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Most games you can jump in when you want and it doesn't matter. But there are a few where playing a series out of order makes for a more confusing or less satisfying experience. These games usually pick up the narrative where the previous games left off. There is also sometimes an overlap in terms of mechanics but this is usually less important. Also after playing these newer games, going back to the previous game would be a diminished experience, and in some cases would suffer from spoilers. This list includes 17 games from the last 17 years, with 544 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play a story, but play the previous games first.
Release Date: 19/05/2015
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an action-adventure game where you play monster-hunter Geralt in a vast open world as he searches for his missing adopted daughter. The game responds to your actions and has dynamic environments, weather and day–night...
Release Date: 19/06/2020
Out Now: PS4
Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Day and Night
The Last of Us Part II is an action-adventure game set five years after The Last of Us. You control two characters in a post-apocalyptic United States. Ellie is out for revenge after suffering a tragedy, and Abby is a...
Release Date: 19/11/2016, updated in 2017
Out Now: PS3 and PS4
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is an action-adventure game set several years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. You play Nathan Drake, a happily married former treasure hunter coaxed out of retirement by his brother. This leads into another...
Release Date: 18/02/2022
Out Now: PS4 and PS5
Horizon Forbidden West is a post-apocalyptic action-adventure where you explore an overgrown landscape with now-crumbling remnants of modern life. The story of Aloy continues as she sets out to investigate a plague terminating from an arcane frontier...
Release Date: 13/10/2009, updated in 2015
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is an action-adventure game that puts you in the role of treasure hunter Nathan Drake. You head to Nepal looking for the lost city of Shambala, unfortunately, you're not the only one looking for it. On your journey, you'll...
Release Date: 23/08/2017
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is an action-adventure game where you Chloe Frazer and your counterpart Nadine Ross seek the Tusk of Ganesh. Set in the Western Ghats mountain ranges of India in the midst of a civil war, it's the first Uncharted game not to...
Release Date: 29/01/2020, updated in 2023
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
Coffee Talk is an interactive story about a barista working in a coffee shop in Seattle. You listen to customers' concerns about life and love, in a retro-pixilated world backed with lo-fi chilled hip-hop music.
Release Date: 19/11/2007
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is an action-adventure where you, treasure hunter Nathan Drake, follow in the footsteps of your ancestor Sir Francis Drake in search of El Dorado. You run, jump, fight, shoot, and explore a rich world that unfolds a film-like...
Release Date: 18/04/2011, updated in 2022
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3, Switch and Xbox 360
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Portal 2 is an action adventure where you traverse through increasingly complex (and dangerous) test chamber obstacle courses. By creating two connected portals (if you walk into one, you walk out the other) you must move yourself around the rooms to...
Release Date: 15/02/2012
Out Now: PS Vita
Uncharted: Golden Abyss is an action-adventure game. It's a spin-off of the Uncharted series, although also a substantial experience in its own right that features the series protagonist, Nate. As with the other games you explore, run, jump and shoot...
Release Date: 01/11/2011
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is an action-adventure game and the third entry in the Uncharted series. In Uncharted 3 you once again take the role of Nathan Drake, treasure hunter, in the hunt for the lost city Ubar (also known as Atlantis of the...
Release Date: 25/08/2021
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Dice and Hand-Made
Psychonauts 2 is a running, jumping and puzzle-solving game where you play Raz who has psychic abilities that let him delve into the minds of others. In the game, you control Raz as he enters their mental worlds and uses other Psi-Powers (telekinesis,...
Release Date: 20/11/2007
Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
Mass Effect is a sci-fi adventure where you role-play a soldier named Commander Shepard, who must save the galaxy from a race of powerful mechanical beings. The series started in 2007 and has fourth substantial instalments that take you from that first...
Release Date: 12/07/2023
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On
Oxenfree II: Lost Signals is an unsettling narrative adventure and sequel to Oxenfree. Like that game, you guide your character through choices that affect the direction of the well-written and complex story and tune your radio...
Release Date: 20/10/2023
Out Now: PS5
Marvel's Spider-Man 2 is the action-adventure sequel to Marvel's Spider-Man and Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales where you shoot webs to swing around New York and defeat...
Release Date: 25/07/2023
Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person
Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach: Ruin is a free expansion to Security Breach that acts as a standalone game where you play Cassie as she solves puzzles and attempts to find her missing...
Release Date: 27/10/2023
Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Filmed
Alan Wake II is a survival-horror shooting game where you play two intertwining lives in a dark psychedelic story. Across two worlds, one real and one nightmarish, you use your flashlight to stun hideous monsters, then kill them with your limited...