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FINAL FANTASY(R) XI Atlas
FINAL FANTASY(R) XI Atlas
by Ed Kern
Edition: Paperback
33 used & new from $7.11

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Collectors only, September 16, 2005
As I bought it for collecting purposes only, I wasn't overly disappointed with the content. It covers all the original FFXI areas (I think), some of the Zilart ones but lacking many dungoen maps like all Sky zones, uggalepih, cauldron, boyahda, quicksand, kuftal, SSG, onzozo, ie the coffer/chest ones.
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There is no CoP content at all. Some NM spawn spots are missing especially in Zilart maps, but there is a more comprehensive "NM Drop Table" that includes areas they didn't have maps for, no COP. There's also info on BCNMs and Dynamis but u can't expect them to be complete given the nature of the game.

The advice and quest info they give for each area is really only helpful to a <Lv30 beginner (similar style to Brady's strategy guide). Some of the lvling up advice is unconventional.

For its usefulness, it'll depend on how many maps you've collected and your knowledge of NMs. Anyway I wouldn't buy this book as a refence since there are much better ones online.

As a collectors item, the Amano art on the covers (4x A4 sides) is very nice, I wished it came with more of it. Otherwise it's the same quality as their FFXI strategy guides.


Final Fantasy XI Official Strategy Guide for PS2 & PC (Spring 2004 Version)
Final Fantasy XI Official Strategy Guide for PS2 & PC (Spring 2004 Version)
by Michael Lummis
Edition: Paperback
64 used & new from $0.01

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Strictly for beginners only, March 15, 2005
As many MMORPG guides are, this guide lacks a lot of detail in the lists (equip/craft/quest/mission/bestiary etc). Since stuff get added all the time.

It's only useful for a new playing, just entering MMORPG world, who might find the info at early sections of the guide interesting, the very basics.

Job descriptions are only partly correct, and job abilities, spells lists are out of date.

Equipment list was decent for its time of publishing, since then the number of equips probably doubled or tripled.

Guild recipes is one of the worst parts, it only tells you which rank the recipe is in (eg recruit, novice), but not the recipe cap, making it useless for someone skilling up a craft. Also it only covers up to Artisan rank (lvl80max). All the newly added recipes are not there of course.

Only a handful of quests are given for each realm, far less then the actual amount even at its time of publishing. Quest descriptions/guidance are insufficient for many quests.

Missions only go up to Magicite (Rank 5) for each nation. No rank 6-10, no Zilart, no Promathia.

Beastiery is fairly good, for the areas that it covers. I find the Lvl min-max range info useful. Some Zilart and all promathia areas are not covered.

A very basic skillchain chart is given, only covers up to the 150 skill WSs, and of course no lvl3 chains. There is a list saying which mob-family is weak to which elements, which I found useful. The new mob families introduced since zilart are not covered.

Magic and food effects tables were sufficient for its time, but now much has changed.

Overall it makes a pretty poor reference book, but the MMORPG world is ever-changing, so you can't really expect too much.


Final Fantasy VIII Official Strategy Guide (Video Game Books)
Final Fantasy VIII Official Strategy Guide (Video Game Books)
by BradyGames
Edition: Paperback
64 used & new from $7.12

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, very detailed guide :), May 26, 2002
Excellent guide, very helpful and covers just about everything there is. The monster list was very detailed and informative. And it's all in the book, ie. no need to check PlayOnline every second page. ;) However it doesn't cover the final boss strategies like the FF7 guide did.
The best part about this book I reckon is the full statistics listings (for Magic, GFs, abilities, items, cards, bestiary).
I got the guide after beating the game twice and I discovered heaps of stuff that I've missed in the first 2 games. :)
I think it's the best one out of BradyGames' FF7,FF8,FF9 guides. I haven't bought the FF10 one yet, EB ran out of stock o_O


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