"Let's face it: you can't play a JRPG without its strategy guide. There's no way you can get every single hidden item and ultimate weapons without the darn book, unless you don't really care about getting everything. But sometimes, it's not about the treasures that are at stakes – it's the ending.
In the last few years, JRPGs have evolved from simple, straightforward fight, loot, and save the world games to a Byzantine maze. Long gone were the days you receive a friendly tip from a classmate or cousin telling you where the Final Weapon is hidden. Nowadays without the aid of a trusty strategy guide or gamefaq.com, it's getting harder and harder to achieve 100% completion. Worse, some JRPGs like Suikoden have multiple endings which made the strategy guide an even more crucial component in your quest for success. "