Well, if you're going from A to B, it can hardly be less linear from that. However you do have plenty of shortcuts around in each segment. Besides, we got non linear open world in bunch of NFS and quite frankly, they were rubbish. The best one was Most Wanted and it wasn't like that because of the open world. All the other things made it great. And once you were in the race it was just as linear as in The Run. Or any other game in that matter. Only trully non linear game was Midtown Madness where you could openly pick your route when going through the checkpoints. But then again, there wasn't much choice because the best route was usually the one that opponents went on anyway...
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