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Die Final Fantasy Artbooks dieser Reihe sind die besten Artbooks überhaupt und alle Videogame-Artbooks sollten sich daran ein Beispiel nehmen. Dieser dritte Band der Reihe hat aber leider das Problem, das zwei Onlinegames (Final Fantasy 11 und 14) hier Platz finden. In Onlinespielen gibt es nicht die großartigen Charaktere und Storys wie in den übrigen Teilen und daher kommen diese beiden Spiele hier eindeutig viel zu kurz. FF 10, 12 und 13 sind dafür umso gelungener geworden, nur leider wird Teil 13 ohne die Erweiterungen dargestellt, die das Spiel überhaupt erst gut gemacht haben.
Volume 3 ist der bisher schwächste Teil der Reihe, aber das ist Meckern auf sehr hohem Niveau da die Hälfte davon immer noch super ist, mit großartigen Bildern und Screens, und das ist immer noch besser als die meisten Artbooks von sich behaupten können.
I now have all 3 books and honestly this is the only one that disappoints. Other reviewers have commented on it and it's true. 11 and 14 are very light in terms of material. Granted both can and do have their own books just on them...it still feels like a cop out to have them be almost just an afterthought. Things like, all of the other games have all of the summons/primals/avatars/whatever they are called in that game. Other things that felt omitted from 11 and 14: could have showed more of the job art, more weapons graphics, more of the art that is already out there. Now, having said that, FF!2 ALSO is missing material. It has 3 of the 12 summons! 15 airship pictures but only 3 summons. Also, x-2, xii-2,3, and any of the expansions for 11 and 14 get 0 coverage. I could see leaving out the online games IF you fully covered the offline games, but even they were light for this book.
What's there is nice, it's what's missing that is why I gave this book a lower star review.
Like the previous 2 archives, the books are high quality with great art and information. Unfortunately, this book is lacking. For example, Final Fantasy X-2 is briefly mentioned, but not covered. Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns are also not covered. The section for Final Fantasy XIV is literally like 15 pages or less. I realize that in previous books, they haven't covered the spin-off games and such from other main releases, but I sort of consider X-2, XIII-2, and Lightning Returns as AAA quality full-sized cross-platform sequels directly tied to the main series.
Maybe there are additional books planned to cover all the spin-off and sequel games, but I don't see any pre-orders. I think the better option may have been to have this book cover Final Fantasy X (X & X-2), XI, and XII. Maybe then a 4th book in the series with XIII (XIII, XIII-2, and LR), XIV (With much more devoted to the game as it has an interesting story and development), and XV.
I wasn't surprised to not see Final Fantasy Type 0, Crisis Core or Dirge FF7, or any other sequels/spin-offs that may have only gotten a limited platform release (FF XII Revenant Wings, FF IV After Years, etc.), but the X and XIII sequels just seemed like major releases to me that should have been covered. I'm also just not sure why XIV is even included in this based on the coverage it got, either.
It's worth the $20 to finish the collection, but a major let-down compared to the first 2 books.