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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book that shows you what to do but doesn't hold your hand.
I don't know what people are moaning about. A strategy guide should and does show you what to do. This does just that. Just because it doesn't hold your hand and point you through everthing, doesn't mean its a bad guide. There is a long walkthrough at the beginning that is not that helpful, because it's in a story format. After that it tells you a path to follow...
Published on 27 Mar 1999

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but lacking in some areas
This book is not as bad as other reviews would suggest, it has very useful sidequest information, it gives you pretty much all the information you need to go from start to finish of the game and it has an interesting read in the form of the experiences of another players BG character. However th bestary in the back is next to useless, it provides next to no information in...
Published on 13 Oct 2001


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book that shows you what to do but doesn't hold your hand., 27 Mar 1999
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This review is from: Official Baldur's Gate Strategy Guide (Brady Games Strategy Guides) (Paperback)
I don't know what people are moaning about. A strategy guide should and does show you what to do. This does just that. Just because it doesn't hold your hand and point you through everthing, doesn't mean its a bad guide. There is a long walkthrough at the beginning that is not that helpful, because it's in a story format. After that it tells you a path to follow and a brief description of most of the sub plots. A list and description of mage spells, and a section for secrets. There is a list of how to create a perect character for each class, and at the very end a list of monsters and their hit points and thier level. What more do you want, it is a guide that relys on the fact that the person playing the game might be able to make thier on decisions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but lacking in some areas, 13 Oct 2001
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This review is from: Official Baldur's Gate Strategy Guide (Brady Games Strategy Guides) (Paperback)
This book is not as bad as other reviews would suggest, it has very useful sidequest information, it gives you pretty much all the information you need to go from start to finish of the game and it has an interesting read in the form of the experiences of another players BG character. However th bestary in the back is next to useless, it provides next to no information in comparrison to other strategy guides. All in all buy this if you want to know how to complete the game or in order to complete every single side quest, not if you want stats on monsters and NPCs.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money and paper, 17 Jan 2000
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This review is from: Official Baldur's Gate Strategy Guide (Brady Games Strategy Guides) (Paperback)
Cover is nice.
Section1 'Getting Around' repeats manual info.
Section2 'Diana's adventure' is a first person account/diary of a BG character is the largest and most boring part of the book. Why didn't someone tell the authors it was a bad idea. Near useless.
Section3 'Subplots'contains a little information but is so badly laid out that finding things is a chore. The net is much batter.
Section4 'The World of Baldurs Gate' starts with one useful areas map at beginning then nothing but sketchy waffle about the main story line.
Section5 'The Secrets' What secrets? Small bits of semi-useful info, half of which a double digit IQ would provide and the rest of which is eclipsed by stuff on the net.
Appendix is full of rehashed info and useless lists. Interesting (but not that useful) bestiary of monsters/npc's and their level and hit points.
SUMMARY This book imparts hardly any useful information and should have come with a refund. I wouldn't want it if it was free.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best guide EVER!, 22 Nov 2001
This review is from: Official Baldur's Gate Strategy Guide (Brady Games Strategy Guides) (Paperback)
ok,forget all about what these people said this is 1 of the best stratergy guide books around its full of fantastic pictures it's really helpful for side quest's and gives you all the routes to win the game. it's also really thick and long one of the most enjoyable and helpful books around.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good if you play the author's game, 10 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Official Baldur's Gate Strategy Guide (Brady Games Strategy Guides) (Paperback)
One man's walkthrough. If you go somewhere he didn't go, or meet someone he (or she, of course) didn't meet, it won't be in there. The one global map at 4 inches by 6 inches to cover the fifty areas is slightly inadequate. The smaller maps show what the screen shows, nothing more. Reading the intro gives you a feel for the mindset of the game authors, and if you follow the guide through you will still have challenges, but the guide will help. If you do you own thing, you are on your own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Official Baldur's Gate Strategy Guide (Brady Games Strategy Guides), 14 Mar 2013
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I recently got the baldurs EE on Steam and this was all I can find to help me on my journey. It is very useful guide and has all the 1st part of the game (I Think) as I still cannot understand the control system.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just not what I was after, 28 Feb 2008
This review is from: Official Baldur's Gate Strategy Guide (Brady Games Strategy Guides) (Paperback)
i got this after playing the game and loving it
i wanted to find out what i missed aswell and other secrets.
this didnt give me what I needed
just not enough detail
the online walkthroughs and character guides made by gamers were so much better.
this could have been informative and a great companion towards a detailed world of forgotten realms, but it ended up being just ok in my eyes.
save your money and get a free gamers guide on loads of sites, they put alot more effort into it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A total waste of time and money., 18 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Official Baldur's Gate Strategy Guide (Brady Games Strategy Guides) (Paperback)
No index. No table of contents worth anything. If you want to read the entire book cover to cover will you learn everything you don't want to know. If you want help on just one part of one quest then you are just out of luck. The internet is much better.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Terrible Product from a Usually Reliable Publisher, 15 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Official Baldur's Gate Strategy Guide (Brady Games Strategy Guides) (Paperback)
Pathetic. Awful. A Waste of Money. That pretty much covers my feelings about this guide. The amount of space given over to, essentially, a verbatim reprint of the game manual was ridiculous. What new information did make it into the book was of little value; save your $20 and check the web for much better hint sites.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Piece of crud, 14 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Official Baldur's Gate Strategy Guide (Brady Games Strategy Guides) (Paperback)
I am sorely disappointed by this "guide". This guide is utterly worthless. You can find stuff infinite times better than this crud on the internet, and you dont need to pay the retail of 19.99 for it. The guide is full of dumb comments and strategy, and misses most of the subquests. It does not give in detail about anything (ex. the list of potions, which the guide describes as "too numerous to mention") which I think is B.S. the authors obviously just wanted to get this guide out. Bottem line, save your money and time. Check out the internet websites.
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