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Better than average,
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This review is from: Diablo 3: Strategy Guide, Limited Edition (Hardcover)
I've been cautious of BradyGames guides since the original WoW guide was about half-full of completely useless information (a list of the names of every quest in the game, lists of item names that were spectacularly useless, etc.) and in general I have not found them to be as good as the Prima guides (like the spectacular Skyrim guide).
But this one is actually very nice, and the majority of the information is potentially useful. It also seems pretty accurate in terms of matching up with the actual first release of the game.
The Limited Edition comes with a metal bookmark (yawn) and a section on the armor artwork that was actually interesting to see, but otherwise is nothing special (the binding is nice though).
The bookmark has a sharp point that may damage the top of a book's page(s) if you push it all the way down onto a page.
The one thing I've found missing is a minimum-level information for item affixes. They tell you in a little box that each item affix has a minimum item level requirement, but they don't include that information in the list of affixes which was a bit annoying.
But otherwise pretty much all the information you could want is in here. The authors clearly spent a lot of time playing the game on different classes, but they probably didn't have enough time to try out too many builds, so their character build advice is above average for such a guide, though still not really that useful.
The full quest walk-throughs are provided for all four acts, but story information that isn't needed for fight strategy is omitted so it's not a complete spoiler for the story.
I learned a number of things I didn't know before (the exact scaling for creatures based on the number of players in co-op for example) so the guide has actually been useful for us in playing the game.
I didn't receive it until after the Normal play-through was complete, and that's probably the best way to do it so that you enjoy the story and whatnot the first time through, after which the guide becomes a useful reference as you proceed into Nightmare mode or roll a new class.