Portal 2 - PC

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  • 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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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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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.

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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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Creative Puzzle Platforming.
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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 Information

Platform:PC
ASIN B002I0JIQW
Release date April 19, 2011
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4.2 out of 5 stars 413 customer reviews

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Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
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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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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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There are already some really great, full featured reviews here (on Amazon) and elsewhere. I would like to contribute some thoughts I think will be useful to a variety of target audiences by providing some points that have not been touched on.

1. This is a puzzle-style game that is innovative and creative enough to be highly enjoyable even for those who don't normally enjoy puzzle games.

2. This is a first-person shooter action game that is mesmerizing and intriguing in ways that will make it enjoyable even for those who don't normally enjoy this genre. (Note: the only thing you 'shoot' is portals.)

3. Grow new neural connections! you will feel your mind muscle reveling in the activities this game provides.

4. What is it like? I've had a number of people (from all stages and walks of life) ask me this by way of trying to determine if they will enjoy it. The brief description I will share now is the one that seems to click with most folks:

Imagine you are standing on a ledge. You cannot leave. You can jump down the shaft to the floor far far below, but there is no exit down there. You can also see that there is a ledge far far above you, with the dim outlines of a glowing Exit sign and a doorway. How to get up there? On the ledge where you are, you point your 'portal gun' and create a blue portal on the ground next to you (at the moment, the blue portal goes nowhere. It needs a yellow portal to connect to). Then, you look down the shaft, take a deep breath, and jump. As the floor comes rushing toward you (with much the same enthusiasm as a giant, ravenous wolf), you shoot your portal gun at the it (the floor) and just before you hit, a yellow portal opens up beneath your feet.
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