Sometimes, getting through a video game just isn’t as easy as it’s supposed to be. In the hard-fought yet feeble attempts to just get by, thoughts of raising hell on the level’s designer or punching in some cheat codes to just get that "impossible" mission over with may cross your mind. Relax. For gamers in dire need of help, free strategy guides are plentiful on the Web.
Whether you need assistance on a single challenge or a walkthrough of the entire game, help is out there and it doesn’t have to cost you anything. So, leave that poor game designer alone and stop writing down those cheats! Here’s some websites that will help you win like a true gamer.
GameFAQs hosts tons of free strategy guides to virtually every video game, making it the best place on the Web for FAQs and walkthroughs. The website boasts a huge collection, covering the current generation’s games as well as classics from the past.
All of the FAQs are contributed by volunteers and, along with detailed walkthroughs, include helpful features like item lists and maps. The guides submitted by GameFAQs users are in plain text, and for some titles, a link to the well-madegame guide is posted if available.
IGN has a nice collection of game guides and walkthroughs. New additions to recently released games are posted every week.
The guides themselves are all well-written and include lots of images. IGN even offers downloadable PDF and PSP-formatted guides and extra video tips, however, you must subscribe to the website for access.
SuperCheats’s free unofficial strategy guides offer plenty of help on some of the most popular games. Don’t see the game you’re looking for? Numerous text-based walkthroughs and FAQs are also included in each title’s index page.
Some of the website’s guides even address specific sections of the game if you need more in-depth support.
GamePressure offers over 170 free and well-written strategy guides. Like other websites, a detailed walkthrough of the game is always included, but it’s also typical to see additional helpful stuff like lists for achievements or trophies and tips to side missions and other challenges.
The website doesn’t have a huge collection of guides compared to others, but if it does cover the game you’re looking for, it’s definitely worth looking into.
StrategyWiki is a collaborative and freely-licensed wiki for free strategy guides and walkthroughs. The unique format allows for multiple editors and constantly updated content and information for improvements or corrections. Plus, instead of hassling through multiple plain text walkthroughs from various authors like most other places, StrategyWiki simply features one guide for each game.
With that said, the website’s guides are well done for popular titles. Unfortunately, a lot of walkthroughs are missing or incomplete, so be on the lookout for that.
If you’re not fond of reading, keep in mind that YouTube is bound to have video walkthroughs of your favorite game.
Where do you get your strategy guides from, gamers? Let us know in the comments.
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