So I feel like a crazy person. I absolutely love the Zelda franchise, and I was really enjoying this one at first too. However after getting about 5-10 hours into the game I feel like it's losing me. The fact that they give you all the runes up front was cool at first but then I realized I don't really want to explore. There's nothing I want to find. More shrines? So far they all look exactly the same and have average Zelda puzzles in my opinion. Which is fine when I'm in a dungeon and get through a room with a lame puzzle i just move onto the next one, but when I climbed up this damn waterfall to do a puzzle that amounts to put chest on switch I feel let down.
The worst part for me is that I never feel like I'm getting anything I want by exploring. Heart pieces (which is what the spirit orbs amount to) were always a side thing that I would pick up on my way to the next encounter not the main draw. What am I going to find in the next chest? A weapon that breaks after 1-2 fights? I can find plenty of weapons off the regular enemies that do enough for most enemies. So far all of the cool weapons I've found I never use since I'm waiting for the next super enemy I can't beat with my random weapons I find on the side of the road.
So the reason for this post: can someone please tell me there is more to look forward to? Do you unlock new abilities later on? Am I going to find gear worth upgrading? Do you get anything that makes exploring worth it? I'm enjoying the story bits and lore but the actual gameplay loop is really bumming me out. Is this just a case of this game not being for me or do I need to give it more time? For reference I haven't found any of the divine beasts and just unlocked the camera and memories feature.
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