With the release of Dragon Age: Inquisition on the horizon, I’ve been considering if I want to prepare for it or not. By “prepare” I mean play through Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II. I had a great time with DA:O, and less fun with DAII, but recently I’ve found myself wanting to play these games again. I want to go into Inquisition mostly sight unseen, so I’ve been avoiding a good deal of its news and rumors. I don’t know that there’s any good reason to play through the previous games – your playable characters don’t carry through the games like they do in, say Mass Effect. But I wouldn’t mind reacquainting myself with the world of Dragon Age before the third game.
This train of thought is rather odd for me because I don’t normally worry too much about playing a game series in a particular order. After all, with Final Fantasy I went in the non-order of VII, X, III, IV, and XIII-2, so…yeah. And I played Uncharted 2 and 3, but have yet to touch the original game. I also don’t bother much with replaying a previous game before its sequel is released. There was no replaying of Mass Effect 1 or 2 before 3. Same went for the Fable games. Though I maybe should have played Batman: Arkham Asylum, I went straight for Arkham City instead. And there are few compelling reasons to visit Grand Theft Auto‘s illustrious past before a new game arrives.
It’s not like this is a hard and fast rule for me, because there are exceptions. For Mario fans, I guess we’ve all probably played the games in sequence because of how they are released. Plus, new Nintendo system almost automatically equals new Mario game. (And there’s little to know reason you have to “prepare” for any of those.) The same goes for Zelda and Sonic games, and probably Call of Duty and its ilk, I imagine. (Though please correct me if I’m wrong.) When I picked up the Metroid Prime trilogy, there was no question in my mind that I was going to play it in order.
There’s another interesting phenomenon that I’ve also picked up on in this same vein: playing older versions of games before new versions are released. You can tell me if this is an actual thing or not, but during a gaming-centric conversation with some of my co-workers, one guy brought up that he wanted to get the newly furbished Mass Effect trilogy for the PS4/Xbox One, but he first needed to play the original games again. When asked why, he brought up a surprising and pointed analogy. When the re-mastered Star Wars movies came out, didn’t you watch the originals versions of the movies first? He wasn’t wrong there, because I did exactly that with my friends. In 1997, before the release of each “new” movie (the ones with all the swanky new digital effects), we watched the original version. It made total sense then, and I guess it makes sense now for people to want to do that with games. The Last of Us and Tomb Raider come to mind, but surely there have been others.
I know that, even if I had the older Dragon Age games, which I don’t, I wouldn’t have time to play through both of them before Inquisition, though I might try. Maybe play through a level or two. Not doing so may preoccupy my thoughts for awhile longer, but it isn’t going to stress me out. I’m sure Inquisition will be a blast in its own right. (Though if it’s more DAII and less DA:O…well…it better not be that way.)
So how about a short poll? Do you prepare for video game sequels or not? If so, do you prefer to play previous games or do you get a refresher through other means? Click below to vote and offer up any further thoughts in the comment section.