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Dark Souls II Collector's Edition Strategy Guide Hardcover – March 11, 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Future Press; Collectors edition (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744015472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744015478
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.2 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (412 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a person who played Dark Souls to death (haha) and watched just about every lore video I could find on Youtube, this collector's guide is a must-have for any fan of the series. To begin with, the guide contains just about every single enemy (from minions to bosses) as well as the different types of armor sets with pictures included. On each enemy, there is a small paragraph that details the lore of the character which was written in company with EpicNameBro, the man who became famous for his Dark Souls lore videos on Youtube. The guide is in full-color with bosses having a bigger picture frame, clear map details, A list (and pictures of) the different types of weapons, armors, and spells. And yes, they have an index that's simple to use also! The authors also painstakingly wrote the guide to the point where you won't miss a single thing such as making sure you have enough of X items or Y amount of enemies are in each room and what to prepare for.

All in all, I'm very grateful they put so much detail into a guide that will definitely get lots of use out of whether it's for light reading, when you're stuck, or for being a completionist!
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Future Press made the guide for the original Dark Souls. It was probably one of the most helpful strategy guides I'd ever used. The layout and design made it user friendly, but more importantly, the strategies and info contained within the guide were invaluable. As far as strategy guides were concerned, very few could compliment their game the way the original Dark Souls guide did. So I was very pleased to see that Future Press made a guide for Dark Souls II. And I was even more pleased to see that they stuck to the same design they used for the first guide. That is to say that this guide is very user friendly and has A LOT of information for the player. It is an encyclopedia for Dark Souls II. If you need a leg up in Dark Souls II this guide will give it to you.

The guide begins by explaining all the basics and the game system. Even Dark Souls veterans might want to start here as there are a few major changes from the first game. While combat hasn't changed much it is worth reading about things such as the Human Effigy system and how dying works in this one. Beyond that all the basics are still there. If there's more that you want to learn about combat, you can find it here. But the most useful stuff is all the preliminary things. The guide not only fully details combat and everything there is to know about it, but it also talks about all the stats and attributes. It also gives a run down of all the classes and how to best develop them. More than that, it even helps you get started by suggesting a gift for veterans (or non veterans) to take. If you are confused about anything in Dark Souls II you should most definitely start with the game basics section of this guide. Without it you'll be lost. It also gives you basic tips about exploring.
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I got this to help me out with the ps4 Scholar of the First sins version of the game. This guide was not made for that version since the scholar of the first sin is slightly different than the original version, however this guide still does its job perfectly. I have only found minor differences such as certain enemies not being shown in the guide (I haven't really found much else different yet), the differences are minor and not a big deal at all to me. It covers all the trophies and explains everything to get the harder ones like how to get all the gestures, which is a huge help.

This guide literally covers everything about the game. From starting off it goes over your hud and what everything means and does, all the buttons, leveling up, what bonfires are and do, all the different stats from vigor, endurance, strength and all that. It gives you tips and strategies for fighting bosses, enemies, and it goes step by step throughout the game telling you which paths to take and what to expect while taking them.

In the map section it goes over every area telling you where to find all the items and enemies (which is a little in-accurate for the first sin edition). It goes over quests and how to complete them all. It covers all the items and weapons and where to find them and it gives you strategies of how to use each to their full potential.

With the bosses it tells you all about their attacks and how to avoid them It gives you their weaknesses and everything you could want to know so you can beat them. With all the other monsters it also tells you tips to beat them, the blood echoes and items they drop, weakness, and such.
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Allow me to preface by saying that Dark Souls II is so complicated and its levels are so detailed that creating a perfect book would be next to impossible without an extra hundred pages or so. And in general, the information within it has been very helpful. But there were things that could and should have been done to make this much better.

1. The maps are drawn with several floors, as they should be, as the areas in Dark Souls are as deep as they are sprawling. But it would have been much easier to follow had they labeled where one set of stairs or a ladder connected to the next floor. This could easily be done by using a letter, number or some common symbol on both maps.

2. While the description of the enemies is good, noting what type of damage they are vulnerable to would be useful.

3. It shows if items have special effects, but doesn't always state by how much. For example, if a helmet increases the item discovery rate, knowing by how much, so it can be compared with other equipment with similar effects would be helpful.

4. The boss souls can be traded for specific items, but all the book says is under the item effect is "Acquire XXXX Souls or trade for item." The name of the items traded for would be helpful.

5. After reading through the book, I still don't know what the agility stat does. It just says that it improves your estus drinking speed and

6. The pages smudge very easily.

7. Lastly, and most importantly, the book has LOTS of misspellings and other typos that really should have been caught and fixed before publication. In the equipment descriptions, there are some pieces of equipment that describe one piece and show the stats and pictures for another.
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