BradyGames

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Wander Indiana
July 7, 2015
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March 10, 2008
 

BradyGames, an imprint of DK and a division of Penguin Random House, is the world’s leading publisher of strategy content for PC and console video games.

BradyGames understands what gamers—both casual and hardcore—want and need from strategy guides. Every guide features in-depth content, detailed screen captures, quick-reference tips, and professional strategy. As part of Prima Games, it is also a leader in the digital strategy realm, offering interactive maps, streaming video, searchable online guides and apps, and a full website at primagames.com.

The Cover of the Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories strategy guide we designed.

Interior spread of our design of the Manhunt 2 guide

„Take your game further”

Lead designer on over 50 books

We designed between 10-19 books each year we worked with BradyGames. That includes research and designing the look of the guide using licensor assets when supplied and creating our own assets when needed. We created hundreds of pieces of art that went into our guides. When designing the look we also built an asset library for each book that the layout team would use keeping the guide consistent from cover to cover. The back covers are an important selling point for the guides and we designed those as well.

Even though designing guides was our main job we often assisted the layout teams on many more guides for BradyGames when needed.

 

List of Books we worked on.

Cover ArtTitleContribution
Ace Combat 6 Cover ArtAce Combat 6: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Ace Combat 0 Cover ArtAce Combat 0: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Aliens Vs. Predator Cover ArtAliens Vs. Predator: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Arc the Lad Cover ArtArc the Lad: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Beat Down Cover ArtBeat Down: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Borderlands Cover ArtBorderlands: Official Strategy GuideBook Layout
Bully Signature Cover ArtBully: Official Signature Series GuideBook Design
Bully Cover ArtBully: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Castlevania Cover ArtCastlevania: Order of Ecclesia Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Civilization 4 Builders Cover ArtCivilization 4: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Winter Assault Cover ArtDawn of War: Winter Assault Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Dark Crusade Cover ArtDawn of War: Dark Crusade Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Dragon Quest 4 Cover ArtDragon Quest 4: Chapters of the Chosen Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Fantastic Four Cover ArtFantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Final Fantasy 4 Cover ArtFinal Fantasy 4: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Full Spectrum Warrior Cover ArtFull Spectrum Warrior: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Gears of War 2 Cover ArtGears of War 2: Last Stand Edition Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Getting Up Cover ArtGetting Up: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Grand Theft Auto 4 Cover ArtGrand Theft Auto 4: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Chinatown Wars Cover ArtGrand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Episodes from Liberty City Cover ArtGrand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Liberty City Stories Cover ArtGrand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Liberty City Stories Cover ArtGrand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories Official Strategy Guide, for PS2 & PSPBook Design
The Lost and Damned Cover ArtGrand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Vice City Stories Cover ArtGrand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Kingdom Hearts 2 Cover ArtKingdom Hearts 2: Official Strategy GuideBook Layout
Kingdom Hearts 2 Signature Cover ArtKingdom Hearts 2: Signature Official Signature Series GuideBook Layout
Magna Carta 2 Cover ArtMagna Carta 2: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Manhunt 2Cover ArtManhunt 2: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Phantasy Star 0 Cover ArtPhantasy Star 0: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Rune Factory 2 Cover ArtRune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Secret Codes 2007 Cover ArtSecret Codes 2007: Volume 1Book Design
Secret Codes 2007 Blockbuster Cover ArtSecret Codes 2007: Volume 1 Blockbuster EditionBook Design
Homecoming Cover ArtSilent Hill: Homecoming: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Spectrobes Cover ArtSpectrobes: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Star Ocean Cover ArtStar Ocean: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
The Suffering Cover ArtThe Suffering: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Supreme Commander Cover ArtSupreme Commander: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Watch Dogs Cover ArtFinal Fantasy: The Crystal Bearers Official Strategy GuideBook Design
The Last Remnant Cover ArtThe Last Remnant: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
The Warriors Cover ArtThe Warriors: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground Cover ArtTony Hawk's Proving Ground: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Turok Cover ArtTurok: Official Strategy GuideBook Design
Unreal Tournament Cover ArtUnreal Tournament: Official Strategy GuideBook Layout
Bestiary Cover ArtWorld of Warcraft: Bestiary Official Strategy GuideBook Layout
Dungeon Companion Cover ArtWorld of Warcraft: Dungeon Companion Official Strategy GuideBook Layout
X-Men Legends II Cover ArtX-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse Official Strategy GuideBook Design
 

Storyboarded, animated, and edited videos.

We produced many videos for games, sales, and marketing. We created strategy guide videos that were sold on PlayStation and Xbox Live stores like the Batman trophy guides. We even built youtube and website commercials to drive viewers to our youtube channel and to compete directly with IGN. We also built overlays, intro videos and slates for the BrandyGames twitch channel.

Strategy Feed Videos

riddler

Batman: Arkham Asylum. All the Riddler's Challenges video for the Medical level.

darksider

Darksiders: Hollows Dry Road - all collectibles video

 
TitleSeriesPlatformVideo Sample
Alpha ProtocolBoss Fights: 5 videosXbox Live --
Batman: Arkham AsylumThe Riddler's Challenge: 9 videos
Xbox Live
Batman: Arkham CityThe Riddler Locations: 8 videosXbox Live
Call of Duty 4: Modern WarfareIntel Item Locations: 16 videosXbox Live --
Dark SectorBoss Fights: 9 videosXbox Live
Dragon's DogmaBoss Fights: 9 videosYouTube
Devil May CryStrategy: 3 videosYouTube
Darksiders Collectibles: 10 videosXbox Live / GameTrailers
FolkloreBoss Fights: 7 videosXbox Live
Gears of War 2Collectibles: 5 videosXbox Live --
Halo: ReachCollectibles: 7 videosXbox Live --
Gran TurizmoStrategy: 1 videoPSN--
Killzone 2Strategy: 5 videosPSN--
Red Faction GuerillaAliens Vs. Predator: Official Strategy GuideXbox Live
The Amazing Spider-ManBoss Fights: 3 videosXbox Live
Silent Hill HomecomingBoss Fights: 5 videosXbox Live --
The Bourne ConspiracyPassport Locations: 10 videosXbox Live --
The DarknessCollectibles: 5 videosXbox Live
UFC 2009 UndisputedFighting Style Basics: 5 videosXbox Live --
WarhawkNewbe Flight Guide: 7 videosPSN--
WheelmanCinematic Stunt jumps: 5 videosXbox Live --
WolfensteinCollectibles: 12 videosXbox Live

Commercials

Pokemon_video

Get an inside look at the Pokémon Visual Companion.

twitch_video

Join us as we officially launch our new BradyGames channel on Twitch!

 
Play VideoTitlePlatform
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Official Borderlands 2 Interactive Digital Strategy GuideYouTube
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Twitch Channel AnnouncementYouTube
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Official Strategy GuideYouTube
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Build, Discover, Survive! Mastering MinecraftYouTube (The audio has been removed.)
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The Making of the Halo: Reach Strategy GuideYouTube
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Halo: Reach Legendary Edition Strategy GuideYouTube
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Pokémon Visual CompanionYouTube

Promotional Gamestop videos

gamestop_video

BradyGames/PrimaGames hype video for the UK marketing department.

marketing-meeting_video

Video for the Bradgames portion of DK's Marketing Meeting in London.

 
TitleTypePlay Video
BradyGames Connected 2006Promo video for use in booth at trade show--
Gamestop Show 2007Showcase of upcoming strategy guides at E3 for Gamestop management. Sample
Gamestop Show 2008Showcase of upcoming strategy guides at E3 for Gamestop management. Sample
Gamestop Show 2009Showcase of upcoming strategy guides at E3 for Gamestop management. --
Gamestop Show 2010Showcase of upcoming strategy guides at E3 for Gamestop management. --
Gamestop Show 2011Showcase of upcoming strategy guides at E3 for Gamestop management. --
Gamestop Show 2012Showcase of upcoming strategy guides at E3 for Gamestop management. Sample
Marketing Meeting 2013Showcase of upcoming strategy guides at DK in London for DK management. Sample
Marketing Meeting 2014Showcase of upcoming strategy guides at DK in London for DK management. --
Marketing Meeting 2015Showcase of upcoming strategy guides at DK in London for DK management. Sample

Paperfold videos

skylanders_video

BradyGames/PrimaGames hype video for the UK marketing department.

claptrap_video

Video for the Bradgames portion of DK's Marketing Meeting in London.

 
Paperfod videos were done to support additions to the ultimate strategy guides. These guides had thicker stock pages that were perforated so you could pop out the shapes and make little paper models of in game characters and ships. These videos we made were to support the written instructions on how to build the models. We used in game sound, music, and art for game continuity. For the Borderland videos we were able to get the actor for Claptrap to narrate the instructions.
 
Play VideoTitlePlatform
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Borderlands 2: ClaptrapYouTube
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Borderlands 2: SkagYouTube
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Skylanders SWAP Force: Blast ZoneYouTube
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Skylanders SWAP Force: Wash BucklerYouTube
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StarCraft 2; Heart of the Swarm - HellbatYouTube
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StarCraft 2; Heart of the Swarm - Swarm HostYouTube
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StarCraft 2; Heart of the Swarm - TempestYouTube
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StarCraft 2; Heart of the Swarm - Widow MineYouTube