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Top 150 best Steam games of all time tagged with Linear, according to gamer reviews.

Rank, title, date, tags, platforms and price Score Rating
8.23
97% 2,497 votes
8.20
98% 1,009 votes
8.14
97% 872 votes
8.13
99% 467 votes
8.11
96% 1,332 votes
8.11
97% 700 votes
8.10
96% 1,332 votes
8.09
98% 611 votes
8.08
98% 511 votes
8.01
96% 688 votes
8.01
95% 1,250 votes
7.96
96% 521 votes
7.94
99% 163 votes
7.91
97% 305 votes
7.89
95% 508 votes
7.87
97% 212 votes
7.84
90% 4,040 votes
7.84
93% 696 votes
7.81
95% 357 votes

Correlated tags

Correlation is how often another tag appears together with this tag. If one in every five games tagged with Linear is also tagged with a correlated tag, the correlated tag has 20% correlation. 100% correlation means the pair of tags always appear together.

Tags most frequently applied to the same games as Linear, with at least 15% correlation.

  1. Singleplayer 61%
  2. Casual 49%
  3. 2D 48%
  4. Adventure 48%
  5. Indie 45%
  6. Action 38%
  7. Puzzle 32%
  8. 3D 31%
  9. Atmospheric 30%
  10. Colorful 29%
  11. Story Rich 26%
  12. Platformer 23%
  13. Pixel Graphics 23%
  14. Cute 22%
  15. Exploration 21%
  16. First-Person 20%
  17. 2D Platformer 19%
  18. Fantasy 18%
  19. Action-Adventure 18%
  20. Arcade 18%
  21. Relaxing 17%
  22. Family Friendly 15%

The Linear tag refers to a characteristic or design approach in video games where the gameplay and story progression follow a predetermined path or sequence. In linear games, the player's choices and actions have limited impact on the overall direction of the game's narrative or level design. The game typically presents a structured experience with a set beginning, middle, and end.

Linear games often provide a focused and tightly crafted experience, guiding players through a specific storyline without diversion or significant exploration. They may feature predefined levels, chapters, or missions that players advance through in a linear order without the ability to deviate from the intended path.

In linear games:

  • The story unfolds in an intended sequence: Players progress through the game's narrative beats and events according to how developers have designed them.
  • Level design is often more straightforward: Levels are typically designed with specific objectives, challenges, or set-pieces that players must complete in consecutive order.
  • Gameplay sequences may be scripted: Linear games commonly utilize scripted events to present cinematic moments or advance the story.

This tag does not imply that linear games lack depth or complexity. Many linear games offer compelling storytelling, engaging characters, immersive atmospheres, and carefully crafted gameplay experiences despite having less open-endedness. They provide players with focused narratives and allow developers full control over pacing and player experiences throughout their journey.

Notable examples of linear games include:

  • The Last of Us This critically acclaimed action-adventure game follows two main characters on an epic journey across post-apocalyptic landscapes while delivering an emotional narrative-driven experience.
  • BioShock Infinite With a captivating story set in a floating city, this first-person shooter takes players through an intricately designed world while exploring themes of choice and consequence.
  • Uncharted series This popular adventure series offers thrilling cinematic experiences as players guide the protagonist, Nathan Drake, through action-packed treasure hunting expeditions.

In summary, linear games provide curated and directed experiences where the gameplay and story follow a predetermined predetermined course. They offer focused narratives, structured level design, and scripted events that create crafted experiences for players to enjoy.

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