- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Piggyback (14 Feb. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1908172525
- ISBN-13: 978-1908172525
- Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 2.8 x 28.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII - the Complete Official Guide - Collector's Edition Hardcover – 14 Feb 2014
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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.Read more ›
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.
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...
I have never been so frustrated by a guide before!!! Nothing is where you need it and especially not all in one place. The structure is just terrible.
I have about 5 bookmarks in this thing, as well as the poster-map open on my bed while trying to play the game! Prepare to pause the game every few seconds not only to turn the pages over and over but because the game is on a timer!!! (that is another story though).
Basically, all the information is there, if you can find it (not anything about the DLC, of course) but who had the idea to divide it into so many sections???
I really can't explain all that much but all in all, eventhough my review here is a little late and pointless, I will say that this guide has the info, but you will have to have gymnastic hands and fingers to find it ALL THE TIME!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is probably one of the most useful strategy guides I have ever bought. This guide is very detailed and comprehensive and can help you finish quests faster, and complete the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by MrJohnUK
Still have to this very day. This game is complex. There's a lot of things to do , things that I don't even know how would I do that without this guide!!Published 9 months ago by Carlos
I'll rate it more if not came with tear at the end of book (where inside cover meet the hard cover) Fix with tape, thought.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Like every other Piggyback guide I have owned - they are beautiful books. Truly. Worth every penny.Published 12 months ago by Jarosik
Very comprehensive guide on the game, many pictures available. Everything you need to know about Lightning Returns.Published 17 months ago by Eliz