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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning The Official Guide [Hardcover]

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Book Description

February 24, 2012
Diving into Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning can be daunting. The world is vast, the combat is brutal and your potential choices are almost infinite. This encyclopedic guide aims to make everything clear; to show you how every element of the game fits together and let you take advantage of each of them to get the experience you want. See the whole thing and cut your way through it in style.

Master Your Destiny
Building your character isn t too stressful when you can change your destiny at any point, but really taking advantage of the possibilities in Reckoning requires planning and knowledge. We explain how every aspect of the Destiny and Skill systems can be used to create the most powerful characters of each type.

Fight to the End
Reckoning s Main Quest can be a real challenge, but if you want to see its end our complete walkthrough will ensure you never falter. Every battle is fully covered and maps reveal everything about the areas you ll traverse along the way.

Control the Battle
The beauty of Reckoning is in its visceral combat. You can be as strong as you want if you have the skills and knowledge to excel at combat. We show you how to master Reckoning Mode to gain more XP and get better items, and how to slash, cancel and combo your way through the game s battles with style.

Leave Nothing Unexplored
In a world this vast it s hard not to miss things. Our illustrated maps and detailed Area Guide chapter will ensure that you ll always find what you re looking for. Every town is explored in full and even the most remote cave has its deepest secrets exposed.

See All Sides of the Story
The game is filled with hundreds of Side Quests, Tasks and major Factions to explore and complete, and it s only through these that you ll see the full picture of the world of Amalur. We provide walkthroughs, maps and tips for every one of these optional quests and all their possible rewards are outlined.

Unlock Everything
Players wanting to know everything about the world of Amalur and ensure they ve squeezed every last drop out of the game will find everything they re looking for. We provide tips for unlocking every Achievement/Trophy and the locations of all of the game s rarest items.

Explore Beyond
Get deep into the world of Amalur with our exclusive story timeline and selection of beautiful concept atwork and sketches, and an in-depth interview with the visionaries behind the game.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Future Press (February 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3869930578
  • ISBN-13: 978-3869930572
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An encyclopedia for a game that needs one February 24, 2012
The guide for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is as good as could be hoped for. My most recent game guide purchase was of the Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Collector's Edition and I frankly didn't expect this guide to be anywhere near that one in quality. I am happy to report I was wrong. While the actual game is of an entirely different calibur than Skyrim (and hard put to compare to it) its game guide can proudly give that guide a run for its money.
The guide for Reckoning refers to itself as "an encyclopedia" in the introduction and that is what you feel like you're holding. It is very weighty with exactly 600 full-color, glossy pages and contains almost everything you could want in its solid hard cover. The cover art is decent as far as artwork goes, but the image is not wrap-around, the side biding is all but blank and the back cover is a solid, featureless black. I may have been spoiled by other guides having full cover artwork, ribbon bookmarks, and light-weight paper and therefore be less impressed with this book's appearance and feel but it is still head-and-shoulders above the average game guide and can proudly sit on the shelf with other "elite" guides.
The content of the guide is very impressive and covers just about every base. A full 100 pages are devoted to getting an understanding of the classes and an equal amount of time is devoted to illustrated explanations of both the gear and the enemies. The things you're going to automatically want are here - detailed maps with key items (lorestones) you need to find, in-depth quest and dungeon walkthroughs (including combat strategies for every class for each important fight), and charts for crafting or shop inventories. I am very obsessive in my gaming tendencies and these sections all satisfy me fully.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big and Beautiful with some Flawed Innards February 27, 2012
By Jesse
High Quality Book -- In terms of Binding, Paper, Page Layout, etc.
ACTUAL Gameplay Strategy Guide -- They break down a lot of the lesser known game mechanics of gameplay so that you can get even more out of your chosen playstyle/spec.
Absolutely huge -- This thing could be used as a weapon, and is stuffed to the gills with content.
Level Ranges For Zones -- A great tool to avoid gimping your game experience by unwittingly locking a zone down at its lowest level by exploring the world too early (which impacts loot quality, quest xp, rewards, and enemy challenge).
Unique Weapons & Armor Listing -- Nice to see what sort of gear might drop as you make your way through the world
Faction & Main Quest Walkthroughs -- The game is pretty self explanatory but the walkthroughs are solid in case you get stuck for some reason. Even covers the optional DLC House of Valor faction.

Incomplete Maps -- The maps are inconsistent. If you hoped to uncover all the lorestones using this guide you will be left out in the cold in a few zones. Additionally there is no marking for treasure chests.
Missing Dungeon Maps -- MOST of the dungeons are laid out in the maps section. But there are a few that were left out with little more than a description in text.
Incorrect Index -- A number of page references are incorrect
Inconsistent Crafting Skill Treatment -- Alchemy is laid bare (all recipes, effects, ingredients, etc). The section on Blacksmithing calls out the general parts that make up weapons and armor (you also have this information available to you IN game), but there is no listing or explanation of what some of the Prefix/Suffixes do for your blacksmithing components.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A...very excellent Stategy Guide!!! April 6, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Very well structured, and illustrations within are excellent. A very detailed guide,well worth the cost.'s even in "hard-cover",like an actual book! A lot of thought and planning went into this guide;which, is most evident. Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Guide March 31, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a superb guide to the game and well worth adding to your guide collection. I must be one of those sad people who actually enjoy reading these guides for their own sake - they just happen to come in useful for when you get stuck in a game or if you want to check you haven't missed anything. They make the game experience much fuller in my opinion.

I only have one bad thing to say about it and it isn't about the guide itself, but the fact that I could not get this in the UK when the game came out and so ordered it direct from the States (on - it arrived in a few days despite being normal postage (from germany would you beleive!) and then a few days later it became available in the UK. That was really annoying and a black mark against both Amazon and the publisher.

But the guide is first rate, clear and colourful and offers everything you'll need to play the game fully. Now there is a DLC already out, I wonder when the guide to that will be available here in the UK!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, detailed reference book March 25, 2012
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This book is a delight to own. It is beautifully hard-bound and illustrated, and jam-packed with every nuance of the game in 600 pages. The pages lay flat when the book is open, so it is easy to use. It even smells nice.

Now some game guides you can read almost like a novel, but this is not one of them. This is a reference book, and doesn't have that hand-holding quality of many Prima guides. That being said, it answers all my questions about the game with a level of detail I find very satisfying. Every time I pick it up, I learn something new about the game. I mostly keep it laying open in the living room, and read it a bit at a time.

If you just want to power through the game, this guide is not for you. But if you want to take your time and get the most out of your experience, I recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kingdoms of Amalur strategy guide
Great strategy guide for an extremely underrated and under appreciated game. This strategy guide offers great tips, and beautiful artwork
Published 20 days ago by Doc
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic opera that will entertain you for hundreds of hours.
Expansive, very well written story line. As a hero immersed in an action packed, epic struggle there are opportunities to enjoy subtle humor, poignant moments, and realistic... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Martian Aery
5.0 out of 5 stars I received my order in a timely manner and the guide was in EXCELLENT...
I am more than impressed! I received my order in a timely manner and the guide was in
EXCELLENT condition. I couldn't be more pleased.
Published 1 month ago by Erline Huls
5.0 out of 5 stars Be up all night game
Bought this for my husband..he loved it
Published 1 month ago by Happycat
5.0 out of 5 stars I asked and I received!
Bought this as a present for myself, and absolutely loved it and was surprised and shocked when I got such a caring and thoughtful gift in the mail!!!
Published 1 month ago by Josh Phelps
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great condition good price Would buy again
Published 2 months ago by markr
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
It has been helpful. I already beat the game but I wanted to get it for extra pointers, and it's very helpful. It has an index and a few step by step tips. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Renee
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a great game guide for a game that isn't quite as awesome as I wanted it to be.

The guide itself is very comprehensive (it's nearly the size of the Skyrim... Read more
Published 4 months ago by carleton97
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs a big detailed overall map
Nice looking hard covered book. The book should have maps of where the various regents are located, but there are none. Read more
Published 5 months ago by JamieHawk
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch!
This is the way guides should be done! You know, that should be 'nuff said, but it seems I must write more words to have enough. Great Guide, bad reviewing system.
Published 5 months ago by Soonerman
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why is the guide being released so late?
Not so much. You have to remember that guide book writers are at the mercy of when they get test codes (at various stages). Most of the time, guide writers don't even get to see any part of the game till very late into the cycle (since they have to base their guide on a final to near final code... Read More
Feb 4, 2012 by Night13x |  See all 24 posts
Difference between Collector's and "regular" edition guides is the definitive answer . I know as I am importing it into the UK
9783869930565 - is the version being sold in the UK

9783869930572 - is the version being sold in the US

They will have identical information , page count, hardback etc. . Just different isbns because of them being... Read More
Jan 19, 2012 by Matthew J. Warley |  See all 25 posts
Official comment on release date
Since at least part of the post is directed toward me...I'll respond.

First up, on play time. I typically spend about 20 to 30 hours a week playing games. But, to qualify, I also coach my kids in basketball, do a variety of other things, and manage to have a pretty active social life. I get... Read More
Feb 15, 2012 by C. Norway |  See all 48 posts
Is this guidebook more expensive than the game? Be the first to reply
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