Game Review - Portal on PC

Written by jimmyb on April 22, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

I guess I came pretty late to the Portal fanclub. The first time I tried Portal I gave up within 10 minutes. I believe the game required me to think a bit too much at the time. However, last night I finally got it re-installed on my Mac (yay Steam now works on OS X), and tried it out again. This time around I think I paid more attention to the instructions and really had a lot of fun. My whole dislike for Portal because it's far to complicated has completely 180'd and now I really enjoy this game. It's extremely unique and original. Once you get your head around how the Portal and Portal-gun work you'll really get hooked.

Basically, you're a test subject of Aperture Science and you need to make your way from test room to test room using these portals. Some of the maps provide obvious solutions while others really require you to think and devise a plan of escape. Throughout the levels you'll use your portal gun to not only help you get from room to room, but also to active lifts, move weighted companion cubes onto switches and more. The main goal is to complete the testing courses and get the cake. Yummy!

I actually felt like a smarter person when I finally completed the 19 maps. You actually have to think about how to get to the end of the level rather then just blast your way through it. The humorous dialog in the game made me not walk away as well. Instead of getting frustrated I found myself just laughing at some of the commentary and continuing to work my way out. The game actually had a completely different ending then I thought it would, which made it all the more fun. I am definitely looking forward to a Portal 2! One thing I didn't understand though is why it takes up 5GBs of disk space for 19 maps. While extremely detailed that's quite a lot of space. Either way, I really enjoyed the game, and I even picked up my own Companion Cube from the Valve Store as well!

Overall Rating: 10

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Game Information

Platform
PC
Developer(s)
Valve Corporation
Publisher(s)
Valve Corporation
Genre(s)
Puzzle
NA Release Date
October 9, 2007
JP Release Date
October 9, 2007
EUR Release Date
October 9, 2007
AUS Release Date
April 11, 2008
ESRB Rating
T
PEGI Rating
12
CERO Rating
B
ACB Rating
PG
MVGL User Score
8.4
Composer
Kelly Bailey
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