Official Skyrim strategy guide: Explorers Vs Collectors debate

By Alan Ng - Nov 1, 2011

We recently informed you that an 25 minute gameplay clip of Skyrim had leaked out showing the introduction to the game, and now we have more details to share with you which surfaced over the weekend. There will be an official strategy guide for Skyrim, and to say it will be packed with content to the rim is an understatement.

Prima Games recently revealed a picture of the official strategy guide, and we can tell you if you don’t already know that it is going to be a whopping 655 pages in length. You can see just how thick the book is by checking out a teaser image below, courtesy of GameZone.

Bethesda’s Pete Hines was unsurprisingly the first to get his hands on the guide, and he believes the book, or tome as he put it will serve as both a weapon and a guide, depending on how frequent you decide to use it.

And that brings us on to our main topic: Who is actually going to use the Skyrim guide on day one? We see a lot of debate brewing on how it is better to find everything yourself as it keeps the surprise element in tact as you’re playing, but those who just can’t resist finding every single item 100% may prove that the strategy guide is simply too tempting to turn down.

Another popular choice for RPG fans is to buy a strategy guide for a game, play through it and then use the strategy guide on your next run through to see what items you missed. Of course, this isn’t any ordinary RPG and most Skyrim fans will be spending hundreds and hundreds of hours on the first playthrough alone.

Will you be buying this strategy guide, or do you trust your Elder Scrolls instincts to just play through the game on your own? Considering the Skyrim guide seems to be the first of its kind at over 650 pages, fans may just be buying it for the fact that its another physical item to collect for the game along with the Collector’s Edition goodies.

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