I know I don't post on here very often anymore (if ever), but something has really been bugging me lately. The universal love for Portal (1, the original). I was reading some gaming site on their top 100 games ever and Portal was number 1. My head almost exploded at this.
Let it be said that I did not pay for Portal. I got it for free from Steam as a promotion for Portal 2 shortly after its release. Some people would think that I should be grateful for getting a game for free; no, I want the three hours I spent on the game back. Therein lies my biggest problem with the game. I was expecting the game to get better as it went along, but it ended before it improved to even my bearable level. Yeah, the concept of the game may have been revolutionary, but that doesn't make it any good. Look at the RTS Achron. Absolutely revolutionary mechanics for the genre, but it's ended with low-ish ratings and (I imagine) pretty poor sales.
How can a game of 3 hours in length be considered up there with the Final Fantasy 7's, Final Fantasy 10's, Ocarina of Time's and Knights of the Old Republic's of the world, games with depth, characters, development and even plot. Portal had portals, a silent protagonist and GLaDOS, the most over-rated villain to go with the most over-rated game. It made weak sarcastic comment and tired homicidal remarks, with no effect on me. Kefka from Final Fantasy 6 makes GLaDOS look pathetic. HK-47 from the Knights of the Old Republic series does the whole homicidal robot much better.
Sorry for this rant. I'm just annoyed that something I found to be so poor is considered by some to be the best game ever. If 3 hour games are the way of the future, God help us.