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26th Jan '18 8:49:40 AM BeerBaron
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** The main series of games (i.e. the one with a number in their title) are a Downplayed example. The entire series takes place on the continent of Tamriel, with the first four games (''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]], [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]], [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]], and [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'') are chronological, taking place over the span of roughly 34 years in the late 3rd Era of Tamriellic history. Each takes place in a different region of Tamriel[[note]]with the exception of ''Arena'', which spans the entire continent though much of it is [[RandomlyGeneratedLevels randomly generated]] and is ripe EarlyInstallmentWeirdness[[/note]], and each overhauls its cast of characters (each has a different PlayerCharacter and very few recurring main characters). ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' takes place some [[TimeSkip 200 years]] following the events of ''Oblivion'', but also does some CanonWelding of the events of previous games in its main plot (specifically, the destruction or removal of a various {{Cosmic Keystone}}s and [[TheTower metaphysical "Towers"]] heralding the return of Alduin, the BigBad BeastOfTheApocalypse who was [[SealedEvilInACan cast out of the stream of time]] in the past but prophesied to return).

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** The main series of games (i.e. the one with a number in their title) are a Downplayed example. The entire series takes place on the continent of Tamriel, with the first four games (''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]], [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]], [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]], and [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'') are being chronological, taking place over the span of roughly 34 years in the late 3rd Era of Tamriellic history. Each takes place in a different region of Tamriel[[note]]with the exception of ''Arena'', which spans the entire continent though much of it is [[RandomlyGeneratedLevels randomly generated]] and is ripe EarlyInstallmentWeirdness[[/note]], and each overhauls its cast of characters (each has a different PlayerCharacter and very few recurring main characters). ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' takes place some [[TimeSkip 200 years]] following the events of ''Oblivion'', but also does some CanonWelding ArcWelding of the events of previous games in its main plot (specifically, the destruction or removal of a various {{Cosmic Keystone}}s and [[TheTower metaphysical "Towers"]] heralding the return of Alduin, the BigBad BeastOfTheApocalypse who was [[SealedEvilInACan cast out of the stream of time]] in the past but prophesied to return).
26th Jan '18 8:41:19 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series all take place in the same world and are roughly chronological, but have different locations and, for the most part, characters. Except for the spin-offs. ''Battlespire'' takes place just before and during [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena the first game]], while ''Redguard'' takes place roughly 300 years before the first game. ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' takes place two centuries after ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', but is more of a direct sequel events-wise.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
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series all take of games (i.e. the one with a number in their title) are a Downplayed example. The entire series takes place in on the same world continent of Tamriel, with the first four games (''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]], [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]], [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]], and [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'') are roughly chronological, but have different locations and, for taking place over the most part, characters. Except for span of roughly 34 years in the spin-offs. ''Battlespire'' late 3rd Era of Tamriellic history. Each takes place just before in a different region of Tamriel[[note]]with the exception of ''Arena'', which spans the entire continent though much of it is [[RandomlyGeneratedLevels randomly generated]] and during [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena the first game]], while ''Redguard'' takes place roughly 300 years before the first game. is ripe EarlyInstallmentWeirdness[[/note]], and each overhauls its cast of characters (each has a different PlayerCharacter and very few recurring main characters). ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' takes place two centuries after ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', some [[TimeSkip 200 years]] following the events of ''Oblivion'', but is more also does some CanonWelding of the events of previous games in its main plot (specifically, the destruction or removal of a direct sequel events-wise.various {{Cosmic Keystone}}s and [[TheTower metaphysical "Towers"]] heralding the return of Alduin, the BigBad BeastOfTheApocalypse who was [[SealedEvilInACan cast out of the stream of time]] in the past but prophesied to return).
** The series also has several [[GaidenGame spin-off]] games with different styles of gameplay which take place in different eras of Tamriellic history. The DungeonCrawler spin-off ''Battlespire'' (originally planned as an expansion to ''Daggerafall'') takes place during the events of ''Arena'' but isn't directly related to the plot there. The ActionAdventure spin-off ''Redguard'' is a prequel that takes place roughly 300 years before ''Arena''. ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'' is an {{MMORPG}} prequel which takes place roughly 500 years before the events of ''Arena''.
22nd Jan '18 6:08:49 PM BlueSatoshi
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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' does this. Not counting ''Gold and Silver'', which were direct sequels to the first games, ''Red and Blue'', every iteration since has been part of a jumbled up timeline that can only be explained by in-game functions. ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' start off the series. At the same time that these are happening, the events of ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', games released six years later as part of the third generation, take place. Three years later, the events of ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' take place. Starting around when the red Gyarados business goes down, the events of ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' occur. (It helps if you consider the remakes; ''Ruby and Sapphire'' and ''[=FireRed and LeafGreen=]'' are part of the same generation and take place at roughly the same time, as are ''Diamond and Pearl'' and ''[=HeartGold and SoulSilver=]''.) And then, some unknown time later (possibly multiple years later; see the following note for more details) the events of ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' take place, followed by ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' (2 years later [[note]]Red, the player character in ''R/B/Y/FR/LG'', is canonically 11 in his games, which would make him 14 during Gen II/IV; as his age is given as [[VagueAge 16-17+]] in ''[=B2/W2=]'', this would suggest that ''B/W'' is set only, at most, a year after the events of ''[=HG/SS=]'' and ''Platinum'', [[CuttingOffTheBranches which is implied to be the "canon" version by Cynthia]] in her ''B/W'' cameo[[/note]]). ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' then takes place around the same time as ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2''. ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' are a few years down the road from ''[=B2/W2=]'' and ''X/Y'', as Red (see the above note) is officially said to be [[VagueAge in his early twenties]]. [[note]]Concept art for Grimsley, a character appearing in both the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Unova]] [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 titles]] and ''S/M'', mentions that he is two years older in the latter, however.[[/note]] ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' and ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness Pokémon XD]]'' go wherever you want them to.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' does this. Not counting ''Gold and Silver'', which were direct sequels to the first games, ''Red and Blue'', every iteration since has been part of a jumbled up timeline that can only be explained by in-game functions. ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' start off the series. At the same time that these are happening, the events of ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', games released six years later as part of the third generation, take place. Three years later, the events of ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' take place. Starting around when the red Gyarados business goes down, the events of ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' occur. (It helps if you consider the remakes; ''Ruby and Sapphire'' and ''[=FireRed and LeafGreen=]'' are part of the same generation and take place at roughly the same time, as are ''Diamond and Pearl'' and ''[=HeartGold and SoulSilver=]''.) And then, some unknown time later (possibly multiple years later; see the following note for more details) the events of ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''[[note]]All we know is that between games, the FunnyForeigner Rocket Grunt you find in Gold/Silver moved back to Unova, spent some time attempting to revive Team Rocket there, before falling in love and marrying someone, abandoning his prospects and settling down and fathering a child with her, said child likely at least being preschool aged or close to that by the time you find them in Black/White. Anywhere from 3 to 6 years could have passed when accounting for that while still allowing Red to be in his early 20s by the time of Sun/Moon, and accounting for the fact that over 10 years have passed by then.[[/note]] take place, followed by ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' (2 years later [[note]]Red, the player character in ''R/B/Y/FR/LG'', is canonically 11 in his games, which would make him 14 during Gen II/IV; as his age is given as [[VagueAge 16-17+]] in ''[=B2/W2=]'', this would suggest that ''B/W'' is set only, at most, a year after the events of ''[=HG/SS=]'' and ''Platinum'', [[CuttingOffTheBranches which is implied to be the "canon" version by Cynthia]] in her ''B/W'' cameo[[/note]]). ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' then takes place around the same time as ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2''. ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' are a few years down the road from ''[=B2/W2=]'' and ''X/Y'', as Red (see the above note) is officially said to be [[VagueAge in his early twenties]]. [[note]]Concept art for Grimsley, a character appearing in both the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Unova]] [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 titles]] and ''S/M'', mentions that he is two years older in the latter, however.[[/note]] ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' and ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness Pokémon XD]]'' go wherever you want them to.
5th Jan '18 2:47:29 AM LinTaylor
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* ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'' explicitly takes place in the same universe as ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga''; the only on-screen references to this are a couple of off-hand mentions of the Grongi (Kuuga's enemies) and the G3 suit being built by the police based off of data taken on "Unidentified Lifeform #4" (the Tokyo Police's callname for Kuuga). There was also said to be a GreatOffscreenWar where the Grongi were killed off by the Lords, Agito's enemies.

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* ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'' ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'': The creators considered making this series a direct sequel to ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'', but were concerned that a continuity might put off new fans. Ultimately they left the decision up to the fans, saying that whether the two shows are explicitly takes place in linked or not is up to the same universe as ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga''; individual viewer. That said, the only on-screen references to this shows are still ''implicitly'' linked by a couple number of references, like off-hand mentions of the Grongi (Kuuga's enemies) and the G3 suit PoweredArmor being built by the police based off of data taken on the Tokyo Police collected from "Unidentified Lifeform #4" (the Tokyo Police's (their callname for Kuuga). There was It's also said to be that the Grongi and the Lords (Agito's enemies) are mortal enemies, and the latter wiped out last vestiges of the former in a GreatOffscreenWar where before the Grongi were killed off by the Lords, Agito's enemies.events of ''Agito'' started.



** ''Franchise/KamenRider'' is thought to do this because of how SupermanStaysOutOfGotham was law for the first ten years of its revival, to the degree that aside from the occasional mention of "#4" in ''Agito'' (in ''Kuuga,'' "Unidentified Lifeform #4" was the mundane authorities' name for Kuuga, as they didn't know him from the monstrous Grongi) there was no sign in any series that any of the others had ever taken place; the incoming season seems to replace the outgoing one rather than follow it, with no sign that monsters and Riders ever were a thing. Then ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' comes along and presents {{Alternate Universe}}s based on its predecessors (all but ''Den-O'' being different from the original series and ''very'' clearly not the worlds of the originals) and this somehow led to the assumption that the true series were also parallel universes (everything pre-revival going into one, ''Kuuga'' and ''Agito'' going into another, and everything from ''Ryuki'' through ''Kiva'' each having its own). However, with and after ''Decade'', we enter an age of {{Massively Multiplayer Crossover}}s, smaller {{Reunion Show}}s, and future ''Rider'' characters and concepts debuting in the final episodes of the outgoing series. This has led to EpilepticTrees such as "Each series really is its own universe, but there's also a ''Summer Movie'' dimension and a ''Movie Wars'' film dimension and an ''All Riders'' film dimension!" You laugh, but stuff like this is taken as canon by ''many'', and ''much'' discussion goes to explaining what fits where dimensionally. You're back to square one when a power-up from a ''Movie Wars'' film shows up in the series!

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** ''Franchise/KamenRider'' is thought to do this because of how SupermanStaysOutOfGotham was law for the first ten years of its revival, to the degree that aside from the occasional mention of "#4" in ''Agito'' (in ''Kuuga,'' "Unidentified Lifeform #4" was the mundane authorities' name for Kuuga, as they didn't know him from the monstrous Grongi) there was no sign in any series that any of the others had ever taken place; the incoming season seems to replace the outgoing one rather than follow it, with no sign that monsters and Riders ever were a thing. Then ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' comes along and presents {{Alternate Universe}}s based on its predecessors (all but ''Den-O'' being different from the original series and ''very'' clearly not the odd place regarding this trope, since originally each series seemed to exist in their own worlds with nary a reference to anything that came before[[note]]Exceptions: There are a few references to "Number 4" (Kuuga) in ''Agito'', and one of the originals) and this somehow led to the assumption that the true series were also parallel universes (everything pre-revival going into one, ''Kuuga'' and ''Agito'' going into another, and everything from ''Ryuki'' through ''Kiva'' each having its own). However, with and after ''Decade'', we enter an age of {{Massively Multiplayer Crossover}}s, smaller {{Reunion Show}}s, and future ''Rider'' major characters in ''Blade'' is researching the UrbanLegend of the Kamen Riders at the outset of the series[[/note]]. Then things got complicated by a number of factors, including ''Decade'' introducing the concept of {{Alternate Universe}}s, {{Crossover}}s and concepts debuting {{Early Bird Cameo}}s becoming an annual tradition in the final episodes of the outgoing series. This has led to EpilepticTrees such as "Each movies, and a shadowy villain faction (Foundation X) that's had its fingers in every series really starting with TheNewTens '''and''' is implied to somehow be affiliated with Shocker, the evil organization that menaced the original Series/KamenRider. Whew!
*** One exception to this: ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' takes place in
its own universe, but there's also a ''Summer Movie'' dimension and a ''Movie Wars'' film dimension and an ''All Riders'' film dimension!" You laugh, but stuff like this world, since its backstory ([[BalkanizeMe Japan getting split into three nations]] in 2007) is taken as canon by ''many'', and ''much'' discussion goes to explaining what fits where dimensionally. You're back to square one when a power-up from a ''Movie Wars'' film shows up completely incompatible with the other shows. This is made explicit in the series!movie ''Heisei Generations Final'', but that opens another can of worms by having characters from five previous shows (''OOO'', ''Fourze'', ''Gaim'', ''Ghost'', and ''Ex-Aid'') all coming from the same parallel world to help Build deal with the movie's BigBad.
9th Dec '17 5:26:57 PM MatLShini
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* The ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'' series has been doing this as far back as the second installment, ''Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth Assassins''- a prequel to the original. The order goes: ''Tenchu 2'' (2000); ''Tenchu: Dark Secret'' (2006); the original ''Tenchu: Stealth Assassins'' (1998); ''Tenchu: Fatal Shadows'' (2004); ''Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven'' (2003); ''Tenchu: Time of the Assassins'' (2005); ''Tenchu: Shadow Assassins'' (2008) and ''Tenchu Z'' (2006).
16th Oct '17 12:26:54 AM Abodos
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* The ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series isn't a particularly confusing chronology, especially compared to its sister series ''The Legend of Zelda''. Nevertheless, the release order of the subsequent games still doesn't necessarily match the order in which they take place, mainly due to the ''Prime'' sub-series being an expanded {{Interquel}}. The order is: ''VideoGame/{{Metroid|1}}[=/=]VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'' (1986[=/=]2004) > ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' (2002) > ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrimeHunters Prime Hunters]]'' (2006) > ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes Prime 2: Echoes]]'' (2004) > ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption Prime 3: Corruption]]'' (2007) > ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrimeFederationForce Federation Force]]'' (2016) > ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'' (1991) > ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' (1994) > ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' (2010) > ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'' (2004).[[note]]''VideoGame/MetroidPrimePinball'' is a loose retelling of the first ''Prime'' game.[[/note]]

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* The ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series isn't a particularly confusing chronology, especially compared to its sister series ''The Legend of Zelda''. Nevertheless, the release order of the subsequent games still doesn't necessarily match the order in which they take place, mainly due to the ''Prime'' sub-series being an expanded {{Interquel}}. The order is: ''VideoGame/{{Metroid|1}}[=/=]VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'' (1986[=/=]2004) > ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' (2002) > ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrimeHunters Prime Hunters]]'' (2006) > ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes Prime 2: Echoes]]'' (2004) > ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption Prime 3: Corruption]]'' (2007) > ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrimeFederationForce Federation Force]]'' (2016) > ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'' (1991) ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus''[=/=]''VideoGame/MetroidSamusReturns'' (1991[=/=]2017) > ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' (1994) > ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' (2010) > ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'' (2004).[[note]]''VideoGame/MetroidPrimePinball'' is a loose retelling of the first ''Prime'' game.[[/note]]
27th Jul '17 9:12:24 PM jakethegamer983
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* The ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games release order mostly matches the chronology of the series, except for the prequel ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0'' and, weirdly, ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'', which takes place [[Interquel both before and after]] ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2''. ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'', despite not having a numbered title, is the true continuation to the events of ''Resident Evil 2''.

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* The ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games release order mostly matches the chronology of the series, except for the prequel ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0'' and, weirdly, ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'', which takes place [[Interquel [[{{Interquel}} both before and after]] ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2''. ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'', despite not having a numbered title, is the true continuation to the events of ''Resident Evil 2''.
20th Jul '17 1:07:47 AM Wuz
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* The ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' games, due to starting out as yet another UsefulNotes/WorldWarII series, have chronology all over the place. ''Call of Duty 2'' in particular has at least half of its missions taking place before most of the original's -- though this also meant they could bring back Captain Price after his death on board the Tirpitz in the first game without having to explain a thing. Later games eventually split up the timeline into as many as ''four'' alternate timelines: the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' timeline with ''[[VideoGame/CallofDutyInfiniteWarfare Infinite Warfare]]'' being a distant sequel, the ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps Black Ops]]'' timeline that also includes ''[[VideoGame/CallofDutyWorldAtWar World at War]]'', the standalone timelines of ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts Ghosts]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare Advanced Warfare]]'', and the WWII games that can go anywhere. The series could almost be seen as a ThematicSeries at this point.

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* The ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' games, due to starting out as yet another UsefulNotes/WorldWarII series, have chronology all over the place. ''Call of Duty 2'' in particular has at least half of its missions taking place before most of the original's -- though this also meant they could bring back Captain Price after his death on board the Tirpitz in the first game without having to explain a thing. Later games eventually split up the timeline into as many as ''four'' ''five'' alternate timelines: the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' timeline with ''[[VideoGame/CallofDutyInfiniteWarfare Infinite Warfare]]'' being a distant sequel, the ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps Black Ops]]'' timeline that also includes ''[[VideoGame/CallofDutyWorldAtWar World at War]]'', the standalone timelines of ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts Ghosts]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare Advanced Warfare]]'', the ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyZombies Zombies]]'' timeline, and the WWII games that can go anywhere. The series could almost be seen as a ThematicSeries at this point.
20th Jul '17 1:06:17 AM Wuz
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* The ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' games, due to starting out as yet another UsefulNotes/WorldWarII series, have chronology all over the place. ''Call of Duty 2'' in particular has at least half of its missions taking place before most of the original's -- though this also meant they could bring back Captain Price after his death on board the Tirpitz in the first game without having to explain a thing. Later games eventually split up the timeline into as many as ''four'' alternate timelines: the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' timeline with ''[[VideoGame/CallofDutyInfinteWarfare Infinite Warfare]]'' being a distant sequel, the ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps Black Ops]]'' timeline that also includes ''[[VideoGame/CallofDutyWorldAtWar World at War]]'', the standalone timelines of ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts Ghosts]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare Advanced Warfare]]'', and the WWII games that can go anywhere. The series could almost be seen as a ThematicSeries at this point.

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* The ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' games, due to starting out as yet another UsefulNotes/WorldWarII series, have chronology all over the place. ''Call of Duty 2'' in particular has at least half of its missions taking place before most of the original's -- though this also meant they could bring back Captain Price after his death on board the Tirpitz in the first game without having to explain a thing. Later games eventually split up the timeline into as many as ''four'' alternate timelines: the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' timeline with ''[[VideoGame/CallofDutyInfinteWarfare ''[[VideoGame/CallofDutyInfiniteWarfare Infinite Warfare]]'' being a distant sequel, the ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps Black Ops]]'' timeline that also includes ''[[VideoGame/CallofDutyWorldAtWar World at War]]'', the standalone timelines of ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts Ghosts]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare Advanced Warfare]]'', and the WWII games that can go anywhere. The series could almost be seen as a ThematicSeries at this point.
20th Jul '17 1:06:01 AM Wuz
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* The ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' games, due to starting out as yet another UsefulNotes/WorldWarII series, have chronology all over the place. ''Call of Duty 2'' in particular has at least half of its missions taking place before most of the original's -- though this also meant they could bring back Captain Price after his death on board the Tirpitz in the first game without having to explain a thing.

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* The ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' games, due to starting out as yet another UsefulNotes/WorldWarII series, have chronology all over the place. ''Call of Duty 2'' in particular has at least half of its missions taking place before most of the original's -- though this also meant they could bring back Captain Price after his death on board the Tirpitz in the first game without having to explain a thing.
thing. Later games eventually split up the timeline into as many as ''four'' alternate timelines: the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' timeline with ''[[VideoGame/CallofDutyInfinteWarfare Infinite Warfare]]'' being a distant sequel, the ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps Black Ops]]'' timeline that also includes ''[[VideoGame/CallofDutyWorldAtWar World at War]]'', the standalone timelines of ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts Ghosts]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare Advanced Warfare]]'', and the WWII games that can go anywhere. The series could almost be seen as a ThematicSeries at this point.
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