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Mass Effect 3 Collector's Official Game Guide Hardcover – 9 Mar 2012


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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Publishing; Collectors edition (9 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030789150X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307891501
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 3.7 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr Wednesday on 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 By Nadiule on 30 Mar. 2012
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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 By Dondar01 on 20 Mar. 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 By Tony Wihlen on 23 Mar. 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 By Mattwho81 on 16 April 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shadowkitty1993 on 13 Dec. 2012
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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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Oredered this guide to go with my collectors edition. There are certain parts of this guide that are really useful the shepeard class breakdowns are really useful and some of the information on armor and weapons is also good. The main and only problem I have is that if like me you do missions as they are prsented to you trying to find them in the book can take a while as it has around 400 pages in it. Some good insight into how the game was made but to be honest have read most of it before. In closing looks the part fairly informative but not really neccessary looks good on the shelf next to my ME3 collectors edition and ME2 and its guide.
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By David on 6 Jun. 2012
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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. it also has a section on all playable characters, guns etc, powers and strategies to use for each. A section dedicated to how to beat the different types of enemy and tips and maps for the multiplayer.

Its got solid info but i found that most of it i knew either from the previous 2 games or playing the game for a bit, but if u need that extra bit of help it should do the job
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