Are instruction books useless these days?

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  1. Sideswipe80

    Sideswipe80 Well-Known Member

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    With the exception of maybe one of my games, the instruction books have been razor thin. I guess with just about every game having in game instructions/tutorials these books have become obsolete. What do you guys think? Or developers saving money by only having 2 pages worth of instruction books lol.
     
  2. Gears

    Gears buh-buh-body ya Veteran

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    Some games still come with decent size instruction manuals. Like Final Fantasy 13 and Street Fighter IV for example. War for Cybertron has a pathetic instruction manual.
     
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    smangerbot The Holy Zombie Jesus TFW2005 Supporter

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    i liked the map that came with red dead redemption, and i think all gta games have one too. i think they have some instructions on them as well. its a nice creative way to do them.
     
  4. Sideswipe80

    Sideswipe80 Well-Known Member

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    That is pretty cool.
     
  5. Kraken2009

    Kraken2009 Megatron's Right Hand

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    I never really read them, if that's what you mean, unless it's like Halo and has some nice, cool info in it!
     
  6. joebot.

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    I hate when they skimp out on things like that. I like when they come with extras like the maps for GTA games and Red Dead Redemption or how some of the Metal Gear games have comics.
     
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    Just about every game from EA or Activision is like this, no more than an 8 page manual in black and white.
     
  8. Creaky

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    I love old style instructions manuals, full of plot and character summaries, little tidbits of fiction to set the scene, detailed tutorials...

    It gave me something to read when I was on the bus going back home from the game store.

    These days you don't get much to read. :(  Half of the manuals seem to be taken up with advertisements.
     
  9. Recall

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    Instruction manuals are good for one thing and one thing only, emergency pooper reading material.

    True story.
     
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    Elite. Perfect example of this. A flight manual, a book of short stories, and a map. Hell, the Archimedes version included a ship recognition poster, a set of ship recognition cards with full stats for every ship in the game, and a set of logbook sheets.

    Exile came with a 100+page novella setting the scene.

    And what do we have now?
    A page tellling you what the buttons do, and a bunch of ads for other games. Shite.
     
  11. adamthered

    adamthered Reads comics. Starts shit

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    Heh. Me too.
     

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