Radiata Stories is a game that desperately needs a game guide. Not because the story itself is difficulty to work through. The games mission structure guarantees that you will always play through the required steps - even if it is possible to postpone the inevitable for some time in many cases. It's the ongoing quest for recruit and friends that demands detailed information.
This is a game that requires relationship builds both to build the primary character, but also to assemble a team of characters that can actually win the game. Each character has special requirements for friendship and much of the games problem solving is in working one's way through the requirements of the various levels of characters, many of which require that you have made other friends earlier. This is complicated, and a guide is needed if you want the play with maximum strength.
Brady's guide provides this information in deep detail, but the arrangement is a bit frustrating. The character section is separate from the walkthrough, and the latter rarely ever gives you a hint on when it is best to start recruiting which character. You simply have to look each character up as soon as you meet them and hope you can keep things together in your head. Other than this particular frustration, the walkthrough itself is excellent. Maps abound, as well as plentiful enemy descriptions. There are occasional mistakes where a particular building or store is mislocated. Assume you will have to know your turf thoroughly whether you have this guide or not.
The guide is well illustrated, and provides a much better explanation of play than either the manual or the game itself. This is important, because development is complex, and you are likely to realize the importance of some activities too late to take advantage of them. I consider this a successful manual because it extends the game, rather than shortens it. This is one of Bradygame's better efforts.