Game manuals these days. Pft!

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  • phAge 15 Mar 2013 17:28:12 24,386 posts
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    Bought Total War: Shogun 2 expecting a massive, bible-like manual chock-full of information goodness.

    What do I get? 14 pages of camera/unit controls and a sodding wiki on the game disc.

    COME BACK, MICROPROSE. THE WORLD NEEDS YOU.
  • Deleted user 15 March 2013 17:29:17
    We don't need them any more.
  • shamblemonkee 15 Mar 2013 17:33:10 14,481 posts
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    yeah, who needs documentation on a how a game works? pssh! :-s
  • ecu 15 Mar 2013 17:34:32 77,011 posts
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    We don't need them but I miss them. It was like getting a free book with your game.
  • Deleted user 15 March 2013 17:35:38
    shamblemonkee wrote:
    yeah, who needs documentation on a how a game works? pssh! :-s
    No one unless the game is badly designed or the people playing it are retarded.

    It's a two phase sudoku solution.
  • shamblemonkee 15 Mar 2013 17:37:02 14,481 posts
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    I actually think they are still needed in some cases, i don't like not having anything to refer to while the game is loaded.

    even the electronic manuals are poor compared to what we used to get.
  • SolidSCB 15 Mar 2013 17:39:31 6,874 posts
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    The amount of time I spend on my bowel movements has significantly decreased since they started getting stingy with game manuals. End of an era.
  • ecu 15 Mar 2013 17:41:02 77,011 posts
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    SolidSCB wrote:
    The amount of time I spend on my bowel movements has significantly decreased since they started getting stingy with game manuals. End of an era.
    On the plus side, less chance of getting hemorrhoids..
  • lucky_jim 15 Mar 2013 17:46:41 5,325 posts
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    I miss Amiga games with absurdly oversized boxes and pointlessly ostentatious manuals.
  • ronuds 15 Mar 2013 17:48:15 21,788 posts
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    14 page manual seems pretty generous these days. EA has "in-game" manuals that barely explain half of what's happening.
  • Deleted user 15 March 2013 17:50:43
    I remember the manual for Fleet Defender (I think) had basically an entire science textbook of aerodynamic flight + the history of the US Air Force + detailed information on aircraft carriers.
  • quadfather 15 Mar 2013 18:54:12 12,851 posts
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    I like the documentation. Shadow of the comet for the pc all those years ago had a great box packed full of goodness. You had the manual, the disks in a special container and some letters in some envelopes that gave you cryptic clues about the game itself.

    Proper stuff

    psn quaddy456, Dark Souls tips

  • Deleted user 15 March 2013 19:15:47
    Didn't Baldur gate have a huge manual? Loved huge manuals, some were literally like books.
  • Triggerhappytel 15 Mar 2013 19:16:07 2,695 posts
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    Now we just get constant in-game instructions which leave us in no doubt as to what you do or where to go next.

    "GO TO THE WAYPOINT. 154 METRES."

    "YOUR HEALTH IS LOW; FIND A MEDPACK. TRY THE GLOWING WHITE BOX ON THE WALL OVER THERE - THE CAMERA WILL SWING ROUND AND FOCUS ON IT SO YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHERE TO GO. IF YOU DON'T FIND IT WITHIN 30 SECONDS A WAYPOINT WILL APPEAR."
  • dominalien 15 Mar 2013 19:19:15 7,013 posts
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    Yeah, manuals these days are awful.

    The only thing worse than them is labeling on cables.

    PSN: DonOsito

  • Fake_Blood 15 Mar 2013 19:25:18 4,280 posts
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    Edited by Fake_Blood at 19:27:32 15-03-2013
  • Deleted user 15 March 2013 19:25:43
    I would say they should bring back printed novellas with games, but off the basis of the standalone novels-of-games we have now like Halo and Assassin's Creed, maybe they're better off dead.

    Edited by meme at 19:25:59 15-03-2013
  • Deleted user 15 March 2013 19:30:33
    Fake_Blood wrote:

    :)

    Usaf one of my all time favourite games.

    Set up two f16s vs 20 ww2 fighters :)
  • Triggerhappytel 15 Mar 2013 19:30:54 2,695 posts
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    I remember those big lavish Psygnosis Amiga and Atari ST boxes that always had wonderful artwork and a really nice finish. Nowadays publishers try so hard to cut corners that they clearly resent that they can't make cover art black and white.
  • EMarkM 15 Mar 2013 20:25:03 3,181 posts
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    Spectrum and Amiga boxes were ACE.

    Fairlight cover, anyone?

    Metal badge with Shadow of the Beast III?
  • Triggerhappytel 15 Mar 2013 22:42:49 2,695 posts
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  • -cerberus- 15 Mar 2013 22:57:28 3,127 posts
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    I think the last game I bought that came with a full colour manual was Silent Hill Downpour which I thought was a definite plus for the game presentation but, as a friend of mine pointed out, "it's kind of sad what we've come down to having to be grateful for..."

    Take the plastic bag challenge to cure stupidity.

  • Dave_McCoy 15 Mar 2013 23:08:35 2,785 posts
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    A few Xbox games I've got recently have a one sheet 'manual'. Most disappointing. Halo 4, Tomb Raider, Forza Horizon...not happy.
  • Kostabi 15 Mar 2013 23:10:57 4,975 posts
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    I remember getting a Jane's game and the manual was ring bound it was that thick. I think it was practically the real operations manual for an Apache or something, glorious it was.
  • StaffyDog 17 Mar 2013 12:16:17 259 posts
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    I really miss the game manual when I get a new game. Really miss having a good read on the crapper.
  • Raiko101 17 Mar 2013 12:53:32 6,406 posts
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    Slightly off-topic, but didn't you get a poster with every Master System game? They we'ren't big, but they were brilliant.

    I remember getting a full size poster with Sonic 1 on the Mega Drive. That thing was on the wall next to my bed fo years.

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