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Merch of the Week: The Rough Guide to Xbox

As video game worlds become more and more complex and beautiful, the time is right for them to be treated as destinations, and that is exactly what the new Rough Guide to Xbox sets out to do.

In large sandbox games, players love to abandon the linear story mode to go exploring around these amazing virtual worlds as digital tourists. What better way to be guided around these worlds than by one of the leaders in real life tourism? Plus, with the rise of in-game photography and stunning hyper-realistic graphics, we really are entering the age of video game tourism!

Rough Guides are famous for their “tell it like it is” series of guidebooks that aim to combine a journalistic approach to description with a practical approach to travellers’ needs. Published in 1982, the first Rough Guide – to Greece – became a publishing phenomenon. The immediate success of the book spawned a series that rapidly covered dozens of destinations, and acquired a broad readership that relished Rough Guides’ wit and inquisitiveness as much as their enthusiastic, critical approach.

Their new Rough Guide to Xbox is their first foray in the digital world – providing a guide to eight game destinations but still retaining their trademark detail and with. This combined with stunning professional in-game photography provides an awesome alternative take on the traditional video game guide book to games such as Forza Horizon 4, Sea of Thieves, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Anthem, Halo 5: Guardians, Metro Exodus and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

Rough Guide to Xbox

For each destination, you are presented with the standard ‘Rough Guides’ template including ‘Things Not To Miss’, ‘Getting Around’, ‘Food & Drink’ and ‘Shopping’, as well as specific guides to individual destinations. Perfect for living your best digital tourist life and exploring these amazing destinations!

Obviously, most of the destinations included are fictional, however some are recreations of real life places. So, you could find yourself visiting the Lincoln Memorial from Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Edinburgh Castle from Forza Horizon 4, and the Parthenon from Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

So grab your Rough Guide to Xbox and get exploring, see you on the trail!

To buy your copy of the Rough Guide to Xbox, head to the  Microsoft Online Store. All proceeds from the sales of the Rough Guide to Xbox will go to UK Charity SpecialEffect.

Robin Gray

[He/Him] Robin is the Founder of Gayming Magazine. He's on a mission to fly the LGBTQ flag proudly over the video games world and drive forward authentic representation in the industry, in the press and in the games we love.