Coming from pen&paper RPGs I can imagine all sort of crazy stuff. Honestly, I find both BotW and Skyrim to be very limited games, each in its own way, but I find Skyrim, due to it being RPG, to have better replayability...and much more content, while we're at it. Ultimately, IMO, they are just decent games, and that's about it.
This might not be adding much to the conversation, but I put Skyrim and Breath of the Wild at my #2 and #3 slots, respectively. No reason we can't enjoy both, they don't have to be in direct opposition of one another.
I got it all, baby!
PS4, Switch, WiiU, XBO, PC
Vita, 3DS, Android
Top 3 this generation:
Bloodborne, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Dark Souls III