- Series: Prima Official Game Guides
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Prima Games; Prima Official Game Guides edition (March 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307891488
- ISBN-13: 978-0307891488
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mass Effect 3: Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Official Game Guides) Paperback – March 6, 2012
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Overall, the guide is pretty decent for leveling up your characters and hand holding you through the game (including multiple tactical approaches to battles in each mission), so if that's what you're looking for, then it's worth looking into. But if you're looking for more of a reference to supplement to your own exploration of missions, there's still quite a bit to be desired in its organization and content, and you might be better off searching for stuff online.
What I was looking for:
Played through ME1 and ME2 without guides; was looking for a reference for:
-Decisions to get the best ending,
-Finding items during missions
-Doing the hub quests.
Still wanted to work through missions on my own, so was not buying this for the step by step walk through. Am about 75% through the game.
What's been most helpful:
-Character power development guide:
Guide gave a good overview of the strengths and power ladders of each character (and Shepard) and recommendations for how to build them up to fill specific roles in combination with other character abilities. Made me feel confident about making choices for the 4/5/6 levels for each power.
-Finding Items (non-key items):
Walkthrough sections had text boxes to highlight items to find and screen shots of the locations. This was great because I could skim through the walkthrough for just items to look for, but still explore on my own. Definitely would have missed a few things without it.Read more ›
- Completely dumbed down, text/screenshot-only walkthrough, as opposed to presenting detailed level maps. Unless you want to play the game entirely "by the book", you will have to first spend a minute to locate "where you are" in Prima's prose (for which free guides e.g. from GameFAQs are much more suitable). And the fact that the guide is supposedly "spoiler free" is fixing a problem that should not have existed to begin with.
- Even the walkthrough is incomplete, and misses many items found on missions. Particularly annoying are the missing credits/salvages, and certainly gives an ugly impression, how much effort the author actually spent writing this guide! Description of "item acquisition" (that is still in the guide) are sometimes fused together, with the second item mentioned only in passing, and the screenshot missing. In fact, you are better off just scavenge for a few more minutes, instead of being misled by this guide.
- No appendix describing scanning/resource gathering/war assets, which due to its impact on the ending (and especially played without multiplayer), matters far more than Mass Effect 1 and 2.
- Chapter "Essentials" appears to be a chore to get over with, for the author. This chapter e.g. offers zero guide about bonus powers and how to get them (which can depend on dialog choices with your squad mate).
Given all these problems, I plainly do not see how the price is justified. It is really a shame, as the Mass Effect 2 guide by Prima was of a far superior quality.
In short, there really isn't anything here that you couldn't get by perusing the maps for a couple of extra minutes when on a mission. Reading everything in here and finding exactly what you need will take much longer.
Not to mention, the guide is so thick and the binding is so firmly bound that it will not stay open without a two to five-pound object resting on top of its open pages.
Buy this guide only if you haven't heard of what a video game is, and if you have a lot of now-useless paperweights. Then, it may provide some guidance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book was advertised as new ,yet book cover was torn and missing piece.Published 2 months ago by Willam
This guide covers the game really well. It hides spoilers by warning you, placing major spoilers upside-down, etc. Read morePublished 2 months ago by wjones14
I'm a huge Mass Effect Trilogy fan, and this guide is the perfect addition to the game!!! Comprehensive and detailed, this guide is the best for your final journey against the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ryan Maloney
I was expecting it to let me know the consequences of various actions/decisions in the game. Instead it seems fully focused on describing the options for how get from point A to... Read morePublished 9 months ago by David P. Camerino
Excellent game. A bit hard for this 72 year old granny, but I beat it ! Keeps the boredom away and the mind working.Published 13 months ago by Patricia