Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Portal 2: Review

Portal 2 works on the same story as the first portal. You are Chell, a test subject trapped in Aperture Science's testing ground, run by Glados, a giant supercomputer robot able to control almost anything in the facility. You are armed with the Portal Gun, a nonlethal weapon in the sense that it doesn't do damage on it's own, but has the capability of redirecting fire and sending objects flying through the air to whatever target you aim at. The game is well executed, looks amazing, and still keeps the humor of the previous game. This game include a co-op function and allows the player to team up with a friend or online to work through various puzzles as Atlas or P-body, who bear resemblances to the personality robots and turret guns, given body parts to help Glados as she runs tests.

Main story: You wake up from what seems to be hibernation and are guided on a series of tracks through the facility until you encounter and wake up Glados. From there you run through the tests and try to escape the facility. No spoilers here though, you have to play the game!

Co-Op: As the able "bodied" henchmen of Glados, you run through her tests, with an exercise outside of the test chambers at the end of each new set of rooms. Your characters get along well, despite their lack of verbal communication, and in seeing this, Glados takes the time to let you know how embarrassing it is that you are acting like a couple of humans, and tries to create problems between you. The final set of tests for the co-op campaign involves moving through an area outside Glados' control to "free" the humans. It is definitely one of the most fun parts of the game, considering your ability to mess with the other player, and trying to piece together how you get through each level.

Drawback: While the levels are somewhat complex, there is usually only one way to really finish the level, however this is not necessarily bad, it would be nice to be able to come up with your own solutions to each puzzle.

Overall, I love this game and can't recommend it highly enough to anyone who enjoys puzzle games, shooters, or even just humorous dialogue between characters. The game is great for anyone to play, lacking graphic violence, but still involving stress and problem solving. Go play it if you haven't already!

P.S. If you buy it for PS3, you can play it on your PC as well.

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