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Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year: Prima Official Game Guide [Paperback]

Bethesda Softworks
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Sept. 10 2007 Prima Official Game Guides
Find Your Path

·Covers all available content for Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Shivering Isles, Knights of the Nine, and downloadable content.
·Detailed maps for every part of the world and every major city, plus special maps for every key section of the main quest.
·Specific chapters on how to create your character and maximize your abilities and skills.
·Over 450 full-color pages packed with information on everything you need to know about the massive gameworld of Oblivion.
·Walkthroughs for every quest in every part of the Oblivion world, including the main quest, as well as miscellaneous and freeform quests.
·Sections on various gameplay systems including stealth, combat, magic, spellmaking and enchanting, alchemy, and more.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Game Guide Review Sept. 21 2009
The guide was great. The maps are excellent. Every quest, item, place is in the guide. IF needed the pages photocopy very nicely. The paper is a little weak though, and easy to rip so you have to be carful with it. The spine also is fairly weak. This guide is a must have for the oblivion player. I would suggest playing threw the game first without the guide so it does not ruin it. Then go back and use the guide to do the things you missed, or didn't do.

Four stars only because the spine, and paper is low quality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought March 2 2009
Better than I thought, easy to follow, color pictures, maps etc. Perfect reference for the game. Easy to follow, and very helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Sept. 13 2009
An excellent step by step strategy guide that offers everything from tips to the main quest to other fantastic options, making your journey through the world of Oblivion fun and challenging. Amazing!!!!
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79 of 92 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missing Content Sept. 22 2007
By B. Becker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have a fairly large issue with it this guide. Many places in the guide say to refer to "Chapter 21, World Map" for more details on a specific map marker number. None of the chapters are numbered, so there is no chapter 21. Additionally, but much more importantly, there appears to be no world map (with or without markers and details) in the guide; I have paged through every single page looking for it. Nor are there maps for every major city (none actually). Detailed world and city maps are specifically pointed out on the back cover of the guide as well as in PrimaGames own decription of the guide as being included.
Without this critical content for a game as massive as Oblivion, this guide is all but useless. There is no way I could recommend this guide to anyone.
I also feel that the content of the guide is misrepresented and falsely advertised by both PrimaGames and Amazon's own description.
Additionally, there is no index included. For a nearly 500 page guide, especially without chapter numbers and a very poorly worded Table of Contents, an index is indispensible.
Beyond the missing content, the remainder of the guide is fairly useful except when it cross references the (missing) map pages.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful guide for a GREAT game. Oct. 24 2008
By William Drennan - Published on Amazon.com
Not required to enjoy Oblivion, but very very helpful, especially if you're looking for that item you missed. Well worth the green to get it. Covers all platforms and published add-ons. Second printing (available now) now correctly includes previously omitted maps, etc). Covers available spell/item creation criteria, item/quest locations, monster types and stats, complete quest writeups, screenshots and much more. Single annoying factor (that wasn't fixed with the first edition)remains the lack of proper indexing of quests. General categorizing is nice, but there is no rhyme or reason to the order of the listings, resulting in a lot of spoilers revealed while you're looking for the route that one NPC you need to talk to is travelling. Not a biggie or dealbreaker; just have a degree of patience while perusing this big tome of info.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Problems corrected? Feb. 22 2008
By M. Dudek - Published on Amazon.com
Just yesterday I received my copy of this Prima guide from Amazon. I've not had much time to look at it but I did want to mention right away that my copy does indeed have the missing maps that some buyers did not get. When I ordered the book I went ahead and downloaded and printed the missing pages from Prima's website, but this turned out to be unnecessary!

Maybe I got lucky, or else they've corrected the mistake and the newer editions have all the maps.

Can't comment on the content just yet, but the book itself is beautifully illustrated and of high quality.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE!!!!!!!! Sept. 1 2008
By Jay Danzig - Published on Amazon.com
I just got this book a few weeks ago. I've had Oblivion since I bought my 360 and this is one of they best RPG games of all time. The game is a must own. The game is massive, The biggest game world i've ever seen before. So of course if the game is massive your going to need a book that has easy to read conetnt, Lots of Maps,detailed information on the weapons, items, spells, potions, monsters ETC. This is the book!!!!!!! It has everything you need to know about playingt Oblivion. It even helps you make your character. Kind of like when you make your character in Dungeons and Dragons. It tells you how to maximize your character to the fullest even before you start your adventure. The overall walkthrough is amazing!!!! The book even tells you where to get started on your quest. Who to talk to if your doing a freedom quests or how to join the drak brotherhood and it even suggests who to kill so you don't mess up your game later on. It's a must have if you love this game. It will not just get you through that rough spot but it opens up all the possibilities that the game offers you. It opens up all the doors in this game. I don't think I would be able to know everything about this game if it wasn't for this book! I'm planning on getting the Shivering Isles and the Knights of The Nine one day. It has everything about them as well. All the maps are in the back and there are a lot of great maps. It even had all the downloadable content that you can get for the game. This book is priceless if you love this game. Buy this book! You won't be sorry. I've been playing games for over 13 years and this the best book i've owned for a game. Prima has done it again!!!!!! I don't know why it got bad reviews. The maps are in the back of the book and it has pages and pages of them.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Avoid random side quests, and this manual is your buddy Feb. 16 2008
By Richard R. Linde - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First let me say that the omissions noted by the other reviewers are correct. A detailed index to the quests would be helpful. I've have had to thumb through the various quests within a general category to find the side quest I'm solving. Once you are on a major category, like the Mages Guild stuff, the manual trundles right along, quest after quest, and you can follow them in order as you proceed, with no need for an index, just a book marker. The trick is to stay off random side quests that someone in the game requests. Just say no. Stick to the main categorical quests and the manual can be your best friend.

If you get duped into a solving a random quest while solving individual quests under a general category, there is plenty of online help for locating random quests; one site provides a detailed world map. My old friend google helped me find them.

So, why buy this laboriously-written manual?

First of all, it's beautifully illustrated, well-written, and almost devilishly detailed. To locate a random quest - I should have said `no' to the bugger -- I go to a website which is nicely indexed, and follow the walk-through. Usually, the Prima version when I find it is more complete and helpful than the on-line walk-through.

The world map the game itself provides (Play Station 3) is helpful, as well as its individual maps. The game provides pointers on the map to follow and also on its compass when your role-playing hombre is trudging through hill and dale.

From my experience, I have found the manual well-worth purchasing. I recommend buying it, and am giving it five stars.

Someone put tons of work into this manual, a work of love, and should be financially compensated, this at the very least.
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