Yep, I couldn’t help myself when I was in Best Buy today picking up inFamous. I just had to pick up the guide too. I’m still playing catch-up from my stint in the Bahamas so I have no time to play the game, but I wanted to flip through the guide just to see what it had to behold without reading too much of it (I’d like to avoid spoilers).
When I flipped open to a random page, I instantly knew I had made a great purchase. This guide is FILLED with gorgeous, comic-book styled art from the game. Every chapter title page is a large splash of game art. The back of the guide has an art gallery. I’ve never found a guide that looked so much like an artbook, something else I really really love. I’ve had guides with beautiful posters (Twilight Princess, Crisis Core) but none with art galleries. I’d recommend this purchase to anyone who likes collecting artbooks, no matter if they like guides or not.
After I closed my mouth and wiped up the drool, I looked at the table of contents. Everything seems to be in order. There’s a list of controls, characters, enemies, and trophies, a story walkthrough and walkthroughs for all of the sidequests. So far, the set-up of the game and the guide is very reminiscent of Crisis Core, which could be good. And it could be bad. I’ll have to find out when I start playing.
Of course, I started to wonder about the maps. I flipped through it with a little more purpose, and I found oodles of maps, much to my delight (and I avoided reading any spoilers!). Each Day in the story walkthrough and each sidequest have their own personalized maps. And… (drumroll!) there is a gigantic fold-out map of the entire Empire City in the back.
At a first glance, this guide is worth every penny. Even if it offers horrible advice, I’m still pleased just for the vast art content.