The open-world, action role-playing game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, with its numerous “Game of the Year” awards, is without a doubt an epic adventure. Sadly, with the release of the “Complete Edition,” CD Projekt Red made save files from the original The Witcher 3 release incompatible with the new game. This means that no matter how far along you were in the game, you’re going to need to start over again. By itself, this is almost enough reason to spring for Prima’s new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition Collector’s Guide book.
With over a hundreds of hours of gameplay, you’d expect a pretty thick guide book, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition Collector’s Guide easily exceeds those expectations. At over 800 pages, this by far the most voluminous guide I’ve ever seen from Prima. Thankfully, it’s side-tabbed, so finding the appropriate section is a little easier. The volume does come at a price, however. The pages are awfully thin, which has an unintended side effect of also altering the printing quality, which in addition to the small print, might disappoint some.
After a short introduction to the characters, the book spends about 50 pages illustrating how to survive as a Witcher, complete with detailed ability trees. Before taking on the walkthrough, another 50 pages are spent on the Gwent card-based mini-game. It’s not really my cup of tea, but now that I have a little more information about it, at my fingertips, it might become a little more important to me. Knowing where the better cards are, definitely makes the mini-game more accessible.
The next 400+ pages are all walkthroughs, from the main quest and, of course, the expansions, to Gwent quests and scavenger hunts. It’s all in there. There aren’t many maps in the actual walkthroughs, and the images are typically small and fairly low quality, but there is plenty of information needed to get through them all. The maps are actually all relegated to their own section, the 70 pages after the walkthroughs, and while having them both places might have been, nice, being able to look up specific maps is preferable to having to find them in various questlines.
The final hundred pages of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition Collector’s Guide are your typical role-playing game appendices and compendiums, a bestiary, achievement/trophy list and more. There are also a couple of nice lithographs included with the hardback book, and a code for Prima’s e-guide, which strangely contains a digital art book.
Overall, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition Collector’s Guide is a useful guide. It’s even more so for those that would like to zip through a few quests they completed on an earlier playthrough. While the pages are awfully thin, and the printing suffers because of it, the cover itself is actually pretty nice, and the binding has been done well. Just don’t flip through it too fast. Use those side markings. As well designed as this book is, it can really serve you well.