Very rarely have user opinion and critical opinion been so at odds with regard to one game, especially with a game both players and journalists were expecting to be universally loved. Which means that despite the warm and fuzzy 95 rating where Portal 2 is now holding steady, the user ratings barely clock in a measly 6.2, up from a 5.1 later today.
So, what does it take to turn the tide against one of the most anticipated releases of 2011? Well, the poorly thought out marketing campaign that forced everyone who just wanted to play Portal 2 to buy and play Valve’s Potato Sack indie bundle in order to unlock Portal 2 instead for one thing. There are others. “It’s shorter than some internet flash games i’ve played, is loaded with day 1 DLC, and has a terrible port from consoles. The price is 900% what it should be for what essentially amounts to less effort than most oblivion mods,” according to one complaint that pretty much sums up all the others. We didn’t say they were all valid, as the game is billed by most reviews at around eight to ten hours.