Where to even begin? I started playing this series by starting with the latest one ( 3 ) ( which was not optimal but lesson learned lol ) After completing the third installment I liked it so much that I went back, over the last week or so, played 1 & 2 in order this time & re-played 3. The first game was quite a bit more difficult & playing any one of the games without playing at least one of the previous chapters ramps up the difficulty. I came to appreciate how important it can be to play a series in it's proper order, how acquiring resources from the previous installments comes in handy down the line & how, essentially previous actions effect what you have to work with at the time and in the future. I was also delighted to find that enemy actions are procedurally generated? At least I think they are, the enemy AI has some sort of learning curve & I rather enjoyed it. Damage too ( I did a lot of quick saves / quick loads to come to that conclusion >_> ) Solid game, solid series I'll most likely replay it in entirety in giddy anticipation of the 4th installment.