Thursday, May 5, 2011

Portal 2 - My Thoughts


So I finally got Portal 2 a day ago and was fortunate to get it off of the Amazon deal of 35 bucks. I started today and finished a few hours ago and I have to say that game was the most fun I've had with a single player campaign game since Mass Effect 2. Going into it I knew it would be a lot of fun and difficult with certain puzzle as well because of what I had heard from some friends. I can't say I ever played the first Portal so I didn't really know what to expect.
As I played throughout the campaign I found myself more and more entertained, intrigued and creative with the elements provided in the game. The different types of cubes they had, levitating fields, portal to portal tricks and laser reflections and those are just a few. I can honestly say Portal 2 had one of the biggest varieties of elements a game could ask for. There was never something old in the game and that was what I really liked and what surprised me at the same time. Portal 2's campaign was outstanding. Another reason the campaign stood out to me was what I interpreted as a deep past relationship that you, the main character, and GLaDOS, the robot giving you different tests throughout the campaign. As you play further and further into the campaign you feel a sense of connection with each character regardless of the character you are playing never saying a word. With that said, I finished the campaign with the greatest satisfaction a gamer could ask for.


Since finishing the campaign I have heard a lot of good things about Portal 2's co-op playthrough and I plan on playing that as soon as I find a friend willing to run through it with me. I expect the co-op playthrough to be  just as fun as the campaign itself and maybe, and hopefully, even more! With two people creating portal's and shooting your friends through the air, I imagine the puzzle will get tougher in the sense that both players will have to put their heads together and think it through.

Overall, my first and probably not my last experience with Portal 2 was amazing and without a doubt one of the best experiences I have had with a video game in a few months, maybe even a year. Portal 2 is a game that a lot of developers and gamers should be aspired towards not because it's an amazing puzzle game but because it's completely different in it's own genre. Most hardcore gamers expect to have online multiplayer with most games to get into it but what we need to understand is that that is not always the case. Comparing Bioshock 2 and Portal 2, Bioshock released multiplayer for it's game but it never really got a great amount of people playing it constantly and because I feel like they focused on the multiplayer too much I feel that is the reason why Bioshock 2's campaign story was a little lack luster compared to the first Bioshock.

That's about all I have to say guys. Thanks for sticking it out this far on my article as I feel like I went on a little rant at the end there. Nonetheless, I really appreciate it. Once again, thanks.
-Dark Scheme

26 comments:

  1. Just got this today. Really excited to start, especially after reading your post. Good write-up, man. Keep at it.

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  2. I still need to play and beat the first one before I start on this one.

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  3. Bought it the day it came out, still haven't had a chance to play it yet, really really want to get into it though

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  4. Awesome review. I played it and have to agree on all of your points. thx

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  5. I thought it was really good. But not as good as the first Portal. Single player took me around 6 hours. The co-op is fun, but you wouldn't have much fun replaying it again. If you played with someone who hasn't played it, it wouldn't be fair to just solve everything while dragging him along. So DLC is a must. Its a good game though. I think everyone should play it through at some point.

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  6. I can't help but agree with your review. Good job.

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  7. So many talking about the game at the moment (oh, shock).
    Come summer, so I'll have time off to play it all straight.

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  8. You make a good point about multiplayer vs. campaign. It's good to know what to expect from games in that regard so you won't be let down.

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  9. Regardless of how good the game is, I can't justify $60 for a puzzle game that offers 0 replayability unless you buy DLC. Knowing the trick to a puzzle kills the fun.

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  10. Great review, Dark Scheme. I'm down to play Portal 2 with you once I purchase it. :) Keep it up, bud. :D

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  11. Cool review, i play portal 2 and is funny

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  12. But what did Valve focus on for Portal 2 for it to end so quickly?

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  13. Valve did an amazing job. I really hope the DLC helps extend the life of the game!

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  14. portal 2 is brilliant, i cant fault ur write up either.
    imma go play portal 2 now

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  15. i wish the companion cube was real :[

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  16. Nice review. Once I get some cash I'll probably go pick this up.

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  17. I really wanna get Portal 2... Oh well :(

    Btw followed :)

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  18. I have to get it. Potal 1 was amazing but short :(
    Put games are not cheap, and it has a co-op but no multiplayer :(

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  19. Nice write up. I've heard such great things about the Portal series, I need to get the first one soon so I can join in on the greatness.

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  20. I couldn't agree more, I really felt as though *I* was playing it, even though I could see it was a woman the whole time.

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  21. Absolutely brilliant this game

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  22. Love it love it love it

    Have spent a lot of time playing around with Portal with a friend of mine - The newest one is a real blast.

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  23. Yeah portal 2 was near perfect.

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