So I just finished Assassin´s Creed Brotherhood (my first game in the series) and I was surprised to see that the series features a prominent GTA-like police force. The protagonist cannot kill civilians (actually he can but the player is threatened with a game over) but has no problems killing the police. Obviously Link has to be the good guy so I assumed this aspect of a GTA-like open world would not work in Zelda game. However, I was wrong: By introducing an occupying force (in a Zelda game perhaps Moblins or Gerudo - misogyny alarm... but it makes sense in the context of the Hylian wars mentioned in e.g. OoT) Link can attack, steal (which he has done anyway in Link´s Awakening), etc. It is also a good way to implement stealth. The series has played around with stealth many times but it was never incorperated into normal gameplay until BotW. And even then it took place outside of towns.
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