Review by JonWood007
"Better than the first game, which was a masterpiece in itself!"
Portal 2 is the long awaited sequel to Portal, which is arguably one of the best games of the 2000's decade, despite being very short. Portal 2 expands on Portal 1, and adds more puzzles and more fun. It is a very good game.
Like all Valve games, it is run on the Source engine.This makes it easy to run if you have a good CPU and remotely recent GPU, but at this point, most Source games look a little aged. Portal 2 looks great for a Source game, but as far as 2011-2012 is concerned, it does not have amazing graphics. This is largely irrelevant, since this game was never made with graphics in mind. That being said, the visuals are sufficient for what they do.
The voice overs are hilarious, and the sound effects are adequate for what they do.
The game's control scheme is very simple, and does the job well.
Game Play: 10/10
If you liked Portal, you will love Portal 2. There are more puzzles, which leads to more fun. Moreover, new features like lasers and gel add whole new dimensions to the whole puzzle aspect. For those of you not familiar with portal, you are a test subject for Aperture Science, and need to complete puzzles by placing portals in key locations to manipulate the objects and physics in a given "test chamber", or level. The game starts out easy enough, and acquaints you with the basic physics and the like. Over time, the game gets more difficult, and the puzzles are harder to solve. By the end of the game, you need to deal with the most difficult puzzles the game has to offer. There is story throughout the game I will not spoil for you, but it helps explain what you are doing and why in given periods of time. As mentioned above, the dialogue between the characters is hilarious; the game is worth it for the story itself, as well as some of the things the characters say.
Fun Factor: 10/10
The game is very fun. Enough said.
Replay Value: 10/10
This game has a lot more content than the first Portal. While it is possible to beat Portal in one session (it normally takes around two to three hours to beat on the first play through), Portal 2 has a relatively long campaign. It lasts around 7-8 hours on the first play through, which is not great when one compares it to an RPG or something, but it lasts just as long, if not longer than the typical first person shooter campaign does nowadays. This is the perfect length for Portal in my opinion, and is a significant improvement over the first installment.
Learning Curve: 10/10
The game starts out easy enough, but then you need to apply knowledge learned in the early stages of the game to solve progressively more difficult puzzles. By the end of the game, the test chambers can get insanely hard. The learning curve is perfect.
Overall, Portal 2 is just as much of a masterpiece as Portal 1 was. However, while the first game was only around 2.5 hours, Portal 2 is much longer. Therefore, it is worth the money. I would definitely recommend it to people. If you liked Portal 1, definitely get Portal 2. If you never played Portal 1, get Portal 1 and then get Portal 2 (you will need to understand Portal 1 to understand the story behind Portal 2).
Reviewer's Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
Originally Posted: 01/04/12
Game Release: Portal 2 (US, 04/18/11)
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