A Jam-Packed Open World
Fans of the series have been to Hyrule before, and while it might have felt like an open world, it was never on the same scale as the open world present in Breath of the Wild. This isn’t a barren sandbox with nothing interesting to divert your attention from the main story. Instead, it’s teeming with optional Shrines, challenging enemies, Sheikah Towers, and all other kinds of magical and surprising discoveries you’d never normally have expected to stumble upon in a Legend of Zelda game.
Breath of the Wild may be considered the jump forward the series needed to modern open world titles, but it isn’t just catching up with recent open world games, it’s showing them how you make a world incredibly compelling to explore.