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an excellent guide for a beautiful game
on March 26, 2013
as an avid reader of game guides, i had high expectations for this one, and was not disappointed in the least.
this limited edition guide is beautiful. the cover art is exceptional. the introduction by ken levine was a welcome addition. i am always interested in what his take on anything is. the layout is concise and full of just the information you would hope.
the chapters are as follows:
welcome to columbia
guns of liberty
the height of columbia fashion
booker's campaign (140 pages out of the 272 pages are dedicated solely to the campaign)
enemies of the people
achievements & trophies
it was great that they listed the controls and variations of the difficulty settings on one page. it's nice to have as a quick reference, especially as you begin playing (though the game does a solid job of introducing you to the mechanics in efficient time). the guide also outlines the basics you will see throughout your journey (i.e.: power ups, weapons, gear, infusions).
the information on what elizabeth can do, as well as how the tears work, is helpful since these are new additions to the bioshock series.
the vigor section was one of my favorites. as someone who was a HUGE fan of plasmids in the original, i couldn't wait to read up on the various vigors and how they could be combined to best effect. the images are terrific, and the information is well fleshed out.
the section on randomized and guaranteed gear is excellent. there is also a supplemental section with example builds which could be helpful for someone who wants to try out different playstyles but isn't sure how to set them up.
the walkthrough itself is the best i've seen. it is explained concisely, and illustrated perfectly. the images are of good size so you are actually able to tell what it is you are supposed to be doing/looking for.
i am always grateful for the enemies section of any guide, and this is no different. it is well laid out, and the information comes in entirely handy. knowing each enemy's weakness is invaluable.
the achievements section is the best i've seen. laid out for someone who doesn't want anything spoiled, it is separated into story achievements, difficulty modes, combat achievements, vigors & tears, and upgrades & collectibles.
the key that comes with the guide is decent. it is fairly solid, but the white portions look a little cheap. i honestly don't care, as i didn't buy the guide for the keychain. it's just a little bonus.
honestly, this is the most polished and 'clean' guide i've ever seen/used. i highly recommend it. and it makes me even more excited for the forthcoming art book.