Good day, gentlemen. In recent years, I've acquired somewhat of an addiction for video games with a branching storyline. I've tried my hands on several video games claimed to have a 'branching storyline' but they have disappointed me, greatly, by really having a 'parallel storyline' that only include the illusion of a completely non-linear plot - and not a very good illusion, mind you. Examples include, Mafia 2 and Sleeping Dogs. Oh, and please don't mention Dishonoured as well... that game only has two paths, as far as I could tell.
The other thing I'm interested in is mainstream. I do not enjoy games that go too technical in terms of its lore and jargon; they do quite bore me. I'd prefer it if the game recommended to me keeps more interesting aspects as its main focus, rather than info-dump. Examples include the Mass Effect series and Dragon Age: Origins, both of which I've already replayed several times. They both have a very expansive universe, but the knowledge of their lore aren't needed to enjoy the non-linear narrative aspects of the game. Deus Ex: Human Revolution, for example, includes a really bleak and dry storyline that bores me after five minutes of gameplay, whereas the first five minutes of Mass Effect were more engaging and 'mainstream.'
Then comes the third requirement - it has to be on PC. The selection range would've been much broader if I own a PS2/PS3/XBox 360, as there's always Heavy Rain/GTA V, which, as you know, include non-linear narratives. I would've chosen to play a visual novel, of course, but VNs don't include the kind of interactivity you could only find in 'real video games.' VNs are interactive novels, not interactive games.
I do realize the great challenge presented here, seeing as there are so little PC games that are as interesting and yet, non-linear as the two Bioware games mentioned above. I've already played the first Fable game, and the word is that the second and third installment suck, to put it bluntly. And currently, I'm thinking of purchasing Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy), which was claimed to have a non-linear narrative. If you do happen to think of another title that could feed my addiction, it'd be much appreciated.