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Horizon Zero Dawn Collector's Edition Strategy Guide Hardcover – March 29, 2017
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There's a treasure trove of information in here including effective strategies for taking down every machine, quest, and hunting lodge, locations for every collectible and datapoint, an encyclopedia documenting the game's world and characters, and so much more. Even as someone who's already beaten most of the game, it's fun just to read through the bestiary, for example, and pick up on new strategies that I'd never thought of or learn new details of how the machines behave.
I really love this game and it's great to be able to study it in a detailed package like this. One of my favorite sections is the in depth interviews with several members of Guerilla Games. It's interesting to read about what inspired the team's choice of machine designs and what other games helped influence its fantastic combat system.
That this all comes in a full color 650+ page book of textbook quality for such a low price is remarkable. Highly recommended.
The guidebook is well organized and tries to be spoiler-free (to mostly success). Everything - I mean everything - is described in great detail and depth, whether the enemies, weapons, armors, mods, ammo types, skills, etc. The layout is attractive enough without being too cluttered (or tiny font), and even with the rather complete filling of each page this guide is nearly 2 inches thick with over 650 pages. It's evident a lot of work went into this. For the price, it was an absolute steal and even if your Aloy is already slicing through the toughest mobs like a Ginzu, I recommend picking it up. You're almost certain to learn something new.
I collect guides, so I'm generally more interested in their quality, layout, art and extras. I'm a fan of the big map and the lore/world section at the end in particular. Kudos for adding a bookmark ribbon.
As for game info... well, it isn't the guide's fault. The guide has TONS of info. It covers practically everything, from walkthroughs to enemy strategy to detailed raw numbers. It even has an overview for the events you should go through in the game, including side content, that doesn't go deep into details or spoilers, if you want to plan a playthrough. It is very good.
The problem is with the game. Since the game itself holds your hand very thoroughly, I only actually used the guide for entertainment value, the story section and a brief look at the weapon and enemy strat sections. The game points you to exactly where all the collectibles are and every quest takes you directly to where you need to go like a GPS. The few puzzles aren't taxing. I don't think I ever even opened the quest/walkthrough chapter.
The guide for the data collectibles is an exception, as the game doesn't point them out and in fact they can be small and hard to find. I didn't bother to collect every data point since I was already done with the game and they aren't required for platinum, but if you want to hit every last bit of story found in these collectibles, I recommend following this section of the guide as you play the game, rather than the quest guide. I didn't, and missed out on many data points that are too much of a pain to go back and find now.
Summary - very, very high quality and beautiful guide that will be great on your shelf with your other CE guides. You probably won't need 80% of the content though, but it is there in spades.
A must for HZD fans and collectors. I love it!