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The best linear RPGs on PC in 2022

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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition

Some clunky shooting aside, playing through BioWare's epic space trilogy is a treat. As good as the whole journey is though, there's no denying Mass Effect 2 is the standout game.

Release date: 2021 | Developer: BioWare

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2

It's not as iconic as the original, but KOTOR 2 takes the franchise in a bold direction. Instead of focusing on the Light or Dark sides, Obsidian’s sequel deals in shades of gray.

Release: 2005 | Dev: BioWare

System Shock 2

Lonely. That’s the defining emotion of Irrational’s debut game. It's the key quality of an exceptional sequel that keeps taking away from you. Ammo? Never heard of it.

Release: 1999 | Dev: Irrational Games

Dragon Age: Origins

A game that captures the winning spirit of Baldur’s Gate. Ferelden evokes the Forgotten Realms without feeling like a rehash, and your relationship with your team has that old BioWare magic.

Release: 2009 | Dev: BioWare

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines

Bloodlines’ ambitious use of White Wolf’s Vampire universe means it looks and feels different from the other sword and sorcery games here. The atmosphere is hugely persuasive.

Release: 2004 | Dev: Troika Games

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