If you’ve seen these strategy guides in a retailer, then you know how massive these puppies are. Even I couldn’t believe they were so fat for a game with such a small campaign. I honestly had no idea that you could go into multiplayer so deeply, but I’ll save that for when I actually write the review of the guide.
As expected the big differences between the guides are the bonus material–the paperback guide has zero bonuses–and the covers. You can see everything for yourself below, but I have to say, unless you’re a diehard fan of everything behind the Battlefield franchise, save yourself the extra $15 and pick up the regular guide. You can make an argument that most CE guides are like this, but I haven’t seen one this focused on the game studio and behind-the-scenes development before. The only non-studio bonus–aside from the additional artwork–is the inclusion of a short story as depicted below.
I like the short story, and I really like reading behind-the-scenes stuff when it comes to games and movies, even with games I’m not a hardcore fan of, but I still can’t recommend the CE unless you just love Battlefield and/or EA Dice that much.
However, it is quite the gorgeous book.