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Let me put you into a scenario. So you're about an hour into your latest game, starting to really get into it. Then all of a sudden you're stuck. Maybe it's a really hard boss or tough enemies that you don't know how to beat, maybe you're trying to find an item to get to the next stage/level, maybe you just don't have a clue where to go or what to do next. What can you do about it?
One such option video game stores and other retailers would want you to do is buy the game's (official) strategy guide, or find help in a related magazine. However published strategy guides aren't always the most reliable sources of help- they can be vague, misleading, give incorrect facts and aren't available for every video game in the world (especially if said game is are old or obscure at its time of release). Besides, why waste £10 or so on a book of limited when there is a website which can tell you everything you need to get past that pesky boss/level...for free? This is where GameFAQs comes in!
==What is it?==
GameFAQs.com (created in 1998) is a huge database that hosts video game walkthroughs, FAQs (frequently asked questions for those not in a lingo), cheats, game saves and other media. It's probably the most popular and well-known website of its kind (along with IGN and Gamespot, and those aren't focused on just gaming help) to offer these kinds of services.
Pages have a mainly white background with the GameFAQs logo and blue banner at the top of the page, which is pretty basic. However there's a lot of info that fills the home page which makes it so professional looking: a daily update on the latest games and contributions, a small list of the top 10 games, and the Poll of the Day (which is exactly what it says on the tin!). There are adverts, but they tend to be small, fit in with the website layout and aren't intrusive while browsing.
All the content hosted on the site is free, having been created and uploaded by site members in the form of plain-text documents (or images for maps). Just type the game you're looking for into the search engine box and it should come up under the results. Practically every video game that has ever existed is on the database, with the ability to access cheats, game saves and guides for them. Admittedly not every entry will have much more than the basic game info, but these entries tend to be games that a) have only been released in one region (i.e. a Japan-only game) or b) too basic a game to require an FAQ or walkthrough to it. Using GameFAQs's search engine is very easy and fast, especially as you have the option to narrow it down by console which is good for multi-platform games. The walkthroughs themselves are easy to navigate and will be very detailed, as I believe the site's moderators check each walkthrough uploaded before they are published to ensure they're of good quality.
In addition to walkthroughs, FAQs and cheats, members of the site also post reviews of games they've played, which GameFAQs hosts alongside professional reviews for other websites. Obviously these reviews work in the same way as those you'd find on consumer websites like this one. 'Reader Reviews' (the term used) are also sorted by how long the review is, so you choose whether to read a long, detailed review or a short one that will highlight key points of each title.
GameFAQs have extensive forums; not only are there message boards dedicated to each video game, but also more general ones whether they focus on current events, television, or even for members that live in certain parts of the world. Most forums are accessible to guests on the site, although to contribute to them yourself requires you to register with GameFAQs itself. The forums are a great way to talk about a game in general, ask for specific help on something that a walkthrough or FAQ might not cover, or just have a laugh! I'm not that active on the forums as I used to be some time ago, but generally you will get answers to your questions, although as with any public place on the internet there will be "trolls" who are out to annoy you and cause trouble. Generally though they are well-moderated (swearing is censored) and you have to be 13 and over to register anyway.
Related to the forums, GameFAQs also set up an 'Answers' section a few years ago which works similar to Yahoo Answers, so you post a question and wait for answers. It does seem a little redundant combined with the message boards, but anyone passing through the site and looking for a bit of help should find help as many people will tend to ask the same questions over and over, so it's may save you posting on the board yourself.
Without a doubt, GameFAQs is invaluable for any type of gamer; whether you're an experienced 30-something or a parent who just wants to help their children out. Furthermore, it's a great source of information for video game news and updates in general, so combined with the message boards makes it a website you can visit on a regular basis rather than every now and again that you need help for a game. If you play games and have never heard of this site before...where have you been in the past decade!? Check it out now and save you time for another hobby (or not :P)!
GameFAQs is a site that I have been using pretty much ever since I got the Internet and found out what forums were. It is one of the most prominent videogame websites, initially famous for its FAQs, of which it has an extensive array, but since has sprung an incredibly vibrant community, that is active at all hours, and has since branched out into hosting game saves, Character Battle competitions, daily polls, and under the management of juggernaut CNET, headlines fed to them from partner site Gamespot.
The main attraction, the guides, is an excellent feature indeed; there's a search box, in which you input the game you want, and you'll be presented with user-submitted guides and cheats, which are obviously of variant quality, but they are rated by users, and so it's easy to spot the good ones. The site is also very good to have a ranking section on the home page of the Top 10 FAQs of the moment (almost always classics and brand new titles), and also the Most Wanted FAQs. It is quite a satisfying feeling to write a review and add it to the site, I find.
The site also has a brilliant review section, but what I really like is the community. It is immensely stratified and predominantly used by Americans, but there are area-specific boards, and the UK's 313 board became quite infamous in its own right a few years back, although I tend to steer clear of it as they are...colourful...characters to say the least! Still, there are great film boards and also a strong wrestling board that I use a lot. Also, each game has its own individual message board, meaning you can talk about new titles with other gamers and even help each other. It is one of the most vibrant and fun communities I've seen online.
GameFAQs.com is a video game and console information website. It offers guides, reviews and other content based on popular video games and systems. The website was first launched in 1996 and has since grown to global popularity with Alexa traffic research ranking it as the 278th most accessed site. The website has a strong following in North America through its rankings of 107 in the United States and 113 in Canada.
As the name may imply, GameFAQs.com attempts to deal with the frequently asked questions of gaming. The website hosts content for a wide variety of video games spanning from the early days of Atari through to the more recent Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and PC. What separates this website from others is that content presented to the user is entirely contributed by other users; reviews and guides are written by experienced players of the game or console in question. I frequently refer to the guides hosted at GameFAQs when I find myself stuck on a certain part of a video game or am in need of hints and tips for successful completion. The Sega Megadrive section, which is better known as the "Genesis" in the United States, has an abundance of information and I have found all tips offered to be accurate and its guides to be quite comprehensive.
The website's design is both easy to read and navigate. Towards the top of the page rests an area where users can select a console, and from there browse through an A-Z list which contains video game topics related to the console selected. While this may provide enough functionality for most, I find the search bar at the top of the page to be much easier to use. With it I am able to input the title of a video game and the search will provide me with consoles which feature the title I requested. This lowers the time it takes to find information related to a certain video game significantly and quickly provides me with the content I require when I am in the heat of an epic video game battle.
The load times throughout the website are very low. Independent research suggests that a typical search takes 3.6 seconds to load its results when using a broadband connection. I find these speeds to be generally comparable throughout the website and browsing is quick and responsive. I have never noticed the website to experience any downtime and it has always been a resource which is available when I need it.
GameFAQs.com is a website which I would happily recommend to those seeking information and tips on video games. I have had no negative experiences with the site and will continue to use it availability permitting.
This is without a shadow of a doubt the best place to find guides on any game you want really. Whether you need tips, hints, walkthroughs or cheat codes Game FAQs has them all. It doesn't matter what game you are searching for, whether it be new or old, it can be on any console, PS3 to PS1, Nintendo Wii to Nintendo 64, Game FAQs will have it listed.
The guides are written by members of the site and are mostly written very well and go into a lot of detail so it will be hard to not find what you are looking for. The site is also very easy to navigate around, making it extremely user friendly which is a big bonus. It is free to sign up and only takes around five minutes.
Overall, I think that Game FAQs is the one stop place to find reliable and useful guides on any game.
Gamefaqs is my favourite site to use for all the help I need with games. You can get help by reading the FAQs posted by generous members of the site who have such an interest in a game that they post a 1000-20,000 word FAQ on the game full of help for missions/levels etc.
There are various sections for each game including 'cheats & codes', 'FAQs', 'Message Boards', 'Reviews' and more, which aren't as useful. You can submit information under any of these categories to contribute towards the site. The message boards are the main feature of the site where gamers will share their interests in games and ask questions.
Along with the forums for each game, there are some more general forums. These cover topics such as Food, Electronics, Cartoons and animation, Horror, Music, Photography - and tons more. These ones just give you an idea of the variety. The site consists of younger people but the ages really do range from what I've heard.
The site is really useful and informative with firsthand information on games from the gamers themselves. The majority of the community are friendly and helpful but you get the odd idiot. Some boards are considerably more full of the idiots such as the 'Runescape' board, which I experienced a while back. Overall, it is an excellent site - well-worth a visit!
Thanks for reading
Gamefaqs is another part of the CNET review network but this specialises in information about games, walkthroughs and FAQs, cheats and user reviews. Almost all material on the website is user submitted.
If you're stuck on a particular part of a game, you must visit gamefaqs since it contains user-submitted walkthrough and guides for every game there is. These also help you to explore the hidden areas of your games and unlock all the different levels so you can really enjoy playing a game.
It also gives you all the tips and tricks for a particular game as well as any cheats that you can use. There is also detailed information on games including the time it is released in all parts of the world and links to all major reviews for a particular game. You can read user-submitted reviews or take part in discussions regarding your chosen game.
You need to be a member of gamefaqs (membership is free) to submit reviews, guides, cheat and take part in their forums. The website is very simple and easy to navigate through.
If you are any kind of gamer, whether you own a Playstation 3 or a Nintendo DS or anything in-between, this is the website for you! You must check this site, even if you don't sign up. I have been a member for years and years, and it has been very useful to me over the years. It provides help with games through detailed FAQ's uploaded by members, and also reviews, game information, pictures and message boards. It is a really popular site, used by many gamers for help with games, discussion about their favourite games, along with social boards to talk about random stuff that doesn't fit anywhere else.
The site was launched on November 5th 1995, so has been going for over 12 years. The most recent test concluded that there were more than 100,000 accounts actively in use. This test was conducted not long ago on November 7th 2007. Everyday, approximately 20,000 topics are posted on each of the Gamefaqs 50,000+ boards. These total up a giant 200,000 messages posted on average per day. Think to yourself how many posts that is - 200,000, every single day. That is one heck of a lot of posts. There are older boards on the site, which are for specific games that belong to some of the oldest consoles. These boards don't really have any rules, so people tend to call them 'my board', and they become places for social discussion, or 'secret' boards that no one else really knows about.
The site says 'Gamespot: Gamefaqs' at the top of the page, because both these sites cover the same topic (games in this case). To be counted as a single site for advertising and audience measurement, they must both have the same default look and logo. However, as this is only for the default look, the site has a few other skins that can be applied when you sign up to change the look to your preference. There are other settings that you can change too, such as your 'signature' that will appear at the bottom of every post you make on the message boards. The founder of the site is Jeff 'CJayC' Veasey.
If you create an account, you are able to use the message boards, contribute information and reviews to the website as well as participate in the daily Poll's and 'Character Battles' that take place every year. The character battles require you to live in America for you to win anything, but anyone can compete for fun. You pick characters that are set in certain leagues against other characters, as to which one you think will get more votes. The better you guess, the better you do and there are loads of rounds. The normal poll's include questions such as today's:
'Do you plan to buy Super Smash Bros. Brawl?'
Yes, I'll be buying the import this week
Yes, I can wait for the US release
Yes, but I'll wait for the PAL release
Maybe, I'll wait and see what the reviews are like
No, I don't even own a Wii
Once signed up, you gain karma each day that you sign in and navigate to a message board. As your karma increases, you can reach different levels of authority such as Regular User, Veteran, Legend and so forth. Once you achieve certain levels, you have more rights on the site. You can lose karma if you post anything against the rules or 'flame' other readers by casting threats/hate messages on them, along with a variety of other things such as 'trolling' where you simply go to a message board and say how much the game sucks or something, when you haven't posted there before. That is a typical example of trolling.
The site features thousands and thousands of games for every kind of console, including computers. Each game will include the following categories of information:
* Game Information
* FAQs & Guides
* Cheats & Secrets
* Game Saves
* Message board
* Check prices
Game Information includes the information such as release dates and credits. FAQs & Guides are contributed by users, which can be very detailed guides made up of thousands of words to provide information and a kind of walkthrough on the game. Game Saves is self-explanatory, and Reviews are obvious too. Images can be contributed by the Gamespot site, or by users. The Message board is what I was talking about earlier, where you can post topics and messages. There are sometimes split lists for some popular games such as Pokemon Diamond, where it will have a general board, a Pokemon pearl board, a battling board, trading board and social board. The check prices section simply gives you prices of the game from various different sites and places.
The community is mostly American with many Canadians too. However, there are also a lot of British and European users, but it is an English site. The friendliness of the community is pretty good, but you do get some immature people out there who are offensive or act stupid. The minimum age required to sign up is 13, which explains why some of the users are like this. Once you start playing a new game, and post on the message board, you become a kind of member and a part of that community. The majority of people are friendly and kind with giving help, as long as you don't act like an idiot out of boredom. The message boards can in fact become quite addicting.
In conclusion, I would highly recommend this site to any gamers out there, looking to discuss and share their thoughts on their favourite games. It is 100% FREE to sign up, so head to www.gamefaqs.com now and create an account!
Thanks for reading,
- Recon -
So you play videogames right? And once every so often you get a little bit stuck, right? Well Gamefaqs.com is very likely to have the answer, a website with thousands of games dating back through just about every format known to man. This is the treasure trove of all gamers, it's the jackpot for nerds, geeks, gamers and everyone alike.
So whats it contain?
Well things such as future release dates, information on past release dates, RRP, where games are available, age ratings, developers and publishers. Cheats, tips, walkthroughs and a Board/Forum for every game. The only thing it doesn't have is the date of birth of the programmers (Well nearly enough).
"So what else has it got? I'm not convinced yet"
Forums for specific interests ranging from rap music to TV shows, from sports to food, from James Bond to Monty Python, Harry potter to the Paranormal. Theres something for everyone. If you still not happy, what about talking to your countrymen with the regional boards? There really is that bit for everyone.
The design is simple, the layout is just as simple and it allows simple navigation even with added search features for the forums. The forums update in real time so you can have an active debate with other members, rather than having messages "O.K'd" like with some forums. The forums also have moderators to regulate content, keeping the nasty links and foul abuse off the site. Allowing clean friendly chat.
Try it, whether your a gamer or not, theirs something on this site for everyone.
What is it and who will find it useful? Recommended to me over three years ago, gamefaqs.com is a website (obviously) devoted entirely to the world of computer and videogames. Unlike many gaming sites though, it is not concerned with previews of forthcoming releases or with gathering latest news in the videogaming world. Instead it relies entirely on the input of members of the general public who may submit reviews, codes and secrets or FAQ's (stands for frequently asked questions but in this context commonly refers to guides/walkthroughs) on any presently available piece of software so that it can be posted up on the site for general access. The website is now incredibly in its 8th year, and is still growing in popularity. The statistics speak for themselves - at the time of writing the website contained: 33673 games 39951 reviews 18457 FAQ's 18112 contributors (i.e members) The scale of the website I am sure you appreciate is huge. The above figures are taken from the website (its not like I counted to check so I take their word for it). Please note that one does not require to be a member to view 95% of the websites content. I still haven't signed up but honestly, I have little need to. It should be noted that any submitted material is checked and tested for validity so that the site remains credible and trustworthy. Well who is it useful for? To narrow it down, if you own a personal computer or any console on which you regularly/occasionally play software then basically you qualify. If you've ever played a game where you have become helplessly stuck and don?t fancy forking out a tenner for the official strategy guide; if you've ever wanted more information on good titles for your commodore 64 or honest (if not always unbiased) reviews on the latest releases; if you've always wanted to know how to "pull off" those 50-strike combos in Killer Instinct for your SNES; if you'
re dying to know if their are any alternative endings, or if you are simply curious on the background story of a game you've just completed then gamefaqs.com is frankly indispensable. In time I am confident you will like many others begin to love its existence - and regard as a holy sanctuary for your gaming incompetence. Navigating Through The Site The home page of gamefaqs (and indeed the whole of the site) is extremely simple to navigate through. The whole site comes in a nice shade of blue (for the headings) with black text on a white background, making it very comfortable to read. Thankfully the home page is not stuffed full of adverts (just the one on the left hand side currently) and isn't "big", meaning loading is almost instantaneous and that you won't have to scroll down for a ridiculously long period of time to find whatever you want. The main consoles are listed at the top and their is an online poll in the top right which changes every day. Not essential to view, but sometimes they ask interesting questions. It is clear from the start that the site has a close affiliation with gamespot.com, another excellent videogaming site, as there are many links present such as the news bulletin or the advert. If you looking for a more obscure (i.e ancient) system then you will need to click on the "systems" heading on the left of the page. If you are merely interested in a particular piece of software then you can use the handy search engine just below this. For every system there is a title page with a link to every letter of the alphabet (first letter of the software falling under that letter) and an excellent "up and coming releases" section at the bottom - which gives separate lists for Japan, America and Europe. For each game there is a header below its title with seven categories. Game Info: Although not a detailed description of the game, this section specifies any peripherals ne
eded to play the game and gives some related links to other sites on the game. Codes and secrets: A list of all the submitted "cheats" or "tips" for the game, as well as a link to another site which specialises in this area such as gamewinners.com. Gameshark codes are also listed (not that I would ever use such a vile device). FAQ's and Guides: I have found this section to provide invaluable information time and time again. It amazes me how some people have the patience to go into so much detail and painstakingly write complete walkthroughs for games which take a standard gamer 50 hours to complete (Final Fantasy, anyone?). Game Saves: I have never used this section, but apparently it is possible to save information off your console games and transfer them to a file on your P.C. (using a device called a Dexdrive - I've never heard of one, perhaps it's American.) Reviews: Do you really want an explanation? Message Board: Pretty obvious what this is. You need to be a member to post anything here but non-members can still look at the topics and laugh (or cry) at the people who seem to take some videogames a little too seriously. Final Fantasy and Zelda "fanboys" are the worse offenders here, where some really heated debates take place. Check Prices: Automatically links you to a site which tells you what the game presently will set you back at some of the major retailers. Unfortunately though, as the website is particularly American based, this section is fairly pointless unless you prefer to order online. Not sure whether you need to be a member to do this but I doubt it. The number of times I have visited gamefaqs.com for information or just for fun is incredible. The site is just so comprehensive it boggles the mind. Every game you?ve ever heard of I would almost guarantee exists and has some data on here. There's even FAQ's for hearts and minesweeper on Windows for Christ's sake!
Becoming A Member - What Can You Do As A Member Applying for a membership as I am aware is completely free and there is absolutely no obligation attached. Why am I not a member then, you ask? Well as already stated, scouring for information or looking around the message boards (the majority of them anyway) doesn't require a membership. There are benefits, although you will need to put some effort in to get these. Firstly, the site runs several competitions ranging from the standard reviews/FAQ's and contributor of the month as well as the special monthly ones. Some of these are only open to American/Canadian users but all the competitions offer gift vouchers for online shopping to the winners (standard prizes for the monthly competitions are $300 for 1st prize, $200 for 2nd and $100 for 3rd). Review of the month for example nets you a cool $30. Secondly a membership entitles you to post new topics or post on an existing one. Finally, as a member you can request for new material to be added (actually I think non-members can do this but what the heck, can't you see I'm struggling for reasons here) and in response the site will inform all the members of what has been requested. Submitting information on requested items will also land you some cash. Advantages It's rather easy to fathom out the reasons why gamefaqs.com is so, well -cool! This site doesn't just list cheats for games, it lists just about everything. Example, for some games you can download guides written by members which are over 300 pages long and (probably) tell you more about the game than the developers themselves could tell you! Disadvantages (debatable) The one major problem with this site is that it can ruin games. With knowledge of this website, there is a fair chance the next time you splash out on a game and become stuck, even if its only very temporary (i.e if you didn't "cheat" then you wou
ld have solved the problem within a day or two anyway). For some games, this would effectively ruin the gaming experience. On the other hand you can argue that taking a sneak peak on this website is much preferred to being completely stumped by a game, with the result of you tearing your hair out in dumbfounded frustration. Either way I do sympathise but believe me, the pros of this site fully outweigh the cons. Overall To sum up in three words, gamefaqs.com is comprehensive, brilliant and invaluable to games lovers, whether you are a console or a P.C man - this site will be extremely helpful to you I guarantee. I cannot think off hand of any competitive sites but they would be surely hard-pressed to beat this, and in that respect gamefaqs.com is indispensable.
If you are looking for cheats or game guides this site is very useful, they usually put them up a few days after a game is released.You can send them your guides as well.The site is not just devoted to guides,they have forums,reader submitted reviews,links to news stories from Gamespot.com and daily polls which tend to be biased towards American gamers.It has a massive database of cheats and guides for nearly every game ever released on practically every system from the popular Sony Playstation to more obscure machines like the Nintendo Virtual Boy. The site is designed with no fancy graphics,which makes it easy to find what you want.Either use the sidebar on the left of the page to select the format you want and then find the game or use the search box and type in the name of the game.In the rare case that you cannot find the guide to a game,you can request it and they will try to find one.However I have never had to use this because I can usually find the cheats or guides I need.If your stuck in a game I highly recommend you use this well designed website.
We’ve all been there, its 2am, your on your 5th cup of coffee, you can barely stay awake, but you just HAVE to figure this bit out before you go to bed. Your racking your brains “WHAT HAVEN’T I DONE!” you scream. Eventually after hours of trying everything you can possibly think of you decided you can’t do this on your own. This is where GameFaqs.com comes in. At the time of writing GameFaqs.com has FAQ’s for games on the following platforms… Arcade Dreamcast Genesis (Mega Drive) Nes Nintendo 64 Playstation Playstation 2 Saturn SNES PC GameBoy GameBoy Colour GameBoy Advance Add to the fact they have FAQ’s for virtually every game under the sun, you’re sure to find what you need. Once you’ve found the title your looking for you’ll find that there are usually 5 areas. These are Game Info, FAQ’s and Guides, Codes and Secrets, Reviews and Message Board. Game Info contains information on release dates, and information on the company can be found via here as well. FAQ’s and Guides has sub sections including General FAQ’s which will give you FAQ’s and Walkthroughs that cover the whole game. The other sub sections are dependent on what FAQ’s are available and what game it is. These include Character FAQ’s that contain specific content on a certain character. In-Depth FAQ’s that contain specific content on a certain part of a game (mini-games for example). And finally Saved Games, which I’m sure you can guess, contains saved games. Codes and Secrets include Code Links, which cover codes, hints and secrets. Patch Code Links covers codes for cheat cards like GameShark and then at the bottom there are some secrets that are in the game. Reviews contain Reader Reviews on the title in question and Message Board is a forum dedicated to the game in question. S
o overall it’s a very comprehensive site that contains walkthroughs/FAQ’s/Secrets for tons of games and if you can’t find an answer to your question on GameFaqs.com your unlikely to find it anywhere else either!
Internet FAQ sites- surely a refuge for the lowest losers of them all. Geeks who aren't any good at being geeky. Ok, that was a cheap and not entirely serious comment. Everyone plays games these days and everyone (ok, gamefaq messageboard regulars, everyone except YOU) gets stuck occasionally. And as a resource for getting yourself out of sticky pixellated positions this is undoubtably the best there is. I've been able to find solutions, cheats and maps for everything from games that haven't been released yet to games that made me feel like throwing my ZX Spectrum through my bedroom window fifteen years ago. The pure joy of finally being able to serve the Thing upstairs his boiled slimies was worth the years of frustration and angst. Just. And if you know what i'm on about there you've been at this game too long. By far the funniest thing about this site, however, is the extremes that the FAQ writers will go to to protect their copywrite. I'm serious, i've seen people threatening death and worse to anyone who even dreams of linking to their faqs. Its quite amusing, even if it does induce a little worry at the state of today's 14-year old American boy. Anyway, GameFAQ.com is a very useful little site, but treat it like a dodgy local pub, and don't get involved with the regulars, unless you particularly enjoy being called a "lamer" by some kid whose tapping away at his keyboard while he's waiting for his pubes to pop up.
Quite simply this is the best place on the net for tips/cheats/faq's/walkthroughs. You name it, this website has it! It has a searchable database which often returns all of the above. I am being honest when i say that if a game exsits in the U.K/U.S.A then it is in there. Console, P.C, Arcade - everything is in there. I was amazed when i entered some really obsure games yet it still came up with the results. It is increadably quick to find what you are after and it is a very well maintained site - often updated many times a day. All i can say is to check it out for your self. If you are into games and you want help this is quite simply the place to b!
This is a superb site, possibly the best games cheats/tips/walkthrough site around. It covers pretty much every game you can think of, on all formats from NES, MegaDrive to Dreamcast, Gameboy and even arcade games. The list of games is incredibly comprehensive, and the most popular games have a large number of different articles. If you are ever stuck on a game then head straight to www.gamefaqs.com, and wring every last bit of value out of your games.