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bananabunny
04-28-2014, 03:38 PM
http://i.imgur.com/CE6iZMTh.jpg

Strong lack of any guide, not even 1 page leaflet

Strong game info built literally on the back of the cover

NedStark
04-28-2014, 03:39 PM
Sure it wasn't just placed?

Mindrevolution
04-28-2014, 03:40 PM
Hitting me right in the feels. It used to be the first thing I did when I got a new game was read through the manual. Probably for the best though, don't really need them so much anymore.

cyde
04-28-2014, 03:42 PM
Most games come with a tutorial that teaches you how to play the game. Instruction booklets have been phased out for a while now, so this shouldn't come as a surprise. Anyway hit up the Dark Souls 2 wiki if you need any information. A booklet for this game would be worthless anyway since it practically requires a guide.

bananabunny
04-28-2014, 03:42 PM
And this is a game where even just a 2-4 page little chit guide explaining combat at all would help immensely

bananabunny
04-28-2014, 03:44 PM
Most games come with a tutorial that teaches you how to play the game. Instruction booklets have been phased out for a while now, so this shouldn't come as a surprise. Anyway hit up the Dark Souls 2 wiki if you need any information. A booklet for this game would be worthless anyway since it practically requires a guide.

Nah i totally understand how they aren't needed and have been gone for a long while now, but to build the game technical info sheet on the back of the cover? Got damn. That's just beyond cheap

DaPlasurNDaPain
04-28-2014, 03:53 PM
Long gone are the days of nicely done and illustrated 100+ page manuals, especially from MicroProse (stand up in respect when I hear that name) :(


Falcon 4.0 manual written by a real Air Force pilot:

http://i.imgur.com/3rZVgo5.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/oNrogJG.jpg

bananabunny
04-28-2014, 03:55 PM
Long gone are the days of nicely done and illustrated 100+ page manuals, especially from MicroProse (stand up in respect when I hear that name) :(


Falcon 4.0 manual written by a real Air Force pilot:

http://i.imgur.com/3rZVgo5.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/oNrogJG.jpg



Got no idea what that is but it looks really cool

Frell
04-28-2014, 04:33 PM
Hitting me right in the feels. It used to be the first thing I did when I got a new game was read through the manual. Probably for the best though, don't really need them so much anymore.
Maybe on the drive home when I was too young to drive

Otherwise they sat in the box lol

eternalone423
04-28-2014, 04:54 PM
but who was strategy guide lololololol

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/a/img21/8214/strategyguidefinalfanta.jpg

Kenjisama
04-28-2014, 04:56 PM
Rest in peace in peace

Maxpowers88
04-28-2014, 04:59 PM
ohhh prepare yourself for dem rage quits

Dark souls - doesnt give a Fuaaaark

Be prepared to die op'

canconfirm
04-28-2014, 06:06 PM
Got no idea what that is but it looks really coolwas thinking exact same thing

Supadude
04-28-2014, 07:25 PM
Haven't read a game manual in years crew.

HurpnDurp
04-28-2014, 08:00 PM
Haven't read a game manual in years crew.


This although I remember being a kid and my mum buying or renting me a game, reading the manual was pure joy and I couldn't wait to get home and play it haha

Domina8r
04-28-2014, 08:07 PM
right in the feels remember opening this up 20 years ago.

Games then :

brand new snes with mario world

http://ag3ntkwalo.weebly.com/uploads/4/5/0/3/4503274/2394200_orig.jpg

http://liamwood92.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/bk11.jpg

games now

http://www.truecafe.net/doc/img/steam0.gif

Drop_Dead
04-28-2014, 08:08 PM
but who was strategy guide lololololol

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/a/img21/8214/strategyguidefinalfanta.jpg

hmm better shape than mine is

ThanMerril
04-28-2014, 08:10 PM
titanfall is the same way

opened up the case and all it had was a 2 day xboxlive trial code in the clips, nothing else

first thing you go through when you start the game is a thorough tutorial though

Maxpowers88
04-28-2014, 08:13 PM
brb using youtube to see if you can still parry in dark souls 2

diplodocus
04-28-2014, 08:14 PM
but who was earthbound??

http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/AqesVY-vbOE/hqdefault.jpg


http://www.raresnesgames.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/-253741405020721850.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION= 1339000985508

http://pixelsordeath.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/earthbound-newspaper.jpg

bgill76
04-28-2014, 09:13 PM
brb reading manual for lore/characters/weapon descriptions/etc while taking poo after getting home from game store

Kalmah6661
04-28-2014, 09:16 PM
I think most companies see that they can save a lot of money by just having a digital manual inside of the game.

iZZmatic
04-28-2014, 10:30 PM
Are you new?

MiscMathematician
04-28-2014, 10:46 PM
meanwhile in skyrim

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/bx8AAOxyni9TF1vG/$_35.JPG?set_id=880000500F

1000 pages of awesomeness

waisoserious
04-28-2014, 11:02 PM
Got no idea what that is but it looks really cool

its an oldas flight sim. back in the days of pentium

on dat der 233mhz mmx, 8mb edo ram, voodoo 3Dfx, 24x CD-ROM, 56k modem time



















win98 SE

Techriding101
04-29-2014, 01:19 AM
Dat feel when Dragon Warrior for NES game with a manual that was basically a players guild

Back when I used to actually purchase console games,, reading the manual on the way home was such a fun moment

FFX
04-29-2014, 01:27 AM
This although I remember being a kid and my mum buying or renting me a game, reading the manual was pure joy and I couldn't wait to get home and play it haha


Strong this.

I'd read the manual in the car on the way home.

I used to never start playing a game until I'd read the entire manual at least once, if not 2 - 3 times. I'm an avid reader though.

The map in GTA Vice City was awesome, I used to game with it right next to me all the time. I think a few other games had maps back then too.

Rectify
04-29-2014, 01:36 AM
I remember reading manuals on the way home from town on the bus after every purchase. Was part of the build-up/excitement before i played it.

Dark Souls is meant to give you as little as possible from the start though. Even in DS1 or Demon Souls, people would complain that the story/lore was crap and unexplained, but the game gave a lot of hints and threw in twists. Anyone remember this cheeky prick and what he did? - http://darksouls.wikidot.com/knight-lautrec-of-carim

But still, as much as i like the lack of hand-holding, they could at least explain the combat a bit better. Not just for newbies, but because combat and some mechanics changed in some ways compared to DS1. But eh, this is what wiki/youtube is for, if you're really stuck wondering on something.

cowmooolester93
04-29-2014, 01:48 AM
See technology has advanced to where we can have tutorials/controls in game along with a vibrant story. No need for the manual to tell us anymore because there wasn't enough room for text. I understand the feels though and will miss them. I remember getting SSBM and readin that book like crazy. Twas fun times. DS2 may not have a manual BUT they have a strategy guide that is worth the 30 bucks.

buffuntcay
04-29-2014, 01:52 AM
yeah its always nice to have something substantial to go alongside the virtual experience. I still flick through my Baulders gate 2 manual every now and then, such quality, much appreciation.

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Forgotten-Realms-Baldurs-Gate-2-Big-Box-Version-Complete-Unplayed-/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/W2YAAOxy-1lRH40m/$T2eC16hHJGkE9no8jDqpBRH40mIJ)Q~~60_35.JPG

exemplifies exactly what I miss from the days of old

khuong1994
04-29-2014, 03:09 AM
yeah dude, the younguns are supposedly using this thing called the internet nowadays. don't really know how it works but supposedly you can know chit by going on it

MajesticLion
04-29-2014, 03:19 AM
Brady/Prima game guides + the good folks who uploaded them in pdf format early on > *

Otaman
04-29-2014, 04:40 AM
OP when you buy a new toaster or a microwave, do you read a manual for that too?

BatmanBeGains
04-29-2014, 04:44 AM
Games companies cutting costs any way possible.

Used to love reading the manuals on the bus ride home from the shop when I was a little kid. Reading the lore and story and peppering my brain for the button commands.

I think the last game I remember came with a good manual was Red Dead Redemption.

It's a sad day and age for gamers. I ****ing hate dumbed down tutorial levels. I'd pay a extra 1-3 for a good manual in every game.

Vukov
04-29-2014, 04:56 AM
I remember the Gears of War manual had the presidents epic speech in the front, the Assassins Creed ones were sweet as well.

Azure84
04-29-2014, 05:03 AM
Got a sweet game manual along with my PS3 version of dark souls 2. That's what you get for being a poverty xbox user.

bigfish18q
04-29-2014, 05:42 AM
Games companies cutting costs any way possible.

Used to love reading the manuals on the bus ride home from the shop when I was a little kid. Reading the lore and story and peppering my brain for the button commands.

I think the last game I remember came with a good manual was Red Dead Redemption.

It's a sad day and age for gamers. I ****ing hate dumbed down tutorial levels. I'd pay a extra 1-3 for a good manual in every game.

http://www.quickmeme.com/img/6b/6bbca044fa22dffc05eca4859fb67ffb81faf5dae3f4bbdf30 b62824bbeb5ed7.jpg

Supernautx
04-29-2014, 05:59 AM
I was often put off by the fact that to learn the story to Dark Souls you HAD to go online. I guess it's no different than an instruction manual. Thanks for the perspective.


But I do miss thick manuals with my RPGs. Chrono Cross and the Final Fantasy's were the best.

bigfish18q
04-29-2014, 06:14 AM
I was often put off by the fact that to learn the story to Dark Souls you HAD to go online. I guess it's no different than an instruction manual. Thanks for the perspective.


But I do miss thick manuals with my RPGs. Chrono Cross and the Final Fantasy's were the best.

You don't HAVE to go online to get the story at all. Anything that is online, has come from things inside the game. Yes, it's very vague but you can put it together if you really pay attention.

Supernautx
04-29-2014, 06:17 AM
You don't HAVE to go online to get the story at all. Anything that is online, has come from things inside the game. Yes, it's very vague but you can put it together if you really pay attention.

I paid attention a lot. Going through a second and third play-through now. One NG+ and one as a new character.

Any tips for getting story out of game? I use all dialog options until they repeat themselves. I speak with NPC's in hollow and human form, over and over again. I read item descriptions.

Not sure how people learned all the things about the bosses and certain characters. Maybe I rushed through the game.

Thanks for the heads up though.

eternalone423
04-29-2014, 06:22 AM
yeah its always nice to have something substantial to go alongside the virtual experience. I still flick through my Baulders gate 2 manual every now and then, such quality, much appreciation.

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Forgotten-Realms-Baldurs-Gate-2-Big-Box-Version-Complete-Unplayed-/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/W2YAAOxy-1lRH40m/$T2eC16hHJGkE9no8jDqpBRH40mIJ)Q~~60_35.JPG

exemplifies exactly what I miss from the days of old

Elder Scrolls Oblivion came with a set similar to that as well.

bigfish18q
04-29-2014, 07:14 AM
I paid attention a lot. Going through a second and third play-through now. One NG+ and one as a new character.

Any tips for getting story out of game? I use all dialog options until they repeat themselves. I speak with NPC's in hollow and human form, over and over again. I read item descriptions.

Not sure how people learned all the things about the bosses and certain characters. Maybe I rushed through the game.

Thanks for the heads up though.

Yeah, I mean you got it right there. I don't want to say that people guessed part of the story, but in a way they did. A lot of the "lore" videos on youtube have plenty of guesswork in them. I think that's part of the fun though, since it's so vague it leaves plenty of room for interpretation.

SynapticCleft
04-29-2014, 07:15 AM
I miss manuals on console games but I'm more of a pc gamer these days and I buy most of my games off steam or some other form of online distribution and never get manuals from them.

Supernautx
04-29-2014, 08:08 AM
Yeah, I mean you got it right there. I don't want to say that people guessed part of the story, but in a way they did. A lot of the "lore" videos on youtube have plenty of guesswork in them. I think that's part of the fun though, since it's so vague it leaves plenty of room for interpretation.

Much appreciated. Will keep a more open mind :D

Looking at one of the Wiki's I missed like ten areas and quite a few NPCs. Will do that this run. And read soul descriptions apparently lol.

Thanks again.

JoshSP1985
04-29-2014, 08:29 AM
Guarantee it's a cost saving measure more than anything, high quality color prints are expensive.

MURedHawk235
04-29-2014, 09:00 AM
but who was earthbound??



came in to post this. I still have the scratch and sniff sheets that came with it. The book is one of the reasons I fell in love with the game. Reading through it on the drive home after my dad took me to get it.

Kalmah6661
04-29-2014, 09:02 AM
I think I'm gonna miss that fresh book smell the most when you opened a game with a manual in there.

Dem feels.

iHateFatPeople
04-29-2014, 09:17 AM
I've always thought manuals for fighting games were important. It gets annoying at times to have to pause the game and check out the move list for a special move when you could simply look at the manual. Back in the SNES days, I always had the Street Fighter 2 booklet ready at all times until I could memorize the moves.

bananabunny
04-29-2014, 05:03 PM
You don't HAVE to go online to get the story at all. Anything that is online, has come from things inside the game. Yes, it's very vague but you can put it together if you really pay attention.

Lol nah, I'm good on that. Think I'll go online and just read it rather then really pay attention to a vague game and wonder if my assessment is right

bananabunny
04-29-2014, 05:11 PM
I paid attention a lot. Going through a second and third play-through now. One NG+ and one as a new character.

Any tips for getting story out of game? I use all dialog options until they repeat themselves. I speak with NPC's in hollow and human form, over and over again. I read item descriptions.

Not sure how people learned all the things about the bosses and certain characters. Maybe I rushed through the game.

Thanks for the heads up though.

Dude dont worry about it that hard, its much better to look plot up online, especially if you already beat the game once. Think about it, LOL at beating a game and you paid attention but you don't know the plot? Dude you worrying too much about playing games the 'wrong way'

Durendal
04-29-2014, 08:03 PM
Long gone are the days of nicely done and illustrated 100+ page manuals, especially from MicroProse (stand up in respect when I hear that name) :(


Falcon 4.0 manual written by a real Air Force pilot:

http://i.imgur.com/3rZVgo5.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/oNrogJG.jpg

The feels... As a kid I would go over to my grandfather's house and play flight sims all day with a combat joystick clamped to his computer desk, that was one of them. Was common for the manuals to be hundreds of pages and detailed specs on all the aircraft in the game.

skullcrusher149
04-29-2014, 11:49 PM
but who was strategy guide lololololol

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/a/img21/8214/strategyguidefinalfanta.jpg

Fuk, I miss reading these things.

RoroCwalker
04-30-2014, 12:43 PM
On the way home after buying a new game..that feeling when you rip the plastic, open the box and take out the manual to check the arts and read whatever there was just to keep you excited until you arrive home.

That feeling of smooth paper texture rubbing between your fingers, the sound that it made when turning the pages and the smell that wanted to make you vomit out of excitement.

I still remember opening DBZ Budokai 3 for PS2...nothing will beat that feeling.

Ghombo
04-30-2014, 01:56 PM
Really hope game companies don't stop making manuals. I love collecting games, and having manuals with them is kind of awesome.

Blacryan
04-30-2014, 02:13 PM
brb reading manual for lore/characters/weapon descriptions/etc while taking poo after getting home from game store

LOL ALWAYS!!! I'd be sitting there having to go so bad playing and was like **** it I gotta go now. Take the manual in there reading everything. Race back to the game after I was done!

Didlid
04-30-2014, 03:21 PM
Maybe on the drive home when I was too young to drive

Otherwise they sat in the box lol

This, only time id ever look at one was when I was on the way home in the car or somewhere I couldn't play the game until I got home.

Never used one for anything other than a flick through whilst if couldn't play

Sublime82
04-30-2014, 08:29 PM
Remember reading the lore from the manual in SC1? Those were the days.

Auburn RSX-S
05-02-2014, 06:16 AM
the one time I hated a game for requiring a manual was the old NES game star tropics. there was a page you had to tear out and submerge under water and it reveals a code you put in with the controller to get past a point in the game.

I was playing a rented copy so the tattered manual that came with it obviously had it torn out. Thanks for not at least writing it into one of the pages with a marker :/

I raged so hard. Literally game was unplayable after that point. Internet didn't exist.