I don't give a damn how good it is, i'd rather play 40 hours of crap than 1 hour of the best game ever; after 40 hours I can at least feel fulfilled.
Hahaha, too funny.
We try to make games with a cinematic flair and a much higher quality per minute value than average. Assuming you skip multiplayer, the cost of the game is similar per minute as that of a movie. Now you could go watch a cruddy 40 hour movie but I'd rather spend an hour or two watching the best movie of all time.
We could easily double the game length by removing the compass and spending development time adding instead of polishing, but I guarentee you the resulting game would rate several points less on gamerankings.com.