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Final Fantasy Tactics Greatest Hits: Prima's Official Strategy Guide Paperback – Jul 24 2001


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Games (July 24 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761537333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761537335
  • Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 21.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #995,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 alternate Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on Jan. 22 1999
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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...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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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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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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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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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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By A Customer on Sept. 27 1999
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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