The wide majority of games are not persistent, so if you leave and come back, you have the opportunity to start from the beginning again. Even those that are persistent usually let you do this (MMORPGs let you roll an alt). This gives a chance to figure out the basics of the game, or rather, relearn them.
When you reload your main character, the gaps then are more specific. Where are you in the story (some RPGs do a great job on this), what do the various skills do, and what are you supposed to do next. Jumping back into an MMORPG usually involves dumping all things in the bags, adjusting the UI, and maybe relarning the rotation. (I am assuming here that this is not something that’s easy to do in EvE.)
I jumped back into Warframe – a game notorious for it’s numerous systems and lack of handholding. The “new player experience” is horrendous, but once you leave the first system things start to make sense. For a planet, then it feels like the entire game opens up at once, and you need a physics degree to figure it all out. I did that trial – figured it all out. Then stepped away for other things and haven’t played in a year.
Holy moley, what a wake up call! It took me 30 minutes to find a bullet jump. I had to pause the game to remember how to change weapons. I had to read the wiki to figure out how to use a scanner. I forgot what each of my suits did (some are better on defense, others offense, others support) and was getting wrecked. I forgot about mods, and what sets I wanted to use. I forgot about enemy vulnerabilities (and what that matters!).
I got to the tail end of a specific mission (which I clicked on entirely by accident, yet started the mission) and had zero clue what to do. I certainly voiced my frustrations out loud, and ended up failing the mission because I couldn’t figure out how to complete the next steps.
All that to realize that I need to re-learn and Reddit is kind enough to have a post for returning players. Go-go community!
It will likely take me a week to get back into stride for Warframe. It really isn’t drinking from the firehose, but from the actual fire truck.