To even consider comparing the Vanguard Bandits strategy guide to
all the other strategy guides that have come before it is to engage in a mismatch of epic
proportions. The Vanguard Bandits strategy guide radiates dominance to such a degree that
all the other strategy guides in the same room will develop inadequacy issues and sink
into a trembling puddle of perpetual awe.
The hard-backed, perfect bound, beautifully designed strategy
guide of Vanguard Bandits is the first of its kind, and it is vastly superior in every way
imaginable to the magazine style strategy guides that have been the industry standard.
Rest assured that no matter how many times you flip back and forth through the hard bound
strategy guide that not a single one of the glossy full color pages will be any worse for
the wear. The three ribbon book marks installed in the binding make it easy to mark
various charts or info that you might want to quickly reference in the heat of battle.
The real test for
any strategy guide is whether it enhanced the actual game. The answer here is a resounding
yes. Vangaurd Bandits is a challenging game, downright hard until you get the hang of the
tactics involved. With three major paths to take through the game and five total endings,
itll be dang hard to find them all unless you know where to look. Because of the
difficulty of Vanguard Bandits, many gamers will reach the so-called "bad
ending" on their first try through. This is a great surprise ending, but it can also
be quite disappointing after all your hours of hard work. The strategy guide easily
directs you whichever you want to go. If you enjoy Vanguard Bandits as much as I did then
youll want to see everything that the game has to offer. For me that wouldnt
have been possible without the strategy guide because I would have had to play for so much
longer to actually stumble into the new branches, and because I might not have realized
how big the game actually was.
As if this all
isnt enough, and by all means it should be, the presentation is phenomenal. The
strategy guide, while completely thorough and clear, is never boring or technical.
Its amusing, its funny, and its a blast to use. Before now, I dont
think Ive ever used a strategy guide that actually qualified as entertainment in its
own right . This masterpiece of a strategy guide runs $14.99, about the same price as the
common magazine strategy guide, which is remarkable in and of itself. Do yourself a favor
and score the game, score the best strategy guide ever, find a couch, put your ass in it,
and call in sick for two weeks.