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5th May '17 6:59:13 AM PF
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Because they are generally released alongside the game and can not be updated, they almost never contain any gameplay tips, tricks, or glitches that are discovered by players post-release. However, in recent years, many strategy guide publishers have provided free updates and corrections on their websites.

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Because they are generally released alongside the game and can not be updated, they almost never contain any gameplay tips, tricks, or glitches that are discovered by players post-release. However, in recent over the years, many strategy guide publishers have provided free updates and corrections on their websites.
4th May '17 5:57:48 PM Jacob175
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* While they've gotten ''slightly'' better about this, Prima guides tended to be full of errata, particularly their ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube) guide, which had ''tons'' of misplaced screenshots and incorrect dates and times. Their ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' and ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'' guides weren't even ''finished,'' ending before they could tell you how to fight the final boss (and in the case of ''Crystal Shards'', claiming that the TrueFinalBoss is a "[[LightIsNotGood friendly]] [[BloodyMurder inhabitant]] [[EldritchAbomination of Shiver Star]]", among [[BlatantLies other insanity]].). Their guide to ''VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' lacked a walkthrough for both the Gerudo Training Grounds and Ganon's Tower.
* A particularly good strategy guide company was Versus Books. Their guides were basically totally complete walkthroughs. Admittedly, they left very little to the imagination and basically told you how to do everything, but they did it very effectively (and usually with a good sense of humor). They had a tendency to list everything you could get at parts of the game and tell you how to get them, like extra powerups and such. Their MetroidPrime guide was even completely streamlined, having you collect the Chozo Artifacts before you even needed to (or even scan their locations). They usually had a checklist in the back of the guide as well. Their Ocarina of Time guide even had custom illustrated maps. Sadly, they appear to have gone out of business.

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* While they've gotten ''slightly'' better about this, Prima guides tended to be full of errata, particularly their ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube) guide, which had ''tons'' of misplaced screenshots and incorrect dates and times. Their ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' and ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'' guides weren't even ''finished,'' ending before they could tell you how to fight the final boss (and in the case of ''Crystal Shards'', claiming that the TrueFinalBoss is a "[[LightIsNotGood friendly]] [[BloodyMurder inhabitant]] [[EldritchAbomination of Shiver Star]]", among [[BlatantLies other insanity]].). Their guide to ''VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' lacked a walkthrough for both the Gerudo Training Grounds and Ganon's Tower.
* A particularly good strategy guide company was Versus Books. Their guides were basically totally complete walkthroughs. Admittedly, they left very little to the imagination and basically told you how to do everything, but they did it very effectively (and usually with a good sense of humor). They had a tendency to list everything you could get at parts of the game and tell you how to get them, like extra powerups and such. Their MetroidPrime VideoGame/MetroidPrime guide was even completely streamlined, having you collect the Chozo Artifacts before you even needed to (or even scan their locations). They usually had a checklist in the back of the guide as well. Their Ocarina of Time guide even had custom illustrated maps. Sadly, they appear to have gone out of business.




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* The creator of ''VideoGame/{{Lunarosse}}'' was nice enough to include a strategy guide for his own game when you download it. But you'll have to figure out the Extended Cut version's bonus quests and bosses on your own.
* ''VideoGame/RakenzarnTales'' has a guide available for download from its wiki, written by the same guy who did ''Lunarosse'', as well as a walkthrough on the wiki itself.
13th Feb '17 7:35:38 AM Gosicrystal
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* Enix's ''Main/IllusionOfGaia'' included a full walkthrough of the game as the majority of the game manual. This is only fair, given that many of the Red Jewels were GuideDangIt, LostForever, or both.

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* Enix's ''Main/IllusionOfGaia'' ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia'' included a full walkthrough of the game as the majority of the game manual. This is only fair, given that many of the Red Jewels were GuideDangIt, LostForever, {{Permanently Missable|Content}}, or both.
3rd Feb '17 6:40:28 PM Ganondorfdude11
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* While they've gotten ''slightly'' better about this, Prima guides tended to be full of errata, particularly their ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube) guide, which had ''tons'' of misplaced screenshots and incorrect dates and times. Their ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' and ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'' guides weren't even ''finished,'' ending before they could tell you how to fight the final boss (and in the case of ''Crystal Shards'', claiming that the TrueFinalBoss is a "[[LightIsNotGood friendly]] [[BloodyMurder inhabitant]] [[EldritchAbomination of Shiver Star]]", among [[BlatantLies other insanity]].).

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* While they've gotten ''slightly'' better about this, Prima guides tended to be full of errata, particularly their ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube) guide, which had ''tons'' of misplaced screenshots and incorrect dates and times. Their ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' and ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'' guides weren't even ''finished,'' ending before they could tell you how to fight the final boss (and in the case of ''Crystal Shards'', claiming that the TrueFinalBoss is a "[[LightIsNotGood friendly]] [[BloodyMurder inhabitant]] [[EldritchAbomination of Shiver Star]]", among [[BlatantLies other insanity]].). Their guide to ''VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' lacked a walkthrough for both the Gerudo Training Grounds and Ganon's Tower.
24th Oct '16 3:55:03 PM nombretomado
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* The strategy guide for the old-school TBS ''MasterOfMagic'' was a massive tome with information about every unit, spell, and item in the game, along with page after page of data and charts detailing the math involved in combat. This was pre-Internet (or at least pre-GameFAQs) so that information was largely unavailable otherwise.
* The official ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' guide was amazingly sparse. It was very general and less than 100 pages. Why was it so empty? Well, it had several codes that would reveal "secret information" if you joined Squaresoft's website and entered them. Yes, they made an awkward competitor to GameFAQs. [[https://web.archive.org/web/20051207135601/http://archive.gamespy.com/articles/june03/dumbestmoments/readers/ GameSpy readers listed it among the dumbest moments of the gaming industry]], noting this only made Square avoid this for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''.

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* The strategy guide for the old-school TBS ''MasterOfMagic'' was a massive tome with information about every unit, spell, and item in the game, along with page after page of data and charts detailing the math involved in combat. This was pre-Internet (or at least pre-GameFAQs) pre-Website/GameFAQs) so that information was largely unavailable otherwise.
* The official ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' guide was amazingly sparse. It was very general and less than 100 pages. Why was it so empty? Well, it had several codes that would reveal "secret information" if you joined Squaresoft's website and entered them. Yes, they made an awkward competitor to GameFAQs.[=GameFAQs=]. [[https://web.archive.org/web/20051207135601/http://archive.gamespy.com/articles/june03/dumbestmoments/readers/ GameSpy readers listed it among the dumbest moments of the gaming industry]], noting this only made Square avoid this for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''.
22nd Sep '16 12:27:16 AM Korodzik
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* There's been a lot of these published for ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' -- both official and unofficial ones.
8th Jun '16 7:24:59 PM Stealth
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* ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'': A strategy guide (specifically, the aforementioned Nintendo Power guide) is part of the [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/03/20/episode-007-kamehameha-or-something/ set up]] for what is possibly the longest, most {{Spoiler}}-tastic BrickJoke [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2010/02/20/episode-1221-longest-set-up-in-webcomic-history/ in webcomic history]].
15th May '16 3:17:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WorldOfWarcraft'' provides particularly pointless ones, as each new patch makes the guide increasingly inaccurate or incomplete. Also, because there is no circumstance where you would be able to play the game where you wouldn't also have access to free, more accurate, and probably more in-depth online guides.

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* ''WorldOfWarcraft'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' provides particularly pointless ones, as each new patch makes the guide increasingly inaccurate or incomplete. Also, because there is no circumstance where you would be able to play the game where you wouldn't also have access to free, more accurate, and probably more in-depth online guides.



* The strategy guide for ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' is notable for including an index not just for itself but for the original rule book that came with the game.

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* The strategy guide for ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' is notable for including an index not just for itself but for the original rule book that came with the game.
11th Apr '16 3:31:44 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''VideoGame/SwordOfVermilion'' was actually packaged with its own strategy guide, which contained a largely complete {{walkthrough}}.
3rd Apr '16 3:06:34 PM RisefromYourGrave
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Strategy guides are typically based on the pre-release version of a game, which often leads to blunders. In one infamous example, an official strategy guide for the Dreamcast version of ''Half-Life'' was released, but the game was subsequently cancelled. Maps in the official strategy guide for ''Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas'' contained Rampage icons that don't exist in the final version.

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Strategy guides are typically based on the pre-release version of a game, which often leads to blunders. In one infamous example, an official strategy guide for the Dreamcast version of ''Half-Life'' was released, but the game was subsequently cancelled. Maps in the official strategy guide for ''Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas'' ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' contained Rampage icons that don't exist in the final version.



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* Prima Games released a fairly decent guide for ''VideoGame/GranTurismo 4''. However, automaker Peugeot is almost completely absent from the guide. They actually got worse with the guide for ''ForzaMotorsport 3''. Lamborghini and every make associated with General Motors is missing.

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* Prima Games released a fairly decent guide for ''VideoGame/GranTurismo 4''. However, automaker Peugeot is almost completely absent from the guide. They actually got worse with the guide for ''ForzaMotorsport ''VideoGame/{{Forza}} Motorsport 3''. Lamborghini and every make associated with General Motors is missing.
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