I would rather a hard copy so I don't have to download it and to keep as memorabilia lol. You make some fair points about Valve being able to offer it cheaper, but this should be an incentive to Amazon to cut the sale price in order to boost sales and make more money overall, hopefully. It's already down to £28 now, hopefully by release date it will be even lower.
You shouldn't complain. The Euro price on steam for Portal 2 is about 40 pounds (45 euro, incl the 10% discount). The price on Amazon is currently 28... So for EU customers, Amazon is almost 40% cheaper!
its ridiculously priced everywhere, its a small puzzle game - £15 quid tops when new, when portal 1 was new it could be found for about £7, it is a fantastic game but so are magika, minecraft, super meat boy, portal 1 etc. and you dont find them being priced this way
I disagree, portal 1 was indeed "just" a puzzle game. It was a bit short, it was more of a "fun project" than a game and was packed with the big AAA titles (HL2+TF2).
Portal 2 however, is a full Triple-A game. Valve put on an entire team, just like with TF2 and L4D, to make it; I expect Valve quality storywriting, voice acting, gameplay, balanced pressure/stress moments, difficulty, and those tiny details.... The fact that they sell it at a Triple-A price only confirms it even more; This is not 'just' a puzzle game anymore!
Valve, like Blizzard is one of the few game development studios where you will definitely notice the quality difference between big studio's and indie developers (even though I also live indie games).
Anyway, this is just my opinion, and haven't played the game yet... Valve, you better not make a fool out of me!
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I'm really looking forward to play the game. I've got it, but the damn pressure from the feckin exams are doing my backside in. Plus, I can't actually waste my brain power on some puzzle game, when I need to solve puzzles in a few weeks. Otherwise it would be kinda contradictory.
Plus there's really no point in having a go at the price. After all, you really can't put a price on entertainment!