By Guest Blogger
Student at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division
Platforms: PS3, PC, Xbox 360
Portal 2 is a first person puzzle game that puts you in the shoes of a silent protagonist. As you try to make your way through a testing facility, you find yourself taking sides with the most unlikely of characters. Plot twists galore and awesome voice work make this a fun game from beginning to end.
The premise of Portal is simple; use portals to escape whichever obstacle is in your way. In practice, this works extremely well. You are given a portal gun that shoots out two portals, once you've used both portals, you can traverse them at you leisure. Eventually, you will have to take physics into mind. Building up speed and shooting through one portal will make you fly out of another, allowing you to reach a place you couldn't before. Eventually, the game introduces a host of new mechanics that allow for interesting gameplay segments that keep you guessing!
The voice work is absolutely delightful. The voice actors are spot on, and they do a wonderful job of making you laugh. The characters are vivid and all display their own unique sense of humor that will make you wonder which character is your favorite. I tend to lean toward Glados, but that's just me. Throughout the game these voices guide you through different parts of the story mode, allowing for a fun play through from start to finish.
If the single player were the only part of Portal 2, it would still be a great game, but there's more!!! Portal 2 has a cooperative mode that allows two players (online or off) to complete a full multiplayer campaign that is completely separate from the single player. None of the levels are borrowed from the single player, allowing for even more replay value. Instead of thinking with two portals, you and your team mate have 4 portals at your disposal. This allows for even crazier puzzles, but you'll definitely need coordination and cooperation to get through.
Portal 2 is absolutely amazing. The level design, characters, sound effects, and gameplay mechanics are terrific pieces of a video game developer's ingenuity. Valve has outdone themselves with this unique experience.
Final Score: 9.5/10