|I hate linear games, look at what happened to GoW because of it. Don't get me wrong, I love the game and really enjoyed it... but damn being stuck on a train track is just no.|
Deus Ex, I love that game. To bad they completely ruined Deus Ex 2 .
As for games being to linear, that depends on the game. Some of the best games that I have played where side scrolling games, where you did not even have the option to go back. Super Probotector anyone . Nice and simple, go from left to right and shoot bad guys .
However if a game has some really bad levels in it or lacks in level variety, then being linear makes it even worse. No option to skip the crappy levels or changing things by taking a different route.