Playing a series chronologically, or just randomly?

#1 Posted by Grillspyd (7 posts) -

So i haven't gotten around to play most of the big games that everyone played, i mostly played the handful of games that i had.

However, wanting to go back and play all the classics, as well as the current games, i wanna get the best experience out of it.

So should i play the games ffrom the first game in the timeline until the end, should i play them the order they were released, or doesn't it really have anything to say?
In the games that i played, the order does not really matter. You can play any of the Pokemon-games, Zelda-games, and such in any given order, without it making a big difference.
However, games like Jak & Daxter, should be played in the right order.

So, in general, which order should games be played? And also, if i play a story-driven series out of order, how big difference will it make?

#2 Posted by SovietsUnited (2380 posts) -

If the series has direct continuity and is very story-driven then playing games out of order can diminish or flat-out ruin the effect of the story in prior games

#3 Posted by Archangel3371 (16222 posts) -

Well personally I prefer to play game series' in chronological order even if they're not directly link by story. I prefer this because even if there's no story link sequels tend to have gameplay additions or refinements that may make going back to previous games difficult or awkward. Also in the case of a series that spans generations this may be more pronouced plus there's the downgrade of graphics and/or sound. For story-based games it's definitely preferrable to play in order otherwise you can completely miss references to previous moments in the story and some impactful moments may fly right over your head and lack any significance.

#4 Posted by Jag85 (5347 posts) -

For story-driven games, I prefer release order. Otherwise, the order doesn't really matter.

#5 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (18529 posts) -

Its a video game story, so who cares ? Unless if you're standards are really low then yeah, you should definitely play them Chronologically.

#6 Edited by udUbdaWgz1 (633 posts) -

no-brainer for me: i always try to play chronologically.

#7 Posted by Hizang (2808 posts) -

Only with story games, who cares if it has no story just go wild.

#8 Posted by mastermetal777 (2321 posts) -

When there's a narrative involved, I play chronologically all the time. However, with any game, I try from the beginning first, because I don't want improved sequels to spoil my experience with a previous, less polished version. Personal policy of mine.

#9 Posted by Notorious1234NA (1414 posts) -

Video game stories are usually yeah kinda like anime imo nvr pay attention to story anyway since usually its so simplistic, repetitive, and the devs do a good job of bringing you up to speed.

For example, you can play and DmC series in any order wont be lost. Same goes for pokemon, MGS, GOW, COD, etc. Basically what I'm saying is you will get the story even in MGS. The issue however is that the later releases ALWAYS release new info that conflicts with previous releases. Moreover, every couple years or so a "reset button" or reboot occurs. There may be a chronological order, but its pointless since most games with a story-line always fall victim to reboots or new information that flip the story line upside down. Lately, we have seen a change (Uncharted, Tomb Raider reboot) but again if you notice closely, the story is written in a way where you don't have to play Uncharted 1-2 in order to get Uncharted 3. Each is a standalone.

#10 Posted by Behardy24 (5324 posts) -

I always prefer playing series in order of release.

#11 Posted by lLazzerl (20 posts) -

From my experience with the Metal Gear series , i'd advice you to play them in order of release rather than chronological order.

#12 Posted by Tonyx429 (77 posts) -
@llazzerl said:

From my experience with the Metal Gear series , i'd advice you to play them in order of release rather than chronological order.

I played MGS series by chronological order story timeline-wise. I think you get a better understanding of the story this way.

#13 Posted by Archangel3371 (16222 posts) -

@tonyx429 said:
@llazzerl said:

From my experience with the Metal Gear series , i'd advice you to play them in order of release rather than chronological order.

I played MGS series by chronological order story timeline-wise. I think you get a better understanding of the story this way.

Not only that but there are also many moments that are much more impactful this way.

#14 Edited by Behardy24 (5324 posts) -

@Archangel3371 said:

@tonyx429 said:
@llazzerl said:

From my experience with the Metal Gear series , i'd advice you to play them in order of release rather than chronological order.

I played MGS series by chronological order story timeline-wise. I think you get a better understanding of the story this way.

Not only that but there are also many moments that are much more impactful this way.

Interesting. Planning to buy the Legacy collection possibly during Black Friday. I want to play in order of release to see how the games have evolved over the years, but a more impactful story seems more up my alley. I guess I'll have to decide later.

#15 Posted by Behardy24 (5324 posts) -

@Jag85 said:

For story-driven games, I prefer release order. Otherwise, the order doesn't really matter.

Same here.