a bunch of people talk now about how the zelda franchise is getting tired, and the same formula just isn't doing it for them anymore (all of the giant bomb staff included) but I feel like I'm in the minority now by thinking that the games are just as good as they always have been.
there have been 5 fully fledged console 3D zelda games now, and none of them felt like iterations to me. the "formula" consists of several dungeons in a few areas, sword-based combat and collecting items to progress and enter new areas. the stories might be iterative, but they're still pretty interesting and fleshed out each time. I would be happy playing a zelda like skyward sword or twilight princess every 3 years or so, and if nintendo kept up the standards they would probably be amongst my favourite games each time.
I cannot stand FPS games anymore, and for me it doesn't get any more iterative than that. no matter what story hooks have been built around it, unless it's a landmark call of duty 4, halo or gears of war, I just do not care for that gameplay anymore. nintendo seems to get a lot more flak for iterating on its own zelda franchise but for all the depth of gameplay and environments those games have, I really don't understand why.
I understand that they're still well received critically, but consensus among a lot of games writers and "the internet" seems to be that they want the franchise dead. I'm not here to argue, I'm genuinely interested as to what make these games less appealing than any other game that can be pigeon-holed into a genre