For those gamers out there that are playing the latest installment of Final Fantasy, FFXIV, you might be in search of a FFXIV guide that will help you in game right? Even if you just need it for the higher levels of FFXIV, making Gil, or learning which classes might be the best for your gaming style… a good, solid FFXIV guide is what you want right? Well, there are a couple out there so far (as the game just released on September 22, 2010), and both are over $30 each. How do you know which one is the best for you and which to spend your money on? We reviewed a couple of the latest FFXIV guides out there, and found that there are some major differences that you should be aware of. Let’s take a look at the Killer Guides FFXIV guide that is currently on their site for sale, the Unofficial Final Fantasy XIV Strategy Guide and see why this is a waste of your money.
Let me start by saying this: I have reviewed the WoW guides on Killer Guides. I love them. I reviewed their entire WoW package, and even though it costs $89 for the entire set of WoW guides, I would recommend them to anyone. They cover absolutely everything, they are updated constantly, and they will show you things that you didn’t know before about WoW, a specific class, professions, shoot, you name it! So, when I saw that they had out a FFXIV guide, I thought, sweet! And, I assumed that it was the same high quality that I had come to know from Killer Guides.
I was wrong.
Upon paying $30 for the FFXIV guide and downloading it, I first noticed that there are only 45 pages to it currently. Ok, well, the game just came out, so let’s see what’s inside and then make a call right? Well, most good game guides out there offer at least 80-100 pages, if not more. So, to me, anything less than say 75 pages is a bad sign.
I scroll through the FFXIV guide from Killer Guides and I notice that the vast majority of this “strategy guide” is made up of areas of the game that just cover the different classes available to you. There are only two pages devoted to getting started in the game and the game basics, then six pages devoted to the different classes and what they do, then the majority of the guide is made up of pages over skills, traits, and abilities. I understand that this information belongs in a strategy guide – but when Killer Guides is marketing this FFXIV guide as a “leveling guide” for FFXIV, well, this is where you’ll be majorly disappointed.
The leveling section of this FFXIV guide is only four pages long. Yep, you read that right – four pages. That can’t even begin to cover getting out of the first area. When I read through that part of the guide, I thought, Wow, this is terrible. I can’t believe that someone would spend $30 on this. It’s listed as a “leveling guide” on Killer Guides, but in no way, shape or form offers up anything that will help you level. It goes a little into the levequests, and then two pages worth of the actual quests that you can get. Nothing more than that. It will not help you level up, it will not help you at higher levels, nothing.
I have to say that I am severely disappointed in the FFXIV leveling guide from Killer Guides. Although their WoW guide package is excellent, this FFXIV guide falls way behind what it should be. If you’re in the market for a FFXIV guide, don’t buy this one until it get a major update and actually provides the information that you really want.