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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII - the Complete Official Guide - Collector's Edition [Hardcover]

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14 Feb 2014
“With so many things to be accomplished and uncovered in a game world teeming with opportunities, this book will be a teacher with boundless patience, a savior when things seem bleak, and a wise friend always on hand to offer the advice you need. It is encyclopedic, yet unfailingly accessible. Our longtime partner, Piggyback, has accomplished miracles in creating this authoritative (and beautiful!) companion tome.”

Motomu Toriyama
Director, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Bonus: Includes a unique code for free download of the “Art of War” DLC, which comprises and outfit, weapon and shield.

Bonus: An extra 32-page section presents beautiful concept art and exclusive insights directly from the development team.

Bonus: Includes two ribbon bookmarks for easy navigation.

Bonus: Comprises an extra-large 2-sided map poster covering the entire game world.

352 pages printed on high-quality paper and bound in a hard cover.

All main quests and side quests covered, with annotated maps offering immediate solutions.

Special rewards, hidden dungeons, New Game+ bonuses, Trophies and Achievements – all at your fingertips!

The game‘s most complex (and hidden!) systems laid bare in an approachable yet comprehensive Strategy & Analysis chapter.

All-encompassing Bestiary and Inventory chapters, with all details on every last monster and item.

Main quests, side quests and optional challenges – all streamlined for 100% completion.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Piggyback (14 Feb 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1908172525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908172525
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 21.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This review is for the collector's edition of the Lightning Returns strategy guide.
To start off, the guide is good but there are some bad points I want to point out.
First of all, after playing the prologue and the first mission with the guide, while the instructions are easy to understand, the guide contains two sections of the walkthrough which may confuse players at first but it makes sense. This is because the guide splits it into a walkthrough which details what you should be doing such as quests (when you should do it at what time etc), and second, the walkthrough for the main quest itself.
The walkthrough, while well written, has some bad points. First, instructions on where to find items. While it explains itself, due to lack of pictures of where to find them and also the fact that the maps inside the guide DOES NOT show where the collectibles/items at all, despite the Gameplay section of the guide saying : The guide shows you where to collect all the collectibles. There are NO icons indicating where the items to be found.
BUT, worst of all, to find the items listed in the walkthrough, you have to open up the A2 poster included with the guide, open it up and unfold it and lo and behold, it shows where to find each item. What's even worse, the walkthrough does not tell you to how to get certain items (the Runic Ring which is stuck up on a unreachable scaffolding and time was up by the time I try to get it). This is a very bad design not to include item locations on the maps included in the guide.
Another bad thing about the guide (after flicking through), is the Garb section at the back of the guide.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's an adjustment 16 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
While the guide itself visually looks good the formatting at first seems confusing, after prolonged use it somewhat makes sense.

Given the nature of the game this time round your time is limited, there are things you really need to do in that limit and things you can do, sometimes in different areas. So it makes sense to categorise it by areas rather than duplicating pages across the guide.

As such days are summarised with page references on how-to to sections of the guide detailing all tasks there of what can be accomplished. Following the letter of instruction thus far has proven to be fruitful.
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By Josh
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First of all, if you are planning on playing Lightning Returns, then get this guide. Trust me, with the odd time progression system in the game, this will be very helpful. The great thing about this guide is that it has excellent detail, and has been organised very well, making it perfect for those looking to complete a large part of the game on the first playthrough.

There are some minor problems with the guide though, in terms of layout. Due to the time element in the game, they have taken a well organised approach to compiling the guide, but it isn't exactly user friendly. On a typical playthrough, you'll be using the walkthrough, side quest and main quest pages. The walkthrough isn't long, but covers what you should be doing on each day in decent detail. If you are doing specific side quests then the walkthrough will then reference other parts of the guide (such as pages in the Side Quest or Main Quest sections, or the main quest number), so that you can view a more detailed guide about what it is you need to do. Luckily, the 2 ribbon bookmarks are very handy here when you have to do some referencing on multiple pages in the guide. Another issue is that the maps for each main location isn't printed in the book. Instead, they have been printed on a massive double-sided poster, which can be really frustrating at times.

The guide also contains a massive amount of information about the game mechanics, which may be useful for those who don't quite understand the time mechanics in the game, a short 100% (Ultima) walkthrough, and extra section which shows some of the games art, and the free DLC. You'll actually get two DLC codes, one for PSN and one for Xbox Live, so you could actually give the other code away if you wanted.

Overall, the guide is excellent, and it will really come in handy when playing such a complex looking game, even if the layout is a little odd...
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5.0 out of 5 stars This guide is a necessity... 3 Sep 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had played this game for about 20+ hours when I first got it and failed miserably, by the end of the 7th day I hadn't completed enough tasks or beaten the 3 compulsory story lines to advance further in the game and received a 'game over'. Buying this guide made my second play through SO MUCH EASIER. I would definitely recommend getting this guide because it helps you use your time very well which is one of the most important things to do in completing this game!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for the collectors out there! 3 Aug 2014
I bought this after I finished the game, so I had no problem navigating through the guide and finding what I needed. I mainly got it because it has an interview and extras such as discarted garb ideas and concept designs (so hard to find these when it comes to final fantasy) and I wanted to have it in my collection since i absolutely *loved* this game. It's very useful and well done, beautiful pages and the hardcover version is just amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars knew needed it before playing as would like the map for locations
Will help me greatly when get to this game, knew needed it before playing as would like the map for locations.
Published 12 days ago by Katie Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 27 days ago by Adrian Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant bought as a gift and she loved it great and fast delivery thank you
Published 2 months ago by David Day
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect guide for this game
perfect guide for this game! you can really learn about everything! details on all weapons and enemies are very handy!
Published 2 months ago by Jens Casier
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
we needed this !
Published 3 months ago by mr stephen m perry
3.0 out of 5 stars A rare non-5star Piggyback guide
Won't go on too much about the completeness of this guide, it's their usual stellar quality but the main walkthrough is confusing in the fact you are all over the place in the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Vaarky
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide
This helped me complete the game 1000G and gave me good tactics for bosses. Overall makes a good read. Describes enemies perfectly.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Pauline Worthington
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent walkthrough
- Excellent print quality.
- Covers every thinkable aspect of the game.
- Everything is well organized and easy to find. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marcman
4.0 out of 5 stars A good walkthrough
They made it again, a well created guide, do not use other editions, Piggyback has always been the best Final Fantasy guides.
Published 5 months ago by Marco
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it
It is a decent guide. It tells me what i need and simple enough to navigate. I am particularly fussy when it comes to game guides but this one was grand
Published 6 months ago by Typhin
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