Having not had much success with Zelda games in the past, despite my best efforts, I was sceptical when I ordered this, but thought all of the amazing reviews can't be wrong, and maybe I'm the problem, not the franchise.
I'm glad I took the chance, because it really is a great piece of work. The area is huge and varied, and every corner yields a new discovery. I still continue to be taken aback, even after having sunk over 70 hours into it.
It's a completionists nightmare or dream dependent on your viewpoint. There is just so much to do and you can sometime feel overwhelmed with the sidequests and exploration. But the game is what you make of it, dipping your toe into it as much as your time allows.
Finally, you don't need to have an intimate grasp of the Zelda lore to enjoy or understand the game. I have only a nodding acquaintance to the franchise and I don't think I'm missing out. It's an RPG which stands on its own to feet. Would recommend for any library.
Having played a few of the well known Zelda games recently (like Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask), I was not sure how this game would stand amongst the classics. There are a lot of open world RPG games too these days, making me sceptical on how this will turn out.
After sinking some good long hours into it, I can say that I am a big fan. Everything from the gameplay, graphics and story are all refined, in ways like the classic Zelda games were. Nintendo have done such a good job, and it is genuinely fun. It is simple to pick up, but has layers and layers of complexity that is revealed by playing through puzzles or experimenting yourself.
Also, this game is quite long. You won't get bored or have to put it down anytime soon.