Okay, so the title of my review is a little wierd, but hopefully you'll realise what I'm on about sooner or later.
On my first playthrough, I played on amateur mode. I did this because I know this is how Resi games are meant to be played now (since 4). You build up your weapons, collect ammo and then start on the next difficulty. Anyway, as I was playing through amateur mode, I had a horrible feeling everytime I finished a chapter... that I wasn't collecting all the hidden treasures!!! This is the reason I bought the guide... So that I'd be able to make as much money as possible in order to upgrade weapons.
The guide itself if very informative and tells you where everything in the game is. Every collectable item imaginable is present in the guide, down to the last handgun bullet. However, the way the guide delivers the information is not quite good enough.
The guide is set out in a double-page format.....The "step-by-step" of completing a chapter is on the left-hand page, and the collectables and other information is on the right-hand page. Because you're always looking at the left page for the step by step as you play a level, you find yourself idly running past hidden treasures because the weren't mentioned in the step by step, but were in a little table on the right page. This means you get to the end of a chapter because you've been trying to run away from infected majini, but then see the table on the right-page and have to go back to collect treasures/emblems.
When Resi 4 came out, the official guide was written by Brady Games (well I had the U.S. version of the guide, so it may have been different in the U.K.) and it was amazing. The whole thing was a step by step guide, tellin you where treasures were as well as what to do in the game in a very good, flowing manner.
Overall this is a good guide, but the double-page format is a bit dodgy. The sections after the walkthrough are amazing though. There's an interview section, bonus features and even conceptual artwork.
I can't believe I wrote a review this long about a guide book.