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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning artwork in a very useful guide, 1 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: Guild Wars 2 Limited Edition Strategy Guide (Signature Series Guides) (Hardcover)
Whether you're a Guild Wars One diehard fan, or totally new to Tyria, you will love this guide. From the second you look at the cover you can see that this is Guild Wars artwork at it's finest, and I would be happy leaving this out as a coffee table book simply because the artwork really is so stunning. The internal pages are a little thin and fragile though, so handle with care turning pages.

The introduction includes some fascinating history of Tyria from the original games, and the time in between the first and second games, plus events leading into the present day. MMO basics, a glossary and regions and races information are included here. Next we have Character creation, a how to play guide and first experiences in each starting zone. Professions are gone into in great detail, as is crafting. There is a bestiary which I haven't investigated fully for fear of spoilers and then the game guide.

The guide to the game given here is deliberately not complete. It handholds you through early zones in great detail, teaching you how to do things so that when you get to the higher level areas, you'll know how to work it all out for yourself. Dungeon guides look pretty complete and include tips and hints on how to beat each one. Again I haven't looked too deep into this as I don't want to be spoiled, or to unintentionally leave spoilers for others in this review. Finally there are interviews with Arenanet with some fascinating insights into the mindset of the people who helped to create this stunning world.

The map stand that comes extra to this limited edition version of the guide is like a small calendar style book of maps which I think covers every area in the game, from pvp to pve. This will definately save your M key sat next to your monitor and lets you see what's under the fog and where you should be heading next.

If you got a digital copy of the game, and feel you have missed out on the printed material that came with a physical box, you will love this book. Everything you could possibly want to read up on and more. The book also comes with a free ecode to access the digital edition of this guide, which is a nice bonus. Although the guide itself will end up shelved for outdated information and both official and unnofficial wikis will eventually overtake it, it is still absolutely worth having for the artwork. Right now it is also providing useful info that isn't available anywhere else.
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