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Portal 2 Review

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Graphics:

 

8.9

Gameplay:

 

9.8

Sound:

 

9.5

Control:

 

9.6

Replay Value:

 

9.0

Overall Rating:       9.4

 

 

Online Gameplay:

Not Rated

Publisher:

Valve

Developer:

Valve

Number Of Players:

1-2

Genre:

Puzzle

Portal 2 is an ingeniously designed game that rewards and satisfies. Those who don’t analyze it too closely will find themselves relishing the solving of one puzzle while simultaneously craving the next. Those whose job it is to analyze will reflect and note with amazement the sheer number of obstacles and pitfalls the developers faced. Whether you simply let it wash over you or sit back and think about it, Valve’s latest is a fantastic achievement of the highest order, and one well worth your time. Longevity may be an issue for certain people and the stark sterility of the environments may chafe the artistic mind, but the combination of endlessly clever puzzles and highly entertaining voice performances is more than enough to compensate. This is a gem.

I will elaborate on the aforementioned starkness now, as we start with the graphics. There’s no doubt that visually, this is a meticulously created and ultimately clean presentation with unbelievable level design. There are virtually no common visual errors to speak of, and the crispness of both special effects and our surroundings is impressive. That being said, this engine is showing its age in some ways, as the futuristic, sci-fi sleekness borders on blandness. We just don’t have that richness of tone and color and so much of the game just feels…well, devoid of panache. That may be a bit harsh, though, and we have to remember that part of Valve’s goal is to provide the gamer with a lifeless, post-apocalyptic, atmosphere. And that, they do. Quite well, in fact.

The sound is better, and one of the major highlights thanks to supreme voice acting. The hilarious Stephen Merchant as the fast-talking Wheatley, the gruff and always recognizable J.K. Simmons, and the subtly insulting Ellen McLain (GLaDOS), are all excellent. They’re so good, in fact, that they become staples of the production, and you actually enjoy hearing their running commentary. It’s just so beautifully written and acted; it can’t help but be engaging. The soundtrack fits extremely well, too, as it’s a combination of faintly classical tracks mixed with refined electronic beats. If that doesn’t fit this production, nothing does. The effects take a back seat to everything else in the audio category, but that’s okay…this is a thinking man’s game, not a shooter.

First and foremost, Portal 2 is a puzzle game based around the concept of – if you couldn’t guess – portals. You have a portal gun and in order to progress and/or solve various puzzles, you must utilize this core concept: L1 fires an orange portal and R1 fires a blue one; obviously, you need two stationed in the environment in order for them to work. You walk, jump, or fall through one, and you will emerge from the other. This doesn’t sound complex and in fact, it isn’t. But what the developers do with this mechanic and how they implement other additions, such as switches, lasers, and different types of sci-fi goop (for bouncing, speed, and creating portals wherever you wish) is just amazing. At the start, you’ll go, “well, this is sort of cool,” and as time goes on, you’ll continually be blown away by the intricate design of these puzzles.

The control is great and that’s essential because there is some platforming involved. We still get that weightless, sliding-on-glass sensation that feels outdated, but we don’t need weight physics in this game. Besides, this type of control fits the style because it’s always uniform; it isn’t susceptible to any of the quirks that go along with more realistic movement physics. And if you’re looking for top-notch physics, just watch how that goop I talked about before interacts with the environment; it’s borderline perfect for our purposes. Perhaps best of all is the fact that Valve understood this game’s aim and remained faithful to it: we don't have to be great platforming artists, because much of the aerial stuff is done automatically.

What I mean is that if you have to solve a puzzle by utilizing a combination of the blue and orange fluid – say you have to speed across one and leap off the other to reach your goal – you won’t die because your reflexes and dexterity failed you. You solved the puzzle; the actual physical execution isn’t what matters, and you will be launched in the right direction. While you do have to be careful when moving along narrow spaces at great heights, and you do have to angle yourself correctly when free-bouncing, most of your in-flight stuff is uniform and reliable. It isn’t dependent on your own actions because after all, you solved the damn puzzle and it’s time to be rewarded. Speaking of rewards, we come to the best part-

Look, on the surface, it’s easy to miss the level of accomplishment that lies within. From a development standpoint, it’d be very easy to make a mistake. If a wall is off by an inch; if a block doesn’t fall just right; if the player can get anywhere that throws a wrench into the works, the entire puzzle fails. Given the complexity of the design, I was convinced I could find a way to mess it up. I’d get stuck somewhere that forces me to reload or die. …but that didn’t happen. I mean, even being able to see just the edge of a wall that will receive a portal; they have to get the view from our character exactly right. If I couldn’t move that extra step, I’d never see it and the puzzle becomes undoable. It’s pretty damn “wow.”

The story is another big bonus, even if it you often lose track during the course of your puzzle-solving. As for longevity, the single-player campaign will take most people 8-10 hours, although it may take longer if you take more time arriving at the solutions. Then there’s the co-op mode, which offers an entirely different – and equally satisfying – experience and adds even more appeal to the package. The pacing and unparalleled balance of the game is another big positive: the first four or five hours consists of intricate puzzles set within rooms, which range greatly in size but nevertheless remain enclosed. In the latter three or four hours, you’re typically in an outdoor environment where the goal is a little different; there are still puzzles, of course, but much of the challenge will lie in progressing. In other words, the “puzzle” might just be getting to a certain stairway or door, and it can be surprisingly tough.

Portal 2 is a memorable, challenging, beautifully designed sci-fi story. The developers walk the line between overly frustrating and underwhelming; most every puzzle will tax your problem-solving abilities, but none will cause you to throw your arms up in despair. They introduce awesome new mechanics and combine them in later puzzles, so you never feel blindsided or unprepared. The control is rock solid and smooth, the campaign is of an agreeable length, the co-op is a gimongous bonus, the audio and voice acting is some of the best you’ll ever hear, and the rewards are great. I still think some of the puzzles could be a little too obscure, especially in the second half, and I’m not the biggest fan of the plot.

There’s also the fact that, once solved, a puzzle is never so much fun again. Therefore, replay-ability takes an unavoidable hit. Still, this ranks right up there with the most accomplished and satisfying productions of this generation.

The Good: Fantastic voice acting and good music. Unbelievably intricate and rewarding level design and puzzle construction. Great control. Balance and pacing are sublime. Impressive, almost flawless presentation. Campaign is a good length.

The Bad: Graphics are slick but feel sterile and outdated. Some of the later puzzles are a tad obscure. Not much reason to play it twice.

The Ugly: “Wait…how do I get over there?!”

4/19/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (98 posts)

PSTan
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 8:55:51 PM
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Awesome!

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ZettaiSeigi
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 9:32:07 PM
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I've never played the first one, but your review just made it a definite buy for me. Will have to wait quite a bit though, but I'll definitely get it. Thanks for the review, Ben! I was waiting for this one.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 1:28:05 AM

You can get the orange box for under $20 now. It contains several games, one of them Portal. I suggest getting it so you can play HalfLife2 and it's additional Episodes. Some of the best FPS you will ever play.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 2:29:09 AM

LimitedVertigo: One of the best, even by todays standards? Compared to games like Crysis2 (one of the coolest fps I've played this gen)?

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Jawknee
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 2:54:17 AM

HalfLfe 2 is loads better than Crysis 2.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 2:55:12 AM

Yes, without a doubt even when compared to all the current FPS.

Hell as much as I loved the first Crysis for its beauty and how much it reminded me of the original Farcry (should since it's the same developer) it has nothing on HalfLife(2).

Valve has a tendency to introduce new gameplay elements or refine current ones with each new addition of HalfLife...which reminds me Episode3 is taking FOREVER!@#$@#

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 2:59:09 AM

Jawk I see you have L4D2....we should save the world together sometime....

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 3:00:35 AM

Really? Wow. Thanks guys. My shopping list is getting ridiculously long now... :D

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Bjorn77
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 3:31:05 AM

Jawknee... have you even played Crysis 2? HL2 is NOT loads better then Crysis 2 .. In best they are their equals. Crysis 2 is a pretty good game. One of the most entertaining FPS I played in a long time.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 3:36:32 AM

Bjorn77,

Have you played HalfLife2? I don't know how you can honestly say Crysis2 and HalfLife2 are equals. I've played through both and I'd say HalfLife2 comes across like a well developed drama while Crysis2 is the equivalent of AlienvsPredator.

Crysis2 is an entertaining game, like a bag of chips but the bag runs out. HalfLife2 has far more lasting power and ZERO AUTO AIM.

ZERO!

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 4:23:03 AM

Slightly off topic, but: Is no auto aim per definition a Good Thing in itself? Personally I find the auto aim found in most ps3 fps to be a much needed compensation for using the pad vs mouse...?

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Clamedeus
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 9:57:45 AM

@Beamboom

You don't need aim assist on consoles they just have it on consoles, I'm not sure why though. I always disable it on FPS games if it gives me the option to.

They should start making it optional, or you could make a ranked room with no aim assist at all in it. It's not really needed.

It's because you are used to using a Mouse and Keyboard.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 12:41:06 PM

Yes Bjorn, I have and everyone here knows i have. Don't you feel stupid? Crysis 2 is boring. All flash no substance. HL2 IS loads better.

Yea I'm down Limited. Ima go pick up a better mouse next week. Once I do ill be one Steam quite a bit more. I also have Counter Strike Source and Battlefield 2.

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Zaben
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 9:32:52 PM
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"I will now attempt a manual override... of this wall..."
I was sold.

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Qubex
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 9:36:57 PM
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I am going to have another look through the portal and see what wonders await :)

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 9:43:13 PM
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Looks like a solid game, I hope it sells well on PS3 so the Jabba the Newell has to eat his words about PS3 being a waste of everyone's time.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 12:38:57 AM

I think he already did that by releasing the game on the system, not to mention saying Portal 2 would be the best on the PS3.

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chedison
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 12:40:10 AM

not to mention giving PS3 buyers a free copy on PC.

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aaronisbla
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 12:57:24 AM

he's been apologized for it

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Qubex
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 2:26:40 AM

Lllolll World... the Jabba the Nowell... lollllll!!!!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 7:27:10 AM

I disagree, he was clearly forced to do all that. Either that or ate a bade plate of chili fries because when he announced all that the look on his face was that of a defeated man with indigestion.

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frylock25
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 8:38:52 AM

Kevin Butler was introduced to him right before that as the V.P. of sharp things just before he went on stage ;) lol

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DazeOfWar
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 9:46:42 PM
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I'll pick this up later when it's $20 or less. I was never a big fan of the first one and this one never really interested me much. Great review though Ben. At least I know it's a quality title.

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CrusaderForever
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 9:59:44 PM
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Excellent review to an even better game! Hooked is all I can say. Just got done playing for 2 hours and like Ben said it's ingenious! GlaDOS is awesome and the voice acting is well done. I am not having any problems with the graphics, I think they look great. The control is perfect and it has to be for these puzzles. Way to go Valve, now give us HL3 and L4D/2 on the PS3!! Great game!

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hellish_devil
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 10:00:50 PM
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How can replay value get a 9 if you said once you figure out how to solve the puzzles there won't be much motivation to play it again?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 10:10:43 PM

Because of the co-op and the fact that I'd still rather replay Portal 2 before 90% of the other titles I've played this year.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 10:40:02 PM

Gotta love that 3-dimensional approach to reason!

Sometimes value is rated beyond simple measureables like #of hours.

To this day, I could play Super Mario 3 or Mega Man X (I have a soft spot for Mega Man X games... hey capcom! I want Mega Man X9 on my PS3!!!) all over again and thoroughly enjoy myself. I know exactly what to do, and how to do it quickly. But when a mechanic works so well that you want to go back despite already knowing everything, then it has a high replay value.

I think that's the reasoning Ben is using.

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chedison
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 1:24:53 AM

Isn't there also a map editor? Or is that only with the PC version?

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 1:29:55 AM

Mods a plenty PC side a few months after release. Oh lordy I can't wait.

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Qubex
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 2:28:18 AM

LV - thats the advantage playing some games on the PC rather than on the consoles :)

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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tridon
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 10:32:14 PM
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I may take a look at this sometime down the road but not for a while. I'll be too busy performing fatalities for next month or so.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 10:36:59 PM
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Good review. I'm excited now. Maybe I'll pop it in before I hit the sack tonight.

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CrusaderForever
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 1:48:50 AM

Big mistake! I just did that and it's now 1:50am! Had to quit, have to go to bed! Fantastic game!

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Deleted User
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 10:42:24 PM
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After reading the reviews, I bought a copy. Looks like there might be some competition for L.A. Noire and Infamous 2 in the GOTY race.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 10:44:40 PM

But not against Uncharted 3 :)

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 12:46:04 AM

You mean for runner up? ;) Uncharted 3 should be real good!

All those games you mentioned should be stellar, but I still think skyrim, as well as battlefield 3 could he up in that mix too!

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 2:28:24 AM

Shepard for president! But these are all good runner ups. :)

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556pineapple
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 10:49:47 PM
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Unfortunately, I'm out of money and can't buy this for myself just yet, but I have had the opportunity to watch a friend play it for a while. I agree about the sterility of the graphics, but I must say, compared to the first, the amount of detail in the environments is much better. Without giving away too much, I speak mainly of the early part of "The Fall." There are viewpoints where you can see the vastness of the area, which is something the first game didn't have.

And to address the re-playability, I think that varies on the person. I've played the first Portal maybe around 8-10 times, and though the puzzles don't offer the challenge they once did, I find it just as enjoyable to experience it again. Maybe it's because it's shorter and easily digestible, that makes it fun to play through again, and I admit I won't know for sure about Portal 2 til I actually play through it myself. But that's just my opinion.

By the way, anyone try the cross-platform play yet? I have a steam account myself, and I'm curious about how well it will actually work to play with my PC friends from my PS3, seeing as my laptop can barely run the first one.

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crunchy_nut_kid
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 11:08:26 PM
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was anyone else amused by the hilarious video?
"there you have it folks, an extra 6 seconds of co-operation"-----classic :)

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johnld
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 11:19:27 PM
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great review ben, maybe i'll buy it when its about $20, mainly because i'm out of cash after buying socom 4 and littlebigplanet 2.

I bought the orange box just because what i heard about portal. tried it and found it boring. i found the environment bland and spending hours playing a puzzle game would wear on me. Its not that i want instant gratification, i do play call of duty and crysis 2 but i also love strategy/puzzle games and rpgs. its more about playing a puzzle game in an sterile environment. although i know that is the kind of environment that valve went for but it'll get really old for me really fast. Since everyone seems to like the game, i might have to "borrow" portal 2 from gamestop a little later to give it a second chance.

on a related note, why doesnt this game have move support? isnt this a really good game for playstation move? its slow paced, nothing much going on, a shooter in the loosest term, and simple. I just see how great it would be to play this game using the move and sharpshooter. Also, they couldve added portal 1 in the package remastered or not.

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TheCrazyMerc
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 11:19:55 PM
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OMG, I so can't wait till mine arrives preordered it on amazon, should be coming tomorrow. Been reading reviews and most of the metacritics are saying that its a AAA game. I also can't wait to play co-op with friends using steam. Oh I loved the first one. Ahhh!

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Milonakis
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 11:26:39 PM
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I'll probably have to pick this up. Also is it using the unreal engine still? If so that's probably where the outdated graphics look comes from.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 11:30:15 PM

uses Valves old Source engine that they just improve on.

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Shams
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 11:35:00 PM

Valve uses their own proprietary engine. HL2, ep1, ep2, L4D, L4D2 all use the same one, or at least successive iterations of it. Visuals are admittedly showing there age this point in this console generation, but it still got it where it counts for this game as Ben was mentioning: the physics.

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Shams
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 11:35:31 PM

Oops, World beat me to it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 11:41:52 PM

Let that be a lesson to ya ;)

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Shams
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 11:28:10 PM
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I love it when a well-written review resonates with the quality exuded by a AAA title. If I had to put the feeling in one word: "Zen"...or perhaps "D1P" to quote one Highlander. Speaking of High, where's he been?

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Jawknee
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 11:56:03 PM
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Ah, just poured a glass of wine and started the game. So far I'm loving it. I can see what you mean about the voice acting and writing it's great! I like to graphics too. They look fine to me. Or...maybe it's the wine talking. ha! I'm also digging the music quite a bit.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 2:26:00 AM

lol - sure it was just wine in that glass? I've never seen you more lovin' and in harmony with everything around you... :D

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Jawknee
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 2:57:06 AM

Ha!

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jimmyhandsome
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 11:08:14 AM

I hope you're drinking red and not chardonnay!

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Jawknee
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 12:43:20 PM

Ha, always red. Love me some red wines.

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Teddie9
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 12:06:58 AM
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I originally had no interest but now I must look into this!

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kraygen
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 12:08:34 AM
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This is one of those games I'm going to have to find a really good deal on and try some time, because I watch video's for it and I just don't see the appeal.

I can definitely understand the comments about the graphics, a bunch of metallic white walls are exactly new or difficult to pull off, was surprised the graphics score was so high actually.

Maybe I'll see if any of my friends buy it, if they will let me play it for an hour to see what I think, since apparently there is no demo available.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 12:19:10 AM

I didn't think I would like it either but I'm loving it. It's rewarding as hell and it's a breath of fresh air in a sea of non thinking, twitching gaming shooters.

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TheAgingHipster
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 9:58:37 AM

Amen Jawknee.

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kraygen
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 11:23:30 AM

Well I'm certainly willing to give it a try, I thought ME2 looked boring as a grass growing competition when I watched a friend play it, but I played it and I love it, so watching can be deceiving.

I hate to watch golf, but it can be a lot of fun to play. Some things are just that way.

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TheAgingHipster
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 1:44:47 PM

Glad to hear you liked ME2! It's really one of the best series of this generation. It's just too bad that you can't play the first installment on the PS3. If you have a PC that can run it, I really recommend picking it up.

And BTW, golf is the best sport ever. :)

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 12:27:44 AM
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I was expecting great things from Portal 2, but certainly not that great. The problem, as I see it, is that the game is pure quality, but that won't be well rewarded by the mass market, as they tend to gravitate towards blockbuster 'flashbang' games. This is obviously geared more towards old-school gamers who like to use their noggin. I've really debated buying this one, and I think this review just settled it. Now, I won't get it at full price, as I get the feeling that it'll drop quickly (and I still have a ridiculous backlog), but almost certainly by the end of the year.
Peace.

P.S. Is the co-op strictly online, or is there local co-op as well?

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 12:43:20 AM

I think the game will be well rewarded. I think your wrong in that regard. So many fans were so excited when this game was announced. The first was a huge hit, add that to valves following, plus a product that all the critics are raving about right now, and it'll do fine. A high percentage of that mass market you mentioned would enjoy this game. That's just one mans opinion though.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 12:48:53 AM

I hadn't factored in the popularity of Valve and Steam. I tend to not notice, as I'm all about consoles. You may be right on that, but we've seen other critical gems end up coming in well under expectations in sales. Take a look at KZ2 for instance. Perhaps I'm just looking at the short term, as I believe that more people will pick up on it as time goes by.
Peace.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 2:19:44 AM

I disagree, Lawless. I believe the market is just as ready as we are for something else than the endless stream of more or less simple action-oriented games we've been flooded with so far.
Or maybe it's just me hoping... But if we look back at the history of gaming we find giant titles like Lemmings who everyone and their grandparents had to play back in the days. Other titles that became big hits and require brains/strategy instead of trigger fingers include Sim City, C&C and all those, Alpha Centauri, Elite, Black&White, even The Sims.
I know nothing about consoles prior to ps3 but I'm sure there are similar examples for PS2&co.

They do of course drown in the amount of games based on shooting/killing, but worth mentioning I think. The masses are open for more than just action action action, and on the ps3 I think the timing is perfect now. I'm not alone in suffering an overdose of brainless action lately.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 4:16:44 AM

I hope you're right. I'd love to see some other genre/game get a chance to take the limelight than see the popularity of yet another year be dominated by CoD/FPS.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 5:08:54 AM

We share the same hope there!

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 7:32:50 AM

i kind of agree witn lawless. i don't expect portal 2's sales to be stellar on the consoles. another thing i noticed is the discrepency between the critics scores, and the user reviews on metacritic. i don't know if it's a bunch of disgruntled pc gamers posting the reviews or what.

as far as portal 2 goes, the mention of little replay value combined with its length makes this a rental for me.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 8:15:22 AM

This is why I prefer gamerankings to metacritic: I am spared the horrid user comments/reviews.

But is 8-10 hours length too short for you? Compared to what? You can't really expect more than that nowadays other than with multiplayer games and rpgs (generally speaking)?

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 10:03:38 AM

sometimes those user reviews can give you a lot of insight to how well a game is received. i like metacritic becuase you can see all the critics reviews and the user reviews at the same time. they usually are pretty close in scores. mgs4 got glowing user reviews for example. da2 got some pretty harsh user reviews so i actually backed off a purchase. after playing da2 and seeing how it was dumbed down i'm glad i did not buy it.

as far as portal 2 is concerned it's the length combined witn replay value that makes me question its value at $60. others may feel differently.

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frylock25
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 12:29:35 AM
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my prediction for this game a few days ago was a 9.3+ and i was dead on. within one point of Ben's score. in fact it was in reply to a comment from douchebaguette in the mk portal news link. after playing the first one the past couple days i could just tell what this one would be. i know valve isnt morons that would put out crap when they say they wont. i cant wait to play this.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 1:24:41 AM
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Thanks for the review.

People like to complain about the Source Engine since it's going on 7years now but it continues to improve and Valve has done a great job expanding it with this game. I look forward to playing some co-op tomorrow. If anyone's interested my SteamID is Limited Vertigo.

Glad to see PS3 users are finally able to enjoy the greatness that is Valve.

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chedison
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 1:26:02 AM

I'll add you to steam.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 1:28:41 AM

You better, I do believe we played a little WKC together. Gawd that game had promise but the MP was far too daunting and tedious.

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chedison
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 1:31:24 AM

We did and it was hilarious and fun. I am looking forward to the second title though; hopefully the MP will be better.

I just tried searching for you and you're nowhere to be found my friend :(. If you want to just PM the link to your profile, would be easier.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 2:55:53 AM

You could also look for my usual Screenname.

PixyStyx


Yes, I go by that in Counterstrike :)

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 2:57:21 AM

Sorry, try LimitedVertigo


No spaces.

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Geobaldi
Thursday, April 21, 2011 @ 8:14:32 PM

LimitedVertigo, space and no-space, doesn't show up my Steam search either. But I added your other one.

Last edited by Geobaldi on 4/21/2011 8:16:45 PM

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 1:49:08 AM
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This review actually gave me the chills. One word: SOLD!!!!!!

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Godslim
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 5:29:31 AM
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Nice review really makes me wanna get it!

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tridon
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 5:57:55 AM
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A little off-topic for a moment but Fumito Ueda has officially delayed (again) The Last Guardian as well as the ICO/Shadow of the Colossus Collection. :(

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/04/19/update-on-the-last-guardian-and-icoshadow-of-the-colossus-collection/

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Sir Dan
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 6:45:51 AM
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If I wanna sit there staring at a TV screen frustrated and confused, I'll put CSPAN on.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 10:13:16 AM

...are you just assuming you can't do it?

I don't see anywhere in the review where I said this would happen to the normal gamer.

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Sir Dan
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 1:16:35 PM

I'm old and easily confused so I'm guessing this will happen to me. Nothing you said.

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ZettaiSeigi
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 6:46:49 AM
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Did you guys see how badly some "gamers" are reviewing this game? It has an aggregate score of 94 among professional reviewers, yet it only has a 6.7 rating among users. I could never believe the immaturity of butt-hurt gamers, but I am seeing it here with my own eyes. I don't think us PS3 owners ever made such a fuss like this when we were constantly getting the shorter end of the stick.

A note to Valve: Thank you for making good on your promises to us PlayStation fans. And for that, I am absolutely going to get this game just to reward you for all your effort!

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 7:28:02 AM
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I have never understood Portal, I played through it yes, it was an enjoyable little game, But i am utterly bewildered when I hear/read people classing it as the best game ever made or even more asburd the best story ever to be crafted into a game. Do they seriously think the simple story of Portal can compete with the Metal Gear Saga or Final Fantasy series; Poppycock! If there is any game that is overrated it is Portal and so it seems Portal 2.

I feel the same with Half-Life aswell, I played through 1 and most of 2 and thought it was an avarage shooter good at best, but not in the league of Resistance, Bioshock, Halo or Timesplitters. I'll give Valve credity for Left4Dead, where the gameplay is very intense and fun, possibly the best non-online multiplayer game this gen.

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TheAgingHipster
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 10:04:21 AM

A story needn't be as grandiose as Final Fantasy, or as hopelessly convoluted as the Metal Gear saga, to be good. Sometimes, the simplicity of a story is what makes it great. It's that simplicity and the sense of something more behind the scenes that makes Portal's story so wonderful, and what makes it one of the best games out there.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 10:17:14 AM

No, the story certainly can't stand on an even keel with the best we've seen. Anybody who tells you otherwise is just sort of residing somewhere far up Valve's butt.

But it works for the game in question, and while it has a grand total of three characters - not counting the main character, because she's entirely faceless and never says a word - the writing sees it through. It's just entertaining and a really nice complement to the gameplay, which is very clearly the focus.

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TheAgingHipster
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 1:47:29 PM

Well said, Ben. You just highlighted what I love about Portal. The gameplay is definitely the focus, and the story is there mainly to supplement the gameplay and keep things entertaining between puzzles and, sometimes, as a reward for completing the current puzzle. It's simple, yet elegant, and leaves a certain degree of imagination open for the player to fill in pieces. Fantastic.

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 7:44:34 AM
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@zetta

i did notice the discrepency between the critics scores and user reviews on metacritic. i wondered if it's just a bunch of disgruntled pc gamers. ???

@ultimadream

i agree with a lot of what you said. i thought all those games you mentioned were a little overrated as well. i also agree with your sentiments on left4dead. played that on a friend's 360, and it was intense. i hope it comes to ps3.

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ZettaiSeigi
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 5:56:26 PM

I actually couldn't think of any other possible reason. Most PC gamers are such snobs anyway, and when a game that's traditionally better on the PC actually comes out best on a console (the PS3 no less), I guess they just couldn't get over it.

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___________
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 8:00:10 AM
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i love this game!

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Pandacastro
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 2:36:21 PM
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Theres some easter eggs in the game that is a reference to half life.If I remember correctly both games takes place in the same universe.Rigth?

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Lairfan
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 6:47:56 PM

You are right about that sir.

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Danny007
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 4:02:11 PM
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I had no idea what to expect when I bought Portal 2, but I was quite happy with my decision to get it. Its a hard game to stop playing.

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PS3_Mom
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 4:50:08 PM
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"you won’t die because your reflexes and dexterity failed you" This is my type of game! I will have to give it a try.

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Lairfan
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 6:48:51 PM
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Well, I was already gonna get the game, but this review re-reassured me that its a good purchase.

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sha4dowknight05
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 10:19:49 PM
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Hey guys, THE CAKE IS A LIE!

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Cravit8
Thursday, April 21, 2011 @ 10:29:25 AM
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"Cave Johnson here. For another $60 bucks, let us take you apart, put a bunch of science stuff in you, and put you back together again; good as new."

I am so addicted.
I would like to add that I was apprehensive about gameplay on a console. Portal 1 required some very quick and precise mouse clicks that was very dependent on dexterity and reflexes and I couldn't fathom completing that game with a controller. It's amazing to see that Valve had the foresight to make Portal 2 more puzzle centric so that consoles weren't handicapped by the controllers. I'm mostly through the game and have yet to have a problem, as I am just not a good twitch gamer.

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Geobaldi
Thursday, April 21, 2011 @ 4:41:28 PM
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Have really enjoyed the game, as I knew I would, but for the most part this one is a lot easier than the original game. Already at chapter 9 in just under 5 hours. But it is a longer game so that makes up for it I suppose.

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Spanky
Monday, May 23, 2011 @ 10:31:07 AM
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I'm putting this one on my list even though it's out of my genre comfort zone. I'll buy it used for under twenty and add it to my library after.

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