- Paperback: 752 pages
- Publisher: Prima Games; Pap/Pstr edition (October 13, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076156327X
- ISBN-13: 978-0761563273
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition- Prima Official Game Guide Paperback – October 13, 2009
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I ordered this in conjunction with the Fallout 3: GOTY Edition and was very pleased. At over 750 pages, this guide covers every aspect of the game on all platforms (PS3, 360, and PC). As an owner of Hodgson's original Fallout 3 guide released in 2008, I was pleasantly surprised to see a vast number of improvements.
First and foremost: pictures! In the 2008 guide, it listed each enemy, weapon, and armor on pages upon pages of tables. It wasn't flashy, and it wasn't very exciting to look at. Now, though, there is a compendium that includes large, colorful photos of each enemy, weapon, and armor (including helmets and eyewear). Also included is an entire census of NPCs that you will find in the wasteland, each accompanied by a portrait, their location, their significance to the game, and other vitals. This really is a nice touch.
As for the guide itself, each quest is mapped out with the precise locations and steps needed to accomplish each task. The guide avoids spoiling future quests as well. In open-ended games, it's easy to get sidetracked or even completely lost when trying to achieve your goals. That won't happen with the help of this guide.
Just like the previous guide, there is a large foldout map included. It's about as big as a normal size state road map, which just goes to show how big this virtual world really is. Every location that you can unlock on your Pip-Boy map is shown and easily located with the help of a grid system. Never get lost in the Wasteland again!Read more ›
The obvious: GOTY Edition contains material on all the new main, miscellaneous and side quests, in the same quality and style as the first edition. All the factions, beasts, weapons, perks, etc. covered in detail. 752 pages versus the original 464 and the binding holds together. Great manual overall, especially if you want to find all the things to do in the game.
- Some of the "Overview" charts; for instance, the 'Perks' overview chart and the 'Weapons, Armor & Items' table are missing. The bestiary and appendices charts are all still there.
- An expanded "Factions & Bestiary" section has all the new character classes with pictures.
- A new "Census" section has pictures & some bio information on every NPC in the game (seriously, its 40+ pages).
- A new "Gear" section has pictures, stats & info on all weapons classes and special weapons. I preferred the missing chart for ease of comparison versus looking at 3 identical pictures of gatling lasers but oh well. The Gear section also has pics and stats of all the apparel you can find in the game.
- The fold-out map is updated with new quest locations, a smaller map of Point Lookout is printed on a book page, and the pages changed to a slicker magazine style paper.
- And, saving the best for last: an index! Sorely missing from the first edition this is almost worth the cost of the book alone.
Worth the cost of an upgrade? Yes if you want to get the most out of the new quests or you really need that index. Lots of goodness here.
As its name suggests, this guide covers the main game and all five expansions, including complete walkthroughs of both the main quests and all the secondary and freeform quests. The book also has detailed maps of every location in the game, all the items in said locations, enemies you can encounter, and anything else you would want to know.
There is also a complete listing of all the characters you may encounter, and similar listings of all the available weapons and clothing. All include about a paragraph of description and a list of stats.
Every quest, prior to the walkthrough, is presented in a flow-chart format, so you can quickly see at a glance the ideal path for your character. There are also markers throughout the walkthrough guiding you on the karmic implications of any actions you might take.
Handy appendices in the back list locations of item sets (e.g. mini-nukes or bobbleheads), achievements/trophies and logs/holotapes (needed for some quests/achievements).
The book also comes with a full-size poster with a map of the entire Capital Wasteland on one side and detailed maps of the DC Metro area on the other.
And, to top it all off, it has a complete listing of perks and stats, with tips on how to level up. In short, if you want the full Fallout experience, you want this book.
This is one game that I believe will keep me involved for a very long time. Its worth the money for the hours of entertainment it brings and the guide makes the quest real and informed. No wasted motion now.
The book opens windows of information and gives one a better sense of what the game is all about. Challenges are easier to handle and makes the game less frustrating in parts.
Well, the guide really helps.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Full of helpful info that really helped me locate specific items to unlock achievements.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My son's favorite guide. Had no problems finishing up the game and finding all the hidden clues.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Would like a better layout but who am I to complain I could never have the patience to put together something so comprehensive for a lengthy game I love having companion books... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nick Miller
this was for my husband. He uses it quite a bit while playing the game. I pick on him saying it's cheating but it keeps him out of trouble.Published 4 months ago by kkm
Great game, broken as hell on PC though without a few key mods, like Unofficial Fallout 3 Patch and GFWL remover. Also has really bad mouse issues until you google the fix.Published 5 months ago by shovelface
Useful for me, but it would've been way more useful if I had the dlc's. Also I was hoping it would have had pictures of the enemies(I like to know the face of the enemy) it was... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Benjamin G.