Much like every “Strategy Guide” on earth this is basically just as helpful as any of the hundreds of free online walkthroughs. But it's in print. So you don't have to print off thousands of pages of text yourself. However, the main part of this guide (detailed boss strategies, side quests, etc) is meant to be included on the Squaresoft playonline.com site. despite the obvious fact that about half of the guide is in fact not printed here, the really big problem is that the Playonline site no longer supports Final Fantasy IX. So basically, for your $40 ($39.95 is a stupid price to have by the way) you basically get a skimpy half a walkthrough. Some of the pictures are quite nice though.