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Portal 2 draws from the award-winning formula of innovative gameplay, story, and music that earned the original Portal over 70 industry accolades and created a cult following.
The single-player portion of Portal 2 introduces a cast of dynamic new characters, a host of fresh puzzle elements, and a much larger set of devious test chambers. Players will explore never-before-seen areas of the Aperture Science Labs and be reunited with GLaDOS, the occasionally murderous computer companion who guided them through the original game.
The game’s two-player cooperative mode features its own entirely separate campaign with a unique story, test chambers, and two new player characters. This new mode forces players to reconsider everything they thought they knew about portals. Success will require them to not just act cooperatively, but to think cooperatively.
Extensive single player: Featuring next generation gameplay and a wildly-engrossing story.
Complete two-person co-op: Multiplayer game featuring its own dedicated story, characters, and gameplay.
Advanced physics: Allows for the creation of a whole new range of interesting challenges, producing a much larger but not harder game.
Massive sequel: The original Portal was named 2007's Game of the Year by over 30 publications worldwide.
Editing Tools: Portal 2 editing tools will be included.
Before playing this game, in my mind I had the idea all you would do in it was solve puzzles in closed chambers, because that's what you do for a fair share of time in the beginning. Little did I know, though, things escalate. And they escalate A LOT. Don't be fooled by the modest start, because Portal 2 quickly becomes an unforgettable experience. And it accomplishes that by pleasing everyone. You don't need to be a puzzle aficionado to like it, and if you like fast paced games, well... you'll learn to like a little slower experience! PROS: -Great graphics -Nicely optimized -Great puzzles -Amazing characters CONS: -A lot of loading -Starts of slow
This was the first PC game I have ever bought and not one day has gone by when I hadn't been happy with my purchase. This game has single-player campaign and a 2 player co-op campaign which are both designed with ingenious puzzles. The single-player campaign has a great story which nicely branches off of the first game and new players like I was won't be lost if they have not played the first game. The puzzles are very clever but they aren't difficult enough where you will become frustrated. There is also a full co-op campaign with one other player on the same PC or online. The multiplayer puzzles are also very well designed making the two players really think and work together. My only negative is that the campaigns aren't that long, probably around 4-6 hours each. But if you like playing alone and have a friend to play with you will get many hours out of it. A bonus is the in-game level builder that is simple to use and you can download other peoples maps and play them for even more replay-ability. In conclusion, Portal 2 is a must-own game if you play PC games.
From a strictly objective viewpoint, it's hard to think of a game better than Portal 2. Every moment of this game has been pored over with such love, every puzzle is satisfying and teaches you something about the next puzzle. Even an inexperienced puzzle game player like myself can become enormously engrossed due to the quality of the story and the incredible voice acting from the likes of Stephen Merchant and JK Simmons. If you're not familiar with the concept: You're being run through a series of test chambers by a rogue AI who taunts you and demoralizes you every step of the way. Your only "weapon" is a gun that creates portals- portals you use to solve the game's puzzles. It starts off simply, just using portals to cross gaps and push buttons, but quite quickly more elements are introduced in such a clever way that you'll feel like a genius every step of the way.
You thought that Valve was lucky enough to develop a great sequel for Half-Life 2? Did you really think that it was just luck? Well, Valve is here to prove you wrong again, since Portal 2 is not only a decent sequel but also one of the best games ever made. Portal was a fantastic game, featuring first person puzzle chambers and an interesting story, but also the feeling that you were not playing a game but a demo of something bigger. Here is that something bigger. Portal 2 hides so many secrets and so many hours of gameplay you won't believe it. It's not even about portals anymore! In Portal 2 we have a deep story, but in Valve's way. That means you actually have to search for it, because the story is there but probably only for the trained eye (I mean, if you want to understand every single aspect of it). If you just want to play the game, you'll be satisfied with all the original gameplay mechanics and also the new added ones (yay for coloured gels). I don't think that an hypothetical Portal 3 would be better than this, but that's when I thought when I played the first one and the second one was in development.
First of all, the story is very good and keeps you playing. You slowly get a feel for what's happening and you're learning about why everything is the way it is. The original Portal was an amazing game and I enjoyed every second of it, and this lived up to my full expectations. There aren't many characters, so you're focused on just a couple, but they're all great and entertaining. The voice actors did a tremendous job in this and the sound design is very nice. The graphics are great and the gameplay is just so cool; unique, and fun! Blasting portals around, figuring out how things will work and come to the right conclusion on a puzzle. It's really quite invigorating! The puzzles are just the right difficulty and are actually really fun to solve. When that fictional luminescent light-bulb in your head just blinks on after solving it all, it feels amazing and is rewarding to the player. This game is an absolute must-have for gamers on pc, even if you're not into puzzles - the amount of uniqueness will drag you in. I do like the original a bit more still, for it's simplicity compared to this, but Portal 2 is still an incredible game.
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