Gun Valkyrie: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
||Author: Bryan Stratton|
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Publisher: Prima Lifestyles (March, 2002)
Sales Rank: 371,530
Average Customer Rating: 2 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 2 out of 5
Black and white? I am now sad...
I've developed a minor pet peeve in the six years since I started importing video games from Japan on a regular basis: The Japanese releases come in superior packaging. I often consider the cover art to be more tasteful, but that's merely my opinion. But it's a cold hard fact that in Japan almost all games come with beautifully printed FULL COLOR instruction manuals. Very high quality, very eye pleasing, filled with dazzling screen shots and artwork. Meanwhile in the US, most games come with dull black and white manuals. Nintendo is very good about splurging to give us color, but often the other companies penny-pinch with all but the most high-profile of titles. There is the occasionaly exception. Again, it's just a pet peeve. I don't sit and brood about this.
I buy strategy guides for games that I really enjoy. When I really enjoy a game I become obsessed with it and I buy the soundtrack, the guide, the t-shirt, the Happy MealŪ etc. The reason I buy the guide is generally because I want to look at the pretty pictures. The pretty FULL COLOR pictures. Well, I finished GunValkyrie, and I really really really enjoyed it, so I bought the guide so I could look at pretty full color pictures. To my shock and dismay, I've found that the guide is printed in black and white. I've never heard of such a thing.
To add insult to injury, the guide itself is bare-bones. Nothing but a simple walkthrough, no tips on achieving S Rank in Challenge Mode. It's little more than a glorified instruction manual.
Shame on Prima for being such cheap, penny-pinching misers.
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