- "It's intriguing, futuristic, and full of puzzles to work your brain without it being another cheesy, typical puzzle game." in 21 reviews
- "Expanding on the story and the characters, Portal two made you care more about the story line while bringing longer, more complicated puzzles with stunning graphics along the way, helping to draw all players in till they truly believed the cake was a lie." in 20 reviews
- "I loved the first Portal game, but Portal 2 is a blast, the gameplay is so much fun and you can tell that the creators put so much time into making this game fantastic!" in 20 reviews
- "The co-op mode is also rich, fun, and does not feel like a tacked on addition to a single player game like many co-op modes." in 14 reviews
- "I prefer puzzle games to fast action paced games like CoD or LoL anyways but this is the most inventive game I've ever played." in 10 reviews
Because lets recap a bit. The first Portal, Portal one if you want, was an amazing game. Literately given away at first by Valve because they had space to spare on their orange box, it quickly grew into one of the best and most hyped games of its time. Companion cube, The cake was a lie, GLaDOS... everyone loved the game play, the black humor, and most of all, everyone loved the characters.
So when Portal two came, we, I, was extremely nervous to see what they'd made of it. Would it match the awesome expectation we made in our head? Of would it be a disaster that would ruin the franchise?
Luckly for THE WORLD, it was the first one.
Portal two is an AMAZING game. There is no question about it. The humor is back, and better then ever. We have more, better characters that we immediately fell in love with, and the story is superb.
I think the most important thing they did was they didn't try to repeat the first game. Sure, the gameplay is almost identical and the same characters are there, but they are.. different. The overused jokes from Portal one? Sure, maybe the cake is mentioned once or twice and the Companion cube has a cameo, but that's it. They didn't try to re-use all the old jokes, because frankly, they weren't funny anymore. You can only shout "THE CAKE IS A LIE" so many times before it gets old.
No, instead they made new jokes, new characters, new personalities. It feels fresh, even though you know you kinda played the game before. I feel that that is the strongest point of this game.
There is a downside however. In Portal one, everything was focused on the puzzles. The possibilities to solve them.. well, they weren't endless, but there were a lot. In portal two, not so much. I feel that maybe they got carried away in the "LOOK HOW AWESOME APERTURE SCIENCE LOOKS NOW" idea. The puzzles are still there, but instead of really trying to fire out how to solve it, you're more likely to search the room for the one single panel you can place your portal on.
Still, that's just a minor flaw in an awesome game. The story sucks you in.. you might not even notice that little flaw I just talked about. And then I didn't even talk about the "steam workplace" yet, in which you can make your own test chambers or test others (No replay value? There are HUNDREDS of test chambers for you too test... SCIENCE!) or the multiplayer mode, in which you have to solve puzzles together. This whole new area is about as big as the whole damn game itself.
All in all, this is a great game. Personally, this is the second best game I own .. and Portal one is in first place. So how about you stop reading this and get testing. For science. You monster~
There are a couple of things that I love about Portal 2. One is the absolutely wonderful characters. Your protagonist is a woman of color who, while silent, is sassy and determined. Your boss, also female, is a giant supercomputer/robot. Ther personality cores are delightful and hilarious. Even the turrets who are trying to kill you are downright adorable.
The setting is absolutely beautiful. From the dilapidated test chambers in the beginning, to the tests in old Aperture, to the pristine chambers in the very end and all through the scaffolding behind the scenes...everything is so breathtaking.
There is literally nothing I don't like about Portal 2....except maybe the fact that it ended. I like that this is a game for causal gamers AND hardcore gamers. A con is that the tests can be difficult towards the end. Another con is that I've noticed it can cause motion sickness, though it was way worse with the first Portal for me.
If you have some extra cash and some spare time buy the game! The ending made me cry like a 2 year old.
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