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Product Details

  • Series: Prima Official Game Guides
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Games (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307891054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307891051
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Awesome I spend hours playing this game.
Xelha
I purchased this guide in the hopes that it would provide more detailed game tips and strategies.
Rinn Andale
I've also found that there are quite a few quests missing entirely from the guide.
SirenPrincess

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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By SirenPrincess VINE VOICE on March 28, 2011
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For the first time I ever, I would not recommend buying this Prima Guide. I always buy all of the Prima Guides and read them cover to cover and then keep them right at hand to look up specific information while playing later. I expected to do the same with this guide, but it is, unfortunately, not very useful.

The guide begins with some basic information about gameplay. It discusses very briefly the energy and hunger bars, socialization, and getting married, for example. There is an extremely small section on each profession. It also gives a short introduction of how the quests systems work. These sections should have been very useful, but every time that I have a question come up that I try to look up, the answer is not in the guide. What does the exclamation mark and the discussion of a paltry aspect when I'm picking a quest mean? I could not find this at all discussed in the guide. Are there baby chimes like the other sims games when you get pregnant? Not mentioned. How fulfilling is each meal? Do some meals give moodlet bonuses longer than others? Not in the guide at all. How does the game determine which quests you are offered? Nope, no info on that either.

This is more of a roleplay game than a true sims game, so I thought perhaps instead the guide would focus on different strategies. Which heroes is it best to place in your kingdom first? Should max out one hero before playing the next or try to keep them all equally balanced? What's the best way to get a maximum score on your quest? No, there's no info about any of this either.

The majority of the guide book is taken up by charts that show you the follow of each quest. Great! That should be very helpful, right? Wrong.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Aletheia Knights on March 31, 2011
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Ever since I discovered Prima guides four years ago, I've factored the cost of the guide into my purchase of every new Sims game or expansion pack. The Sims 2 guide turned me from a novice bumbler to a confident and competent player in a matter of hours. Whenever possible, I read the guide from cover to cover before I even install the game.

Greg Kramer wrote the guides for The Sims 2 and its expansions, and they were simply wonderful. Written with intelligent humor and an obvious love of the game, they were satisfyingly thorough. I finished each guide with very few unanswered questions (mostly of a pretty esoteric nature - I'm a very demanding simmer!). The guides could have used a little more editing (really now, Prima, I'm sure there are any number of people with excellent spelling and grammar who would LOVE to preview your manuscripts for FREE in exchange for two copies of the finished work - one autographed and one to use in playing the game - I'm available, hint hint), and there were always a few factual errors in the text, presumably as a result of changes the designers made to the game after the guide had been sent to the presses.

Ever since The Sims 3 was released two years ago, the franchise has been taken over by Catherine Browne. Like Greg, Catherine writes with humor and enthusiasm, but her tone feels a little overeager, as if she's trying too hard. If only she would focus more on what gamers actually want to know, maybe she could relax.

This guide, like all of Catherine's Sims guides, is full of lists. There are pages and pages listing every buff your Sim may receive, including the in-game description. There's an exhaustive list included of recipes and craftables, and their ingredients.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rinn Andale on March 30, 2011
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I purchased this guide in the hopes that it would provide more detailed game tips and strategies. It mostly just includes everything from within the game, although there are a few helpful tips scattered throughout. I was disappointed after going through the majority of it. There are some strategies for completing the overall kingdom ambitions, but these take up a mere two or three pages in total. The sections about the professions are extremely lacking: They felt like long-winded explanations of the in-game lessons. And the largest section of the guide, which is dedicated to laying out the quest steps, provides no added value, aside from perhaps knowing how many steps are left until the quests end.

What really confused me about the guide was the audience it was intended for. It's almost too basic for seasoned players of the Sims franchise, but not as detailed to help out newcomers. I was also very disappointed to see how many references and comparisons to The Sims 3 were included. The Sims Medieval is part of the franchise, but it was made as a completely different game. A lot of negative feedback comes from players who expected something very close to TS3.

The spelling and grammar mistakes are noticeable and not uncommon, but I suppose that's to be expected with game guides. There is some humor sprinkled throughout, but I would rather have had more in-depth content. This is not to say that the guide is a complete failure: It's a nice way to have all of the in-game lessons and a few helpful charts in print. But many of my questions were left unanswered, such as what the glow around certain characters means and if certain meals have additional benefits.

Definitely only consider purchasing this if you're looking for the basics in a printed format.
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