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Portal 2 is that sequel that the first Portal game deserves, here is my review for Portal 2...

9.5

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Hard
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Highly addictive"

Summary

Wen portal was released in the Orange Box, almost everyone liked it. I did not get portal 1 from the Orange Box because I downloaded it for free in a week that Steam offered it for everyone that grabbed the game in time, Thanks Steam...
Portal 1 did a great job pushing the puzzle type games forward. Portal 2 is bigger and better than the original in every aspect. The Single Player of Portal 2 itīs harder and different from the first one. Now you are not a person used for experiments in the test chambers, you are trying to escape from Aperture Facility (no more spoilers :P). Portal 2 introduces a cast of dynamic new characters and a better story. One thing I must say, the voice performances are great, this was one of these games that I was really amazed with the voices of the characters, Ellen McLain (GLaDOS), Stephen Merchant (Wheatley) and J.K. Simmons (Cave Johnson) were great in their roles. Be prepared to see some great twists and revelations in the story of Portal 2. The gameplay was very smooth which helps to to unravel the portal puzzles. The graphics were great, the Source engine might be old, but it is still doing some great visual impact. And I canīt forget the physics, that are also great.
The Co-Op in Portal 2 is really funny and very addictive if you play with a friend and this might be one of the best Co-Op experiences that I had in 2011. Portal 2 Co-Op is really made for 2 persons to pass each test chamber cooperatively, and itīs really well done. Overall the game is great and It deserves a solid 9.5, thanks for reading my review.




Still Alive

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Masterpiece"

Summary

To call Portal 2 a "funny" game would be like calling a rusty bear trap dipped in lemon juice thats clamped tightly around your head "a slight inconvenience". This is the very first game to actually make me laugh till my chest hurts since I lost my love of fart jokes. The writing for GLaDOS, Wheatley and Cave Johnson's dialog is pure genius and the little jokes that ride shotgun to these three comedic masters ties it all together perfectly.

In addition to making me go LOL, Portal 2 is a highly enjoyable puzzle game that is just hard enough not to be easy, but not so hard you want to kill everyone who works for valve. The clever utilization of the portal gun to solve puzzles is incredibly satisfying and enjoyable. Also might I say that the storyline is pretty great too once you get through all the humor, but I won't spoil any of it.

The multiplayer has touched on something that I feel isn't often dwelled on. Solving the Portal puzzles with your best buddy is a great way to spend a day. You build up trust (push each other into flaming death pits) and learn whats important about true friendship (high fives and rock paper scissors). But once your and your companion put the many, many murderous betrayals over lost rock paper scissors games behind you the puzzles are just as fun; if not more fun and satisfying then the single player ones.

Portal 2 has raised the bar for puzzle games and anyone looking for a laugh, or good brain teaser should consider it a worthy part of their gaming collection.




Amazing sequel, amazing game and amazing everything

10

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Masterpiece"

Summary

If you are reading this review to know whether it is worth to buy this game or not, I will save you some time here and say it's worth every penny. You need reasons as to why you should buy this game? Well unique and amazing gameplay, great sound and design, witty and humorous script and a coop mode to play with friends should be enough reasons. If you still aren't convinced go on to read my TL;DR statement on why this game is amazing.

When Valve bought Portal, we thought it was yet another masterpiece from Valve factory. But with Portal 2 Valve not only produced another masterpiece but also managed to outdo its predecessor, Portal in many respects. Portal 2 just doesn't recycle Portal by adding new maps and stick in some story and package it as a sequel like some other video-game franchises. In fact, Portal 2 expands upon your experience of Portal by going deep within the bowels of Aperture Science to give you an amazing story, humorous and witty script well played out by GLaDOS, Wheatley and Cave Johnson and adds in new testing materials like gels, lasers, aerial faith plates etc. If you have already played Portal and want to play this, I strongly advice you to read Lab Rat comic before starting this game as it will help you fill in with the gap between events of Portal and Portal 2.

The setting of this game takes place after few years of the events of Portal. You still play as Chell, the main protagonist of the series. After you have destroyed GLaDOS and entire facility you find yourself in some room and are woken up for some brief exercises and go back to cryogenic sleep. After unknown number of days, quite possibly years you are suddenly woken up to find that your room is in ruins and electronic voice in background speaking of some disaster. You hear some knocking on door which you open to find an AI core named Wheatley. Despite is metal ball like appearance he manages to express himself greatly with help of his human like voice, his gestures with lens etc. You will find his antics and comments immensely entertaining and will take immediate liking for him. In some respects Wheatley sometimes reminds me of boxxy. Dunno if you like boxxy of not but you sure will like Wheatley's funny antics. Anyway, Wheatley will team up with and guide you so that you both can escape the dreaded facility. You will find your beloved Portal gun and will again be Portal-ing everywhere to go through rooms for escape. The learning curve is fairly simple. So for those who haven't played first Portal as they will easily learn how to think with Portals but still shame on you for not playing first game. As for the Portal veterans it will be a slow start before fun begins. In fact they will surely find out that they have already solved first few chambers but there is lots in store for them and Wheatley's dialogue is sure to watch out for. In the process of escaping that numbnut Wheatley manages to wake up GLaDOS who still holds slight grudge for "murdering" her but will "forgive you" for the sake of the science. In no time you will back again testing for GLaDOS whose old evil and witty humor is still alive. Plus you will also have to bear with her sharp and caustic remarks, but all in all it will be great fun and you will enjoy the company of GLaDOS.

I won't spoil more of the story for you as you have to enjoy the experience. But further into the story you will explore the old and new sections of Aperture Science and will learn some of the dark kept secrets and mysteries about Aperture Science. The humorous pre-recorded messages of Cave Johnson, the former CEO of Aperture Science is definitely one aspect of the game to look forward to. The gameplay of Portal 2 is somewhat different than Portal. Sure you will be still solving puzzles to get through test chambers or whatever but many a times Portal veterans will find that it will be more of an exploration puzzle. You will also encounter new stuff like lasers, light bridges, funnels, and varieties of gels to use to solve the puzzle. You will have to use your knowledge of various testing materials available and exploration skills to solve the puzzles. And let me tell you, even veterans of Portal will be left scratching their heads in course of some puzzles.

Portal 2 does one hell of a job with script, design and sound department as it did with gameplay. The script is really well-written which will answer you many curious questions about mysterious Aperture Science. The new characters introduced are just amazing and their dialogue is amazingly well-written and executed and full of wit and humor. As like predecessor Portal, Portal 2 does aces in sound department too. Wheatley and GLaDOS though being only an AI but have their gestures and dialogues well coordinated which you can't exactly call voice acting but is still well executed. Since the last events of Portal, most of the Aperture Science is in ruins and the graphics and environments of the game do great justice towards that. Over the entire facility you will come across old and new sections among ruins. The textures, the murals, wall writing are just some amazing design aspects.

The single player version of the game can last as long 9-10 hours which I guarantee will full of fun and amazing experience. Second playthrough can be easily completed within 6 hours. There isn't much replay value except for the developer commentary and fun in listening to dialogues of Cave Johnson and Wheatley again. Almost all of the achievements are fairly easy to get since most are either unlocked via playing along the story or discovering Easter Eggs. Apart from "Overclocker" you won't have to work much for getting achievements. Unlike Portal, Portal 2 lacks challenge mode which may disappoint few of you but still Portal 2 has lots to offer.

In addition to single player, the game also features multiplayer coop. In this mode, since GLaDOS has let go of Chell she has two trained robots P-Body and Atlas specifically designed for testing whom you and your friend will play as. Since you will be playing as robots that doesn't mean less fun. GLaDOS's sense of humor will still be there and robots have unique and fun gestures and little dances to communicate. All this factors just making your time spent with friends while solving puzzles more fun. Plus coop mode also features challenge maps for those of you itching for more competitiveness. Since Steam made a debut on PS3 with Portal 2, you can now also play with your friends who own PS3 version of the game.

All that being said, your journey through Aperture Science yet again is going to be one hell of a fun ride and must buy for every person who claims him/herself to be a gamer.




yet another amazing game by valve *sorry the score is 10 but i cannot change the score, perhaps some technical issue*

10

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Amazing"

Summary

As all of you must have known, this game is a sequel of Portal, which is a pretty good game that only weakness is its shortness. In Portal 2, the only weakness has been removed, so this game (for me) deserves to be rate 10.

The gameplay is still as amazing as ever, such as the unique gameplay mechanic that uses portals as puzzles, and the another additions to the puzzles is put neatly in the game so that the additions can synchronize greatly with the usage of the main mechanic which is the portal gun. For example is the puzzle with the combination of portals and lasers, and etc.

For the graphic, i honestly admit that Battlefield 3's graphic is far better, but for nowadays the graphic of Portal 2 is tolerable.

As for the story, i found that Valve has put an amazing new character that makes the story so interesting, which is Wheatley, *SPOILER* which is one of the cores for GLaDOS that tries to save the protagonist to escape from the Aperture, but after obtaining a supreme power he immediately become an antagonist of the game, which is a really clever personality put by Valve. *SPOILER ENDS*. And in my opinion, GLaDOS's dialogues are written pretty good and funny, especially when GLaDOS meets with Wheatley :D.

And the multiplayer too is really interesting to play. To play a puzzle with portals that could make you dizzy with your friends is really amusing.

So the point is this game is really good and very improved since its predecessor, and the innovative puzzle makes this game a really must-buy-and-try game.

Oh and the ending is really interesting and amazing too, but I don't want to spoil that here though :p




Much fair and vibrant puzzles, detailed graphics are back are on the valve's award-winning original mechanics.

9.5

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Hard
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Innovative"

Summary

Portal is back with a sequel, back is GLaDOS infused with more mystery and malice, back is the frustrating and boring facility and back is your life saving portal gun. This game is exactly build on the portal's precise and brilliant gameplay, ideas and mechanics.
The difference this time is that the facility is distorted and overrun by bushes and wines, you've got a small robot Wheatley as your partner.

Again you find yourself within the premises of Aperture Science's facility. The storyline this time is again filled with shocking twists and turns. GLaDOS is revived and you have to again work your way out making portals and solving the sophisticated puzzles.
Both portal and portal 2's tale are so touching it approaches your heart and leaves such a trace you keep pondering about it even when it ends.

Basic gameplay of portal is exactly the same. You've got a portal gun to shoot 2 portals to teleport through them. This time the challenges are blended with innovation with some new elements are introduced like laser deviating cubes, different gels of specific properties etc. You really have to run your mind to solve these mind- boggling yet fair puzzles. This keeps the game challenging, enjoyable as well as frustration free.

Voice acting is done to perfection. You can actually feel the wickedness of GLaDOS' evil voice. It really scares you when you explore the absolutely desolate, silent and magnificent premises of Aperture Science. Wheatley's voice was outstanding and gave the game more colors. Graphics look clean and beautiful.

Portal 2 is an even brilliant game than its already mind-blowing predecessors.

9.0

Editors' Choice
9.5
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