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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 August 2013
Having bought Skyrim on PC at it's release 11/11/11, and having chalked up almost 800 hours in game, as you'd expect iv'e seen a lot of what the game has to offer. But i wanted to ensure that no detail had passed me by, hence my investment into this mighty tome.

PRO(S):
-1117 pages of everything you'll ever want to know about Skyrim & it's DLC, from details on every quest, guild member, enemies to skills & perks etc...
-Pull out map charting all key locations.
-Detailed colored pictures & easy to read text on nice quality paper.

CON(S):
-It weighs a lot, that only a true Dragonborn may lift it (not much hope of relaxing with this on your own throne ;-P).

In conclusion, i'm very happy with the book, despite my own extensive in game experience it has still managed to teach me a thing or two, helping me find new locations, quests & tips on fighting styles etc... It's simply just a pleasure to read in the comfort of your own home. Highly recommended.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2014
I got Skyrim Legendary Edition for Christmas recently and decided to get the guide as it was very cheap for such a big book. I've had guides for computer games before (Final Fantasy VII springs to mind) but nothing anywhere near as comprehensive as this. This is truly a labour of love, pretty much every single thing in the game is covered... it must have amounted to 1000's of hours of gameplay and a lot of work for the small team that wrote it.

Plus points:
- Organised into clear sections covering races and abilities, weapons, armour, magic, all the quests, and maps of all the dungeons and major outdoor locations.
- Folding map of Skyrim and Solstheim with every location marked.
- Index of quests by name (very handy) and main index for everything else.
- Mentions other quests or important tidbits during each quest - e.g. don't kill this guy if you want to come back on X quest and find his sword etc. (again super helpful)
- Covers the Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn DLCs comprehensively
Dawnguard quests and locations covered
Large section on building your own house with the Hearthfire add-on
Maps of Solstheim and related locations and all Dragonborn quests detailed

Minus points:
- This is a massive book - about the size of a telephone directory - and as it is paperback, and printed on flimsy telephone directory style paper, you can't really balance it on you and read it at your leisure. It works much better if you've got it on a flat surface and are just flicking through to check the occasional thing.
- There are spelling mistakes but to be honest in a 1100+ page guide that can be forgiven!

In short, you need this in your life. Even if you're the sort of person who wants to experience the game with no spoilers there are times when you will get lost or frustrated and without this book you'd have to resort to internet forums or give up!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I took delivery this morning (June 20th 2013) and was really excited. I'd already purchased the first release shortly after Skyrim was released back in Nov 2011, but hadn't really used it (partly because you couldn't keep the book open at the pages you wanted to read hands free without breaking the spine of the book. The paper back edition felt really unweildy despite being almost half the size of this legendary edition. This hard back legendary edition, apart from feeling solid, can be opened at 'any' page and laid flat without damage to the spine, which I am really pleased about. It'll mean I can play the game, yet look at the book without having to hold the pages open at the places I want to read about.

It also includes a digital eGuide code, so if you're a collector you won't even need to open up the guide. (though to get at the code you will need to remove the cellophane wrapper. Also included is a reasonable panoramic image of Alduins wall and a large poster sized double sided map of Skyrim showing the location of everything you need to find.

The cover is well designed with a dark bluey slate like colored finish and an almost Celtic like design front and back, with the Skyrim emblem emblazoned over the front of the cover. (I'd loved to have seen a dust sheet made for this book). The dimensions are the usual size for a strategy guide apart from its thickness; i.e. approx 8.5 inch by 11 inch and almost 2 inches thick. As you can imagine, with 1117 pages (plus the back sheets), each page is ultra thin, but thick enough that you can't see through the pages. Every page is crammed full of information about the game with images and/or maps on virtually every page. Everything is well laid out and the Contents, indexes and appendices are all easy to use. There's 40 pages of appendices and index, with sections devoted to achievements & trophies, traders, shrines, unique weapons, unique armor and items, skill books, dragon alphabet, Word wall phrases as well as a general section. Entires are color coded for each of the expansions which is ueful; also, the index is divided into a general index of 15 pages and a quest index of 2 pages.

I think i'll be using this a lot on my second play through of the game. :) I never finished it the first time around as I wanted to wait until all of the expansions were released. (hopefully the Skyrim teams are now working on Fallout 3 which will be announced at E3 2014 and is due for release sometime in 2015)

Apart from the thin pages, this is the most beautiful guide I've ever purchased (and the largest). The book weighs over 2.5Kg. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2014
I was surprised by the size of this book when it arrived. I looked at it before starting the game and thought the whole thing looked very complicated. However, now that I have started Skyrim, things have become much clearer. The book is a real asset and without it there is much that I would have missed or struggled with. The maps in the book are brilliant and make the big picture much clearer. I thoroughly recommend this book to any Skyrim players. It won't fight your battles for you but will give you lots of tips on how to progress and succeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 28 May 2015
I bought this as a reference guide for Skyrim, there are some good online resources and "apps" available, however there are times you just want a good book that has everything you might need in one place.

The book is meaty to say the least with a page count of 1120 it's a got a bit of weight to it, not unexpected considering the vast content included. Paper quality is "OK" it's thin but has a coating and with care should be fine for normal use. I'd imagine thick paper would double the size of the already large book, not to mention add cost.

This isn't a book you can just dive into you do really need to use the contents to find what you are looking for though after a while you will have an idea where some sections are (ie weapons, spells etc) One area I might change is add some colour coding to the top of pages that might make it a bit easier to navigate. Included is a large pull out map double sided one side has the entire map of Skyrim and the primary/secondary locations listed, the reverse has Soil Cairn, Forgotten Vale, and Solstheim.

Tips and hints are included, this isn't just a "how to beat it guide" it tells you everything you could possibly want to know from the location of items, quests, characters, weapons, spells crafting level progression. Nothing is missing and just to help players there are specific references to PC/Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game.

Main contents includes:
1: Training (this covers skills such as combat, restoration, books, alchemy, enchanting and adventuring characters you will meet, travelling etc)
2: Inventory, a detailed section on spells, weapons/armour, crafting the list is extensive with all the stats such as damage, cost upgrades etc
3: The "Bestiary" all of the creatures/animals and enemies you encounter their stats and their special abilities as well as tips if it's moving and alive in Skyrim it's listed here.
4: Quests including the sub quests some of these have maps and additional information some quests are less complicated this is a big section as you can imagine
5: Dawnguard/Dragonborn Quests ones specific to the expansion packs
6: The "Atlas" of Skyrim, whilst the included pull out map shows the major locations this gives you much more detail about specific areas including overviews of the local population, points of interest, location of traps and maps of rooms and areas
7: Appendices, this covers achievements/trophies, shrines, unique weapons/armour

It's a good idea to read the first section this has important information on races and development very useful for newer players but also worth a look if you are fairly experienced moving into combat using tactics and training essential reading for those keen to start a new game with a strategy.

Later stages can be read as and when required I prefer to use the book for advice and knowledge rather than as a direct play guide but you can use it as a direct walk through if you wish. Skyrim is such a huge game it's an achievement to have put all this information into a single book. A must have for Skyrim fans.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2013
My copy arrived just this morning and i am most pleased.

A well written and designed guide to everything Skyrim, all in a sturdy hardback format. Contains information on literally everything.
The posters are also a nice touch, however, the map poster was slightly difficult to remove from the book, and did get a small tear in the process. But all in all, a great product!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2013
Ok so first of all his guide is MASSIVE. It's bigger and heavier than my huge math texbook (lol). It explains EVERYTHING, its detailed to perfection and extremely interesting. It's a must have for a true Skyrim fan.
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on 22 June 2013
As a newcomer to Skyrim this mammoth of a guide is a must have! I bought the paperback edition. It's contents is just the same as the hardcover including the large 2-sided map poster of Skyrim and access to the e-guide, all this minus the ribbons and the exclusive 24" poster. I solved not having the ribbon markers by using post-its, which have turned out to be pretty useful as I have quick access to what I'm looking for by glancing at the headings on my post-its.

This guide is packed with all the information I need to fully enjoy the game. Every single aspect of the game is thoroughly covered. There's even a section on the language of dragons which just wrapped everything up really nicely.

May be the only 'bad' things I see are the pages are glossy, so light shining on them while reading can be a bit tedious and the print is a bit small, but these are minor things and they do not diminish the 'fabulousness' of this guide. I'm so happy I purchased it. It makes trekking through Skyrim a thrilling adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2014
This guide is pure awesome and it's huge!
But please, please, please make sure your not carrying much if your planning on getting this to carry around with you otherwise you will be over encumbered for sure.

Anyway for under 20 gold this Guide is well worth it for any Skyrim fans.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2014
This is the most in-depth gamin guide I have seen for a long time with over 1,000 pages, i'm not going to stop reading this bad boy for a long time. The guide comes with an in-depth explanation for everything in the game from Mobs to quests to dungeon layouts and what secrets that can be unearthered if you take your time to find them. The book is not essential to beginners however i would have loved to have purchased this back in 2011 when Skyrim first came out for an in depth explanation into the Lore of Elder Scrolls and it's character and why certain elements of the game are how they are. This guide does come with the DLC's information and does contain many major spoilers which I advise for you not to read until you've played through the mission in that section before unless you're a trophy/ Achievement hunter then spoil yourself rotten as this Huge bible of a book to the Elder Scrolls will give you everything you need to access every single achievement.
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