People keep overlooking Dark Souls. HL2 I've started it countless times since the game was released but once you get to the stupid bike/boat thing section it's just so much of a drag that I've never get past that. If it was "best first hour in the last decade" then I would agree with HL2, I had the same problem with HL1.
Dark Souls doesn't have a legacy.
Not yet, at least. Man, I fucking HOPE in 8 years we'll be looking back and saying "THIS IS WHERE THE ARPG REVOLUTION BEGAN ANEW".