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Final Fantasy XIII: Complete Official Guide - Standard Edition
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I'll start with saying I really don't purchase that many strategy guides. With a Gamespot membership I get all my reviews, guides, and more. The only times I place an order for a physical guide is when there will be a hardcover or collector's edition released for select games. With that said my most recent claims have been the Mass Effect 2 Hardcover Col. Edition, and the Fallout 3 Hardbind Col. Edition. Based on my experiences with all the game guides out there that I have browsed through and the one's I own. These are my feelings.

This guide has topped them all. I have never seen a more impressive display of in-game screenshots, cinematics captures, and artwork all bound into one book. The detail is exquisite. The pages are truly high quality heavy duty paper as advertised. The cover and binding are done wonderfully. I would buy this guide again, and in fact I have, just because of the quality put into it. It is truly a coffee table book that will go amongst my best.

If you were smart enough to pre-order a copy, or lucky enough to snag one if you weren't aware of it's release. Then congratulations, you're in for a real treat. This guide has been sold out at almost every store accross the continent, and will be sold out online within weeks. The price of the original Amazon pre-order was a remarkable $25 CD average, $20 US. Unbeatable for the quality. Gamestop and Ebgames were offering it for $40 with a 10% discount if you purchased the game as well. I anticipate any remaining copies after the first week will rise in price by 100-150%. Only 226,000 copies in print.

For those of you unable to get this version, the paperback version is basically identicle in content. The quality is slightly above standard from your average paperback guide. Regardless of which one you get, it's worth getting at least one for the price they're being released at. Without a doubt those prices will double within a month, so grab it now.
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on July 7, 2010
I always keep my reviews plain and simple: straight to what you need to know.

Pros:

- Detailed maps for each chapter/location.
- Amazingly excellent strategy given for each boss fight.
- Complete list of all fiends.
- Also gives good advices on where to grind for CP.

Cons:

- None.
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on January 14, 2013
Pretty! Love the paper quality and pictures, and it gives a good walkthrough while showing you locations for treasures etc. It gives full maps, labeled, and takes you through the game in the order they recommend you play it in. Very happy with this purchase.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2010
Nothing bad to say about this book, it's great!

The only problem I have with it is the fact I only bought one.

I kept my LE version sealed and bought a regular version since they are pretty much similar, appart from the fact one is Hardcover and has just a few art pages.

I wouldn't recommend paying a lot for it like on ebay and stuff like that. The Regular edition does the job well too. Plus, the softcover regular edition is softcover which makes it easier to read IMO.

The guide is great, in the table of contents, it says which section is mostly prone to spoilers (either story spoilers, or gameplay spoilers) and each walkthrough section provides a detailed map.

I would recommend this for FF XIII fans, but you won't really need it for strategic purposes since the game is already pretty linear :P
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on December 12, 2013
I recommend picking this up if you haven't played FF XIII yet. Not only is it a great accessory while playing the game, but it's sure to appreciate in value as the years go by.
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on October 26, 2013
this guide had everything i needed to complete the game and more- it saved me countless hours of grinding and frustration.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2010
Like all Piggyback guides, this is a very well constructed guide that offers all the info you need, but with minimal spoilers. The walkthrough offers all the info you need to get through the battles and where to power level. It offers great info on how to upgrade your weapons and paradigm system. I highly recommend this guide.
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on June 30, 2014
Awesome help and a must for any collector. Maybe not the best in the series but good story and this guide helps.
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on August 8, 2014
Great guide. Explains everything about this game to first time players of the final fantasy series.
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on February 17, 2015
Very nice strategy guide. I used it so much!
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