Everyone saying Shadow of Mordor was the game they couldn't get into made me finally try Shadow of Mordor, which I've had for a long time.
After a few hours I can say...I like it I guess but I see why people couldn't get into it. Also forced stealth sections can go to hell.
Don't really understand how this was Giant Bomb's 2014 game of the year though. Mario Kart 8 is better. Sunset Overdrive is better. I feel confident that Shovel Knight is better (though I haven't played it.)
Shadow of Mordor has the nemesis system, but so far that has mostly amounted to captains I've defeated showing up in beefed up form after I've finished a mission and killing me. It also has an ugly, not very interesting map, a combat system that often ends up with you swarmed, forced stealth sections, and a dour unpleasant atmosphere.
I will probably keep playing it, but I'm totally unsurprised that others don't dig it.