devs, critics and the overall general public all tell how wrong you are. its going to revolutionize the open world games years to come the same way Ocarina of Time did to action adventure games.
Shame on me for not addressing this in my post because I assumed everyone on GAF was above trying to prove quality with sales numbers, reviews and general consensus. You must think EA and Ubisoft are the best companies of all time.
While we're at it, let's look at the numbers behind some mobile games, which will absolutely crush and shatter their console counterparts. Or how about let's not, because it's a waste of everyone's time and we all know better.
With that out of the way -I've talked about this here before ages ago, but to summarize my old take on this game, I acknowledge that it's extremely influential. In fact, I directly compared its influence with that of Ocarina of Time. OOT was so influential not only because it was a damn good game -it pioneered many systems and solutions to 3D game problems, guaranteeing it would inspire developers around the world.
That being said. If Ocarina of Time had an anemic story and no big dungeons, it still would have been extremely influential, based on its other strides in controls, gameplay systems and solutions to 3D issues, such as Z-Targeting. This is what BOTW is -I have acknowledged its advances in key areas. It's very well made, technically impressive and is BRIMMING with brilliant innovations. They just left out the game part, BOTW is like the sad version of OOT I described above. Extremely inspiring to game makers, yet an incomplete game.
If Nintendo designed a brilliantly made next gen Zelda game engine brimming with great gameplay systems and ideas, would you think it wasn't worth borrowing from just because they forgot to put a dungeon in it?
Of course it will revolutionize open-world games, all of which will be better for taking BOTWs ideas and adding them to a game with some content in it. It's a shame, because I love Zelda and want it to be the best action-adventure out there, like it was in 1998. But those days are gone, get over it.
At least I have Link's Awakening remake so Switch is not totally without a Zelda worth replaying.