I kind of agree with you.
I really liked BOTW, especially exploring uncharted lands. It was pretty vast and empty and I didn't like shrines (just put a fucking NPC with a fetch quest there instead, those could be memorable and likeable) but they made it interesting. I really liked going at my own pace and discovering things. I spent many hours on it and I had fun. I'd say it was a good open world game. They tried new things and managed to make a fun game.
But in no way is it the masterpiece everyone claims, it had glaring flaws that affected every aspect of the gameplay, like the shitty combat, durability system, braindead climbing sections, short and piss easy story dungeons, unreliable horses, the vast emptiness and monotonous shrines. I can't fathom how anyone could claim BOTW as GOTY or even GOAT.
It was a good game. I had fun and I'm glad I bought it. I have zero trouble admitting it's not some revolutionary masterpiece, that would be an insult to many better games with lower budgets by smaller studios. It requires a very specific brand-loyal man-baby mindset to claim BOTW is perfect or GOAT.