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SOULCALIBUR IV Limited Edition Guide (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames)) Paperback – July 22, 2008
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In someone's lazy attempt to hit the beach early one weekend before this thing went to press, the controls for the X-Box 360 & PS3 aren't even included! They show both controllers in the very front of the book, with a legend that a cursory glance will have you assume is just explaining the differences between Sony's 'geometric' approach vs. Microsoft's traditional A/B button styles.
Well, you'd be wrong. My husband has never played the PS3 console so I was going to let him glance thru' this book while playing the game to help him familiarize himself with the button layout and character combo lists. What I found out was the book just takes BOTH consoles' controllers and then maps a legend all their own over that! For instance, when you look up a character, say Voldo, and want to know how to perform a simple kick, you'd think the writers would list the corresponding 360 and PS3 buttons respectively. Nope. In the moves list kicking is pressing "K"...What the heck is "K" you ask?? yeah, so did I. You'll have to refer to the front of the book again, where the diagram of both controllers is, to see which button they re-named "K". And so on.
It's hard enough to explain what they did, let alone figure out the coding they created to cover both controllers' button functions.
Why they didn't just release two different books is beyond me. I haven't listened to the OST yet, but even if it's crap, it's still better than the travesty that is this BradyGames guide, and other than the nice (but limited) artwork, is the ONLY reason this isn't a 1-star review. I'm shocked at the level of laziness it took to crank this out.
I just wanted to inform any potential buyer that "Dual of the Fates" is not on the bundled soundtrack. The masterpiece is in the game, however, when you fight Star Killer ("the apprentice"), from "Force Unleasehed I and II".
"Dual of the Fates" is composed by John Williams and is in Episodes I, II and III ("Star Wars"). Why it's not on the bundled soundtrack? It's definately a licensing/royalty issues.
If you really love "Soul Calibur" music, the "Soul Calibur II" limited edition strategy guide also has a soundtrack disc, it's cheap ($ wise). There is also a "Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny" artbook/soundtrack out there somewhere. Look under "S. C.: BD" listing for it!