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Final Fantasy Tactics Greatest Hits: Prima's Official Strategy Guide [Paperback]

Elizabeth Hollinger , James Ratkos
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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July 24 2001 Prima's Official Strategy Guides

Battle-by-battle strategies
70 battle maps in 3D
All Treasures, secret places, and hidden items revealed
Statistical information for action, reaction, and movement skells for every job class
Discover how to play FF VII's cloud strife

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How do you follow up one of the most ambitious, anticipated, and successful video games of all time? With an equally ambitious game that has a unique look and feel, but remains true to its lineage. This is the story behind Final Fantasy Tactics, the new Sony Playstation game from Squaresoft. Following the epic role-playing game Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy Tactics focuses more on battles and strategies for winning them. This book, which is far more engaging than your average all-text strategy guide, can help you master each of the game's 70 battle maps, which are depicted in several full-color screen shots. Before getting into that, however, the guide goes to great lengths to explain the game's incredible depth and the many intricacies you'll have to learn in order to be successful. The latter portion of the book explains the differences between the game's 20 different job classes and provides a wealth of statistics on the many weapons and creatures that come into play. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice. Jan. 22 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The Guide is very helpful, if for no other reson than the Job and equipment listings at the back. As stated above, there are a very few errors. These are inconsequential however. The book is beautifully laid out and graphically stunning. My pages are falling out however, the book seems to have a weak spine. The book has it's share of typos. I believe that the book de-emphasizes the value of various job classes however. The Oracle and the Mediator are very helpful, if they work with your style of play. The special characters are all listed and detailed, which is a bonus. The book will definitely lessen the impact of the plot, however. I recommend that it be used only if a battle is causing extreme diffuculties, or for the Job class/item information at the back of the book. All in all, I think the book is worth the money, for the serious gamer. Most of the information in the book on the Jobs/items etc. can be found quite readily on the net. Overall, I give the book four stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't know what you fools are talking about... Jan. 28 2002
Format:Paperback
...because I think that the strategy guide is quite useful. You would have to be a buffoon to need actual STRATEGIES to win the battles - this is not the intended purpose. However, knowing that the marquis has an entire complement of Genji armor, which otherwise cannot be found, makes the gaming experience much more enjoyable. Also, knowing WHERE to find Cloud's materia blade, without which he cannot perform any special attacks, is quite nice. I guess I COULD complain that Square put these things into the game in order to get us to buy strategy guides, but hey, that's not a complaint against the GUIDE, right?
All in all, I found the guide useful, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get everything possible out of the game. However, if you need the guide simply to get through the battles, well, maybe you should switch to another game, like Candy Land.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Are you sure this is Official? Jan. 31 1998
Format:Paperback
I was genuinely surprised to open this relatively inexpensive title to find beautiful full color shots with thick, glossy pages. But I was more so disappointed when if found the first 30 pages a rehash of the instructions and online help that comes with the game, and to see that the meat of the book was just maps and virtually no strategy. I feel that the main reason for such a guide is to provide the best battle stratgies on dealing with enemies, not just simply list what enemies there are to be found and the recommended characters to use. The greatest features of this guide, though, are the comprehensive lists of jobs, enemies, and useful and equippable items. I like the fact that this book, despite its pre-game release, covered in full the American version of Final Fantasy Tactics, but it turned out to be more of an FAQ than anything.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It has pictures! Does that help!? Nov. 25 2001
Format:Paperback
Yes Pictures! The only thing this guide has thats worthwhile. They have battle maps (what the hell for!?) and I really don't know why. The strategies for all 70 battles are very dumb. That final battle strategy isn't even a strategy! The strategy in the guide focuses more on your defense rather than offense. Making this guide almost a waste of time. Why give it 2 stars instead of one? Well it did describe the job classes really well, but with its errors and tendancy to make me ask "what the *explicit deleted*" I just couldn't go along with this for long. Being that the game IS Final Fantasy Tatics and all I really can't recomend a guide because the game is straight forward. Why? This guide has no secrets at all! Nothing! The only good strategy is the first battle. Other than that this is a poor excuse for a guide.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You're gonna need a stapler... Jan. 13 2000
Format:Paperback
This book is a strategy guide. What else can I say? We've all seen strategy guides before. The thing that makes this book great for this AMAZING game is the "suggested battle formations" on each battle map. Outstanding. Works every time.
But you WILL need a stapler. Im not kidding. The binding is TERRIBLE! Everyone I know has had their book completely fall apart at the seam. Read the other reviews...you'll see.
But this IS an indispensible guide to one of my ALL time favorite games. The best game (in my humble opinion) to carry the name Final Fantasy. Thats saying ALOT. And this book is the only "official" strategy guide Ive found that didnt dissappoint me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly the Great White Hope... Nov. 25 2002
Format:Paperback
Final Fantasy Tactics is a game where you have to use tactics. You have to THINK. You can't expect a book to do your thinking for you. The guide's strategies are a joke anyway.
WHat is usefule, however, is some of the job descriptions and the other million details you want for a perfect file. However, be warned--there are many inaccuracies and errors. Besides, you usually find better information on the net anyhow.
Buy it if you're a die-hard FFT fan, too dumb to think of a good strategy, too lazy to bother yourself to think, or don't have internet access (then why are you here? hmm...). Otherwise, you don't really need color maps and fancy fonts, now do you?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best update on cheats out there!!!! Sept. 27 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Well i have to start off saying that i have not finished it yet.... i have been busy working on the cheats/tips as they come. If u by this book u should go step by step so u would not miss a cheat a strag.!!! I rate the book so good becasue it is ez to understand and not to many steps! This is the book for u beginners who are stumped and stuck on those hard places u cannot get by... it would even help the experts who think they have every litle thing u can get in the game.... WRONG... as i would say... never think u have it all untill u have read every starg out there trust me i have found this out.
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Published on July 1 2005 by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I got the stratagy guide almost the earliest day possible. I hope to do business with this person in the future.
Published on June 20 2002 by "jklenk3"
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, yet inaccurate!
I wouldn't argue that this book is very useful. Without it, it will take me a lot longer to finish the game. However, I found that there are many mistakes. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2001 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most helpful things on earth.
This strategy guide is great. It got me through all the spots I was stuck in easally. I recommend it to anyone who is having problems at gaining vicory over their enemies.
Published on Aug. 16 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Stapler, you're not kidding!
This is a great strategy guide with full-color, detailed maps for every battle. There are minor spelling mistakes and translation errors, but that is expected with every strategy... Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2000 by Jades Eternal
4.0 out of 5 stars Finding rare items
The book is great if you are an easy reader but the book is not that accurate on the move-find item movement ability it just gives you a set of coordinates and then you have to... Read more
Published on April 29 2000 by William
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT GUIDE
A very good guide. tells how to win every battle and says where all the hidden treasures are. but one thing about this guide is that it just falls apart. Read more
Published on March 24 2000 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is awesome!!!!
This book is very, very helpful in battle strategy and in helping you with what is to come next. I wouldn't recommend it your first ime through the game if you want the true... Read more
Published on Sept. 27 1999
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