Best Tutorial in a game?

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  • HankScorpio 17 Oct 2008 11:44:03 868 posts
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    I'm working on something for work about interactive learning experiences, and I'm hopeing to show clients a really good tutorial for a game, to show how learning something like controls can be an engaging experience. Anyone got a favourite intro/tutorial they'd like to share?

    Bonus points if it's on the DS, as I can bring it to a meeting and let the clients try it out ...
  • Blerk Moderator 17 Oct 2008 11:46:03 48,222 posts
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    I like how the Lego games do it. They just pop a bit of text up to tell you how to do each new thing as and when it first arrives, so you don't have to sit through some shit boring tutorial level before you can actually start playing proper.
  • dr_swin 17 Oct 2008 11:52:08 4,929 posts
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    The metroid prime games seem to have a nice way of showing the ropes without feeling too intrusive.
  • DarmokJalad 17 Oct 2008 11:54:00 63,768 posts
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    I liked the tutorial stage in Oucast (PC)
  • DUFFMAN5 17 Oct 2008 11:54:54 25,702 posts
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    Would Viva pin Ds do ?
    Most games now have the tutorial as an in game level now with the afore mentioned pop ups which are great
    Simpsons/Saints Row 2/Bully are some of the games I have played recently that implement this.
  • Aretak 17 Oct 2008 11:55:13 10,391 posts
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    The first chapter of Metal Gear Solid 4.
  • Deleted user 17 October 2008 11:55:45
    The phoenix wright games have good tutorial bits at the start

    Like in the second game when you are hit in the head and get amnesia, then have to defend someone in court on a murder charge without a clue to whats going on
  • DFawkes Friendliest Forumite, 2016 17 Oct 2008 12:02:04 32,410 posts
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    I love the LBP tutorials. Though to be fair, I reckon if I had somehow been sentenced to death and it was Stephen Fry reading out the sentence, I'd be happy.

    But on DS, Brain Training was fairly concise and to the point. Maybe not the best, but you won't feel as stupid showing that in a client meeting.
  • jonsaan 17 Oct 2008 12:02:59 27,052 posts
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    The one that's in the manual and you don't have to do it in the game.
  • DarmokJalad 17 Oct 2008 12:04:35 63,768 posts
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    Civ 4 tutorial map is fun to play.
  • Pinewood_Groves 17 Oct 2008 12:10:46 1,338 posts
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    Without the slightest shadow of a doubt, Portal


    I liked Half-Life 1's Hazard Course too.
  • SunoffaBeach 17 Oct 2008 12:13:48 29 posts
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    SPORE

    best tutorial for a space sim.
  • HarryPalmer 17 Oct 2008 12:19:38 6,096 posts
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    Half Life 2 did it well
  • Popzeus 17 Oct 2008 12:20:58 8,425 posts
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    Pinewood_Groves wrote:
    Without the slightest shadow of a doubt, Portal

    Portal is all tutorial, though.
  • LockeTribal 17 Oct 2008 12:21:03 4,716 posts
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    Definitely NOT Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria.

    I have no idea how to play that game properly.
  • Pirotic Moderator 17 Oct 2008 12:21:08 20,642 posts
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    Fallout 3 has the best tutorial in the history of games..

    you start off as a baby, then a toddler, then a teenager. which in turn teaches you how to create/edit your character, move about and fire a gun. Toddling about after a baby ball in a post apocalyptic future was quite novel, then just as I managed to sneak my way out of the baby gate my negligent dad came back and got me :(
  • Pinewood_Groves 17 Oct 2008 12:21:21 1,338 posts
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    Basically, Valve games.
  • TechnoHippy 17 Oct 2008 12:25:34 16,990 posts
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    Not Civ4: Colonization that is for sure.
  • neilch 17 Oct 2008 12:27:04 732 posts
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    Hogs of War on the PS1
  • Pinewood_Groves 17 Oct 2008 12:29:00 1,338 posts
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    Popzeus wrote:
    Pinewood_Groves wrote:
    Without the slightest shadow of a doubt, Portal

    Portal is all tutorial, though.

    Yes. And a brilliant game at the same time, which makes it amazing - and thrilling when you end up abandoning the tutorial to fight back
  • JYM60 17 Oct 2008 12:30:16 18,406 posts
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    LBP tutorial is very good.
  • Murbs 17 Oct 2008 12:34:17 24,744 posts
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    Unskippable tutorial movies in Burnout ftl :-(
  • HankScorpio 17 Oct 2008 12:49:06 868 posts
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    Oooh portal that's very good. I was thinking about the bit in Halo where they ask you to look up and down to map the Y axis controls properly too, that was a nice touch.

    Thanks for all the help!
  • jonsaan 17 Oct 2008 12:50:22 27,052 posts
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    Am I the only person who feels I could get by with no tutorial whatsoever. I really believe I can. If I need to know something and I can't work it out I'll look in the manual.

    Tutorials are all cack, no exceptions.
  • PearOfAnguish 17 Oct 2008 13:02:48 7,573 posts
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    I believe that, with the exception of flight sims that use every key, you should be able to grasp the basic controls of any game without glancing at the manual. If I can't move, shoot or interact with objects without the manual then the devs have done something wrong.
  • krushing 17 Oct 2008 13:05:14 803 posts
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    jonsaan wrote:
    Am I the only person who feels I could get by with no tutorial whatsoever. I really believe I can. If I need to know something and I can't work it out I'll look in the manual.

    Tutorials are all cack, no exceptions.

    I'm sure most somewhat experienced players would get by, but the point was rather to have the tutorial so elegantly included that it both helps newbies yet doesn't irritate us Contemporary Masters of Modern Gaming™.
  • jonsaan 17 Oct 2008 13:08:22 27,052 posts
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    Yet it does.

    The trials of being a master. :)

    I guess I come from the old school of Speecy gaming where you simply worked it out. that was part of the fun of playing and mastering a new game.
  • handsome_coelacanth 17 Oct 2008 13:08:28 198 posts
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    I quite liked the tutorial for Spider-Man, only because it had Bruce Campbell narrating it.
  • thedaveeyres 17 Oct 2008 13:09:11 13,913 posts
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    Black and White had a great tutorial.

    ...it all went downhill from there though.
  • IronGiant 17 Oct 2008 13:10:43 6,064 posts
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    If i remember right i think Beyond Good and Evil had good a good tutorial.. though LBP is also excellent as others have said.
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