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#1 Posted by Tireyo (6426 posts) -
#2 Posted by Tireyo (6426 posts) -

I sometimes use guides when I'm stuck on a certain part in a game.

#3 Posted by Meltbrain (2973 posts) -
Tireyo643 said:
I sometimes use guides when I'm stuck on a certain part in a game.
Yeah, definitely. Most games I will always try to avoid a guide, but certain super in-depth games really do benefit from having them. That and in some games the developers just don't do a good enough job of showing you what you're supposed to do, and when that's the case and the player feels it's the case I think using a guide is perfectly fine. I'm not one of those people that will say using a guide detracts from the experience, because it's completely down to what kind of experience any given player is looking for.
#4 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6229 posts) -

Yeah, I generally tend to use guides if I get stuck (which is way more often than I like to admit).  However, I'll use them only after trying to solve the puzzle or the problem myself.  I also like to look and see if there are unlockables for certain games, but I try to avoid anything spoiler-ish.

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#5 Posted by Tireyo (6426 posts) -
Meltbrain said:
Tireyo643 said: I sometimes use guides when I'm stuck on a certain part in a game. Yeah, definitely. Most games ... [more]
I have a lot of trouble with Starfox Adventures for the Gamecube, and I do have a guide!! It actually could not help me in anyway, because I was certainly stuck.  I lost my memory card for the Gamecube and I'm soo sad!! I can't go back and play the game. :(

It's pretty bad when a guide can't even help you.
#6 Posted by JeffGoldblum (3704 posts) -
I only use them when the fact that i can not continue a game is preventing me from further enjoying it.
#7 Posted by dr_nefarious (1617 posts) -

Every now and then, when I'm just absolutely stuck and have no idea what to do. Or if I want cheats :P

#8 Posted by inkeiren (989 posts) -

When I'm stuck, otherwise no.

#9 Posted by natetodamax (19208 posts) -
#10 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

Oh yeah, when I'm stuck and the enjoyment has left the room, it's time for a guide.

#11 Posted by The_A_Drain (3910 posts) -

Depends on a couple of things.


If the game is not known for it's storyline, or i'm on a non storyline part of the game (such as a frustrating puzzle) I usually find that unless I have specifically set down to play a puzzle/etc game, then getting stuck frustrates me instead of adding to the experience. So yeah I use guides on a lot of RPG puzzles etc. 

Usually i turns out I was clicking on the wrong thing, or had attempted the solution anyway, just in a slightly off fashion.

Aside from that, I might look up some tips against difficult enemies or bosses for action type games, but I havn't needed to do that in a long ass time, i'm pretty decent at fighters/action games.

I buy a lot of guides for the artwork though, Half Life 2 and Fallout 3 LE guides being prime examples.
#12 Edited by PureRok (4236 posts) -

I use them more often in RPGs than anywhere else, mainly because I have OCD about making sure I find every little thing.

#13 Posted by JJOR64 (19003 posts) -

I usually just use guides for RPGs.

#14 Posted by TheMustacheHero (6655 posts) -

On puzzle games yep. Used to use one on Ocarina of Time, and recently Hotel Dusk for the DS. Now-a-days though, games are very linear and have objective markers, so there is really no need for them aside from collectibles in some games (Like the Pigeons in GTA4)

#15 Posted by RHCPfan24 (8609 posts) -

I use guides for games like Fallout 3 (I use Giant Bomb's own, awesome production, the Fallout 3 MegaGuide). Other than that, not much. I used to use them much more frequently with games like Super Mario 64 but nowadays I don't need them as much.

#16 Posted by natetodamax (19208 posts) -
@RHCPfan24: *is happy*
#17 Posted by AgentJ (8778 posts) -

Not on puzzles, because that would ruin the whole experience, but If i am stuck on one part of the game and havent been able to progress, i will most definately use a guide so that it doesn't lose its fun factor. 

#18 Posted by Fr0Br0 (3092 posts) -

I'm the type of person who watches video guides to find all the collectibles in a game. And that is something I am not ashamed of! (Maybe a little ashamed...)

#19 Posted by natetodamax (19208 posts) -
@Fr0Br0: I'm like that as well. I usually have both a video guide and a text guide up in case one of them confuses me (although the video guide is usually the most helpful)
#20 Edited by Cerza (1653 posts) -

If I am really stuck and just can't get past something and have beaten my head against the wall on it in every way I can think of and it's still not working then I break down and use a guide or FAQ.

#21 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -

Only if I'm really stuck, and I mean REALLY stuck.

#22 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -

Almost exclusively in RPGs. That's the only game you really need them. For the most part the only guides I use are user-made and help find collectibles.

#23 Posted by Qorious (847 posts) -

Sometimes. Not all the time. Games like RPGs then maybe. 

#24 Posted by pweidman (2340 posts) -

Only for some big rpgs like Oblivion(it was invaluable for that game).  Gamefaqs for any other game probs does the trick almost always.

#25 Posted by Hammerface (43 posts) -

I kind of have this problem in games where I'm addicted to doing everything just right, probably related to OCD. Interestingly enough, I don't use it that much for JRPGs, but I do for CRPGs like Fallout 1/2. Probably the worst instance of this is that I use guides in Zelda games. I mean to the fucking letter, once I look at the guide, I can't stop. In Majora's Mask, I was pausing the game to check the next room of the dungeon every few minutes. It doesn't help that Zelda games have so many collectibles.
I'd have to say, it sort of ruins the experience of the game, but I just have to live with it. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment to look at Link with 20 hearts and the Great Fairy's Sword though.

#26 Posted by Stang (4726 posts) -
Vinchenzo said:
Almost exclusively in RPGs. That's the only game you really need them. For the most part the only guides I ... [more]
Same here. Only when I am truly desperate and about to break something......here is looking at you Nocturne.
#27 Posted by skywing (1153 posts) -

i only use guides to get achivements!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

#28 Posted by Expletive (1057 posts) -

usually only for rpgs that have way to much stuff in them find on my own.

#29 Posted by Tireyo (6426 posts) -

Well, I know that I'm not alone on using guides now!! :D  I'm surprised with the results of the poll.

#30 Posted by Absurd (2934 posts) -

Only if I'm totally stuck.

#31 Posted by haytek (78 posts) -

Yes, until I get frustated. I also use guides for open world games if not I'll really get lost.

#32 Posted by haytek (78 posts) -
@Vinchenzo:
Do you try to find the collectibles first or do you go straight to guides. Just curious!
#33 Posted by JackiJinx (3090 posts) -

When I'm super stuck or rather curious about a detail...or wondering if I just completely screwed myself over. Usually just the first though.

#34 Posted by c1337us (5751 posts) -

As a rule no. But I got my copy of Demon's Souls in the mail and started playing it this morning. I dont have a lot of experience playing games in Japanese. I am going alright without it but I am thinking an English walkthrough will help me with this game greatly.

#35 Posted by TheWorstPlayerEver (390 posts) -

I use guides if im stuck or to find collectables but thats about it

#36 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -
@haytek: I always use a guide first if I know there are collectibles. Otherwise I would have to struggle remembering the ones I did find.
#37 Posted by tainteddonut (12 posts) -

I use guides mostly for RPGs. I usually don't have the time to play through 60+ hours for something I may have missed the first time around.

#38 Posted by Heartagram (1182 posts) -

I use achievement guides usually other than that not really

#39 Posted by cc23574 (665 posts) -

Yes, most of the time, I play RPG's. I tend to get stuck at some parts and then I use a FAQ.

#40 Edited by PenguinDust (12532 posts) -

Well, it depends on the game, but my standard answer is "hell yeah!"  I don't see a point to them in FPS games or driving games other than to know what needs to be done to unlock cars, maps/tracks, weapons, etc...but, I use them all the time in RPGs.  If I can solve a puzzle or complete a quest without help, goody for me, but if get stuck, lost, or die a lot in a boss battle, then I search the game faqs for work-arounds.  I'm not going to waste a lot of time, pounding my head against the wall so I can continue the storyline.  I scan for what is specifically troubling me and read only that part to be able to proceed. 

There is another reason I use guides in RPGs.  I sometimes use them to help me maximise my character.  Now, I don't follow suggested skill assignment faqs to a tee.  But, I do like to know what skills are the most beneficial and which are mostly window dressing.  I look up good weapons to try and acquire and where they can be found.  Plus, there is the all important map.  For some reason, RPGs never have really good in game maps where everything is labeled and tells you what can be bought in that city.  I need those reminders because I get lost too easily and having to jump from town to town to look for a special item is a waste of time for me.

I use guides to help maintain the flow of the game and that keeps up the level of fun.

#41 Posted by EvolutionX0 (413 posts) -

sometimes when im stuck and dont know what im doing but most games are on-rails now so not much of a problem.

#42 Posted by oldschool (7264 posts) -

Like most - if I am stuck, then yes.  Why would you not?  There is nothing fun about going around in circles having no idea what to do.

#43 Edited by Tireyo (6426 posts) -
oldschool said:
Like most - if I am stuck, then yes. Why would you not? There is nothing fun about going around ... [more]
There are some hardcore gamers who don't use guides.  I know a few people in person who don't use them. :)
#44 Posted by luce (4045 posts) -

last game i used a Faq for was Valkyrie Profile Lenneth.

only because it was damn near impossible to get the A ending without using one

#45 Posted by TekZero (2673 posts) -

I don't use "guides"  but I use wiki's to find all the bobbleheads or whatnot.

And I only use them on the second or third playthrough, so I can experience the game without the threat of spoilers or ruining the experience.

#46 Posted by Lowbrow (840 posts) -

Only in a few cases.

If I'm stuck, definately.

If a game has a shit ton of content, Ill go through a guide to see what kind of extra stuff I may have missed out on, and what might be interesting to take a look at.

#47 Posted by CenturionCajun (1461 posts) -

I used to have a major addiction to buying strategy guides. I would get one for almost every new game that I bought. Then last fall when I bought the Dead Space guide I kinda realized it was pretty useless for that type of game. So, now I restrict myself to buying guides for RPGs and big action games. Things like Grand Theft Auto where there are a ton of things hidden all over the place in an open world.

However, I almost always have the gamefaqs page open to the game I'm playing at that moment. Just in case I do get stuck.

#48 Posted by Karmum (11519 posts) -

Sometimes, but rarely. I'll look online if I'm stuck on a certain mission or looking for something I can't find.

#49 Posted by bulletbeast (191 posts) -

yeah definately. if i need to. which is rarely :)

#50 Edited by Feanor (1387 posts) -

Only for the extra side stuff in a game.  The things that would be rather impossible to find out on your own.  Like in FF12, the best weapon in the game is only obtained if you do not open certain chests throughout the story.  Without a guide telling you what chests not to open you'd be screwed.

Edit:  Oh and the 4 percent who say they do not ,are liars.