This is a pimpage post, but it comes to you with Tom’s approval.
I work for DoubleJump Books, and we’re currently having a clearance sale on our strategy guides, for games such as Phantom Brave, Disgaea 2, Operation Darkness, and the forthcoming Disgaea 3. We’re hoping to get some of our warehouse space back.
Since Quarter to Three’s regulars have been some of our most vocal fans, I arranged a deal. By going to our website and ordering with the promotional code Q23, you’ll receive five dollars off of an order.
That is also my question, as well as this - I see you guys list the MGS4 official guide, and the Ninja Gaiden II one, and the GTA IV one - none of which seem like traditional DoubleJump guides. Are they?
I can’t speak as to their origins, but the GTA IV guide I would rate as a very good Bradygames guide, if that means anything. Unusually, it has a very thorough table of contents that gets you where you need to be quickly, and since it’s less a game of “how to beat this boss” than simply giving you a heads up on where and how everything happens, it adds a lot of value to the game for people like me that could care less about driving aimlessly in the city soaking up its ambiance.
The NGII guide is a more difficult one to love, namely because the formatting is so relatively primitive for a game guide. To its credit, the maps work alright, and the boss tips proved handy when I got stuck. I would say it’s only for people allergic to gamefaqs. It’s not as bad as the original NG guide, which I bought only for the golden symbol finding, and it stabbed me in the back by having an incomplete list. But it’s definitely a throwback as far as gameguides go.
The MGS4 guide is really polished and well done. Its walkthrough philosophy is very stealth based, but it does a good job of explaining the other options and giving you all of the details in the game, particularly for the hard/extreme playthroughs. It’s not a game where I was dying for help, but as far being a completist and trying to earn badges, it was invaluable. In fact, my first reaction when seeing the guide was “looks like DJ has some real competition now”…it seems they are all one big happy family, these days.