Here's a question I've never asked before: who here uses strategy guides? I'm talking about any kind of strategy guides. The kind you might find online at GameFAQs, the nicely put together ones you can buy at EB Games, whatever? What are your thoughts on them?
I have a friend who buys strategy guides, not because he wants advice on games, more because he just really enjoys the package — the content, the presentation, etc. I've bought a few in my time. I have the Halo 3 one, I have the Dark Souls, I have the Metal Gear Solid 4 one.
My feeling is that it's best to buy strategy guides not to get through the game, or to get past difficult parts, but to get the absolute most out of a video game you love. That's how I felt about Dark Souls and Metal Gear Solid 4 in particular. These are games that feature a lot of depth, both in terms of lore and mechanics. There are cool parts of these games you could easily miss, so sometimes some sort of strategy guide is useful.
Also — some of them look really cool as a coffee table book thing, particularly the hardcover ones.
So is anyone here a fan of strategy guides? And, as an aside, what's your stance on using GameFAQs? Is it an absolutely-stuck-no-other-choice thing or is it a bugger this, I don't have time to mess around thing?