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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.

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Great puzzle platformer

howard195 | April 17, 2015 | See all howard195's reviews »

I played this through with keyboard and mouse. Due to this, some techniques like the long jump became unnecessarily difficult. I definitely recommend a game pad. I made it through most of the challenges without having to check a guide. Usually, it just comes down to your timing and speed. The dialogue from the AI is great, as is the song at the end. Beyond the main game, There are many challenges and modes. You can even play with friends. Definitely a thinking game, not always for the impatient gamer. While it is first person, you're not going to be slaying robots left and right.


Amazing...If You Like Puzzles

faerie241 | March 9, 2015 | See all faerie241's reviews »

I love puzzle games with all my heart, but I am aware that not everyone does. That's how everyone reading my portal review should look at this game. If you are a fan at looking at a room with no easily visible solutions and forcing something to work in order to progress, then Portal will be perfect for you. If, however, all you want to do is move through the game quickly in order to get to the next plot point, then you may want to move on.

This game gives you the feeling of what it must be like to be a lab rat endlessly running mazes for mad scientists using the portal gun, a "weapon" of sorts that allows you to make portals that will allow you to walk from one room to another It's a really fun concept that will leave you scratching your head more than once while trying to perfect portal placement.

The one negative to this game is its length. It's only a 4 hour playthrough, and a good portion of this game is actually a tutorial that teaches you the basics of portal placement. That said, however, there are a lot of recreated harder versions of the levels found in the story that will allow you to really flex your puzzle-solving muscle. In conclusion, if you like puzzles a lot, then you should definitely play this game


Innovative and Awesome

smilzoboboz | March 9, 2015 | See all smilzoboboz's reviews »

Just buy it, full stop.

Great scenarios, great plot, great graphics, perfect bgm. Also, after you clear game story-line (which I have to say it's actually really short, like 3 hours) you have access to challenges and bonus maps to test yourself and it's awesome.

I think this is my first 10/10, rarely fully enjoyed myself like with this one.


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.


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.