Review: Portal 2

April 19, 2011

Video Games

Developer: Valve

 Publisher: Valve

 System: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC

 Release Date: April 19th, 2011

Portal 1 was a cult classic love by many. And the sequel builds upon what fans want. New challenges await you in Portal 2. The cake is not a lie!!!

Okay im gonna try to make this review spoiler-free. Portal 2 continues right where the 1st one left off but no actual time status is known or said, just an assumption.

Single player is you alone facing the new puzzles with some help from a special someone. And its a little robot helper named Wheatley who is voiced by Stephen Merchent. He will help you along the way guiding you.

It is very hard for me to give you a synopsis on the story because I don’t want to spoil it. But I will say Aperture science plays a big role throughout the game.

Along the way you will meet Cave Johnson, the CEO of Aperture science and he is voiced by J.K.Simmons. And there is a special someone who you may know that returns 😉 and that is all I will be saying. I want you to enjoy this wonderful title from Valve.

New mechanics are added into Portal 2. And those are the different colored paints that each has a different ability for you to use. A new wave-like probe, which brings you in or out whenever you step into it, is added for more depth.

While you may think Portal 2 will be a really short game because of the length of the previous one. WELL!!! I’m gonna tell you NO it’s not! It is twice as long and will take gamers mostly 6-7 hours to finish at the most and this doesn’t even include the Coop mode im about to go into detail.

Coop mode is like a game of its own that is included in Portal 2 as a bonus. It will have you and a partner local split screen or online via friend list invite. You play as two bots called BLUE and YELLOW by GLaDOS their creator. Each robot has their own portal gun and different colored portals to help differentiate whose portals are whose.

There are taunts each robot can use. For example, they can high five each other or wave. While these aren’t necessary, they do add a little humor. You can also ping an item or area to help giver your partner a sense of direction or what you want them to do.

After completing Portal 2 I walked away saying this is my game of the year. Yes I am a fan of the first game but that doesn’t affect what I think others may like about the game. Fans are in for a special treat with Portal 2. I played the Xbox 360 version and that includes some really cool avatar awards. The Ps3 version has Steam functionality giving you option to play with PC players in coop mode.

I give Portal 2 a 10 out of 10. A perfect score for a perfect game!

Thank you Valve for providing me with a review copy!

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