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Mass Effect 3 Collector's Edition: Prima Official Game Guide Hardcover – March 6, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Games; Har/Psc Co edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030789150X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307891501
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 8.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Mass Effect series is my favorite game series hands down.
JSU76
The hardcover is very thick and nice to look at, and the pages are also very thick, lamented and just look high quality.
christoph miller
This book is amazing and you need it if you're a true ME fan.
J

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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By TwoSpade on March 12, 2012
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The previous Mass Effect guides had several advantages over this guide, so I consider it a step backwards. This guide will indeed help you walk through the campaign and provides some information about different weapons and your squadmates and their abilities, however some of the things that would be the most helpful are left out and the formatting leaves something to be desired, as things are presented as individual pictures when they should be in table form for quick reference.

The biggest weakness is there are no maps other than the ones that are provided in game. The previous Mass Effect guides had maps and locations of where powerups and other loot could be found on the various levels (including side missions). This guide provides no maps. It also has no maps (or even a list) providing you with what you can find with regard to war assets in the various systems accessed from the galaxy map or where you can scan in the system to find them.

The weapons show bar graph stat differences between the first level and tenth level of an upgraded weapon in separated pictures, but no comparisons to each other so you can determine which weapon you would like to use in a list form, which would have been the most useful way to determine what weapon you would want to upgrade and use by the end.

It is completely unacceptable that the only place achievements are listed and talked about are on a single page near the back of the book. The walk-through should provide tips and explanations on how to get them. This guide only lists them with the exact same description as they give in game on a single page, and does not explain the best/easiest way to achieve them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Real Time on April 5, 2012
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Nice book; hundreds of pages and lots of great information. Prima did such a good job with the ME1 and ME2 guides I ordered this one without checking the buyer's reviews. That will be the last time I make that mistake.

Sadly, the index is only fair at best, I could not find a decent table of contents and the weapon ratings (weight, capacity, etc...) are a bit off which make it difficult to use the descriptions as a reliable guide. There are a couple other items, like where they simply parrot the exact words one can read in game, but I want to keep this short.

Having played through ME3 twice before ordering the guide (wanted to see if I missed anything) it turned out I hit everything mentioned in the guide, and even matched several of the 'builds' for my NPC companions. It 'is' a nice book, but I doubt anyone that has played ME1 & 2 will need it. Even if you start with ME3, the forums are a better source of information, in my opinion.

Though I am not completely satisfied with my purchase, I am "OK" with it; hence the three of five stars.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mateo Dante on March 21, 2012
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Pros
It's not the most complete, nor does it have everything like the internet. BUT without it, I seriously would have been lost on mission directions because the quest journal is not clear on where to go sometimes and other times it does not update when you completed missions or how you completed them.

Cons
1. I took 1 point away because I really don't mind being spoiled by a guide book. But the guide book says it won't provide spoilers. To me, what's the point of a guide book if it's afraid to spoil the reader. So because it doesn't spoil, I wished there were some information it would provide on how exactly to reach the desired ending, ie what dialogues to choose, etc. Instead I had to resort to watching YouTube videos.
2. MAPS!! This book is missing the Galaxy resource map. A huge omission.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Gutt on September 10, 2012
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Finally opened this. It is a good guide, but is now dated since new DLC is available.

The book is huge and has extensive walk throughs of the whole game. There are no maps, however.

What I like best is the information on skills, main characters, and equipment. It lists where all of the equipment can be found.

Overall, I am happy with this guide.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teahouse Fox VINE VOICE on June 1, 2012
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I have never bought any of the Mass Effect game guides prior to this purchase. I didn't buy this one until I had finished the game the first time. But then, I also avoided the entire Internet until I'd finished this game and found myself with more questions than answers. Lest this turn into a complaint about the quality of choices or outcomes in ME3, this review will be spoiler free.

I do love the franchise, and bought the collector's edition of the game itself, then the collector's edition of the guide. To be honest, I get more of a charge out of exploring and trying things in an RPG than I do playing the game glued to a walkthrough. Mass Effect games were (for the most part) not like, say, recent Final Fantasy games where you would discover 80 hours in that some obscure random act in the first 12 hours of the game has torpedoed your chance to farm some component to get the ultimate cheese grinder mod or something like that.

However, choices and outcomes for ME3 events in several places are highly dependent on choices you made and quests you completed going all the way back to the original Mass Effect (potentially a total 150 hours of gameplay over three titles). Buying the game guide made more sense, especially since I'm a huge fan, and the book itself is made to last longer than the paperback version.

This is the hardcover version of the guide, but don't expect the highest quality hardcover. The contents are a mostly visual guide on heavyweight paper. The binding is glued, however; not stitched, so over time may still fall victim to the contents cracking out of it's shell.
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