- Series: Prima Official Game Guide
- Ring-bound: 192 pages
- Publisher: Prima Games; Lslf edition (November 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761552065
- ISBN-13: 978-0761552062
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 2.7 x 11.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,128,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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City of Villains Binder (Prima Official Game Guide) Ring-bound – November 1, 2005
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The 3-ring binder format should allow Prima to release incremental updates to this guide as NCSoft updates its own game, which is a good idea to keep the guide current.
However, with this new format comes several glaring flaws which Prima will need to rethink for future products:
- There are no page numbers.
- There is no table of contents.
- There is no index.
To compensate for this "numberless" paging system, Prima uses tab-marked pages to denote the basic sequence of pages. However, basic editing errors make even the tab system inadequate to its own purpose. For example, the entire section on the "Brute" archetype is labelled "Dominator," and appears out of sequence with the other tabbed sections.
There are also humongous gaps in the content. There is no description of "Pool Powers," which are powers common to all archetypes. There is also no description of character "reputation," which acts as a difficulty setting for City of Villains missions.
The powers which are described in the Guide offer little more than the flavor text which you can read immediately upon entering the game. Want to know the damage, recharge time, endurance cost, or hit probability of a power? Sorry, that information is not provided. (EDIT: recharge time and endurance cost are listed, but not damage or accuracy)
The chapter dedicated to teamwork within a group of Villains is one solitary page.
Don't buy this book. Prima clearly did not do their job when writing it.
City of Villains is a fun expansion to City of Heroes, but this Prima Binder is a waste of money. The original City of Heroes book by Prima Games offered some useful information, but all of that is lacking.
The archatype sections are out of order. The graphic design is inconsistent. They do not tell you simple pieces of information like when Masterminds get their bonus minions (something that a Mastermind character would very much like to know when creating their character).
The "base design" section doesn't tell you any useful information on base design, costs, what you can build, etc. I understand the book was supposed to be a "living" binder, but no content isn't content. Some of their advice on base building includes the section "Building a base seems deceptively simple. When you create a Supergroup, the Registrar offers to give you a base. Say yes and you have a base."
I just can't empathize enough how bad this binder concept is.
Save your money, search the web, talk to people online, and have fun.
I was disappointed with the content as well... I don't think it gave me anything new of any substance; it is basically a rehash of everything that is either in the CoV manual or online in the official forums.
Quite some time ago when I bought City of Heroes (just before release), I also ordered the Prima guide for it... although a lot of the information was basic, it was hands down better than the CoV binder guide!
Prima has made it clear that they will NOT be printing the updates for purchase - they will only be available for download (at no cost) from their site. Which is all fine and dandy, but to print that "free" download on your own and at your own expense in full color would be so cost prohibitive that it makes the whole binder system obsolete. (In fact, one person on the City of Heroes forums burned the file to CD and took it to their local major copy shop, who promptly quoted them a price over $200.00 to print in color.)
So, it was a great dream while it lasted...and the cries of woe from disgruntled customers have fallen on Prima's deaf ears...