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Portal 2 - PC

by Valve
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Platform: PC
  • Extensive single player: Featuring next generation gameplay and a wildly-engrossing story.
  • Complete two-person co-op: Multiplayer game featuring its own dedicated story, characters, and gameplay.
  • Advanced physics: Allows for the creation of a whole new range of interesting challenges, producing a much larger but not harder game.
  • Massive sequel: The original Portal was named 2007's Game of the Year by over 30 publications worldwide.
  • The single-player portion of Portal 2 introduces a cast of dynamic new characters, a host of fresh puzzle elements
  • A much larger set of devious test chambers.

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Product Details

Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002I0JIQW
  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: April 19, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (357 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,701 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PC

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Portal 2 is a unique first-person Action-Puzzle-Platforming game that tests player's ability to think and act creatively as they use the game's ingenious wormhole creating portal gun to produce their own paths through otherwise sealed surfaces and across the open spaces of the game. Sequel to the original Portal game -- the surprise add-on hit included in Valve Corporation's 2007 release The Orange Box -- Portal 2 continues the storyline from the first game, featuring both new and returning characters, and poses a range of new challenges making for a much deeper game. Additional features include a new two player co-op mode and an original soundtrack.

Portal 2 game logo
Return to Aperature Labs in an expanded storyline in Portal 2
Enjoy an expanded storyline as you return to Aperture Laboratories to match wits with GLaDOS.
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Atlas and P-body from Portal 2
New characters and functionality expand the Portal gameplay experience.
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A first-person view from behind a Portal gun in Portal 2
Win/Mac software that is playable on both PC and Macs.
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Welcome Back to Aperture Laboratories

In Portal 2 players awake in the Aperture Science Labs as Chell, the heroine of the original game. A great expanse of time has passed since the conclusion of the first game and the gameworld has fallen into visible disrepair, but placed in suspended animation, Chell has survived intact and is revived. With the help of a robotic entity the concluding events of the past game are revealed and you escape your initial confinement, but in doing so GLaDOS, the the AI computer antagonist from the previous game is also reawakened. Just as fickle as ever, GLaDOS' motives are unknown. Insisting on testing you, it may assist you but may also be planning something more sinister.

Gameplay

Like the original game, Portal 2 is a first-person Platform-Puzzle game. In the single player campaign players assume the role of Chell, a former test subject trying to gain her freedom from the Aperture Science facility and GLaDOS, the AI controller of the facility. Set in the test chambers of the facility your goal is to make your way through the game levels using your portal gun (the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device). The portal gun creates temporary passages through solid surfaces, allowing for creative platforming and multiple possible means of clearing a level. The game also requires the player to solve puzzles at times to clear sections of levels. In addition to point-to-point movement through portals, players can also utilize other means of movement of themselves and various objects. These include: using the momentum of portal movement to make jumps to open positions like ledges; tractor beams; and special propulsion/repulsion gels that can be carried or stored.

New Cooperative Mode

Portal 2 contains a multiplayer option in the form of a two-player co-op mode. This is playable both locally and online, with split-screen functionality available in local play and in select places during online play. Players assume the role of one of two robotic characters, Atlas or P-body, both new to the franchise. These two have separated from the control of GLaDOS and so must survive its anger, divvied out in the form puzzles, obstacles and misdirection. Each player has control of their own portal gun, which they use to platform through the game levels, avoiding its dangers and relying on each other.

Minimum System Requirements

PC
  • OS - Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Processor - Dual Core 2.0 )or higher) or AMD64X2 (or higher)
  • RAM - 1 GB of RAM on Windows XP, 2 GB on Windows Vista or Windows 7
  • Hard Drive Space - 7.6 GB hard disk space
  • Video Card - DirectX 9 graphics card with 128 MB RAM Sound card DirectX 9.0c compatible
Mac
  • OS - Mac OS X v10.6.6 or later
  • Processor - Intel Core Duo processor (2.0 GHz or better)
  • RAM - 2 GB (or more)
  • Hard Drive Space - 7.6 GB hard disk space (or more)
  • Video Card - GeForce 8600M or ATI Radeon HD 2400 or higher

Key Game Features

  • Extensive single player game featuring next generation gameplay and a wildly-engrossing story
  • Complete two-person cooperative multiplayer game featuring its own dedicated story, characters, and gameplay
  • Advanced use of physics allow for the creation of a whole new range of interesting challenges, producing a much larger but not harder game
  • Original soundtrack
  • A massive sequel to the title named 2007's Game of the Year by over 30 publications worldwide.
  • Win/Mac software is PC and Macintosh compatible

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New gameplay challenges in Portal 2
New gameplay challenges.
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An excursion funnel from Portal 2
Creative Puzzle Platforming.
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Dual laser action from Portal 2
All-new 2-player co-op mode.
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A first-person view from behind a portal gun in Portal 2
Exciting first-person action.
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Product Description

The highly anticipated sequel to 2007's Game of the Year, Portal 2 is a hilariously mind-bending adventure that challenges you to use wits over weaponry in a funhouse of diabolical science. Using a highly experimental portal device, you’ll once again face off against a lethally inventive, power-mad A.I. named GLaDOS. And this time you won’t be alone. Meet an expanded cast of characters as you think your way through dangerous, never-before-seen areas of Aperture Laboratories. Break the laws of spatial physics in ways you never thought possible, with a wider variety of portal puzzles and an expansive story that spans a single player and co-operative game mode.

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114 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal. April 19, 2011
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If you enjoyed Portal as much as I did (and I enjoyed it a LOT), prepare to be blown away. Portal 2's single-player campaign is in every way far better than the original. It takes you through unbelievably creative levels with far more dynamics and levels than the first game. I don't want to say too much because honestly, if you are even considering this game then you need to witness it yourself.

The only real "con" I can say about this game is that it's campaign is short for the price tag. However, if you felt it was justified to pay ~$50 for Call of Duty 4 despite how short it was, then expect the same quality (if not better) with Portal 2. It's a short campaign, but it is absolutely amazing.

Many people have been complaining about the DLCs and other strange things so let me be the first to clarify this for you. Portal 2 has an in-game shop, not unlike Mannconomy from Team Fortress 2. What you can buy are little customizations for your co-op robots, things like skins or gestures. There are about 60+ negative Metacritic reviews complaining about this, saying it should have been included in the game. I honestly do not understand it. This content has nothing to do with the single-player campaign as far as I am concerned, and I really do not care about them. They are just little trinkets that make your robots pretty. I really...don't understand the enormous criticism over it. PC players (which is what I am) have complained about the "Please do not turn off your console" dialog as well, which shows up when you are saving the game. I can assure you that other than this, the entire game feels exactly as well tuned for PC as with every other Valve game.
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly Valve's best game. April 20, 2011
By bryssa
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
UPDATE (November 22 2012): Since the original review several of my criticisms have been resolved as a commentator pointed out (thanks!). Specifically, with the advent of the level editor and Steam Workshop, there is an absolute ton of quality/mind bendingly difficult maps now. Valve has also added an additional co-op campaign. Basically, there's tons of content and the game has dramatically dropped in price, so my concerns about difficulty and running out of content vs the game's price are now moot.

In addition, as of yesterday Valve has added split screen local co-op. Hurray for us HTPC users!

My original review has not been edited as I don't like stealth updates to reviews.

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There are very few developers that I would pre-order games by pedigree alone. There are even fewer developers that I would pre-order, wait on pins and needles for the unlock, pull an all-nighter during the work week out of pure eagerness to play it, and not regret a thing while I was in zombie mode the next day. As time goes on that list of developers has shrunk to a mere two.

Valve is one them, and they have yet to truly disappoint me. They are, for all extents and purposes, the Pixar of gaming for me.

That's not to say I'm blind to their faults and mistakes, they've certainly made them before and they'll make them again. None of their games are perfect, either -- including Portal 2. But what they do right they do so bloody well right that it makes the bobbles easy to look past.

Half Life 2 may be my personal favorite Valve game for a lot of reasons, but Portal 2 is probably their *best* game when looked at objectively.
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35 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
THIS GAME IS NOTHING SHORT OF A MAGNIFICENT SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENT. GlaDOS would be proud. And believe me, you don't know GlaDOS until you've finished Portal 2.

If you loved the original Portal, you're going to fall wildly in love with the sequel!! I wish I could give this 6 stars. This game is so rich and detailed that it is better than most Hollywood movies, let alone most videogames.

I'll give you 2 words why this new Portal is so much better than the original: CAVE JOHNSON. One of the many new characters, Cave Johnson is the founder of Aperture Science... and he is ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS. But even better, Cave Johnson provides one of those crucial things that is missing from 99.9% of all videogames today: A STORY. A REAL, TRUE, HONEST-TO-GOODNESS BACK STORY.

Oh sure, with Portal 2, you've got puzzles to solve, but you've also got the AMAZINGLY RICH BACKSTORY that satisfies and delights and humors you every step of the way. You will find yourself exploring & listening & laughing to the backstory of Aperture Science for just as long of a time as you spend solving puzzles!! And what could possibly be better than symbolically TRAVELING BACK IN TIME to solve the puzzles that Aperture Science put out in the 1950's and 1970's?! SO MUCH FUN!! SO HILARIOUS!! SO REWARDING!!

And by no means did I mean to forget about WHEATLEY, the brand new star in the Portal franchise. This character is absolutely laugh-out-loud funny... I simply can't believe how Valve was able to create such a richly humorous character as Wheatley.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Crafted with Humor
I bought this game via Steam and have found it to be absolutely phenomenal. The controls (e.g. WASD, mouse, mouse wheel) are fairly easy to use. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game, but still no cake
Kudos to the guys at Valve for bettering an original yet again. Portal was a masterly work of originality and ingenuity and PORTAL 2 takes the principles laid down in the first... Read more
Published 17 days ago by sft
1.0 out of 5 stars Great game, great ripoff!
I was given a pre-used code so I could not use it!
Published 20 days ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Good present.
It was a present for a 15 yr old boy. He loved it.

I haven't seen it but the premise sounds awesome: world reality jumping through a portal. Read more
Published 25 days ago by 0xyjen
2.0 out of 5 stars Funny walk through - if you like puzzle and mazes ...
Funny walk through - if you like puzzle and mazes you will like it. If you want to shot things up - and save the world - not so much
Published 26 days ago by David B
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry to say this version is a dud
It Requires an internet connection to play - I got this so I'd have something to do in the field after work - couldn't use it because of the steam dependence. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars PC version is best
The computer version is best because you can make your own test chambers! Also you can download other peoples test chambers this game is awesome 10/10
Published 1 month ago by ConnorTheNinjaProGamer83
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Game Ever
Now, this is one of the best games you will probably ever find. However, before you buy this I must warn you that you must install Steam (a game client I love using) to play it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy a "used" copy
This game, The Orange Box, and any other game protected by the Steam security system can only be used by the original buyer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark S. Faul
4.0 out of 5 stars A competent follow up for one of the most innovative puzzle games...
Portal 2 lives up to its name. It truly makes you "think with portals". The game itself is magnificently crafted with the black-comedy script most people will recognize... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Felipe de Jesús Betancourt Gaona
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