There are games that I feel depend on you not knowing what you're doing. Once you know what you're doing, there can be a chance you skip something because you "know where to go".
Is this just me?
right. following a walkthrough/strategy guide to the point can make you miss stuff, if the faq author had missed it. I've seen it numerous times. also, I feel it deprives from the enjoyment of the game at times. instead of experiencing stuff firsthand, you're just being led by a puppeteer. I've finished BoF several times in the past, and never had the need to follow a walkthrough. but BoF is easy.
on the other hand, there are games that are impossible to experience fully without consulting a walkthrough. (Final Fantasies come to mind, with their multitude of secrets. or Valkyrie Profile, with it's tricky best ending conditions. Persona 3, where it's almost impossible to max your social links without following very strict directions. and many more.) these days, though, I mostly appreciate the 'missable stuff' faqs, or skim the strategy guides, looking for missables. for me, this is usually enough to enjoy the game to it's fullest, and without fear of restarting. (I'm a completionist, won't continue a game if I know I've missed something that can't be had later.)