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Official Skyrim strategy guide: Explorers Vs Collectors debate

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.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Dovaslayer
Dovaslayer

I want the collectors edition just to have it I mean I’m 40 or so hours in so I don’t need the help. Its just so well put together. Idk I just want it, it has pretty pictures

Dovakhiin
Dovakhiin

I rather agree with Petite…the main reason I would happen to use these guides would be to access character builds so I could attempt to have a well-built character from the beginning. It would be less about having the walkthrough, so-to-speak, and more about just knowing which route I want to take from the beginning of the game. And if I *were* to get in a jam, how lucky for me that I have a bit of help from the Skyrim Bible, eh? I’ve chosen to go all-out for one game this year, and this one seems to be it.… Read more »

Ajhsjldf
Ajhsjldf

UESP

That is all.

Ps2198889
Ps2198889

how out of context did you take the “weapon or a guide thing”

he was implying it was thick enough to be a weapon

Petiteballerine
Petiteballerine

The best guides have what things are as well as where they are. Builds for characters, lore and background, monster info. And who hasn’t wanted something in a shop that you can’t afford then forgotten where it is? Who hasn’t had a WTF? moment? I love books, so it’s natural to like a good book about a good game even though there will be tons of info online. The book is more intimate, like a tome from the game. But, no spoilers for me. After I scour a big dungeon I might check the guide to see if I went… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

The dudes at the game store pleaded and begged me (damn near sucked my left testicle) to purchase this book.  I said, “Look, If I really need to know how to do part of a quest or something, I’ll google it.” That was the end of that conversation.

John Ingram

I think this time round the Story AI could well defeat the use of a guide. Because much of what you do in game only you will do, and few others. How can that go in a guide?

Moodster
Moodster

I preordered it already but I’m gonna play through it a few times before I use it. But I’ll definitely peek through it while on the throne.

Guest
Guest

I don’t know why but these articles are always.. annoying. It’s like you try tweak old stories to make them new or something, but think we won’t notice.

Moumou
Moumou

You guys are really pathetic. Always late, always unimaginative.

Nocturnicide
Nocturnicide

im buying it, getting it before the game, reading it then playing to my hearts content. work can wait.

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