Agreed on most of Watch_Dogs. End of the day, the driving physics aren't very good, but you also don't buy these types of games for quality of content, it's usually about quantity (looking at you, GTA). As long as the game can keep you entertained, being imperfect isn't unbearable. I thought the campaign was OK, but I can also agree that the characters could have been better. It's a decent first go, but they also could really stand to flesh out a lot of things (the "random" encounters with citizens got very redundant late in the game).
Shadow of Mordor was also a better game. However, it might be MORE flawed. The pacing was really poor. If you're someone who prefers to beat a game in its entirety, then you're basically done with the game halfway through. Other than Brand, every pertinent ability can be acquired before you reach the second-half of the world. There are a lot of filler talents, and the RPG elements had you essentially unstoppable quite quickly. On top of that, the ending was a huge letdown, in terms of difficulty and quality. I'd take Dying Light (which basically had the same issues as Mordor, but told a better story and had basically a better everything, other than the dynamic-ish A.I.) over Mordor any day, it was legitimately one of my favorite games in a LOOOOOOOOONG time.
To be fair, I pegged SoM as having that problem and played it correctly, I think. I got the Season Pass preorder, so I have all the Trials unlocked. I stopped the game immediately after the first boss and took my midleveled character into the challenge modes and have never looked back. Without the mind control or overpowered skills, and just with a crapload of randomized orc bosses to take down, the game is pretty dang fun and challenging. That randomized challenge throws scads of orcs at any boss fight. It's absolutely nuts.
I keep forgetting when I recommend SoM that I'm not playing it "properly"
I liked Dying Light's story (Hearing people gripe about the "white dudebro" hero was an EXCELLENT way to filter out dumbasses too.) but it felt like a dropkick looking for a game worthy of it. It carried over most of the dumb, deflating, unfun bits from Dead Island too.
Still, I wouldn't begrudge someone who enjoyed it. There was some quality there.