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->''"You've lost your weapons and the contents of your backpack somewhere during the journey. All you have are the clothes and armor on your back. This leaves you with four burning questions: Where are you? How did you get here? Who brought you here? And how in blazes can you get out of here? No make that FIVE burning questions: In what city did your luggage end up THIS time?"''
-->-- '''Narrator''', ''Videogame/QuestForGloryIV''.
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[[VideoGameTools Items]] and experience levels do not carry over to game sequels, regardless of time passed. This makes less logical sense if something is a direct sequel, although the short explanation is that it's to present an honest challenge to the player. This is [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality usually accepted by the player]], although a few games attempt a [[HandWave weaker explanation]]. Maybe the hero was on vacation and didn't bring his stuff along because he thought he wouldn't need it? Maybe it had been several months, even years, since the world last needed saving, and therefore the hero has gotten a bit out of shape? Perhaps his equipment was stolen from him by physical, or, more commonly, magical means? Whatever the case, at each new game, the protagonist will be back at square one.

Since it allows each game to stand alone in terms of story development, if not events, it is roughly equivalent to the {{Snapback}} and ResetButton story tropes.

Of course, not all games are like this. Sometimes, a direct sequel might start the character with the powers from the previous game, giving them ATasteOfPower before taking them away and making the character start from scratch again.

If the game actually acknowledges personal data from a previous title in the series, it's an OldSaveBonus.

{{Non Linear Sequel}}s avoid the whole question. Compare NoGearLevel, for when this happens inside the game itself.

ReinventingTheWheel is a RealTimeStrategy version. See OverratedAndUnderleveled for a common justification. If you ''do'' keep your powers, you're probably going to find out that they're [[SoLastSeason So Last Sequel]].

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