The Game Isn’t Open World: The Art of Linearity

Open world games are usually praised these days for their freedom, but what about linear games? Will Heath shares why linearity is important in video games, too, and why he prefers them over open world games.

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Zeldafan641222d ago

Linearity is fine so long as everything else is good = characters, music, story and gameplay.

AceRimmer3021222d ago

Great write-up! I've always found it funny when people complain about linear games. Have they never watched a movie, read a book, listened to an album? This article is point-on. It allows developers to really add intricate detail, flesh out specific characters and story. I really wish more games would go back to linearity and less fluff.


The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is the anti-Breath of the Wild

Polygon: "To get back to the way Ocarina made us feel, it was necessary to reject almost everything about it."

LG_Fox_Brazil207d ago

Ocarina of Time changed my life forever, such a masterpiece

Zeldafan64207d ago

Hard to believe it's 25 years old already.

Cacabunga207d ago

The feeling this game gave me the first time i had my hands on it is indescribable.. i still get the chill from that day..
botw is like a spin off of the series.. it’s fun but with many flaws and the most important which is Zelda formula isn’t there..

FinalFantasyFanatic206d ago

I can't even remember how many times I played through OoT, I finished that game, and collected everything so many times.

Vits207d ago

I generally agree with the author here. However, if I had to point out a single game as the 'anti-Breath of the Wild,' that would be Majora's Mask. Pretty much everything in that game is interconnected, relies on something that the player must have done previously, is timed, and can be considered a puzzle in itself.

gold_drake206d ago

but still considered the best of the seties.

i would have liked botw to be more like ocarina.

franwex206d ago (Edited 206d ago )

25 years from today whatever Zelda is out people would too be looking fondly at Breath of the Wild.

Ah the more simple times of the 2020s.

babadivad206d ago (Edited 206d ago )

It isn't...


Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Black Friday deals 2023 - save 15% on Link's latest adventure

The best prices we've found this Black Friday for Zelda Tears of the Kingdom as well as the previous game, Breath of the Wild.

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Nintendo not thinking about older Zelda games, "difficult to say" if classic style will return

The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma has again commented on the possibility of revisiting the style of past entries in the series – but there are no plans as of now. Speaking with RTL Nieuws, Aonuma said that games like Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom were possible because of what came before them.

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GoodGuy09381d ago

Which is very sad. I still wish we could get a zelda like twilight princess, the dark tone and theme in the traditional style. But times have changed and the masses prefer open world sandbox. Smh. Perhaps we can get a proper hd remake of ocarina of time some day.

CDbiggen346d ago

I played 100 hours of Tears of the Kingdom, enjoyed it, but ready for a game like that next.

kythlyn380d ago

If they can bounce between 2D and 3D Mario games, they can bounce between classic and modern Zelda games too. I thought this was a given when the Switch combined a handheld with a primary console.

Inverno380d ago

Then this is where I part ways. I won't disagree with anyone who says that the old formula was getting stale. And I do think BoTW in a few ways was a step in the right direction, but there's way too much good that was left with the old formula in the transition.

CrimsonWing69380d ago

I want it to. I’m sorry, but these new Zelda games I just can’t get into.

Duke19380d ago

Well that sucks. I still love the classic formula WAY more than the Hyrule Engineering Simulator