Level Up & OSR Enthusiast
3e and 5e are pretty similar here, with 4e (as usual) being the odd one out.If you had only played 1 of those 3 editions and had no idea how the others worked, there is no way you would just figure it out.
Look at casting a fireball in the 3 editions.
In 3.5 creatures are making a reflex saving throw against you spell DC(Scaling with the level of the spell slot used).
In 4 you make an attack roll vs a creatures reflex save.
In 5 creatures make a dexterity saving throw vs your spell DC(Scaling with your total casting level)
There is no way players are just going to intuitive understand the difference between the editions.