Hmm, I do like A Link To The Past, but only the gameplay. And even that doesn't always work well: Pegasus Boots you can't control, irritating ice floors.
Imposed gameplay limitations surely are the divide in most games. Your posion is my candy. I can see where you're coming from though, I just personally like the the limitations and Im sure Im not alone. Personal preferences are just that tho; personal.
I dunno. I think I've just been reading too many zelda forums lately praising majora's mask as the best zelda game ever. In a lot of ways, I agree. It's still the most original Zelda game SINCE a link to the past in the way that it adds a lot of new gameplay and shifts around the normal pacing most zelda fans are used to. These are all amazing tweaks but I just dont see zelda existing as it is now without a link to the past. It was the template for almost everything Zelda moving forward (ocarina of time may as well be a 3d remake to me).
A lot of what gets me about the majora's mask praise lately are people clamoring for a sequel set in termina using the mask system. While it probably wouldnt be a horrible game, why does it seem like no fan base anymore for anything can be satisfied with 1 of something? Why can we not just enjoy what we do have without trying to drip it dry until there's nothing left? the reason the concepts in mm were so fresh were because zelda had never done them before. For a sequel, that draw wouldnt exist...its just sad to me is all.
The worst is when people start talking about changing link entirely because the storyline says link is just an avatar. I could not disagree with this more. Not only is link more iconic as a single character moreso than any other nintendo mascot save mario, but it also shows how Nintendo bludgeoning together a haphazard storyline to try and please fans was a bad idea from the get go. The lore was NEVER the main focus of the developers, moreso just a way to get link into more crazy scenarios and for fans to take it so seriously to the point of changing zelda games into something that doesnt even represent zelda to me anymore is strangley infuriating. I wish I could time travel their brains back to 1988 when there were only two zelda games and they were drastically different to show them that the story really meant very little aside from the premise set up just to make you adventure in the first place. Past that, you were on your own. Up until Ocarina, that's pretty much all zelda games were and, as much as I love OoT, i feel like it ruined a lot of what made zelda zelda for me and the series still hasnt really course corrected itself. A link between worlds was kind of a nudge in the right direction tho I will say, and, to end this all on a hopeful note, Zelda U is looking MIGHTY interesting in that regard.
tldr: I love all the zelda games outside of cd-i and ds renditions. You aren't wrong in any opinion you have stated, I just have a weird apprehension to zelda fans online anymore.