@nightriff: For me, it doesn't come close to the LotR trilogy and falls short of the first Hobbit film.
BOTFA is my least favourite film of the Middle Earth saga. Aside from some good performances, from Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage in particular, the whole film felt underwhelming and even annoying at times. Jackson dun goof'd in my eyes and it's a damn shame.
Shadow of Mordor, for me, is probably the most over-praised title to release this year. The game's core mechanics are refined but highly derivative, save for the Nemesis System, and it doesn't have a compelling story or set of characters with which to keep me engaged with it (which is crazy given the game is set in Middle FUCKING Earth.) I didn't get a tonne out of the Nemesis System either but there's definitely room for potential growth there. All in all, by no means bad, just not Game of the Year material, personally speaking.
Also, where the hell have the awards and praise been for The Wolf Among Us? I feel like I'm one of a few who seriously dug it, this year.
I'm well aware of the rumours and speculation that Sony has funded the development costs of Street Fighter V but has anyone found any solid proof of this?
With regards to SF V's exclusivity, it's a shame from a gamer's perspective but at least there will be a PC version. I would probably do the same thing in Capcom's shoes given their primary audiences, competition, and financial straits. I just hope Capcom can pull back and return to their glory days. DmC: Devil May Cry was fantastic but it's the first good/great Capcom title I've played in years aside from Street Fighter.