Prima Games released their strategy guide for Dead Rising 2 on Tuesday, and, as they are oft wont to do, a Collector’s Edition. So, what’s the difference other than the fact one costs about $10 more and has a hard cover? Why should you spend that extra $10 on this guide instead of using it toward another game?
Aside from the cover prolonging the life of the guide and preventing the spine from breaking, the CE actually has some worthwhile bonuses. (Prima Games is always good about ensuring you get that bang for your buck.) There are approximately 50 extra pages of interviews with the developers, a few looks behind the scenes of Dead Rising 2, and an art gallery. They also tossed in a giant, fold-out map of Fortune City.
The fold-out map would appeal to casual fans of the series, but it’s not likely to be enough to entice them to spend the extra cash. Hardcore DR fans, however, will not want to miss out on any of this, even if you have no use for the guide. That’s pretty much the reason why I bought both Collector’s Editions for the Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks strategy guides (that and I always need help with Zelda games), and they were worth every penny.
Oh and as an extra bonus, the author of these guides is my personal favorite from Prima Games: Stephen Stratton. I’m not a fan of Dead Rising, but you have no idea how tempted I am to pick up the guide just because he wrote it. I know, I know…shameless.