I knew very little about HZD before playing it; only that it was highly rated. Being new to the Playstation platform, I was excited to give it a try. I was not expecting the truly wonderful underlying story. I was worried about open world fatigue but I easily skipped a lot of the side content and didn't feel like I was missing very much. Fast Travel on the PS5 likely helped a lot as well; it really is fast!
I thoroughly enjoyed finding the journal entries and historical locations that flushed out the lore. I always stopped and watched or listened. Combat was enjoyable and deeper than BOTW (with the exception of parrying which would be out of place in HZD). Though I did miss BOTW's freedom as not everything was climbable in HZD.
This is truly a must play.