Monday, May 9, 2011

Portal 2

Now if you've played Portal 1, you'll know what to expect from this one. It is once again a first person puzzle game from my favorite video game developer Valve. The character you play is the same girl who unfortunately didn't quite escape Aperture Science, which is what we were lead to believe at the end of Portal 1 (forgive me but it's impossible not to include a spoiler here).

Just like in Portal 1, there's an interesting twist in the storyline and I'm sure you guys will enjoy it, but I find that it wasn't as surprising as what happened in Portal 1. Nonetheless, the characters are amazing and I found myself laughing many times during the game because of Wheatley's funny comments (the thing that will follow you for a good half of the game).

From a visual aspect, the game has been greatly improved in comparison to the prequel and if you have a nice video card you will definitely take advantage of it (not to mention that the main character has smoother curves ;D).


As far as gameplay and puzzle-solving goes, you'll be surprised at all the additions Valve has prepared for us. If you think you got pretty good at Portal 1 and that Portal 2 will be a piece of cake? Well you're wrong! There are different kinds of new physics to consider (spoiler: gravity beams and catapults) and you'll need to do some serious 3D thinking for some of the puzzles. You're probably familiar with the typical situation when a good game/movie is made and later its sequel just takes advantage of its success but gives you almost nothing new. Rest assured, Portal 2 is NOT that kind of game.

Here are some other good points about the game. If you buy a PS3 version, you'll get access to its steam copy for free. That means that you'll be able to download it on your mac or pc! Also, the new coop multiplayer mode will be super fun if you have friends who are willing to participate (I suggest buying a headset for this if you don't have one already). Oh and it's much much longer than Portal 1. Single player alone took me over 5 days of on and off playing to complete so your hard-earned money from flipping burgers at McDonalds will definitely be worth investing into this and you'll get over 20 solid hours of gaming pleasure :]

In summary, this is an amazing game and it has almost no flaws. Moreover, whether you prefer RPGs, FPS or RTS, it doesn't matter: you'll like it anyway!

42 comments:

  1. portal 2 great game, i just bought it and it is so addictive. a bit slow starting though

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  2. nice game. i dont have it though

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  3. Great to hear that Portal 2 is better than the original. As I commented yesterday, I loved Portal and can't wait to play the sequel.

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  4. Got to agree, this game is a masterpiece.

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  5. I havent played it but i will check it out now.

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  6. I only have a few levels left in Portal 2 and I don't want it to end!

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  7. Loved the first, haven't had the chance to play the second though. Gotta get my hands on it!

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  8. Gotta love Valve for putting out such amazing games! Never doubted that this was going to be an instant success.

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  9. It's really one of the most amazing games I played but i have to say it's a little bit short...

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  10. Starting this game up pretty soon. I didn't play the first, so I may have to do it before. I can't decided yet.

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  11. I love this game! It's amazing!

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  12. Great review, I personally found Wheatley to be freakin hilarious! Coop was super fun to do also. Never finished the single player campaign though =[[

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  13. Great Game, Think im partial to the first one though=]

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  14. Finished it up a few weeks ago, loved everything that came out of Cave Johnson's mouth. Wheatly was a nice addition to the fray as well

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  15. yeah i agree portal 2 adds a lot of elements to keep things interesting

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  16. best game ive played this year, its so cinematic. its humor is perfect too.

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  17. Nice review. I played Portal 1, and I loved it. I have to dish enough money to get this bad boy.

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  18. Hearing so many great things about this game!

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  19. Everyone is so into this game lately.

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  20. Portal 2 is lovely game but they forgot about one thing... THE CAKE >:D!

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  21. Damn... I must get my hands on these Portal games... they seem awesome

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  22. I must buy a new computer.. This shit can't do it.. :(

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  23. maybe i could buy this game

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  24. I haven't played yet, but already like it

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  25. Haha yeah the cake should have been there :P

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  26. I played this game yesterday, awesome one!

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  27. Loved Portal 1, gotta get my hands on the sequel by the sounds of your review.

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  28. I love this game, i can play portal all day looong.

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  29. Finished it :)

    Great but I'm waiting for this summer's update.

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  30. This game was the bomb :) Good review!

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  31. Yep. Definetly a great game. I should check the CO-OP mode someday :)-

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  32. One of the best PC games I played for a long time. Well, the best PC game since Portal (1) ;D

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