It recently occured to be that this age old, open world debate should be a lot different now with Botw (not to say it isn't dense but it's not exactly jam packed and it's fairly empty). It's generally been the case, from what I've seen since the dawn of GTA with the third installment and games following, that gamers would choose dense content filled maps over looser designs with a few fringe people wanting size with content spread thin.
Lets poll this and see, please do share your opinion in the comments.
Opinion: After God of war which is the definition of densely packed a kind user suggested Yakuza 0 which I hopped on at a discount and I'm loving it. The two maps in the game are tiny, so small they'd fit into trevors trailer park in GTA5 (Almost) but they are JAM PACKED. I've always favoured a balance between size and content distrubution depending on the game, for example Just cause 2 is too big for me (even though it overcomes that with it's easy traversal) with content spread to far apart and GTA4 was too small with not enough content in it. Copy/paste and repetitive content aside I think I'm more on the side of smaller desnsely packed maps these days. I just don't want to spend the time wandering or in traversal these days and with God of war I've also realized I don't want to have to spend gaming time hopping from location to location with fast travel that isn't punished in some way, looking at loading screens and at the end of the day being removed from the game nor do I want to spend hours walking the map. God of war has accomplished this so well I think it'll take a while for other games to catch up if they ever do. A perfectly sized and distributed map with linear aspects and no un-immersive fast travel and loading screen simulation.
Your thoughts and opinions? Also, what do you think of about traversal? Do you like the easy fast travel new age designs or do you wish games would ease off of that return to a more immersive method. Perhaps GTA's taxi system is the proper balance? Perhaps you are more of a Morrowind type? Pehaps you couldn't give two flying, pink fucks...