If you are just getting introduced to the world of gaming, chances are high you will feel completely lost because of the large number of sequels to popular games. Should you play halfway first or should you opt for half life two? Should you opt for Age of Empires or should you opt for the second or the third version? Or should you go for the spin off -Age of Mythology?
A lot depends on how you like to do things. If you love going in for a layered approach, you can start with the first version and move on to the next. This will not necessarily help you enjoy the game better. You can easily play the second or the third version independently.
Game developers would lose a lot of money if they insisted that each and every gamer should follow the chronological order. Hence, the final choice boils down to your personal preference.
If you like to play the first version first and move on to the next, you should not make the mistake of buying all the versions simultaneously. If you buy the first version of the Age of Empires, chances are high that you will play it for a very long time before you would feel the urge to move onto the next version or release.
On the other hand, you can easily finish Half Life by playing it regularly for a week or a fortnight at the most. In such a scenario, having Half Life 2 in your hand will help.
You may never get satisfied of playing the death match game in Age of Empires. You start with lots of food, wood and gold and have to build your army and destroy all opposition. From changing the civilization to changing the map – there are many options available which will keep you interested for a very long time.