident Evil 6 are not presented. Perhaps there will be a Resident Evil Archives III...?

If you love the Resident Evil series you will love these books. If you're a Resident Evil n00b like me, well for the games at least, you will find tons of background and information on Resident Evil.
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This review won't be incredibly detailed but it will give you a good idea of what the Archives Bundle includes. With my video, I flip through some of the pages of the books to give you a small idea of what they each look like. I apologize for the lighting if it is not perfect, but the lighting in my apartment is pretty low. Also my camera's microphone picked up some load music from outside, but hopefully none of this hurts the video enough and you can at least get something from it.

Here is a quick breakdown of what each book contains:

Resident Evil Archives Vol. 1 - 304 Pages (Covers Resident Evil 0, RE 1, RE 2, RE3, and RE Code Veronica)

The Layout of Vol. 1 is as follows:
Introduction
Story
Characters
Items
Art
Keywords
Column
Database
Credits

Resident Evil Archives Vol. 2 - 240 Pages (Covers RE 4, RE 5, RE The Umbrella Chronicles, RE The Darkside Chronicles, and RE Degeneration)

The Layout of Vol. 2 is as follows:
Introduction
Story
Character
Creature
Item
Visual Work (Art)
Extra (The two Chronicle games and Degeneration)
Keyword
Database

As you can see from above, both books cover just about everything you could want about the main installments in the Resident Evil series (the most recent installments like Revelations and 6 are not included). The books do a good job of breaking down the storylines for each individual game. Don't get me wrong, there is no substitute for actually playing the games and getting every ounce of the plot, but the books do a commendable job of breaking down the plot of each game and catching up old and new fans of the series.
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First off, my only complaint on this order was that it took so long to actually receive the books, though I can understand the reason for the delays. As far as the actual books go, I owned both books previously, the first from when Borders bookstore were still in business and I believe the second I may have ordered from Amazon. I looked through the first one so many times and having it for so long, larges sections of the pages started coming out from the spine. I didnt want to risk ruining the books anymore so I rarely took it out to look thru it. Trying to replace it was almost a lost cause, other copies I seen in other places were asking hundreds of dollars for one.

So I was very excited to see Archives I and II come out as a set!! And at a very, VERY reasonable price. Im a huge nerd when it comes to the RE franchise (I dont really include the movies in with that, since the storyline is quite different from that of the game, though the movies are good in there own right.) Yes, it maybe be a video game series, but i absolutely love the storyline, and how it all ties together, even all these years later since the first game came out. These books also fill in many of the gaps left open from the games, tidbits you might not have found out in the games. I literally can not be bored looking through these. Im not quite ready to take them out of the packaging, but I wont feel as guilty looking through my older copies.

If your a fan of Resident Evil, enjoyed playing through the games through the years, Id definitely say this is a one set of books to add to your collection.
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