Here is my dilemma:
I am a completist. I love getting all the major things you can get out of a console RPG, such as hidden areas, hidden characters, and neat extras. I love that sense of accomplishment.
I am also independent. I prefer to use hint books and FAQs as little as possible, so I can discover as much of this stuff as I can on my own.
My solution so far has been to play through with as little outside help as possible, finish the game that way, then read up on all the stuff I missed. I would use my last save file (or rarely, restart the game) to at least see all that I missed.
That has worked fine. Until .hack.
This game is in four parts, sold separately and released one after the other; the final chapter isn’t even available in Japan yet (whatever you think of this marketing scheme, BTW, is another thread, please). Everything you have in one carries over to the next through any savegame file that is from after the end boss of that particular part.
My dilemma: given my two preferences above, what should be the contents of the save file I import to part two of .hack? Should I just have the stuff I got on my own, knowing that I would have to play FOUR games to end up with all the extras in part 4? Or should I have all the stuff I can get out of each part (having first gotten to the end on my own), knowing that I used FAQs and such to get them?
Thanks for your thoughts!