Sometimes I hear how "Linear" is a bad word for a game yet I find some of the best game experiences ARE the ones that are linear. I find Open-world games lacking in structure, too many diversions, and I find the narrative weaker for that. Yes, its an opinion but I would also like to hear others thoughts on this.
See, I like all sorts of games and for many different reasons. I find story to be really important because simply put I like a good story. Or at least good writing. Some of my favorite games have been mostly linear. Bioshock? Portal? Silent Hill? Final fantasy? How about Max Payne? Maybe Alan Wake?
Uncharted was pretty good. The Darkness was too. Batman Arkham Asylum? Sure, their is exploration in some of these games but that does not equal open-world like Skyrim or a Grand Theft Auto title.