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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Prima Official Game Guide Paperback – November 11, 2011
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The original Skyrim guide was already massive with 656 pages of contents jam-packed with details on the papers only the scopes of games like Skyrim can fill. However, the new Legendary Collector's Edition Prima Official Game Guide has, get this, whopping 1120 pages of contents expanded accordingly to the addition of the newly added contents from 3 Official Add-ons Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn.
The book was delivered for free in very speedy one day by USPS (pre-order special) in the usual Amazon cardboard box.
Inside the box, this massive tome was thick, double shrink-wrapped with cardboard slightly bigger than the book itself, giving extra protection from any possible damage collectors would just scream from the top of their heads.
The Collector's Edition Guide comes with a free code for access to the bonus eGuide, fully interactive online guide that would normally cost $26, at Prima Games website and nice exclusive 24" panoramic poster showing the entirety of Alduin's Wall and signatures from the members of Bethesda Game Studios.
It also has hardcover bound and ribbon bookmarks to give you extra quality.
Otherwise the regular edition and the collector's edition are identical in the number of pages and contents, and both comes with a two-sided map of Skyrim.
While the quality of the paper used for the original guide was excellent, the quality of the new Legendary Edition Guide is slightly different, has even more glossy and smoother feel, more like Fallout 3 GotY Collector's Edition Guide than how the original collector's edition guide was.
The quality of the hardbound covers is on par with the original collector's edition guide, thick and smooth, but I think the book could have used even thicker cover since the book has over 450 extra pages from the original guide.
The style, layouts and the contents are identical from the original guide but with the newly added contents from 3 add-ons.
The book also has index at the end of the book so you can easily find contents.
Not only would Dovahkiin level up all his vital skills at 100 if he acquires this ridiculously massive tome, but he might do just fine if he uses this as shield or even heavy weapon.
Some might complain about the steep price tag of $50 ($32 and change at Amazon), but you'll be hard-pressed to find a hardbound book with over 1100 pages of glossy papers that would cost any less, so if you are a huge fan of Skyrim, this book is a nice memorabilia for you to sit back, relax with and reminisce of the journey you have embarked on in the land of Skyrim.
This game guide includes anything a collector or someone just looking for help through the game. There is a detailed walk-through of every single quest present in the entire game from the main quest, DLC quests, side quests, faction quests and random encounters. There is detailed tables of every single enemy that is able to be encountered in the entire game, inclusive of the DLC. There is an atlas section, detailing the collectibles and general items that are able to be found at pretty much every significant location in the game (every single fort, mine, cave, tower, Nordic ruins, etc...). The guide comes with a utterly giant perforated map in the rear. It is reversible; One side is of the main game map of Skyrim, with every single game location marked and then a small legend on the side to decipher the code system used to identify those locations, and the other side details all of the DLC areas and their locations as well.
It also manages to detail every single obtainable item in the game essentially, from all the weapons of every type, every armor of every type and so on (potions, ingredients, miscellaneous, etc...). It even has special sections detailing all of the unique weapons, armor and so on that you can obtain (things like Froki's Bow, Finn's Flute, Wylandriah's Spoon, Ysgramor's Fork, Wuuthrad, Volundrung, etc...).
It also goes through character creation, possible archetypes for character builds to start with or to build off of for your own experience, suggested armor outfits for certain play types and characters. It details all of the races present in the game, their advantages, disadvantages, and brief history of the race. It also includes details of every single skill present in the game and what they will all do and what they would be good for. There is even an index in the rear of the guide for quick searching through the massive book for a certain occurrence of an item or the like.
Perhaps one of the coolest things after all of that, is that the guide comes with access to a web-based version of itself, allowing you to essentially view your guide on the go (provided you have an internet connection).
I certainly recommend this guide for collectors and game enthusiasts, as well as any of those people who just want a guide for the game, it is very worthwhile with all of the information included and coverage of the DLC.