Big time Zelda fan (big Hylian tattoo on my shoulder if its any indication), I experienced something I haven't in a very long time in a game. A sense of wonder, and adventure. Never did I feel like time was "wasted" while wandering around, I was rewarded in some way by either some wonderful hand crafted landscape features, or by finding the near endless hidden treasures. The game is massive in scope, and a grand adventure. I felt the ending and fight leading to it was a little underwhelming, but it was most definitely about the journey.
If you have any interest in adventuring, this game is most definitely for you.