Picked this up from base.com for £14, it's really rather good isn't it? I'm having a great time, I remember enjoying Shadow of Mordor before I got to a standstill with available missions, but this is several further steps forward and it's the first game I've played in a long time has had me up until 2/3am in the morning.
Traversal controls are exceptional and you feel a lot more able to manoeuvre and pivot around scenarios than the first game. I love how flighty you can be, and yet also how it doesn't just require hold a button to run - well timed presses of "X" to get the boost run is essential with a gang of orcs on your trail. Combat reminds me a lot of Batman albeit slightly more forgiving, but it's incredibly satisfying trying to stealth kill your way around an encampment/surround a Captain, only to stumble into a massive kick-off and still come out in tact (mostly!).
And as others have said, the Nemesis system is quite brilliant this time around and builds on what we got in SoM - it's a real triumph. I'm in the first area (level 9) and more or less cleared out most of the Captains now - it's just so fun and how varied they can be. I love the random things that come up too - there's one captain 'Hura' who is an absolute cock. I've killed him like 3 or 4 times, and each time he keeps coming back, giving it all the lip "you might have got the better of me last time... and the time after... but I'm back... again!" the big optimistic idiot. These little dialogue touches you get when you encounter a captain are really great. Last night Hura decided to ambush me on a rooftop in a City, when I was stalking 2 other Captains - each had their own bodyguards. It meant I had to try and kill him on the top of a spire, in one sitting without giving my position away to nearby archers and without alerting anyone else in the City! Pretty tense but really satisfying (his corpse rolled off the spire but I got away with it ).
The main missions have been pretty good so far too, sexy spider lady included, and I love the epic weapons you get from Death Threat-ing and then killing some of the Captains. The sword I have at the moment gifts me 23% more damage from melee attacks, but first I have to kill 3 poisoned enemies with it, which is no mean task as poisoned Orcs seem to go down in about 5 seconds once they're made toxic.
Great game though, just lots of fun. I went a bit OCD last night collecting memories and those puzzle pieces and bam suddenly an hour had gone. With all the talk in this thread of upcoming Acts, Level 30 Captains and dying lots (and me having had a relatively easy time of it so far) I look forward to the challenge ahead!*
*may regret these words