Yeah it just feels abymally off for me as well. As much as I enjoy the faster combat, I rarely get the opportunity to use it in between endless fetch quests and insanely repetitive puzzle sections. Just arrived on Earth and I'm really hoping the jarring new game mechanic ,which essentially blocks the combat yet again, doesn't persist throughout the level. I really hope the story picks up soon as well, since barely anything of substance have happened yet.
Music is one of Jesper Kyd's best works yet, no argument there.
Dunno, loot is just not a big hook for me. I feel like I'm trying to enjoy the gameplay DESPITE the game itself so far. I'm also really envious of the peeps who enjoyed the game throughout, since when it clicks, it really is exceptional.
I'm also surprised that this is significantly less Zelda than its predecessor.