The Mass Effect 3 Collector’s Edition Strategy Guide is, without a doubt, my most anticipated strategy guide this year, if not ever. So when it arrived this morning, it took so much energy to not immediately hug it and stroke its spine. Instead, like a good little reviewer, I flipped through it and took a few photos to illustrate why this is the strategy guide you should buy, and not the regular, paperback edition.
If you’re even half the Mass Effect fan that I am, you need to pick up this version for your collection. The beautiful hardcover alone should be enticing enough.
If that’s not enough, then okay, I’ll crack it open for you and show you the extras.
There are 16 pages in the front and 16 pages in the back of the guide that are nothing but behind-the-scenes content. There are interviews with the main forces behind the franchise, including Casey Hudson and lead writer Mac Walters. There are also plenty of concept art and discussions about the long journey the franchise has taken.
If you’re a lukewarm fan, then these items may not matter much to you. As someone who has read all of the books and comics, owns all of the soundtracks, owns the giant art book, and has played the games 2-3 times, I greatly care about this info. I can’t wait until lunch rolls around so I can read them.
As a diehard fan, I may not be as unbiased as I should be when it comes to recommending the Collector’s Edition, but since CEs are usually for the diehard fans, I have to say that this one does not disappoint. For all diehard Mass Effect fans, the Mass Effect 3 Collector’s Edition Strategy Guide should be a no-brainer purchase, even if you aren’t into strategy guides at all.
Now if you will excuse me, I have some book hugging to do.