Been playing quite a bit of Ghosts of Tsushima. This is the most samurai game in a long time. It's not perfect, as I feel the characters and story are one dimensional at times, and the character models are just good. The fighting is visceral, the landscape gorgeous and it's just fun to play. I'm not going to go crazy getting collectibles, but will aim to do all the missions I find. I don't care about trophies and just want to finish the game. Likely an 8/10 game for me and I generally grow bored of open world games easily. An example of this is me replaying Saints Row 3 earlier this year (the old version on PC) and playing a few hours but growing tired of the story and all. I just am not much of an open world type person.
You nailed a lot of my sentiments, too. I also have a tendency to lose interest in these grand (follow the map marker) open world games, so I fear I may drop it before finishing, especially because I agree the characters and story are just ok. I think the combat is very cool, though I'm not a fan of the heavy, laborious camera. It's just not very intuitive and can ruin battles. I feel like an 8/10 is a great rating, but I'd give it a 7/10 simply because these kind of games have never really been my thing.
It would be like if I handed my husband (who loves these kinds of games) an amazing JRPG that I love, like a Persona game or Dragon Quest XI or something. He would agree it's a good game, but those games just aren't his thing, so he'd probably hand me a 7/10 rating. GoT is a great game and I look forward to exploring its world more, but it's just not my favorite genre.