The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Official Strategy Guide Paperback – 12 Mar 2012
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I'm a bit annoyed that the book says on the back of it there is a large poster map with roads on it which was missing from my supposedly good condition order. If a book is missing pages it wouldn't be considered to be in good condition would it?
- 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
- 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!
-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.
-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.
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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