1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A must have guide of the World of Warcraft , Apr 11, 2023
The World of Warcraft Official Strategy Guide from Brady Games costs $22.49. Just like the game it covers, it is very welcoming to players that are completely new to the genre. It starts with a chapter giving an introduction to MMORPGs in general, a walkthrough of your first day in the game, and common tactics and roles of the different classes in a group.
Just like the EQ2 book, it has descriptions of the races and classes, lists of equipment, and a chapter on crafting. It also has a chapter on PvP, an interview about future raid content, and the bestiary the EQ2 book was missing. There is an atlas, but the maps are just screenshots of the (useful enough) in-game maps. The atlas also has descriptions of the zones, with lists of quests, NPCs, and resources to be found there.
The best part of the book are the comics from Gabe and Tycho of Penny Arcade fame. Those are really funny descriptions of the many humorous situations that can happen in a game like World of Warcraft. The weakest part is that there are no maps or descriptions of the instanced dungeon zones, which are the games strongest group-based content and the source of the best loot.
If you were playing both games but had the money for only one of the books, you should probably buy the Everquest 2 one. The World of Warcraft book is in no way worse, but the game of WoW is a lot more helpful than the game of EQ2, thus the EQ2 strategy guide ends up being more useful. WoW not only gives out a lot more information in the game itself, it also has one single website as alternative source for all information you are likely to want to know.
If you are only playing one of these games and you don't have a second computer for looking up information while you play, buying the strategy guide for the game you play is a good idea. Both books contain useful information, which could save you a lot of running and searching around in game. Neither is absolutely necessary to succeed, but both are good to have on your desk next to the keyboard.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Excellent Strategy Guide!, Mar 27, 2023
I personally love the game World of Warcraft, and I would suggest it to anyone who enjoys RPGs and online interactivity with people. But, we all understand that games like this require a lot of time to learn, and you will always learn new things as you progress through the game. This book helps you understand the game itself in quicker, more conceptual manner.
First of all, the book will tell you important statistics, such as starting class types, future spells, etc. The information gathered in the book will let you know what you should be working for, and what you are working for. It also helps you decide what you truly wish to be by presenting everything there is to know about everything within the game, such as classes, professions, etc.
It will also help you get started. The book shows you what to do in the start of each city area, depending on your class. It's really hard to know what you are doing, and I personally know this, when you start and don't even know how the game works, but with this book, you will remove most of the confusion. It will explain how to do things that even some experts don't know without reading it!
Overall, I rate this as a five star strategy guide. There is more than enough information within the book, and nobody can cover all of the information without reading the book to you. You will enjoy looking over the strategy guide, and you will enjoy the knowledge that most people lack in World of Warcraft.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
This offical strategy guide is great!!!, Feb 23, 2023
I have played World of Warcraft for two mouths now.
This guide is a must to have!
without it no one will know ,
how to complete Quests properly.
There are detailed maps ,
professions,character classes etc...
even detailed first day.
For example :first day in Durotar.
I would be totally losted without this guide.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful:
Best "Add-On" Guide I've Ever Bought, Dec 20, 2022
If you're reading this most likely you've bought these types of guides before and been underwhelmed (mostly). It's not that they aren't a little bit helpful, you just wonder why they didn't include that extra stuff in the manual rather than make you shell out 15-20 bucks again for it. Now many games cost $55 and don't even have a printed manual (thank you Microsoft.)
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.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful:
I never knew a strategy guide could be so gorgeous!! A++, Nov 27, 2022
My wildest expectations have been surpassed with this guide - it's FANTASTIC! The layout, pictures, details, explanations, maps, hints, etc...it's all there. Such a well done manual with an easy-to-use index system. All maps are numbered telling you what lies in that number. The spell categories and damages are in easy-to-read and understand tables.
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!