Who knew a portal gun could be so much fun.
Portal 2 is a new sequel to ‘Portal’; originally released on ‘The Orange Box’.
If you do not know what Portal is, it is a unique puzzle game, where you shoot 2 portals, and when you walk into one you appear out of the other. This presents a large array of puzzle challeges that a presented to you by GladoS (and others..), which can go from the very simple, to complicated, although you still over complicated every single level anyway (Its true).
The unique gameplay offers a 1st person view, where you are a human ‘tester’, who is supposed to complete an infinite string of challenges for GladoS, the AI controlling the facilities. The setup and controls are very easy to get used to (2 different mouse buttons, 2 different portals.. you get me?), and so if you haven’t already played Portal it won’t take much time to ease yourself in.
The graphics of Portal 2 are perfect for the game; not too over the top, but enough to allow for some visual pleasure. The gel and blue tube (hover tunnel thing) are nice effects in the game, as well as offer your character dynamic buffs to allow for special abilities needed to complete certain challenges. This is an effective way to keep you immersed in the game, as well as add a bit of diversity to the levels, so they aren’t all jumping and shooting portals
You are not limited to just ‘testing’ over and over throughout the entire game however, with varied enviroments, from GladoSs’ test chambers to running scared from Wheatley. This makes the game much less monotonous, as well as much more involving as it really gets you involved with Portal 2s’ storyline. The enviroment changes so much throughout the entire game, which is awesome as you’re always expecting something new (you can see some plot twists coming, others not so much). The transition from GladoS to other AIs’ changes your whole outlook on why you want to progress through the game; from completing tests for GladoS, to trying to get out of Apeture Science Labs.
On a side note, the AI keep the game incredibly entertaining. GlaoS with her ‘witty’ one liners, which can be mildy offensive at times (i nearly cried) to Wheatley with his lack of intelligence (i’m NOT an IDIOT!) will make you laugh as you attempt to complete this engrossing story. There are a few other minor characters along the way who will also add to the games story, but you will mostly be involved with the main 3 (GladoS, Wheatley and… just play the game..).
The puzzles. The main part of the game is using the portal gun to solve puzzles presented to you through the game. These get progressively harder; however you will be eased into Portal if you didn’t play the first game. Some levels will have more than one way of doing them (whether thats intentional i don’t know), but i do know that you will over complicate some levels that turn out to be so simple. Trust me haha.
As i said earlier, various items are used to help you complete some levels (i say help, but i mean complicate), such as repulsion gel (for jumping) or some sort of funky hover cylinder of blueness (which suprisingly, makes you hover). Spoiler alert just there. Is that too late? These expand the options you have in the game so far, and you will not always just use them for testing…
ALSO, this game even has a Co-op, for when you have finished the single player! When playing co-op there are 4 different portal colours and so you won’t get confused. The thing i personally like most about the co-op is that all the levels that you play are completely differnt to the single player, which gives the game a hell of a lot more playability, which i like.
Overall, Portal 2 is a really, really well designed puzzle game. It is ideal for casual gamers as well as induviduals who want to challenge their cognitive ability (you know you want to). I would reccommend this game to practically anyone, due to the awesome story as well as the unique gameplay which will keep bringing you back to play some more
Portal 2: 9/10 — A very unique and perfectly designed game, its just a shame it had to end!