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In short, this guide is remarkable in every aspect. David Hodgson and the folks at Prima have constructed an incredibly detailed (500 pages!) guide that is not only useful, but dare I say invaluable.
The first thing I noticed about it was that this Collector's Edition is hardcover - a superb idea for a guide that is bound to get tons of use. For those of us who have used a guide so much that its pages fall out, having a hardbound copy is truly appreciated.
The content itself is what truly makes this guide special. You can tell that the folks at Prima painstakingly played the game to construct this book. Briefly, there are 7 chapters (the last of which are appendices) spanning 500 pages. Each chapter abounds with *useful* information and maps, instructing you on how to best take advantage of the game's open-ended structure. Primary and derived statistics are covered in extreme detail, followed by a description of weapons and the many beasts they can be used to decimate.
Perhaps the most incredible part of this guide lies in the walkthrough proper. Each part of the urban wasteland is covered in painstaking detail, with accompanying maps to help guide you. Given that you can choose to be good or evil (or neutral, if you're *really* talented), there are also countless flowcharts along that way that help you understand what decisions you need to make in order to continue on your current path, repent, or turn to the dark side, depending on your inclination. The amount of detail that this guide provides cannot be understated - if you're looking for something related to the world of Fallout 3, you're almost guaranteed to find it here.
Finally, the price is fair (reasonable at the cover price, but a steal if you order from Amazon - it's only $20!!).Read more ›
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I really hope that the publisher of this strategy guide can provide access to digital search. Since Fallout 3 is a very open ended game, the strategy guide has 7 chapters with nearly 500 pages with no INDEX but only a Table of Contents. This makes this guide hard to search for the exact information you need because the side quests are not in sequential order so the guide has to split them into Ch4 and Ch5 in terms of zones on the map.
Chapter 1 teaches you the basics of the system, background settings of the Fallout world, and some stats. Chap 3 tells you all kinds of strategies in detail for the actual main quest including all the conversation selection and consequences after the choice, but the main quest has only less than 1/4 of the entire book pages. The rest of the chapters are side quests. This book while able to provide all the details, it does overwhelm me that i can't even search fast enough to look for a specific small quest from an Index. It's really difficult for me to go through the entire Table of Contents to look for a key term to search for a small side quest.
I really really hope that the publisher should provide us all the access to an electronic search engine so we can find the pages on the guide a lot more efficient, or add an index at the end of the book.
I recommend anyone who has purchased this book to see if you can find any electronic version of the exact book to search for the pages, then go back to this physical book and read it.
A great guide for a rookie and veteran vault-dwellers alike. An absolutely amazing in-depth coverage of anything you would like to know. It even goes as far as describing what enhancements do and what their withdrawals effects are. Also, it gives you all possible endings to your adventure(and oh yes, there are plenty of endings based on your karma, character and gender.) A bit of caution in the wind: If you do not want to be spoiled, do not look past the "Training Section" of this guide. Once you pass the game the first time, then it would be a good time to open up a guide fully and see what you missed and what needs to be done to get another ending and much much more. With this game's insanely high replay value, no vault dweller should leave their vaults without this guide!
The Fallout 3 strategy guide is quite possibly the largest guide I've ever purchased or seen. It's roughly 500 pages chock full of pretty much all the info you could ever need to be successful in the game (covers all versions). The paper used seems a little cheap in that it's very thin, but the layout and design is top notch. The photos are all large and clear. The walkthrough is detailed (almost to a fault). It comes with a foldout map of the DC area (very big). Plenty of info about damage points can be found throughout the tome. I was happy to see that David Hodgson was the writer as I have several of his guides. He always does a good job. If you are looking for detailed info about this game, look no further. Between reading this guide and playing the game, don't plan on sleeping very much.