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on 29 May 2011
This is a review of the 288 full-colour page manual, and does not make any comments on the game itself, which has had some mixed reviews.

This manual harkens back to the original Sims 3 manual (and if you see the word abridged in the title of this book, I do not know why, because it isn't). It is A4 sized and full-colour throughout.

The first 90 pages given overall introduction of the game, some detail about focus, faith and the professions, as well as some hints about making the game easier (for example, having children). The detail of the professions is very useful.

The next 110 pages details each of the quests, including flowcharts. However, the Lord Chancellor more complicated than they need to be, and whilst some of them may give hints as to how to achieve the results, there are times that I needed to search on the Internet as I was stuck. The flowcharts also emphasise the linear nature of the game, if you just stick to the quests. Overall, this section is a bit of a wasted opportunity.

After 29 pages outlining various buildings and the location of herbs etc. comes the most useful part of this guide, namely foreign relationships. It is only eight pages, but they are an essential eight pages for anyone who wishes to master the game.

Finally, the book ends with some appendix like sections, including outtakes and an interview with the creators.

Overall, this book is very useful, if not essential for a true appreciation of this game. However, I cannot give it five stars because I believe that the quests section is not as useful as it could have been.
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on 31 December 2011
This book is very comprehensive.....it certainly got me out of a few jams when I couldn't figure out what to do next. It walks you through all of the quests. I would say if you buy the game, then buy the book.
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on 30 September 2012
The good first, well written and full color, lists of all items and details on classes/heros. The bad, very poor detail on quests and lets face it thats the whole point of the game. They are kinda like a timeline with no detail and no text so you have no idea why you have to talk to somone or go somewhere, you just do it then follow the next step blindly. I would have liked more quest info but thats just me, if your buying this for info about hero's and items for their house then its a good buy, it can still help you with quests but there are more detailed walkthroughts online for free.
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on 8 May 2011
A good book to go with the game though i just wish i had bought the game and the book together!
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