The first 8 hours or so are a tutorial and it's pretty bad there. You frustratingly slowly unlock new weapons and items to help you along, Sam feels like a drunk man unable to walk, and the BTs and Mules will feel like awful obstacles that take an absurd amount of time to clear. If you can come to terms with the actual gameplay being a walking puzzle where you maneuver around various obstacles to get to a destination as safely as possible then you will most likely enjoy this game because it really is basically a puzzle game.
Once you get past the tutorial area by reaching Port Knot City the game eventually opens up, you get items that really help deal with both BTs and Mules, you get vehicles to help facilitate exploration without tripping over your feet, you get the Power Skeleton to help you run with heavy loads without tripping unless you have absurd 200+kg loads, traveling to deliver stuff is both cathartic and really enjoyable when aiming for the Legend of Legends rank, and you get to see gorgeous sights.
I'm like 40 hours in and haven't even gotten past episode 3. I got to episode 3 at like 12 hours in. It's just so fun fixing up the roads, delivering cargo, helping out other people by building stuff for them or upgrading their stuff, sneaking around BTs, and learning about the lore. The world in general is just very interesting.