“Currently I think that games are kind of depressing. If you play the first Zelda game – it’s 25 years old, but you can do more things in that game than most games you can play today. That tells me we haven’t really gotten very far. The games that are closest are games like Fallout, but they are very scripted. They are sort of brute forcing it. Instead of making a roller-coaster, they’re making a roller-coaster with multiple tracks and various places where you can switch tracks.” - Eskil Steenberg, developer of Love
When you really stop to think about it, you can certainly see the amount of freedom and content in the original Legend of Zelda. It was way, way ahead of its time. Perhaps that’s why a fair amount of Zelda fans today haven’t actually completed the original!