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Dark Souls - The Official Guide [Hardcover]

Future Press
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Oct. 1 2011
Prepare To Die Less with this Hardback Guide to Dark Souls !!
Going into Dark Souls unaided will get you killed. A lot. Even armed with the complete knowledge of the game that this guide will provide, you're still certain to die at least a few times. But when a gigantic demon takes you by surprise you'll at least have a chance to not lose everything. This is a true survival guide for a game that's almost impossible to survive.

Area Guide Walkthrough

The Walkthrough makes use of detailed maps to guide you in exploring every inch of the game's huge world. Learn the most useful shortcuts and find all of the hidden areas.

Enemy Encyclopedia

Everything you need to know to tackle the game's army of lethal foes is contained in one easy-to-use reference chapter. Tactics, data and attack details for all enemies will prove an invaluable resource.

Weapons & Equipment

Weapons, Armor and Magic are all covered in exhaustive detail. Full stats, locations, upgrade paths and usage strategies are provided so you can easily compare all of the options when choosing your equipment.

All Items

The complete item lists reveal every last consumable, accessory, upgrading material and offensive item. Quickly discover where to find each one and how to make the most of them.

Character Building

Plan your character perfectly with our guide to choosing classes, building your character for specific roles and selecting optimal equipment.

Everything Uncovered

Discover how to unlock every Achievement or Trophy and learn the secrets of Dark Souls' unique online multiplayer mode.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently made Nov. 2 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A great guide to the world of Dark Souls. Well made, high-quality publishing that's very well-put together, both in the quality of the construction and the information inside. My only gripe is that this appears to have been made using older information (the Titanite Demon, for example, is referred to in the book as the Wandering Demon). Either way, it makes a really good coffee table book for a gamer, as its information about the world, NPCs, items, monsters, pretty much everything, is quite extensive. Definitely worth a purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to die.....less! April 7 2012
By Brandon
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Well thought out and over all a comprehensive guide to all that is Dark Souls. A good book for weapon and item stats/upgrades and also good for finding your way around maps and locating secret areas. When it comes to boss fights, however, the book may fall short for some. When it comes down to it, its going to be you alone who fights the bosses and the book gives no reference of specific equipment or weapons you should be using when you fight particular bosses. For Ornstein and Smough, for example, it is recommended that you use lightning-resistant gear and fire-damage weapons, but the book makes no mention of where to get these items. An experienced player would know, but someone buying this guide with the game certainly would not know where to get this equipment, beyond the fire-damage pyromancy. It would have been nice for direct reference to the gear that would be available to the player at certain points, then that player could simply look up that gear in the book's weapon section and set out to get it.

There is also little explanation of the game's lore, which would have been nice, but certainly not necessary. Overall, when considering how much one gets for the amount they spend, the book is relatively worth it. The guide is nearly 400 pages and is hardcover for long-lasting goodness and is laid out in a way that is visually satisfactory. However, some may find the online Dark Souls wikis to be of more help for getting through those bosses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a little late but better than never March 23 2014
Format:Hardcover
This guide is a must have for any dark souls fan.
Just ordered the DS2 guide. I'm expecting great things!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide Jan. 2 2014
By H-F
Format:Hardcover
I always keep my reviews plain and simple: straight to what you need to know.

Pros:

- Chronologically written walkthrough.
- Area maps included.
- Maps for collectibles' locations.
- Great strategies.

Cons:

- Very few descriptions are not clear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark souls guide May 2 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It comes hard covered, which is nice, and seeing that it's made before the DLC, there is no parts in it about those sections, plus its a bit outdated as they have modified some stats for weapons and armours.
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