It's fun to discover a video game on your own, but every so often, you need a helping hand. We're here to be that hand. This year, Kotaku made a regular habit out of publishing "Before you start" guides to give players spoiler-free tips on how to get the most out of a given video game.
Maybe you got some new games as gifts in the last few weeks, or perhaps you grabbed something in a Steam sale and are looking to dive in? Save yourself some time with some Kotaku-approved tips.