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- The single-player portion of Portal 2 introduces dynamic characters, fresh puzzle elements, and a larger set of devious test chambers
- The two-player mode features a separate campaign with unique story, test chambers, and two new player characters.
- Advanced use of physics allow for the creation of a whole new range of interesting challenges, producing a much larger but not harder game.
- A massive sequel to the title named 2007's Game of the Year by over 30 publications worldwide.
- Players explore areas of the Aperture Science Labs and reunite with GLaDOS, the murderous computer companion.
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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.
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.
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.
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 Hand-held 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.
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.
New gameplay challenges.
Creative Puzzle Platforming.
All-new 2-player co-op mode.
Exciting first-person action.
Top Customer Reviews
The story line in Portal 2 was also interesting, but I was disappointed to see that it looked like the game would end at 22 levels. Imagine my surprise when the storyline went in a whole new direction, with a variety of puzzle solving challenges both familiar and not. Ultimately, it went almost 62 levels, which was significantly more gameplay than I expected, and was a very pleasant surprise!
the controls for those not familiar with the Portal franchise is very simple. Like any other first person games the joysticks are your primary movement and the A button is your jump, the only addition to this is your left and right triggers will produce portals that you can enter and exit from. Now being a puzzle game at heart it is key that the controls be precise to a fault. Well good news because they are just that, if you screw up a jump or the placement of a portal it is 100% all your fault.
Graphically the Portal franchise is very crisp and clean. While in Aperture Labs (the primary setting) it's hard not to compare the visual style and art to the products that Apple Computers releases. Everything is sleek, well defined, rounded and white. Taking the player out of the white washed walls of Aperture you will soon find yourself in what best feels like a homage to Rapture (From Bioshock) running around in a lab that time forgot. Each environment felt right and I can say I never thought to myself this game is anything less than beautiful.
In terms of the audio the game is a five star title all the way. The characters played beautifully by talent such as English Actor/Comedian Stephen Merchant (The Office), American Actor J.K Simmons (Spider-man), and Ellen McLain (Opera Singer). While the players fills the role of the always silent Chell, the characters Wheatley, Cave Johnson, and GLaDOS (respective to their voice actors) really pull the story together with emotion and laughter. The amazin ending theme song "Want You Gone" was once again written by Jonathan Coulton of Portal fame for his original song "Still Alive". To put is simply Portal 2 has by far the best audio in this generation of gaming.
As they say though all good things must come to an end and while I can praise Portal 2 for years to come, the main issue with the game is replay. While the test courses are fun and the co-op courses offer a new set of challenges the core game is really only charming the first time. While the dialog will keeps some coming back for such an amazing experience. A decent player will nearly complete the game 100% on the first playthrough and once they find a decent co-op partner they co-op mode will be over far to soon. If your an achievement hunter it is an easy 1000gs in less than 10 hours.
Gameplay: 5 (out of 5)
An incredibly intelligent well written game with character to spare. Everyone will enjoy this game.
Controls: 5 (out of 5)
Complexing simple control system that leaves the player the only one to blame for their mistakes.
Graphics: 5 (out of 5)
Portal 2 has a unique blend of very clean, very sharp "Apple"-esque graphics at times but this sequel goes where portal has never gone before.
Sound: 5 (out of 5)
I can not express how highly I hold this vice work. The games witty dialog is carried by its cast of amazing voice talent and should not be missed by anyone.
Replay Value: 3 (out of 5)
Unfortunately the down side of Portal is that it is always going to be a single player game. While the co-op section is just as fun as the stand alone campaign it will not take long to 100% complete the game with no reason to return.
Overall Score: 5 (out of 5)
Review Score Information: 1 - Poor, 2 - Below Average, 3 - Average, 4 - Above Average, 5 - Excellent
The game is so creative I don't know where to start (also note, I never played the original). The game is a puzzle solver (in case you didn't know that already). Gameplay-wise these puzzles start out simple and slowly build in complexity as you go through the levels. Some of the later puzzles get very hard so much that I got a little frustrated and personally went out to the web to get some pointers. I don't think thats a negative though. I just wanted to keep the game moving and fun.
Thats the other great thing. The levels are pretty "bite-size". So I found I could easily fire it up play for 15 minutes to a half hour and be happy with the session and have the opportunity to save at a logical break-off point
Finally, the game is filled with lots of dry type of humor which for me makes for a great time. Really the folks at Valve put together a beautiful piece of art with this one. You'll definitely get your entertainment value on this one.
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These are one exposure games. Like hearing a very funny joke multiple times.