Full spoilers ahead
I was rooting for the game since it's a new IP and they're kind of an underdog, but this felt like a half-baked early (maybe mid) generation game... almost like a well done HL2 mod with Bioshock/Skyrim gameplay. Even if I don't like a game myself I can still (usually) see why it gets praise (i.e. COD, Borderlands, etc) but did reviewers/fans give this such praise simply because it's the "shiny new toy"? I don't care about graphics that much and I did like the art style and sometimes the lighting, but a lot of the textures were atrocious.
The story is pretty much save the princess, which has been around since Mario. The plot twist was obvious... the leaders of the resistance looked and sometimes acted like villains, not to mention, the heart warns you about them if you choose to let her talk. Going the silent protagonist route felt lazy and unneeded. The gameplay is fine I have no huge complaints there other than sword combat felt weird so I relied on stealth, projectiles, and wind blast to avoid the awkward melee combat. I preferred it in Skyrim, which isn't saying much since that isn't Skyrim's strong-suit.
It's not an awful game at all, but I'm curious why some people love/like it so much; it felt very very mediocre to me. I haven't listened to the site's GOTY stuff yet, but I hope it doesn't make it in the top 10, since there were definitely more deserving games, at least IMO.