Do you ever skip the first game in a trilogy and move onto the second or third?

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#1 Edited by livingdeadman (215 posts) -

Or do you play every title to get all of the story?

I do this sometimes because I think the sequel will be an improvement in gameplay and don't care about the story too much. I don't do this with games that have choices carry over to the next like Mass Effect Trilogy or Life Is Strange.

  • Skipped the first The Witcher went onto Assassin's of Kings.
  • Assassin's Creed 2 and Black Flag but skipped the first and the third.
  • Dead Rising 2 but skipped the first.
  • Skipped the first Splinter Cell and went on to the second and Chaos Theory.
  • Destiny 2, never bought the first.
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#2 Posted by BaelNergal (290 posts) -

I don't play every title, but sometimes skipping a game can be to severe detriment. Mass Effect, for example.

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#3 Posted by heljar (132 posts) -

I don't purposely do it, but I've often played later games in the sequel because I don't discover them until the sequel arrives. Like Zelda, or Metal Gear Solid. FFVII was the very first FF game I played. Haven't gone back and played the others. I think my first Hitman was Blood Money.

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#4 Posted by RSM-HQ (8432 posts) -

Heavily depends if the first game is needed to understand the mechanics or world of a game, and how late I am to the party.

Resident Evil I started with Outbreak, felt the need to go back and play older titles.

Divinity: Original Sin II is based some two hundred years after the first game. And the world changed heavily, so feel no need to go back.

So overall it varies. I've played every mainline Monster Hunter game, even though I don't think it was needed for continuity reasoning for many of the games. However for those who only just dived in with World. A few of the characters and even the Rotten Vale are linked to MH4.

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#5 Edited by R-Gamer (250 posts) -

I don't like to do that but I have. I never played the original witcher but I bought the Witcher 2 on 360 and Witcher 3 on PS4. I also never played a monster hunter till MH: World. But other then those games.. no.

Edit: My first Resident Evil was RE2 on PS1. But I played the first one after it was remade on gamecube.

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#6 Posted by Valgaav_219 (2441 posts) -

I honestly try not to but sometimes you discover things that have been out for so long that it's kind of hard to go back.

- Only played The Witcher 3.

- Persona 4 Golden was my first Persona. Then I went back and played Persona 3 Portable then Persona 5. Eventually I'll get to the original Persona then the two Persona 2's (Innocent Sin & Eternal Punishment) The first game looks so bad, though.

- Fallout 4 was my first Fallout. I really don't like it but I will try Fallout 3 & Fallout: New Vegas to see the series at it's best. I won't go back any further.

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#7 Posted by BaelNergal (290 posts) -

@valgaav_219 said:

- Fallout 4 was my first Fallout. I really don't like it but I will try Fallout 3 & Fallout: New Vegas to see the series at it's best. I won't go back any further.

Play 3 and NV only on the PC. You will want mods to fix them. The engine for 3 was a buggy mess and NV in particular suffered for it.

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#8 Posted by johnd13 (9756 posts) -

It may happen if I get interested in a series due to a sequel whereas the first game either was out of my radar or never appealed to me. Like others, I only played the Witcher 2 and 3.

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#9 Edited by livingdeadman (215 posts) -

@valgaav_219: Take your time with Fallout 3 and New Vegas. I didn't experience any major glitches in New Vegas because they patched it on Xbox 360, so you should be okay. Also, I only played Fallout 1 briefly and I didn't like it.

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#10 Posted by Speeny (1780 posts) -

Usually if each game has a standalone story then yeah, sometimes. Games like FF come to mind or the Tales of series.

I was going to skip the original Rayman only seeing as I heard how hard it was but I ended up beating it anyway. I feel as if sometimes it's more rewarding playing each game in a series and experiencing everything there is to offer.

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#11 Posted by RSM-HQ (8432 posts) -
@baelnergal said:

You will want mods to fix them. The engine for 3 was a buggy mess and NV in particular suffered for it.

Bethesda Studio and even the New Vegas game you mentioned use Gamebryo as its game engine which hasn't had a relative update since 2003.

It's also worth noting that both the next The Elder Scrolls and StarField will also be using Gamebryo.

Play 3 and NV only on the PC.

Or you know. . Play Morrowind with Overhaul 3.0 because it's a better game and easier to install the mod-kit. Basically fixes itself.

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#12 Posted by Ish_basic (5009 posts) -

The original Dead Rising is the only Dead Rising I enjoyed.

The Witcher storyline is actually pretty good, definitely better than the second. I also prefer the combat which is more of a paper/scissor/rock style - not great, but better than 3, imo. It also features Geralt in his most controversial form, and I am morbidly curious how a game like that if released today would fare in the press and on twitter.

skipping AC1 is probably a good call.

I feel like games are more likely to fall apart in the sequels than they are to get better. Prince of Persia, Dead Rising...like imagine if you started with DMC2.

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#13 Edited by VagrantSnow (345 posts) -

Usually only if it's a really old series I never got into when I was younger. Never played any of the Elder Scrolls games before Skyrim or any of the Divinity games before Original Sin.

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#14 Posted by DoomNukem3D (244 posts) -

I did this with Uncharted. Heard the stories can stand alone and that Uncharted 2 was an improvement in every way and the best game in the series. It was not a good game though and I dont think I'll touch the others.