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Product Details

  • 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: 10.6 x 7.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not everyone will survive. An ancient alien race, known only as "Reapers", has launched an all-out invasion leaving nothing but a trail of destruction in their wake. Earth has been taken, the galaxy is on the verge of total annihilation, and you are the only one who can stop them. The price of failure is extinction. You are Commander Shepard, a character that you can forge in your own image. You determine how events will play out, which planets to explore, and whom to form alliances with as you rally a force to eliminate the Reaper threat once and for all. How you wage this war is completely up to you: go into combat with guns blazing or use cover to plan a more tactical assault. Utilize your squad to full effect or take a lone wolf approach. Rain death from a distance or go toe-to-toe with enemies using devastating melee attacks. Mass Effect 3 will react to each decision you make as you play through a truly unique experience of your own creation.

Customer Reviews

Even the walkthrough is incomplete, and misses many items found on missions.
Y. Lai
The next time I played Mass Effect 3 I tried it without using the guide at all and had no problem getting all the war assets.
Courtney Lynn
There was little description on the wear of the product, but it's still usable.
Amy E. Moran

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By girlfriend888 on March 18, 2012
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Summary:
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.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Y. Lai on March 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
Having read the Prima official guides for last two Mass Effect installments, this is probably the worst:

- 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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on March 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
There isn't much to say about the guide - at least not as much as Prima had to say about the game's missions. So much filler exists in this book, much of it informing players how to "approach" battles. Not a very creative feat when many battles can play out in different ways. Some approaches consisted of taking cover behind specific objects on the terrain, or using this ability vs. that ability, or this gun vs. that gun. I found that by the time I had entered a combat scenario and wrapped up that same scenario, I was able to skip 4-5 pages of this guide at a time.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Gordon on March 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've been buying guides for most of my games for years (sometimes just for fun and/or as a collectible to go along with a game I like). This particular author has been writing Prima guides for years now and it seems like his guides are always consistently subpar or lacking in some major way. Why this guy gets to keep writing Prima guides I just don't understand. If you look at other guides he's written they always get lower ratings from costumers; you'd think someone at Prima would have learned by now. Oh well, everyone needs a job and I can't hate on the author for doing his thing; I just wish he wouldn't be assigned to some of the more important games that I like.
Cheers,
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