Critics and users of Metacritic are strongly divided over Valve’s Portal 2. While the game currently enjoys an average critical rating of 95/100, users currently rate the PC version of the game 6.2 out of 10.
PC users are sore over four points: the game’s length, the supposition that it is a console port, day-one downloadable content and Valve’s “potato sack” marketing strategy.
Many users claim the game can be completed in four hours. The PC version of the game asks players, “Please don't turn off your console” as it saves. Portal 2 includes an online store that is charging for cosmetic upgrades to character models in the game’s co-op mode. Valve also ran a “potato sack” marketing campaign. Players who purchased a bundle of indie games helped to unlock Portal 2 before its official release date. Users have labelled this a cash-grab, claiming that if the game was ready, it should have been released.
Meanwhile, publications have been unanimous in their praise so far. Strategy Informer writes, “Portal 2 not only betters the original Portal, but completely annihilates it.” Eurogamer says simply, “Portal is perfect,” while Giant Bomb claims that the game “elevates Portal from an odd, memorable experiment to one of the most significant series in Valve's stable with a unique voice and an incredible level of quality that all developers should aspire to.”
Gameplanet will publish its review of Portal 2 in the days ahead.