Historically, my favorite games are linear Role Playing Games. I started with text based games and arcades as a kid and later fell in love with the worlds in Final Fantasy. I love other genres as well but I always make my way back to rpgs.
In watching the announced games at E3 this year, many are shooters but then more and more of my Role Playing Games are going the way of a sandbox. Ugh. That is literally my worst case scenario. I know that sandbox games give you more “game for your buck”. Allowing the gamer to explore. But I have never felt the need to do that. I want to play a game like a visual book. Where I can follow the storyline and see it enacted in front of me. There’s a beginning, middle and end and I typically can figure out how far along I am while playing.
My time available to play games has whistled down to nothing, but even when I had loads of time, I hated “wasting” time on sidequests or open exploring when it didn’t add to the main story line. I have a stack of games I’ve never returned to because I went off the beaten path and couldn’t find my way back. I would have to start the game over to figure out the main story line again. Even though I LOVE the game, there is no way I can make the time to replay in this manner.
But am I the last person on earth that prefers linear gameplay? According to my husband and maybe E3 2017, I am a stubborn dinosaur. Gaming will never go back to linear again and it’s better for it. My wallet and I disagree.
So what do you say? Am I holding on to a relic? An ancient way of playing? Should games offer a way to select if you want a linear or open world mode? Is there a trick for staying focused on the main story line that I haven’t discovered yet?