Zelda on the SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System in case you have missed that console) was a masterpiece in game design. It did so many things right and for the first time and I still use it as a reference in my design classes. It is a milestone in RPG and difficulty progression (another Masterpiece was Mario 64 on the N64 which for the first time showed 3d controls in a world perfectly and games today still use its' controls).
Zelda was polished, updated and released for each new Nintendo system but the foundation remained the same.
This time though they redid everything from scratch. As a Zelda fan, you still find the principles of the original design but so many things are done right.
Zelda is a sandbox world where you can do what you want. It is a perfect combination of open world and RPG. Some site wrote "Zelda is the game which says yes" meaning if you wonder "Can I do this?" the answer is usually yes. Other games restrict your actions, Zelda does not.
Another site rightfully said the feeling you get when playing the new Zelda can be compared when you played WoW for the first time. And I agree.
I rarely write about specific games. The last time was about "The Division", but this time I write about Zelda as you need to play it as it will have an influence on many games like the original or Mario 64 did.
So buy and play and have fun. It is truly amazing and deserves the ratings and the hype.
And I simply leave this video here to show off some funny things you can do in an open world like Zelda: