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Worth every penny,
This review is from: Final Fantasy XIII-2 - The Complete Official Guide: Collectors Edition (Hardcover)
Its not often I buy a guide, usually when I do they are a cheap tatty mess after a few days use and once everything has been achieved in the game, thrown out.
This however, will be going on my shelf afterwards along with the rest of my hardback books in pride of place.
Why? Simple, the guide itself is beautifully crafted with padded cover/rear which not only look good, but feel great too. The guide starts off by summarising the plot from the previous game (Final Fantasy XIII - amazingly!) which is useful if, like me, you finished the game over a year ago & are a little fuzzy on certain plot elements.
Then the walkthrough begins, for the first section it is dedicated more towards the first play through and, as such is a lot more streamlined and easy to understand, explaining what is needed without giving away any spoilers and does a great job of this. Unlike more recent FF games, whilst still being somewhat linear you can jump around from place to place & even year to year as you see fit completing them in any order (to a point).
Now notice I said first playthrough, as per the whole time jumping even after you "finish" the game, you can continue on your journey with the same levels/gear you had. This is where the guide comes into its own, the second part of the guide is a more detailed approach to every area, where to catch every sort of monster and of course where to get all the 160 fragments and 8 paradox endings, basically these are endings which will occur if you say....do something you shouldn't in the timeline which will warp the future. A nice little feature.
Whilst collecting 160 fragments may sound like something only a gamerscore/trophy obsessive would do, sadly/gladly (depending on your viewpoint) you actually need ALL 160 fragments along with the 8 paradox endings to see the secret ending of the game. Which I am assuming is where most of the plot leads will get wrapped up - 159/160 fragments....on the monster hunter fragment now, sigh... - as the normal ending to the game, is very un-final fantasy like and well, rather depressing (no spoilers here).
To sum up, basically this guide would be worth buying for that price even if it looked and felt hideous due to the sheer amount of use I am getting from it, the fact it is stunning is just the icing on the cake. Although there will be odd moments where you realise you are handling the book like a new born baby, whilst the actual game case you just lob on the floor when the disc is in :o\