Yeah see I think that's the difference between being an OG fan where it's been your favorite series since 1991 and people who got into it later and wanted more open world stuff. I love the formula in zelda where the world isn't open to you and you EARN your way into exploring. BOTW is very pretty but I got bored so fast, it wasn't feeding into my reward part of my brain the way traditional zeldas do. Honestly the only reason I rank Link Between Worlds as high as I do is because it's a direct sequel to my second favorite Zelda of all time. I HATED the fact that you could just rent whatever important item as soon as you had the money.
Like I said, I get why other people like it it's just not for me.