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Portal 2 Collector's Edition Guide [Hardcover]

Future Press
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Portal 2 guide lets players decide for themselves how much help they receive. From just a small hint right up to a complete solution--everything is there. This guarantees a maximised gaming experience. In addition the guide also offers lots of extras, including a huge on-location interview with the game's producers, a whole chapter devoted to previously unpublished concept drawings and artwork from Portal and Portal 2, as well as a comprehensive section on Trophies/Achievements, for all of those who wish to fully master the game. •Multilevel walkthrough | Offers expert guidance while avoiding unnecessary spoilers--allowing mastery of the game without ruining the experience. •Extended co-op coverage | Comprehensive walkthrough for the co-op game, including shortcuts and alternate solutions, with contributions from the current world record holder for the fastest run through Portal. •Simplified isometric maps | Each test chamber is presented in a uniquely created 3D illustration which deliberately shows as little detail as possible, but also as much as is necessary. This means that players can easily and quickly understand the solution and avoid the confusion of overloaded screenshot maps. •The Art of Portal | Stunning computer graphics, early concept drawings and wonderful illustrations show Portal and Portal 2 in breathtaking style and beauty. Artwork that has been made public exclusively and for the very first time in the official guide. •An audience with Valve | An in-depth interview with the key figures from the development team of Portal and Portal 2. More than 20 pages filled with background information and also about the making of the two games. •Trophies/Achievements | For the complete gaming experience; a detailed step-by-step guide to unlocking all 50 Trophies/Achievements. Although many of them are very challenging, having a complete collection doesn't have to be the sole privilege of advanced players.

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By S. K. L. Ip TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's not just a guide; it's also a reference book to Apecture Laboratory and its gadgetry. I totally recommend it to all Portal fans. Right now I am having it right beside my Portal Device.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and detailed May 21 2011
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Length: 1:15 Mins
Getting a guide book for Portal 2? Doesn't that take away the satisfaction of solving puzzles for yourself?

Well, in order not to take away your sense of accomplishment, the guide is designed with three spoiler levels that aims to help you solve the puzzles with as little help as possible.

The first spoiler level just provides single sentence textual hints - most of the time that's enough solve the test chambers. The second level provides visual hints in the form of screenshots without text. Finally, the third spoiler level is the full blown step-by-step guided walkthrough with 3D schematic maps, numbered steps and commentary. Also in spoiler level 3, you get additional alternative solutions and information on hidden trophies and rooms.

The guide also covers the multi-player stages in the similar way.

New to this guide is the inclusion of some movie codes. They are QR (Quick Response) code that work like barcodes. You scan them with your phone using a QR scanner app and it will take you to the video walkthrough. That would be the ultimate spoiler. The videos aren't up yet as I'm writing this review, but should be up soon.

Other information included are the trophy guides, hidden areas and things to discover, top 10 quotes from GLaDOS, Wheatley and Cave Johnson (that guy is hilarious), speedrunning guide to Portal 1, the in-depth story of Portal 1 & 2, interviews with Valve crew and some concept art and visuals.

Exclusive to the collectors' guide is the hardcover, two ribbon bookmarks and an expanded art section. Not sure if the interviews are included, probably not because they take up quite a few pages. The interviews are interesting to read if you want to find out more about designing the game and ideas, or how the funny ending song came about.

This is a wonderful guide for a wonderful game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and detailed May 21 2011
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Getting a guide book for Portal 2? Doesn't that take away the satisfaction of solving puzzles for yourself?

Well, in order not to take away your sense of accomplishment, the guide is designed with three spoiler levels that aims to help you solve the puzzles with as little help as possible.

The first spoiler level just provides single sentence textual hints - most of the time that's enough solve the test chambers. The second level provides visual hints in the form of screenshots without text. Finally, the third spoiler level is the full blown step-by-step guided walkthrough with 3D schematic maps, numbered steps and commentary. Also in spoiler level 3, you get additional alternative solutions and information on hidden trophies and rooms.

The guide also covers the multi-player stages in the similar way.

New to this guide is the inclusion of some movie codes. They are QR (Quick Response) code that work like barcodes. You scan them with your phone using a QR scanner app and it will take you to the video walkthrough. That would be the ultimate spoiler. The videos aren't up yet as I'm writing this review, but should be up soon.

Other information included are the trophy guides, hidden areas and things to discover, top 10 quotes from GLaDOS, Wheatley and Cave Johnson (that guy is hilarious), speedrunning guide to Portal 1, the in-depth story of Portal 1 & 2, interviews with Valve crew and some concept art and visuals.

Exclusive to the collectors' guide is the hardcover, two ribbon bookmarks and an expanded art section. Not sure if the interviews are included, probably not because they take up quite a few pages. The interviews are interesting to read if you want to find out more about designing the game and ideas, or how the funny ending song came about.

This is a wonderful guide for a wonderful game.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than A Strategy Guide May 11 2011
By Nog of NC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
For those who want the short review, it is quite simple: buy this guide. As to why, that will take a few more words. If you are not familiar with Future Press and their guides and you are a fan of any of the games they have made guides for in the last few years, do yourself a favor and buy one. The Portal 2 guide is their latest effort and it maintains the already stellar level of craftsmanship they have used with their previous guides. With an academic textbook level of information about the Portal 2 universe, this guide thoughtfully lays out each level with a very unique spoiler prevention system that allows the reader to decide carefully how much help they need. Since the joy of Portal 2 is primarily found in solving the puzzles, this retention of the core game's dynamic is key. However, after you have completed Portal 2 for the first time, the fun continues with trying to improve your times through each puzzle. This is where the guide will pay off the most. As with their Killzone guides, Future Press has given the player a multitude of data and insight into each level and has painstakingly broken it down so he or she can complete the game to its fullest. As I said earlier, this guide has an academic textbook feel to it because it encourages the reader to learn the game and to master it and gives you all the information you will need to be the proverbial top of your class. As an added bonus, the guide provides you with a complete written history of the Portal universe and how it ties to Valve's Half-Life. With beautiful illustrations and Future Press' ingenious code system that allows you to unlock extra content and videos on their website after you register your guide online, I can't imagine a more complete guide. All competitors should take note. If you are a collector, you love games, and/or you want to master Portal 2, I recommend this guide with my highest of recommendations.

NOTE: This review is based on the collector's edition. However, the bulk of what I have described in this review can be found in the equally well-crafted paperback edition which is more readily available (and cheaper) in North America. If you can acquire the collector's edition without breaking the bank, I don't think you will be disappointed.
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