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Mass Effect 3 Collector's Official Game Guide [Hardcover]

Prima Games
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Book Description

9 Mar 2012
The Mass Effect 3 Collector's Edition guide includes the following exclusive content:

• Hardcover with a metallic finish:

Protect the quality - high quality interior paper

• Behind-the-Scenes at BioWare: Exclusive photos, art, and interviews throughout an additional 32 pages. Learn how the team in Edmonton created the Mass Effect Universe from Cinematics to Characters, Art, Audio and more

• Access to the digital multiplayer app: All 6 multiplayer maps detailed with points of interest exposed and enemies studied to understand their strengths and weaknesses

• See Mass Effect 3 like never before: Discover environments and parts of the game you won't see anywhere else. Panoramic views will leave you amazed Also included:

• Shepard class break-downs: Learn how to defeat the Reapers using any class from crowd controlling Adepts to havoc-wreaking Vanguards

• Multiple tactical approaches: Choose your own strategy from varied tactical approaches across all missions

• Custom multiplayer maps: Learn the terrain, master objectives, acquire medals, and attain multiplayer War Assets using detailed custom maps

• Exhaustive squad chapter: Learn everything you need to know about your squad-members from power trees with rank by rank analysis to keys on how to romance them

• Detailed arsenal chapter: Prepare for combat properly by comparing all weapons and armour

• Galaxy at War revealed: Attain the greatest advantage using the Galaxy at War chapter, and find out how to get the ending you want

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Publishing; Collectors edition (9 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030789150X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307891501
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Presentation - Poor Game Guide 14 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The presentation is excellent, It's a beautiful book with many great artworks & a few worthy extras about the creation of the game.
But as a game guide it's really poor, especially when comparing it with the previous Mass Efffect guides:

- No maps providing item location & points of interest (except useless ones for the Multiplayer, not even detailling possible drop points for enemy waves).
- No intel on systems & planets, and where/which war assets you can find.
- No useful comparison tables for weapons & equipment. Crap screenshots of their ingame barstats are useless to compare them properly.

Also, the "tactics" part about how to best take down enemies is of little interest, and most players, as they get acquainted with game, will find far better and efficient ways to deal with particular enemies.
All in all, I'm quite disappointed with this guide.
If you want to buy it expecting something close to the ME2 guide, don't.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I expected more 30 Mar 2012
By Nadiule
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
No to repeat what others have already said, but this is indeed a disappointing guide. The book looks great - and is much bigger than I expected it to be - but not the in-depth strategy guide I've come to like and want.

A no-spoiler guide is a good idea in theory, but practically, the point of having a guide is to have access to all twists and turns available, and I felt that this book lacked the information/guidance I was looking for.

No detailed maps, no detailed "war assets" page (probably one of the most important parts of ME3), and even in some cases wrong or incomplete information. Also, it could have largely benefited from a better index.

All in all, sadly not worth the buy...especially for a "collector's edition".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice but mostly an artbook 20 Mar 2012
The book itself is realy nice. It has a sturdy exteriour with a metallic finish.
When opening the book and looking at the pages you noticed that the paper and pictures are of a high quality, although the print makes the pages curl abit.

On the context of the book, it's mostly just a fan item than a real guide.
The book has more pictures than actual charts and maps etc etc....

There are no single player maps BUT there are descriptions of all missions, where you can find certain items and what the result will be if you reply Paragon or Renegade (even if your choise influences further parts later in the game).

There are also some nice tricks and hints, like some suggestions on character builds and what they could be used for. Tips on how to use your squadmates and some builds for them aswell.

The multiplayer has maps (unlike the single player maps). There are some tactical tips (just like single player).

Overall it's a nice book (I wouldn't realy use the name guide in this case) and it's a nice addition to the collector's edition of the game.

On a side note you get a digital copy of the "guide".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter disappointment 23 Mar 2012
I am baffled that someone takes the time to write a guide for a big RPG and then decides that, no, let's not have any maps. Seriously. When I use a guide I couldn't care less about spoilers (though some people might - to each his own) and basic stuff like annotated maps and charts detailing equipment, etc, is the only thing I'm looking for. I want the whole game laid bare with all the facts neatly lined up so I can get on with min/maxing the crap out of everything. None of that here, though.

This book will serve as a nice item to leaf through and set the mood - but a good guide it is not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 13 Dec 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
perfect for all mass effect lovers, i love mass effect, the 3rd is the best, there is so much in the book to help you if u need to, there is also parts of art work in it, advise getting if u r a mass effect fan.

19, female
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 16 April 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This guide book cover most of the basic gameplay of ME3, however is sorely lacking in maps, war assets and hidden secrets. Almost a third of the book is dedicated to the multiplayer function and the way walkthrough is laid out can be confusing and contradictory. In short (as with most things related to Mass Effect 3), its not nearly as good as the ME2 book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars just buy it 21 Mar 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
great book which explains your options full walkthrough to let you get all the loot. ME3 remains one of my favourite games of all time and this really helped me get a lot out of the game
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mass Effect 3 Collector's Official Game Guide 19 Aug 2013
By MaryS
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Not being an avid gamer, I cannot say much about this, except my son was very pleased. Cover looked cool. I think the item was well priced too, if memory serves me right. A smooth transaction/quick post/well packaged. RECOMMENDED
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars game guide
Walks you through the game showing lots of different approaches and options to completing missions and navigating the gigantic universe. Read more
Published 26 days ago by T.Dog
4.0 out of 5 stars good, just missing day-one DLC
Excellent guide. Mostly used only to sort out which order I'd do missions in, but then I got DLC missions which is why one star short.
Published 16 months ago by S. Pemberton
3.0 out of 5 stars Mass Effect 3 Collector's Official Game Guide
with this being Mass Effect 3 Collector's Official Game Guide i would of thorth it would of had some or if not all DLC but to have none is disappointing
Published 18 months ago by jamie
3.0 out of 5 stars lots of info
the guide is very helpful due to the detailed walkthrough which lists what decisions u can make and the concequences of each, very helpful if u need a specific achievement etc. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2012 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Delivered quickly in perfect condition, excellent seller, no complaints at al
Guide is detailed and although I wont use it first playthrough, looks perfect for obtaining best... Read more
Published on 11 May 2012 by kammcf
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
I was surprised at the quality of this game guide. There was so much detail and it looks fantastic as well. Read more
Published on 18 April 2012 by GDox
5.0 out of 5 stars me3 n7 edition guide
the guide is of very high quility.its has very detailed info on the missions and side quest's.i found the section on weapons and armor very helpful. Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by S.Mckay
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Walkthrough.
i pre-ordered this walk through for when the Mass Effect game came out, for me and my partner to both use as we are big fans of the franchise. Read more
Published on 5 April 2012 by darkserenity14
4.0 out of 5 stars A beast of a tome
I own lots of collectors' game guides and this one is definitely one of the bulkier (not quite as big as Skyrim or Kingdoms of Amalur but a real beast nonetheless). Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2012 by L. Miller
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