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Just okay, Strategy Guide is better
on June 25, 2011
This atlas is okay. The book is very pretty, has lots of enlarged maps of all Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor with their Cataclysm changes. Mini maps are very detailed. The index for all npcs, enemies, and rare modes is very extensive and a great add on.
My only beef with this book (which is why I returned it), is I compared it with Brady Game's strategy guide for Cataclysm that I already had, and realized the strategy guide is much more extensive, and you would get better use out of that than this. The maps are already marked by number of all NPC's in the area (quest givers, vendors, and Horde/Alliance zones). The maps in the atlas goes by grid, which only gives you the square something is in, not the exact pin point. Only the mini maps adhere to the number system. The guide does also give you maps to all PVP battlegrounds, whereas the atlas just give maps to the battlefields new to Cataclysm.
The strategy guide also tells you what you can get in the area. The atlas only gives you the professions Herbalism and Mining; whereas the strategy guide gives you those, along with fishing and skinning.
The strategy guide also has an extensive guide for beginners, professions guide, section on guilds, race and class training, and PVP guide. The only thing that the strategy guide lacks is the index of rare mods that the atlas provides.
While it is an overall pretty book, it severely lacks in helping you find things or be any sort of extensive map guide. If you really want a better solution, go with buying Brady Game's guide.