I always finish a game without using strategy guides. If I like the game enough to replay it. I'll use strategy guides then to get more out of it, or see if I missed anything, but never on the first play through.
I was walking down along the street and I heard this voice saying, "Good evening, Mr. Dowd." Well, I turned around and here was this big six-foot rabbit leaning up against a lamp-post. Well, I thought nothing of that because when you've lived in a town as long as I've lived in this one, you get used to the fact that everybody knows your name.