World of Warcraft¿ Official Strategy Guide Paperback – Nov 2004
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BradyGames' World of Warcraft Official Strategy Guide includes the following:
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About the Author
Blizzard Entertainment (www.blizzard.com), best known for their series Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo®, is a division of Vivendi Universal Games), a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating many of the industry¿s most critically acclaimed games. The company¿s free Internet gaming service Battle.net® provides a forum in which owners of Blizzard¿s games can play in a multiplayer mode remotely across the Internet and against other gamers from around the world.
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This guide was excellent at the release of the game but is starting to lose it's relevance with every patch.
If you have good knowledge of the game and frequently read online boards, you may consider waiting for the Atlas to release in August 2005.
If you are just getting started and need a good general reference guide, there are many sections in this book that will remain relevant to you.
Either way, it's still better to have a guide like this on your desk as you play for quick reference than ten thousand printouts from the internet.
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Preface: Not one to read the directions when doing ANY project, I'd rather open up a package, pull out all the parts and pretend that I can turn it into something recognizable on my own. And having been savagely disappointed with previous gaming guides (of the online variety - UO or DAoC...), I figured this purchase was up in the air to unlikely. The philosophical posts on praise/objection for these guide books points out these issues.
"Will I really need to know the armor class of level 2 cloth gloves?"
"Just how many times do I need to see the same artwork that came in the game's press release packet, inserted between size 40 text?"
"Will I purchase the guide now, only to use online websites for the information I need later?"
"A 'veteran' online gamer of some years, will I bypass the first 50 pages just to get to a few weapon/spell damage tables in the middle somewhere?"
Were just a few of the questions I asked myself when considering the WoW guide. At the glowing recommendations of my friends, I unconvincedly picked up the only copy from a Sam Goody on my lunch break. My discovery...? WOW!
The Bradygames WoW Guide is unquestionably the best online game book buy ever. And in answering my previous questions:
I may not need level 2 cloth gloves for very long, but I am sure when it comes time to find level 52 gauntlets, or craft them myself, I won't have to bug the "general" chatters asking about them for an hour.
The guide is a feast for the eyes! Full color pages, well-organized (color) charts, detailed (color) maps, original artwork, amusing comic strips illustrating the chapter topics, and in-game screenshots sprinkled throughout the book make it a pleasure to look at. Plus, and unlike other guides I've read, the font size is relatively small because there's so much quality information to present (not trying to cram size-28 useless information between large pictures, headings and tables). The language is both helpful and interesting, with plenty of annecdotal referencing.
While I was too impatient to wait, there is a binder version of the guide that you register online with access to updates that you can print out and replace old materials with. Not sure how that will work out, it's nice to think that they have the future in mind. And I doubt that the maps, and majority of the information will change much over time. Most likely, more content will simply be added later. Regardless, having seen what's in the book now, it's worth getting as it stands.
Again, having played nearly all the big online games already (in release or beta form) the terminology and concepts usually provided for newbies are pretty much "old hat". And in other guides, it was annoying to find half the book devoted to "strategies" like "click on monsters to fight them" and other fluff. This World of Warcraft Guide, is totally different. Even introductory chapter is interesting. And in full color, with lots of amusing images, and explanations, the first 5 pages are worth the first 50+ pages of other guides.
And those are just a few of the perks...
Basically, I have to thank Bradygames for putting together such a quality product. It's glaringly obvious that a lot of time and resources went into the making of the book.
And for anyone buying the retail version of the game, you know you'll be spending hours on end exploring the game, hunting monsters, crafting equipment, and having fun. If you think about how much time you'll spend playing the game, the time you'll save and more knowledge you'll have of the world will make the $25 for the Bradygames guide absolutely worth it!
Well, World of Warcraft (fabulous game - get it) does have a very good manual -- it's just that the game is so deep and so full of detail, there really needed to be a book like this.
And the book is huge, colorful and full of quality. The paper is nice and shiny, the inks are perfect and there are tons of illustrations. I took it to work to show a friend and he was blown away.
I would usually qualify those types of people who would need this book and who wouldn't but in this case I can't think of a single kind of player who wouldn't get at least something out of this book.
From maps of all the lands, interviews with developers, interviews and tips from beta testers, pages on each race and class, top ten lists, charts charts and more charts, essays on good conduct -- it really goes on and on.
The typeface, though, is EXTREMELY small. Those with eye problems might have a bit of a strain. Frankly if this book had a normal typesize it would easily have filled 800 pages. As it is it is over 400.
If Amazon let me I would give it a 4.5 star rating because I felt a few things were a bit underexplained and frankly it is a bit confusing for a pure beginner as many terms are mentioned as important without telling you exactly how to do something. I find myself constantly flipping back and forth trying to figure some things out.
So, if you need a step by step -- this ain't it and it really isn't out there anywhere else even online. If you are somewhat comfortable with the genre the guide is immensely helpful.
The more expensive version even comes with online updates you can download in PDFs. Not that is cool!
If you play World of Warcraft you should get this. Period.
I say to buy this thing if you're like me and hate having to search an entire town to figure out if they have a forge or not or just hate yelling to others for help and spamming the chat bar. Plus, it doesn't hurt to become a font of WoW knowldge for all of your in-game friends to draw upon.
In know this review is short, but it doesn't need be long. The book is TERRIFIC. The information will take your game to a higher level and it's well worth every penny.
I think Brady Games outdid themselves here! Nice job!
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