Portal

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Portal™ is a new single player game from Valve. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal has been called one of the most innovative new games on the horizon and will offer gamers hours of unique gameplay.

The game is designed to change the way players approach, manipulate, and surmise the possibilities in a given environment; similar to how Half-Life® 2's Gravity Gun innovated new ways to leverage an object in any given situation.

Players must solve physical puzzles and challenges by opening portals to maneuvering objects, and themselves, through space.

Customer reviews

98

A puzzle masterpiece

vipe_1 | Jan. 27, 2015 | See all vipe_1's reviews »

Portal is a straight up masterpiece, a game that is the epitome of Valve's style and quality. The game is odd, fun, challenging and possibly the best short modern game made.

As a player you will start off in an odd research facility instructed to complete a series of tests, and from here the game takes off. Graphics are typical Source engine quality, the music and voice acting are excellent, and the game runs along without a hitch or bug. The style of gameplay, the Portal gun, etc. are hard to describe because no other game is like it. The game also pulls off telling a cool story without a single cutscene, narration, or anything other than in game characters.

While maybe this isn't for everyone, it's definitely a must try for everyone. The payoff is great, and it's unique playing an intellectual game that is also so fun.

70

Something different, but not for everyone

Gmen | Jan. 8, 2015 | See all Gmen's reviews »

Portal was inspired by a game called Narbacular Drop, and Valve liked the project so much that they hired several people from the development team and this led to Portal reaching shelves as part of The Orange Box. Of course now you can buy it separately though digital distributors.

The game ended up revolutionising the first person shooter genre, proving that you don’t necessarily have to have guns in a game for it to be worth playing. It likely is one of the highlights and perhaps the surprise hit of the original Orange Box release.

Instead you have a portal gun, which is capable of firing two types of portal, one entry and another exit. You have to make it through increasingly difficult levels, all with obstacles and dangers to overcome, like turrets, and plenty of environmental hazards, whilst using companion cubes to help you along the way, like placing them on floor buttons and that sort of thing. The game is just one big puzzle after another, often relying on momentum to get where you need to go.

One of the highlights of the game is GLaDOS, the AI which is very much like SHODAN from the System Shock series, except instead of being outright misanthropic in nature, it very often says the most hilarious things, almost sporting a sense of humour.

One of the low points is the environments are very samey after a while. There's not a lot of colour variation. There isn't much variation in level design either. If you liked the interior decorating present in the Citadel parts of Half-Life 2 though, this will probably be right up your alley.

That and the game isn't particularly long either. It can be finished within a few hours.

If you're looking for a more scientific, intelligent approach to games, check out Portal. Half-Life 2 set the benchmark for FPS puzzling. Portal takes it to another level. Indeed, if you are a Half-Life fan, your collection wouldn't be complete without it, seeing as the story ties in with that of the HL series.

If however, you're looking for a typical FPS with guns, and people to use them on, you're going to find Portal to be a bit of an isolated experience.

95

One of the bests

eekar1 | Jan. 6, 2015 | See all eekar1's reviews »

Well, if you search a good puzzle game, there you are! You will think, think, think and will have to be fast sometimes. The game is simple, light and original. I finished the game within 8 hours (had to see on youtube some parts of the game). The story is wonderful. Graphics are simple, smooth and laboratory-type. Good gameplay, no problems and as I always say, worthy buying it.

100

Fantastic

3s00ky5meh | Jan. 6, 2015 | See all 3s00ky5meh's reviews »

There's something for everyone in this game. If you want challenging and fun puzzles, this game delivers. If you want good dialogue and humor, this game delivers. It even has a pretty enjoyable story! Plenty of praise has been given to this game, and with good reason.

98

Perfect

Venhiem | Jan. 2, 2015 | See all Venhiem's reviews »

Ah, Portal. The game that started it all for Valve and for many PC games. This game is easy to recommend. It’s one of those ‘must play’ games.

It's hard to overstate my satisfaction.

Graphics: 8/10 -- Old, but nowhere near bad. The environment is perfectly honed to create a ‘test’ environment. The atmosphere is changed by the differing music, which is also awesome, made up of ambient sounds to perfectly suit the occasion.

Story: 10/10 -- The story is one of THE best I have ever seen in a game. There’s a lot going in the section, but saying anything would ruin it.

Execution: 10/10 – No bugs that I found, plenty of hidden items and secrets, no memory leak or anything. Perfect.

PS If you’re getting it, get the OST on Steam and listen to the song “Still Alive”. It’s very good.

So buy it. For the good of all of us (except the ones who are dead). All in all, 9.8/10