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#1 Aug 25 2009 at 3:51 AM Rating: Excellent
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Remember how screwed up the manual was for FFXI? I wonder what they'll do this time around...
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#2 Aug 25 2009 at 3:56 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'm sticking with Charmin, thanks.
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#3 Aug 25 2009 at 3:56 AM Rating: Decent
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It's screwed up for every game.

They are great to read for the lulz.
#4 Aug 25 2009 at 4:43 AM Rating: Good
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I actually had a copy of the guide and I didn't hate it that much, I never used the windower program so it was very helpful for me so I didn't have to log off to find my answer. Generally it was accurate enough for me to know what to do, not perfect but good enough. If one is released for FFXIV I will probably buy it.
#5 Aug 25 2009 at 5:51 AM Rating: Excellent
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(BST steals all your exps)
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#6 Aug 25 2009 at 6:01 AM Rating: Good
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We had a discussion about this before. Overall for job combos.. yes it was a bad guide.

For most quest, mission, spells, item info, profession info it WAS fairly accurate. That is most of the guide, therefore the guide was overall okay.

The probably didn't have the time to play the game enough to truly figure out everything needed(heck who did?) so i cannot blame them for it. Granted though, a tank should have been able to be someone other than war or sub/war
#7 Aug 25 2009 at 6:37 AM Rating: Decent
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I found the guide was pretty good for the complete newb at ffxi. However, once you got more into the game it did become more useless as stated before.
#8 Aug 25 2009 at 8:01 AM Rating: Decent
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I never had a guide to FFXI or any MMORPG I've played.

The most information I ever really read about a game is before I play it so I have a good idea of what classes/races do. This way I can make a choice before I begin, but this only applies to games that have already been released at least in one other country.

Other than that most of how I learn is through experimenting, trial and error, and talking to other players in the game and finding out what works for them.

I feel like a guide might take the fun out of that...or could provide poor information as seems to be the case with this one.
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#9 Aug 25 2009 at 8:14 AM Rating: Excellent
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#10 Aug 25 2009 at 3:35 PM Rating: Decent
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Brady Guide wrote:
Warrior is only good to level up to 37 to be used as a sub only

My channel with FFXI battle music and hard to find songs that were not even released on Original Soundtracks.

I also plan on uploading FFXIV music when the game is released.
#11 Aug 25 2009 at 4:10 PM Rating: Good
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In all honesty I loved reading it. When I was taking a break from the game sitting down and reading through that guide was always a factor in bringing me back.

I also happen to work for a book retailer and I can tell you FFXI's strat guide was the top selling guide through two Christmas seasons... so it is easy to knock it, but I assure you many of you bought it ;)
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#12 Aug 25 2009 at 5:36 PM Rating: Default
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I also happen to work for a book retailer and I can tell you FFXI's strat guide was the top selling guide through two Christmas seasons... so it is easy to knock it, but I assure you many of you bought it ;)

If that was your best seller 2 years in a row, I suggest you buy other books.

Are you sure you didn't mean 'kindling' retailer?
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#13 Aug 25 2009 at 8:19 PM Rating: Decent
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LOL I laughed at the title thread for like 5 minutes! I remember how the brady guide was responsible for so many myths about BST, that nobody wanted them in the party. Ever.
#14 Aug 25 2009 at 11:01 PM Rating: Good
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Does anybody remember "Beastmater" ?? That typo in the the 1st(?) edition of the guide in the job/subjob section of beast master?. lol "Beastmater" :P

I liked the guide! As a noob it was really helpful for getting an idea of the game and how it works. Although it is subject to change, the list of spells and abilities/traits was useful. However, I found that zam and wiki were much more useful later on in the game. I used to take the guide to high school and read it for entertainment. XD
#15 Sep 08 2009 at 12:22 PM Rating: Default
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i'll eat my socks the day brady games makes an accurate guide.

borrowed there guide to mercanaries to locate some of the hidden items and stuff. man how wrong that map was,

gta4 guide looking for some of them **** horeshoes. wrong again.

ffxi guide. wrong wrong wrong man did i spend along time looking for dokumori ni scrolls.

metal gear 2, dogtags. Wrong again

gta3 rampages wrong yet again.

ffx and ffx-2 wrong and wrong.

soul calibur, wrong,

so yes if i ever read a brady guide and find it to be accurate i will eat my socks. and brady games if you are reading you can quote me on this.

#16 Sep 08 2009 at 1:16 PM Rating: Decent
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Haha, I remember that guide. We used to keep it in the arcade as a reminder of how ****** we used to be at SC. Years later, most of us were tournament level players. Smiley: laugh
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#17 Sep 08 2009 at 9:47 PM Rating: Default
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lmao last time i ever buy one of those mess up my whole game play during my first few months.
#18 Sep 08 2009 at 9:57 PM Rating: Excellent
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The strategy guide for Oblivion was pretty good. Maybe Square Enix should fire Brady Games and switch to Prima.
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#19 Sep 08 2009 at 10:09 PM Rating: Decent
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I tried to start a thread like this but I got more people actually defending the guide than making fun of it xD. It did have a few nice things in it though.
#20 Sep 10 2009 at 7:37 AM Rating: Decent
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that guide rocked my world If you just ignore the first section of the guide. It had the spells and abilities of the jobs and at what level you get them, the levels of equipment and their stats, also food and item effects. It had a list of all the monsters in the area and their levels, A good chunk of crafting recipies, and the maps were not that bad, I navigated out the other side of crawlers nest as a lvl 30 with nothing but that map. It had great advice for missions and quests. It even had a skill chain chart in the back, for quick reference. Bye the time I quit ffxi pages were falling out and the cover was falling off because the binding gave away to how many times I spent looking through that guide.
#21 Sep 10 2009 at 7:57 AM Rating: Good
I can't wait to buy burn the BradyGames manual!
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#22 Sep 10 2009 at 10:39 AM Rating: Good
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sirhenrywalton wrote:
if you just ignore the first section of the guide.

at the end of the day people spend money on these things cos they expect them to be 100% accurate

even more so when they're "Official"

Edited, Sep 10th 2009 2:45pm by Dzian

#23 Sep 10 2009 at 7:15 PM Rating: Decent
I think an informed consumer would be able to get great use out of a guide during the first few months of FFXIV. Sometimes it's nice having something you can flip through, paper isn't dead quite yet. Eventually it'll be made obsolete of course but people spend $20-$30 on stuff that's a lot less tangible.
#24 Sep 11 2009 at 10:22 AM Rating: Good
Striefer wrote:
I found the guide was pretty good for the complete newb at ffxi. However, once you got more into the game it did become more useless as stated before.

Yeah, same here. It had, at the very beginning a decent overall coverage of basic quests, missions, jobs etc. A lot of info may have been wrong but not all.

Plus this time around when FF14 launches we'll have Wiki site(s) which did not exist back at the launch of 11.
#25 Sep 13 2009 at 11:56 PM Rating: Decent
I never actually bought this, but thank god I didn't.

I also have to thank you all for giving me a good laugh as you all state the rather interesting typos in that guide.
#26 Sep 14 2009 at 3:11 AM Rating: Decent
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I won't argue the Brady guide sucked overall, however it had its uses. The quest info was very helpful considering how cryptic the quests are in this game. The mog safe expansions and the mithra girl quests for back ally access were very helpful back in the day. Now you can just Wiki everything, but years ago that wasn't possible. The crafting guide while not perfect wasn't half bad either.

The major flaw of the Brady guide was the job descriptions and sub job combos. /nin sub isn't useful. WAR is for sub job only. DRK/blm is a good nuker. BST takes away XP and so forth. Those God awful mistakes hurt the credibility of the Brady guide more than anything.

#27 Sep 14 2009 at 3:26 AM Rating: Good
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ShadowedgeFFXI wrote:
Those God awful mistakes hurt the credibility of the Brady guide more than anything.
Well, the awful job section certainly didn't help BradyGames, but they have a long history of printing guides with errors. Not just for FFXI. They're pretty much the lowest bidder when it comes to this kind of thing.
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#28 Sep 14 2009 at 1:59 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm sticking with Charmin, thanks.

omg that is hilarious lol.
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