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Final Fantasy XIII-2: The Complete Official Guide - Collector's Edition Hardcover – January 31, 2012

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  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Piggyback; Collectors edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780307894212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307894212
  • ASIN: 0307894215
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Penelton on February 6, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an awesome guide that tells you everything you need to know about the game. There are very few spoilers and it is written wonderfully. It takes you step by step through the game and leads you to 100% completion. It also states all the values for weapons and accessories and when to equip which items. The only problem I have with this review is that it's slightly inefficient in my opinion. It breaks up the walkthrough, completion timeline, and tour guide into three separate sections. Coming from Final Fantasy XIII and it's guide, I find that by separating things it is creating more work for me. I wish they had given me the timeline first and then combined the walkthrough and the tour guide so I could see the maps while I'm being told the strategies for the bosses. It's not a big deal, but as a lazy college student I feel that it would be easier to combine things. Plus it would save paper. Overall an excellent guide and a must have for 100% completion.
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59 of 75 people found the following review helpful By John W. Daniels on February 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As an owner of the original collectors edition XIII guide you'll notice several things.

1. The pages are thinner. (thinner book compared to the original, even though this one has more pages)
2. The books are not numbered by their print run.
3. Those with a keen eye for book bindings will also notice the binding is glued and not sewn like the original.
4. The "hard" covers are rather mushy and soft to the touch. (recycled cardboard?)

Piggyback definitely cut some corners here. Although with thinner pages it stays open without the pages flipping by themselves. However, due to the heavy ink use on graphics, the thinner pages are wavy throughout. (Although they will flatten more over time)

The major issue I have with the build quality is the binding. Sewn bindings will stand the test of time, whereas glued bindings will inevitably fall apart with use or with age as the glue dries out. Between this and the thinner pages, it feels like I could rip a page out by accident if I'm not careful, whereas the original book felt much more sturdy and higher quality.

Other than that, this book has much more beautiful page layouts and artwork than the original - it really blew me away how beautiful it is when I first flipped through it. The graphs are fantastic and the foil logo on the cover is really shinny and reflects in the light.

Regarding the actual content...

1. Layout sucks. It's structured more like an encyclopedia, having you flip through various sections. It's easy to miss something.
2. All-encompassing Inventory and Bestiary not so all-encompassing; doesn't include extras like the Serah costume, Genji bow, or Omega boss information.
3. Seems to be very wordy and dry on information you can already find in-game.
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46 of 58 people found the following review helpful By D. Reed on January 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have not yet spent a great deal of time, roughly 3 hours, playing the game with this guide, but it has so far impressed me more than the game itself. First, the guide is divided into separate sections, each with a different amount of spoilers. If you want a simple guide to get you through the game quickly with little spoilers, this is it. If you want a guide with a good balance between completion and simplicity, this is it. And if you want a guide that goes into great detail about every aspect of the game, this is also it. And those are just the different parts of the walkthrough! The guide also includes item, fragment, and trophy checklists, as well as an in depth bestiary. Aesthetically, the guide also succeeds. The collector's edition is a plain, white padded hardcover with the logo of the game. Absolutely beautiful. Every page of the guide is also filled with high quality screenshots from the game. The collector's edition also has an extras portion with interviews with key staff from the game. In short, this is an amazing guide with could also easily serve as an artbook if you chose to use it as such. I for one, will display it proudly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Demarius L. Hughes on February 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've become quite the avid fan of Piggyback. All the strategy guides that I bought that were made by them haven't disappointed me and I'm very happy to say that The Final Fantasy XIII-2: Complete Official Guide Collector's Edition is no different and let me tell why. First of all, The Final Fantasy XIII-2 strategy guide was penned by James Price(the same great author behind the awesome Uncharted 3 strategy guide). The guide is fantastically written so you know where your going, how to get there, who you'll be fighting/facing along the way, and what will happen when you reach your destination. Secondly, the overall design of the strategy guide is amazing. From the hard covering to the beautiful artwork and screenshots, you won't be disappointed when reading through this guide. Finally, The Final Fantasy XIII-2 strategy guide contains a ton of information! The strategy guide has information on the Main Storyline, 100% Completion, Inventory Items(Key Items, Weapons, Accessories, etc.), Monsters, Trophies/Achievements, and so much more. As added little bonuses, The Final Fantasy XIII-2 strategy guide has a handy Beginners Section to help newcomers with Final Fantasy XIII-2, Two ribbons/bookmarks to help save your progress throughout the strategy guide, and A Behind The Scenes Section that shows the Final Fantasy XIII-2 Development Team's thoughts on the game. To wrap this up, The Final Fantasy XIII-2: Complete Official Guide Collector's Edition is quite frankly amazing and should be purchased if you haven't already bought this strategy guide yet.
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