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    Default Phantasy Star 2 and Sword of Vermillion pack-in hintbooks

    I owned Sword of the Vermillion in the '90s, and it came with a detailed walkthrough. I know there was also one for Phantasy Star 2 - it's archived at segaretro - with maps of all the dungeons. I have read on the Phantasy Star wiki that it was "included with early copies". Can anyone confirm if it was packaged with the PAL release, or only the North American NTSC release? Or that it was really removed from later prints?

    And we might as well make this a thread about pack-in walkthroughs. Any others on Genesis? I know neither my copies of Phantasy Star III or IV had them, but then the dungeons were a lot more straightforward.
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    The hint book was included with the PAL release as well, as seen on the box:



    The third and fourth entries in the series also had hint books, but they weren't included with the games, probably because they were much bigger than the box. Same with Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun.
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    Faery Tale Adventure and (IIRC) Buck Rogers have full walkthroughs integrated into their manuals, but they're not bound separately.

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    I believe the German version of Landstalker came with a guide of some sort in addition to the manual, although I'm only basing this off of what I've seen on ebay before.

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    I can confirm buck rogers: countdown to doomsday comes with a pack-in walkthrough.
    BUT, unlike the Faery Tale Adventure one, it's so well written that it complements the game's 1000 empty rooms and it adds a bunch of enjoyment to the game. It's descriptive and narrative.

    I think Starflight also counts, I remember it has a mad good ship journal integrated that gives you some tips and I think more too, can't remember right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gryson View Post
    I believe the German version of Landstalker came with a guide of some sort in addition to the manual, although I'm only basing this off of what I've seen on ebay before.
    It did. Just uploaded pictures of it on my instagram.

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    I read on DefunctGames - link - that these guides made PSII receive smaller notes from some publications - i.e. EGM. It's pretty weird.
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    It's not so weird when you remember that one of the main grabs of those magazines was to publish hints for games to try to convince people who bought said games to buy them (especially for the most popular games). Including a hintbook with the game essentially ruins that, so of course they absolutely hated it.

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    I can see how following a walkthrough can spoil a game in most cases, and I can see how a magazine reviewer might legitimately take issue with that, even if the magazine they work for has a walkthrough section (it's not like you have to agree with everything your company does to work there). But I can also imagine that some of them may have been speaking from a position of conflict of interest. It's not like you have to use the hintbook. It's just a nice tool. Especially with Phantasy Star 2, where the dungeons go way overboard.

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