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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII: The Complete Official Guide Paperback – February 11, 2014


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Piggyback; Pck Pap/Ps edition (February 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804162859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804162852
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

The guide is so helpful with the game.
Wynter
This is probably one of the best strategy guides I have ever seen.
Excel
It's pretty well organized and very easy to use!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Ingalls on February 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I was a little upset that this guide sticks out from the rest of the FF XIII guides but that was quickly forgotten. There Is some much going on in Lightning Returns that it can't be put in a clear do A->B->C guide. Those that are complaining aren't realizing the true power in this book. Yes it takes a little longer to navigate than most guides but look at all the content!

The guide tries it's best to organizing everything and even gives you a suggested play through strategy from the layout of your abilities to which quests you should be doing when.

The biggest suggestion I can give for this guide is to read through it before playing. Even if you only skim over the quests, it will give you an idea of the depth of the game and what not to do which will save you precious minutes in the game.

A great guide and truly worth the price if you realize the wealth of knowledge crammed into the bindings.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Manson on February 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I received my copy today and the book is amazing! I love the cover more than the XIII-2 Collector's Edition Guide! The dust jacket is very vibrant with Lightning on it. The book is one inch thick, the biggest out of all the XIII guides.

Inside, you get the DLC code for "Art of War" for Lightning, 32 pages of concept art and insights from the development team, two bookmarks, and a two sided world map poster!

This is quite a little must-have for any gamer who has the game, or likes to collect guides. It's so stunning I didn't want to take it out of the shrink wrap! Also, the price was much better than in store ($40+!?)

Grab a copy while you can! :D
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DanMan on February 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This just might be the nicest strategy guides I own. The dust jacket is really nice - the illustration and feel of it. Both the dust jacket and the hard cover have a velvet-ie type feel to them.

I try to complete games once without the aid of a guide, but this game basically demands one. I got to day 7 without the guide, only to realize I missed like 2,394,723,478 things once I read it. It is very easy to miss stuff in Lighting Returns.

This guide is very detailed and comprehensive. It has more than 300 pages. Given the time constraint within the game, the authors have laid out several different styles of walkthrough to maximize the limited amount of time players have. It has a New Game+ walkthrough as well. Everything is covered - from when to complete main and side quests, to every piece of equipment and how to acquire them. Even maximizing EP expenditure is covered.

This is a very nice guide that also includes some decent DLC content. It is very much worth the extra pennies if you cannot decide on this one or the paperback.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By McShopper on February 17, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am always nervous when I pre-order these guides as you never know if they will be easy to use. I was very pleased with this one. Starts out with game functionality (and in FF there is a ton), goes into detail on the new combat system. Then breaks into a very brief walk-though, suggesting where to go but not giving any details away so you can experience the game, and solve the quests on your own. In that simple walk though there are page numbers to reference a more detailed explanation if you need help. And of course in the end there is the monster encyclopedia and maps, etc. The poster map it comes with is very useful and not cluttered, allowing me to make my own notes.
Since this game is based on a very short time span, and the clock is always ticking, i am not sure anyone can get through his game the first time without some sort of guide. Even with this guide I am finding myself late to tasks, and having to skip some side quests to get caught up.
I am not a fan of the clock on this game, but that is a review for the game itself, not the guide. So far the guide has been a tremendous help, in fact without it, i would be too intimidated by this game. The first day I played this without looking at the guide and it was a horrible experience and I was so far behind on goals and tasks I am not sure I would have finished it the first time around. And I am a very experienced gamer.
The good news is, if you do not get this book and try to tackle the game solo, then there is a plus mode, that if you cannot complete the game in the first play through, or are not strong enough to finish the last boss, the game starts over but you keep all your weapons and stats. Me personally, I am not a fan of playing a game twice back to back.
Good luck~!
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful By William & Krista Foley on February 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Having spent some time with this guide, I find it very hard to give it a positive rating. It does contain everything you need for your adventure, but it organizes it in a way that I find to be less than ideal for using.
For example, it has a map section of every area. Great. But it doesn't put the item chests on the map. Item chests are only listed on a fold out map that is about 4 pieces of paper in size. It has a timeline section, listing optimal actions to do at every moment to ensure maximum efficiency. Great. But the entries in it read like "do main quest 1-1, see page XX". Hrm. So the main quest actions are listed in a separate section. Also, all of the side quests are in a third section. And all of the bulletin board quests are in a fourth section. And as if 4 written guide sections and 2 map (one with are names in the book, and the other the fold out map) there is a 5th written section that contains optimal play through in a chart format. Granted that this chart is for new game +, it says that it can also be used for a regular new game. As I said, this guide is comprehensive in listing its details, but by having everything in its own section nicely organized, it leads to flipping back and forth between 4-5 book marks and a map that takes up 1/3 of my couch. I would have preferred something that incorporates all of the events in one section, even if the additional sections were left for reference simply to avoid all of the constant flipping.
A secondary beef I have is the guide is a bit lacking in specific detail. It doesn't tell you 'save 2000 gil for a coming quest' but two pages later will tell you to buy something (which costs 2,000 gil) and expect you to have it. Little nuances like that bug me.
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