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Series: Prima Official Game Guides
Hardcover: 1120 pages
Publisher: Prima Games; Pck Har/Ps edition (June 4, 2013)
Skyrim introduced me to the Xbox. Can you believe that? I am a 57-year-old man in a professional job that takes a LOT of time and results in a lot of stress to dissipate. For Christmas 2011, my wife and son gave me an Xbox. It was my first console since a Colecovision in the mid-80s. I received Skyrim with the console and used my Christmas 2011 vacation to set up the box and began playing...for 14 months!! Truly, I didn't unwrap the other games (Arkham Asylum, Gears of War, Call of Duty) for more than a year. Since then, I've played the DLC Bethseda added and decided to come back to Skyrim for one good, long run before the new hardware is delivered in November and Elder Scrolls Online is released. This guide is fantastic. It is the gold standard. Publishers and their editors should use it as a reference when developing all other guides. It is as complete as one could want, easy to traverse, AND--best of all--it has an INDEX. Two, in fact. A general index and a quest index. Skyrim is the biggest and best open-world game available at the moment. It deserves a guide of matching quality and this is it.
This strategy guide is, without a shadow of a doubt, the thickest, the heaviest and the most detailed strategy guide the world has ever seen.
The original Skyrim guide was already massive with 656 pages of contents jam-packed with details on the papers only the scopes of games like Skyrim can fill. However, the new Legendary Collector's Edition Prima Official Game Guide has, get this, whopping 1120 pages of contents expanded accordingly to the addition of the newly added contents from 3 Official Add-ons Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn.
The book was delivered for free in very speedy one day by USPS (pre-order special) in the usual Amazon cardboard box.
Inside the box, this massive tome was thick, double shrink-wrapped with cardboard slightly bigger than the book itself, giving extra protection from any possible damage collectors would just scream from the top of their heads.
The Collector's Edition Guide comes with a free code for access to the bonus eGuide, fully interactive online guide that would normally cost $26, at Prima Games website and nice exclusive 24" panoramic poster showing the entirety of Alduin's Wall and signatures from the members of Bethesda Game Studios.
It also has hardcover bound and ribbon bookmarks to give you extra quality.
Otherwise the regular edition and the collector's edition are identical in the number of pages and contents, and both comes with a two-sided map of Skyrim.
While the quality of the paper used for the original guide was excellent, the quality of the new Legendary Edition Guide is slightly different, has even more glossy and smoother feel, more like Fallout 3 GotY Collector's Edition Guide than how the original collector's edition guide was.Read more ›
The cover is smooth, matte printing all around (looks texture-y, but is actually ultra-smooth. The end papers are a light grey parchment style, about the thickness of standard copy paper (20#).
The weight and feel of the inside pages is magazine-style: light, semi-gloss, thinner than copy paper-- maybe 60# or 80#. With the book coming in at 1120 pages and thicker than 1 and 3/4 inches (4.5 cm), I'm not sure they could have used thicker paper!
It came with two unattached inserts: - a gate-folded poster of a dragon wall. It's short but wide, at 9.5" by 24" - a thick, full-color, double-sided sheet of cardstock with a code to unlock "Your Bonus eGuide" The first insert was inside the front cover. The second was cellophane stuck to the outside back of the book as sort of a back cover information block so people could see what you got inside the book without tearing open the cellophane wrapper. Bonus code facing in, so it can't be seen.
Finally, a large poster is folded up and attached to the inside back of the book by a perforated strip. It's a double-sided map with tons of labeled places and items.
If you are a fan, you will be thrilled with this. If you are thinking of giving it as a gift, you can be sure of scoring a hit with this.
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This is one of those books where it is nice to own it in a hardback because it is massive! The pages are slightly thin (thankfully so because the book is huge!) but glossy and jam-packed with an insane amount of info on all things Skyrim. Someone mentioned the cover seemed cheap but it was what I had expected and to be honest, I could care less because its content will get you your money's worth and then some. It expands upon the previous edition to include the expansion packs that are included in the legendary edition which comes out soon or can be purchased online if you own the standard edition. It comes with:
-A giant pullout map of locations -- their place on the map and an index to the right so they can be found easily -Poster with the "signatures" of everyone who worked on the game -A card with a code so that you can access an interactive map online -An attached ribbon to keep your place
The book itself Is filled with thousands of details and pictures which document every single aspect of the game in order to allow you to get the most out of each quest and build the best character for your play-style. Chapters are organized under the following headers:
-TRAINING: Covers character creation, skills per play style, perks, shouting, diseases, vampirism, lycanthropy, alchemy, smithing, enchanting and information about the world and how to interact with it: crime and punishment, horses, books etc. This list is not all-inclusive.Read more ›