Game Review - Portal 2 on PC

Written by SpikeJet2736 on October 17, 2014 @ 1:05 pm

Meanwhile at Valve. "Hey guys I have an idea. People seem to really like the Gravity Gun and the environmental puzzles in Half Life 2. What if we just made a whole game around that"

Change the gravity gun to the portal gun and thus Portal 1 and 2 were born.

If you're a gamer at all then it's pretty hard NOT to have heard of the Portal series. More for those stupid internet memes people never stop making, more than the actual games themselves though they are really fun games.

Portal 2 is more or less just the first one only way longer and a deeper storyline I guess if deeper that they give more hints about what happened at Aperture through gameplay. Valve never really does cut scenes so obviously you're probably not going to get the full story the first time playing it which can be frustrating for people who love strong stories in their game play. While the story is told in that typical Valve way of not giving you all the details. Really when you get right down to it, the whole mystery surrendering Aperture isn't really anything to hung up about. Cav Johnson, was dying, implanted his assistant into the computer which gave birth to Glados, was testing humans with portal technology and they rivalled Black Mesa (from Half Life) and that's about it really.

The game is essentially a first person puzzle game. You use your portal gun to solve environmental puzzles and get out of room. The controls a very good, always responsive no matter if you use PC or Console (both work fine to me). The design of the levels can be pretty creative in how you solve these puzzles but the puzzles themselves really aren't that challenging. Aside from a few here or there, you can figure out these puzzles fairly quickly if you use enough common sense so not only is this for the most part a pretty easy puzzle game but it also hurts the replay value on it because once you've played the game already, you can pretty much blaze through the game every-time after that.

So with fun (abide pretty easy) game play with a pretty shallow storyline what does this game have to make up for that? Humor, it is a funny game. If you ask your typical nerd (Rather it be furries, bronies, otakus, whatever) why they think Portal is the best from Valve, it's usually because it's funnier than those other ones which okay, humor's a great thing but when THAT'S the main attraction to your game? Sorry, I play games to you know Play games, not just so I can listen to a guy's stand up retune.

So yeah I wouldn't rate the single player campaign of Portal 2 a 10/10. The co op of Portal 2 on the other hand I would. The Co-op to this game is where the real brain teasers are and it's more balanced with humor and gameplay. Using the other player to help you solve puzzles together is alot of great fun and it also gives you opportunities to be an asshole to the other player

So yeah, the Co op of Portal 2 is fantastic and is by far the best thing about Portal 2. Is this game series the greatest game series like many people claim it is, let alone the best Valve game? No not even close, Half Life series is infinitely better (people only like Portal more because of it's humor. THAT'S IT. That or they're possibly console gamers) but I still enjoy the fuck out these games and I'd certainly would rather have people go crazy over a really good game that at least tries to treat you like you have a brain.

Want my opinion of a real single player brain teaser? Play Braid.

Overall Rating: 8

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Game Information

Platform
PC
Developer(s)
Valve Corporation
Publisher(s)
Valve Corporation
Genre(s)
Puzzle
NA Release Date
April 19, 2011
JP Release Date
April 19, 2011
EUR Release Date
April 21, 2011
AUS Release Date
April 21, 2011
ESRB Rating
E
PEGI Rating
3
CERO Rating
A
ACB Rating
G
MVGL User Score
8.9
Composer
Mike Morasky
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