People rip on GOT because it uses a lot of things we've seen in open world checklist games for the last 10+ years. However, I would contend that it's the best open world checklist game that we've seen. If so many people weren't sick of the open world format, GOT would be much more appreciated. It's excellent at what it does.
I was so sick of open world games,
but I recently eased back into them first with Mafia DE (which has a relatively tiny world and isn't really a proper open world game) and then jumped into GoT afterwards. I was apprehensive of playing GoT since people say it's am Assassin's Creed clone, but I honestly don't think so.
I will admit I roll my eyes when people describe games as "gorgeous", but goddamn this game looks beautiful Maybe my problem is every other open world game I played in the past was hideous or uninspired.
Sucker Punch really hit it out of the park. Simple stuff like the shrines they could have just copy/pasted, but instead they made each one different and fun to get to. I think their key design philosophy focused on uniqueness. Not every aspect of the game is 10/10, but IMO the map is and I would go so far as saying it has set the gold standard for other games.