Just curious, it seems that there a quite a few hardcover ones coming out soon. Do you guys buy them, if so, do you actually use them to beat the game or just read it for additional content, art (assuming it has any) etc?
Not anymore. I've been tempted a few times if they come with DLC or something really cool, but I haven't since 2007 or so. No real need when you have websites with walkthroughs and videos to help you through some tougher sections and to find some collectibles.
I remember making this thread a long time ago and 95% of the answers I got were sarcastic "the internet" comments. I'd expect this to have the same.
But on cereal business I don't buy them much anymore. Mostly due to them becoming thinner and less helpful, and most games nowadays don't really need them. I've got a pretty decent collection (I'd say) of strategy guides for older games, and I've got a shitload of different Ocarina of Time guides.
Yes for some games but not really to even use them I bought the Final Fantasy XIII and Dragon Age 2 guides simply because they were hardback and awesome looking books that you could totally put on your coffee table without it looking too tacky and be something game related. Seriously, Piggyback does AWESOME hardback guides. And their hardbacks are almost always individually numbered as they usually only do one run of them. Great stuff.
I bought the "Special Edition" one for Portal 2 direct from VALVe after beating it. My brother bought me a pre-order as a birthday gift, and I wanted to give VALVe some money, as I enjoyed the game.
Ended up getting it signed by Ellen McLain, the voice of GLaDOS.
I was just thinking about this this morning. For some reason I own strategy guides for GTA IV, Spiderman 3 and The Last Remnant. I'm pretty sure I bought the TLR guide to ensure I got all the side quests and to get a better grasp on the battle formation mechanics, but am at a loss on the other two. Incidentally, since buying the TLR guide, I haven't touched the game once.
Only for huge games, like San Andreas and Final Fantasy XII. There are so many side things to do and raw data in charts and maps that it' really useful. I don't actually read the walk through sections but I do glance through them once I'm done and I'll spot different ways I could have done things or small tips that are useful.
The majority of online guides are junk. Half the time you are looking for very specific minor things that most of the online guides don't have. You end up having to search through two or three guides and use info from them all because they are all so incomplete. Online guides suck.
I have a ton of old strategy guides that I bought about 10-15 years ago. I stopped at some point when it seemed pointless although I really only bought them to read about the game more than using them to beat it. Some of the best ones really got into the fiction like the Earthbound guide.
Mainly stick with getting the ones like Skyrim or Fallout3 where there's plenty of depth there in the game to look up online every few minutes. Aside from that I tend to skip these over the art books on a game which I tend to enjoy & get a lot of. Definitely learned over the years if getting a strategy guide in a store I'll look through it first & look at some of the online reviews at Amazon, then get it cheaper online than in the retail stores.
I bought the limited edition guide for Diablo 3 cause it looked nice. Kinda regret that now.
Also bought the Dark Souls hintbook, which is kinda useless since they changed a bunch of stuff in patches. Still, it looks cool and the maps are useful. That one I don't regret.
I got the guide for Skyrim with the game. Aside from one puzzle solution being wrong, it has been pretty useful.
Nope. Used to get the occasional one when I was much younger, to read about the more obscure stuff and easter eggs; it was downright vital to figure out how to properly breed your Digimon in Digimon World so it would evolve into the one you wanted too. There were only so many of these green slimemons and yellow poopmons that I could take! Funnily enough I was also first introduced to the Resident Evil remake by spotting a strategy guide for it in a shop.
I'm a mid-level collector, but I've never branched off into guides. I mostly just stick to interesting LEs and older classics or rarities. In the same general area though, I do often look into art books or other things, such as Xenogears Perfect Works and the like.
I do have the Final Fantasy strategy guide that Nintendo Power sent me in 1989 or 1990 though. So there's that!
I used to back when I didn't have internet (essentially 12+ years ago. Back then EB games would give you a discount if you bought the game and the guide at the same time. Essentially I would pay full price for the game and then get the strategy guide for $10-15. A price certainly worth it for a kid who didn't have internet to look up hints/cheats when he got stuck.