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.Read full description
Honestly? Good stuff. Challenging, but not to the point of total frustration. Decent story, really suspenseful buildup. Game keeps you thinking and on your toes, proposing new elements every few levels. For basically a test run of the concept, the developers did extremely well. Definitely one of my top-rated games.
I can't believe I am doing this again, but I couldn't not do it as both Portal and Portal 2 are easily worth 5 stars to me despite being 'first person shooters' even though the 'shooting' is much different than what comes to mind when thing about these types of games. The graphics are great and the story even better, but what takes the cake is the final boss of the game. Then again, the cake was a lie...or was it? Just buy the game already and find out!
Portal is an humble experimental game that has become a smash hit! Portal is primarily a puzzle game in which various kinds of puzzles are solved by using Portal Gun which is an amazing device that creates portals. The riddles in the game are varied and well thought out thus solving them gives a lot of satisfaction. As you progress through the levels, you discover an intriguing storyline that further encourages you to continue playing. Portal was treated as a kind of experiment by Valve, so the game itself is not too long but it sure is fun!
Portal is a puzzle game like no other. The objective for each test chamber is to maneuver from start to finish in any way possible. This may seem like child's play but don't let this simple assignment fool you because you'll need to think outside-the-box. The brainteasers presented in this game are quite challenging and enjoyable when you finally figure them out. Plus, the best part about the gameplay is that there is more than one way to handle each situation. To aid you in your quest GLaDOS presents you with the Aperture Science Portal Gun. This gateway creation device grants you the ability to create an interconnected portal with two distinct colours; red and blue. Not every surface is portable and you are restricted as to which surfaces you are allowed to create these passageways. Also, your velocity is conserved are you pass through a portal; as GLaDOS states in layman's terms, "speedy thing goes in, speedy thing comes out". For example, plummeting off a 30 foot ledge through a portal will sling you out the other side at an alarming speed. You'll definitely have a blast constructing your strategically placed portals as you progress through the challenges presented in the outstanding level design. After you've completed the game, new challenges become available. You have the option to replay certain levels on an advanced (or more difficult) mode. Plus, there are other variants to partake in which include reaching the goal with the least number of steps or while using the least number of portals. Unfortunately, even with these added scenarios, the entire game will last you a few short hours and leaving you hungry for more. The level design an absolute standout compared to other puzzle games on the market. Portal offers an intriguing atmosphere that'll not only test your platforming skills but how well you can problem solve. Visually, this game will keep you thoroughly satisfied. The voice work for GLaDOS is pure gold. Her humorous dialog is highly entertaining especially those subtle remarks towards your general well being. There is also a witty song performed during the credits that's really catchy. Aside from the whole experience ending to quickly, Portal is still revolutionary. The challenging puzzles and clever dialog are beautifully mixed together. Plus, the fact that you're able to reach each goal using different methods truly makes the game personal and memorable for each person. I would highly recommend this game to anyone because these few short hours of playing Portal have been some of the best I've had in my entire gaming career.
Portal is a classic that combines puzzles, portals, as the name goes, and physics to create a unique combination that is easy to understand, but hard, yet rewarding, to master. Alongside the puzzles is Glados, an AI, who adds charm and character to an already unique game. Once you're done with the base content, you can try out the user-created content to fill your heart's content. Highly recommended for anyone of any age.
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