- Series: Star Wars: Old Republic
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Prima Games (December 20, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307890457
- ISBN-13: 978-0307890450
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Star Wars The Old Republic Explorer's Guide: Prima Official Game Guide (Star Wars: Old Republic) Paperback – December 20, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Indeed, while you have to read the detailed product information to find out that it's only an Atlas, the info is there, so it's hard to blame Prima too much on that front.
Unfortunately, the Atlas itself is the problem. To start, the book is not physically large, limiting the quality and usefulness of any maps included. What do you expect from a good atlas? Large, clear images, with plenty of room for detailed notation. This book has neither the large images or the detailed notation. The maps inside are the same monochrome blue maps from in game, and indeed, judging by the blurriness of "larger" images, appear to simply enlarged screenshots, at that.
Each map includes -very basic- notation; Speeder routes, quest givers, trainers, and vendors. Things that are not included (or, are included so rarely and randomly as to be comical) include the locations of Vaults, Respec "trainers", crafting trainers, Lore objects, guaranteed loot chests, etc. These are -sometimes- included as "Objects of special interest." Far more often than not, they are not included at all. In short, the atlas manages to actually reveal -less- than your in-game map does, and in smaller, harder to read images.
The atlas also inexplicably omits entire zones. The maps for Alderaan, for example, include only the primary overview map of the planet (a massive landmass zoomed out so far as to be pointless, used only to demarcate the individual zones), the detail map of the first zone, and the detail map of select interior locations. The detail maps of the subsequent Alderaan zones? Nope. Not there.Read more ›
Having played prior to the official start date, the main problem I encountered with the game was having to play it with almost no information about how the UI works, how the class system works, how the skills work, and so on. On one level, this is fun, and I like exploring this way, but it eventually wears thin. I wanted the game guide to flesh out my otherwise sketchy knowledge of the UI, the class system, and the rest, and it mostly fails.
EDIT: a brief point of clarification. Yes, the book advertises itself as an atlas. All the prima guides have huge atlases of all the cities/dungeons/etc. But they are never ONLY atlases. E.g., the Skyrim and Oblivion guides explain all the skills, all the spells, even to the point of listing every alchemy ingredient. This item is advertised as "Learn about every basic class and pick one that is right for you". It is true, it has that information. The point of my review is that THIS part of the guide is very sketchy, with only some vague strategies when starting out, such as whether a class is known for DPS or tanking or healing, and so on.
Datacrons? Sure it shows points on the maps where they're located, but nothing about how to actually find them. You'd get much better info searching on Google for the planet's name and the word "datacrons".
Codex? Not even mentioned beyond the bare minimum of info about the datacrons.
Crafting? Not a peep about the crafting system or where to find valuable resources.
Again, just don't waste your money. Prima should be ashamed for calling this crap a "guide".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
no complaints. cheapest book I've ever bought. Nice coffee table book.Published 2 months ago by brent buck
As it only has the basic world maps for the vanilla version of the game, it's not super reliable and has little to no quest information. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Don
Its just maps of all the levels. No strategies or enemies or anyelse shown. Not really worth the money. Better information online.Published 8 months ago by Tony Barraza
Book didn't have the information that I thought it would have, but it is a good reference book anyway.Published 15 months ago by Sharon Porter
The book was great and in fantastic condition. I scanned all the pages into pdf so I can access them during the game and so my friends can have access when they join the game in... Read morePublished 16 months ago by George Carlisle III
Great game guide! Very well done, excellent illustrations, diagrams and back-stories. Of course, MMOs are ever-changing and newer alterations and additions do not appear, but... Read morePublished 21 months ago by John W.
the guide got to me in timely manner, especially since it is the holdays, and it has been a tremendous help!!
made my game playing that much better!!
this has some notes as what each class is and what the pro and con of each class, but it mainly an map book of each planet, such as where the datacrons are an suchPublished on September 3, 2013 by Jimmy Dunn Jr