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Versus Books ~ Final Fantasy 7 Ultimate Guide

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 5:30 pm
by Mozgus
Specifically I only want pages 25 and 26 from this strategy guide, because they are missing from mine, but I'd love to download the whole book as a backup if someone has it already. Otherwise if someone could just scan those two pages, that would be great. I plan on printing them and just inserting them into the book. It's the only strategy guide I ever bought, and for some reason or another it has sentimental value. I actually plan on playing through FF7 for the 7th time, after not touching it for 4-5 years, mostly due to this selection of PC improvements:

http://fem1.uniag.sk/Miroslav.Jezik/ff7ncopam.html

Anyways here's the book:

http://www.amazon.com/Final-Fantasy-Ult ... B000EEJQ2K

Also it seems there's a torrent for this over at this site but I don't have an account there. Maybe one of you guys do?

http://www.blackcats-games.net/

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 5:50 pm
by racketboy
Holy cow -- $60?
Have you seen it cheaper elsewhere?

BTW, the PC upgrades look cool, but I like the original screen with the character portraits than the new ones.
The new shots look like quick crops from the FVII sequel/movie thing. Doesn't fit the style.

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 5:52 pm
by Mozgus
racketboy wrote:Holy cow -- $60?
Have you seen it cheaper elsewhere?

I have no idea, but the guy asking $60 is describing the condition as if he's selling mine, because mine is in terrible shape after 10 years. I also let a stoner borrow it long ago and he returned it to me as if he tried to smoke it. Portions of pages were burned through.

Versus Books

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:02 pm
by alexkidd
Versus Books was putting out some quality stuff back then, are they still around? It seems like too often the companies that put quality first don't make it.

I had their Street Fighter Alpha 2 strategy guide an sold it for $50 on eBay a few years ago. Loaded with amazing art. It seemed like a book put together by the most hard core gamers on earth.

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:23 pm
by lordofduct
that patch is pretty interesting... I just don't like how the models are glaringly much more high resolution then the backgrounds. They should drop the render quality a little so it stays nice high poly, but doesn't stand out so badly over the terrain.

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:43 pm
by Mozgus
lordofduct wrote:that patch is pretty interesting... I just don't like how the models are glaringly much more high resolution then the backgrounds. They should drop the render quality a little so it stays nice high poly, but doesn't stand out so badly over the terrain.

Well, you can still run at 640x480 with anti aliasing. That provides a much nicer blend. I've also noticed that the backgrounds are not completely measuring up with 1280x960. They must not be preciesely 320x240, because I can see rows and columns of pixels that are too thin compared to neighboring rows and columns. You can see it in objects which should be in a strait line, like railing inside Shinra.

alexkidd wrote:Versus Books was putting out some quality stuff back then, are they still around? It seems like too often the companies that put quality first don't make it.


Thats one of the reasons why I really liked this book. A lot of personality here.

Also, I scanned all the original artwork to be found in this book, before it truly started deteriorating. I could post them in a zip if anyone likes.

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:55 pm
by racketboy
I used to have a Blackcats account but I must have been inactive too long...

Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:25 am
by marurun
I wonder if the res is 320 x 200. I should go and look at the PSX resolution table, because all graphics data would have been pulled from the PSX without modification.