Game Tutorials: Yay or Nay!

Happy Wednesday Gamers, Geeks and Friends! I am taking today to play some video games and I have re-downloaded Magic Duels on Xbox One. Since I have already played the game before I really don’t need to play the tutorial, yet I feel as though I should because I am a little rusty. This prompted me to write today’s post (as Wednesday is an unscheduled day for me 🙂 ) and I wanted to post the question to Gamers Worldwide: Do you play game tutorials?

When I first buy a game let’s say a shooter classic like the Call of Duty franchise I NEVER play the tutorial! Maybe it’s because I figure I know how to point shoot and toss grenades (as the button configuration of these elements never change in the franchise), yet if I play a strategy game or even a RPG Tutorials are a MUST (against my inherent nature to just jump in the deep in and figure it out lol). So is it the game type that compels me to play the tutorial or not? Am I simply too impulsive to play the tutorials often?

I want to say that the game type is seldom relevant because I have started playing Civilization 6 civilization-districts.png and skipped right past the Tutorial straight into a game. Yes, I have played Civilization before but this was my first time in PC (I played Civilization Revolution for Xbox 360). There are some games where you cannot skip the tutorial, built in “How To’s” at the beginning of a game. Those I would love to just skip past but I cannot, take for instance the Dark Souls games. In Dark Souls III you have to play through the tutorial to finally get to the actually game.

Don’t get me me wrong, tutorials can bring understanding to a game and we really should be playing through them ,but I do not. I figure everything I am going to learn will come about some way during the game-play. Some tutorials really annoy me like the Minecraft Tutorial. It’s a really fun game and I love to play, but when I first started and played the tutorial, I was like “What is this? I’m just going to punch tress all day?” When you really delve into a game, for me that’s where the love and respect comes in. Tutorials really don’t give me anything other than controls (which I can find in the Options menu). Am I crazy lol?

That’s pretty much my short rant for today, tell me what your thoughts are in playing tutorials for a game. Are you for a tutorial or not really? Which games have you played the tutorials for? Which games have the best tutorials? Let’s Talk Video Games!

-Luna 🙂


  1. I generally play the tutorials in rpg games, just to get a feel for the controls and some of the time they actually add to the experience but for games like CoD, Fifa and WWE, big WWE fan then hell no, pretty sure I can figure it out by myself as most of the actual controls stay the same from year to year but with some rpg’s the controls are different so I do usually play through them.

    1. Thank you for your comment. I don’t even play campaigns so tutorials are a must skip for me lol. Too bad I have to play the tutorial for Magic as I cannot get to the story without it.

      1. I know I’m horrible. I’ve had Gears of War 4 since the midnight release and have yet to play even 1 mission of the campaign. My brother just bought him a copy last week and is half way through already :)))

  2. I did play Civ’s tutorial because that game has too many possibilites so you need to look for a start, the other way takes you a lot longer (I dropped the game at first because of that). Now I understand what I’m doing LMAO. But for other games unless it forces you I skip the tutorial. Probably you will move with WASD and in a PS4 jump with X and use an object with triangle.

    1. Thank you for your comment! Yea, my co workers tell me to play the tutorial for Civ but I’ve figured everything out. Plus I like to watch streams of video games as well and you find our little tricks that are not covered in a tutorial. But you’re definitely correct with most games having the same controls. Like any Sonic or Mario game will most likely have “A:” as the jump button and the triggers for speed or shooting.

  3. Hi Luna, it depends how well integrated into the game the tutorial is. A well made video-game should be able to present a tutorial to the player as an integral part of the actual gameplay, Saints Row 3 and 4 (two of my all time fave games) are amazing in the sense that you don’t even realise you are playing a tutorial, at all. And no campaigns? you are missing out on a lot of fantastic content my friend, go buy Saints Row the Third right now and revel in one of the greatest, most ridiculously over the top and rib achingly funny games, Of, All, Time!!! 🙂

    1. Excellent point! I forgot about how you play the tutorial to pretty much start the game in the Saints Row games! I remember breaking out of prison in I want to say Saints Row 3 and then you are playing the tutorial from there.

      Oh, I have played all of the Saints Row games lol. I love playing Saints Row when GTA gets boring as Saints Row is more over the top and I feel you can do a little more in. Thank you for your comment! 🙂

      1. Yay, Saints Row is awesome!! The Third is my personal favourite, though the SuperHero theme of the fourth one is bloody fantastic (plus, they released a Wonder Woman outfit as DLC, though not officially named after Wondy) So glad you played them my friend. 🙂

  4. My kid watches them all the time. Personally, I think it removes the element of surprise and some of the challenge. Especially the horror genre. Maybe for rpg games.

    1. Thank you for comment! I’m not sure why I like skipping past the tutorials but it’s something that I instinctively do on any game if given the choice. Maybe it is the surprise factor for me. I just need to figure things out on my own. 🙂

  5. Cool post. I think if the tutorial is fun, you shouldn’t get upset at it. I think there are ways of designing your game so the “tutorial level” lets you learn the controls without the game taking your hand and yanking you through some exercises to make sure you’re proficient enough to not get yourself mauled the first time you go out somewhere. I reference Mega Man X for this, which taught the player all about the controls in the game in the first level of the game without text boxes or fanfare… Egoraptor did an awesome breakdown of this, and it’s made me start to analyze tutorials and “first levels” a lot differently!

    1. Thank you for your comment! I have to admit some tutorials are pretty fun to play if they are ingrained in the story correctly. I may just be too impulsive (especially if I’ve been waiting on a game for a long time) to where I want to skip everything lol.

  6. I don;t mind it but I know what you mean. I have to go through the tutorials with Kingdom Hearts on every new game. I know games like Sonic and Mario doesn’t need to do that but I guess those are classics.

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