The first Portal was a really big hit in our household. So, we were excited when we first heard about Portal 2 coming out this year. The game has now been out for 4 days and we still haven’t bought it. Why? Because we are not sure it’s really worth purchasing essentially an arcade game for $60. And it doesn’t sound like we are the only ones to think this.
If you remember, Portal was part of several games packaged together in the wonderful invention called The Orange Box. Included in this neat little game package was: Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1, Half-Life 2: Episode 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2. We bought 2 copies of the Orange Box so we could play a lot of Team Fortress 2 together. In total, it was 5 games for $60. It was the best value for our money we have ever spent on video games. Portal wasn’t a very long game, and Team Fortress 2 was online only, so not all gamers who bought it would probably play everything on the disc. We sure did. We loved the Orange Box so much, we named our house after it (we have a square, dark orange stucco house)!
But now they have released Portal 2, which I understand, is not any longer in length or more in-depth than the first Portal, so why do we have to pay $60 for what we essentially got for $12 the first time around? They could have AT LEAST released it with an updated version of Team Fortress 2, since console owners have gotten robbed of all those wonderful updates the PC gamers get. But I guess we are in the minority in this thinking. Most of the reviews for Portal 2 are very high, but if you take a look at Metacritic, you will see that there are some that kinda feel as jipped as we do.
I respect good video games and I am willing to pay for it. We see it as good art. But just as with art, there is a perceived VALUE. And from what we got last time, Portal 2 just doesn’t have $60 worth of value. This will be a renter.