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Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty Strategy Guide Paperback – Jul 16 2010

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: BradyGames; Covers PC and Mac edition (July 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744011280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744011289
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 2 x 27.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martin Proteau on Aug. 8 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because i wanted to have information to do the campaign the best i could. It gives you good tips for all the missions, give you valuable information about all the units. I wouldnt pay 50$ for it but at 18$, its a very good deal, specially when its 25-30$ in store.
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By Liam K on April 9 2011
Format: Paperback
This strategy (feels more like tome to me) is geared toward the new or casual players who want to know the ins and outs of the game. The single player portion is like most Brady Games Signature Guides, where maps and details are packed into colourful pages.
The guide shines in the multiplayer proportion; strategies and tips are explained thoroughly so that the reader can build a foundation to playing the game. For those who found the game possessing a high learning curve, it will help you pinpoint the problems by pointing out what most players have trouble with or what they forget.

However, like most multiplayer games though, it will slowly become outdated due to the metagame and frequent updates.
Also there are some minor errors due to the guide coming out on the same day as launch (Infested Marines are incorrectly listed as an Overseer ability, which was probably in the Beta testing of the game).

If you are a pro-player you will have no need for this book unless you're in it for collecting or simply enjoy the pretty pictures with stats. I recommend the Blizzard art books for fans of their paintings/illustrations.

In short:

Pros: Unmatched detailed walkthrough of single-player. A great learning tool for building a good foundation of the game for the new or troubled player.

Cons: Unit stats will become outdated from updates and coming expansions. Minor errors due to launch timing.

In summary: Go to a local bookstore and flip through it once; if you're interested, you won't be disappointed. If you're not, you're barking up the wrong star.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nathan quinn on Oct. 11 2013
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Overall everything was excellent EXCEPT for the condition description given was "like new" but it was not in the beat condition
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By ESTi on Nov. 13 2013
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Whenever I stuck in the game or need a better strategy, I go to this book! I also recommend for collector gamer to have this strategy book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Good, but not perfect. Aug. 21 2010
By Tom - Published on
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I purchased this after completing the campaign on casual (I didn't want to risk the story line being ruined) in order to go back and pick up the extra achievements I skipped out on, as well as to read about unit strengths/weaknesses. Overall, I rate this as a worthwhile purchase, however I was a little upset when I began to actually get into the specifics of the campaign.

Although my qualms with this product could certainly be due to Blizzard tweaking the game through updates or last minute changes after this book was published, it is still worth pointing out there will be some slight changes/omissions which I would have assumed were included/accurate. Two which I will point out for reference, are to the "Piercing the Shroud" level, the achievements have the wrong difficulties associated with them, and the maps don't always include locations for all of the achievements (ie, all of Tosh's units for "The Devils Playground").

Overall, it is worthwhile since Amazon is selling it cheaper than all my local competitors, just know that you will still have to google certain things if you don't want to explore everything on your own.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Useful guide, sloppy editing Oct. 31 2010
By David T. Gay - Published on
Format: Paperback
This guide covers the campaign elements decently. The maps and mission briefings are useful, though you can get much the same thing free on the Web. Don't count on it to help you with the achievements, since all the Hard ones are much more difficult than anything this guide covers. The multiplayer section is interesting but again won't replace real experience. The game gets hard quickly, and this guide is relatively basic.

You'll also find plenty of instances of sloppy editing. Sentences are strung together with commas all over the guide. The editor really did a bad job. But on the bright side the visual layout is great. The color photos may inspire you to fight great battles. It's just that nowadays a paper guide has to really shine to out-compete the stuff that's freely available online. That's why I give this one 3 stars.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great Resource for New Players Sept. 26 2010
By David P. - Published on
Format: Paperback
There's no shortage of info on-line to play SC2, but it's helpful to have it in one spot and be able to reference it occasionally while you play. The information on the campaigns is decent but more specific step-by-step guides are available from Starcraft 2 Liquipedia. Nevertheless, the campaign sections are well laid out. However, the multiplayer section of the book is excellent. It has some helpful pointers on how to play better. I've found the Tech trees very helpful to have in front of me while I play each race randomly in the Co-operative and 1vAI games. Playing Zerg, Terran and Protoss is important to properly understand their strengths and weaknesses. Eventually you won't need it but for new players this book is easily worth the money. As you play, many of the pointers and suggestions it provides will resonate with you better the more you've played, so I find myself referring back and re-reading the player vs player section. I think anyone other than an expert will find the book helpful.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Just what I was looking for Aug. 17 2010
By Jacob Trahan - Published on
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So glad I purchased this! First of all it looks beautiful--lots of pretty screenshots--and second of all the content is great. The single player guide is what you would expect--shows how to get all the bonus objectives, etc--but the multiplayer guide really stands out, going in to a lot of detail on general strategy and featuring guides to every unit in the game. There are also strategies for specific builds and analysis of some maps, which are less about the specific maps and more about just knowing what to look for. Overall, very high quality. I'd recommend it especially for the rookie Starcraft 2 player.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Almost Perfect Starcraft II Guide Sept. 12 2010
By Brian - Published on
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The only thing holding me back from a 5 star review is the fact that the guide doesn't give you tips on getting any of the harder achievements in the game. Other than that it is a very in depth guide to everything else you need to know about the game. Gives good generalized tips on the single player missions, but nothing specific. It's also a great introduction to multi-player. Quite comprehensive in the multiplayer aspect with helpful "Starcraft Pro" tips. Worth picking up overall, especially for those that are newer to starcraft/RTS games.