Those big quests can be done later. These great open-world games let players take their time and enjoy the sights and sounds at their own pace.
Open-world games keep getting better and better, giving players more and more detailed settings to explore as much as they want. But the story gets bigger as the map gets bigger, and sometimes there are too many major quests and side quests.
There are, thankfully, a few games that reward the player for taking a step back and enjoying the apparently small things in their open-world settings. Games like Horizon: Forbidden West and Ghost of Tsushima focus a lot on their stories, but they also encourage the player to explore the world outside of the main character’s story.