Conclusion: The admittedly brief length of the main game, combined with the white, sterile labyrinth setting, and the fact that the player only has one gun throughout the entire game, makes Portal into a sublime minimalist experience.
Excerpt: Portal was inspired by a student game project named Narbacular Drop that was created in 2005 by a team of students at the DigiPen Institute of Technology. That game attempted to combine the gameplay style of first-person shooters with physics based puzzle elements.
Excerpt: Barmy computers with a penchant for destruction are not an original concept in video games. Many gamers will fondly remember taking on the psychopathic and sadistic SHODAN in System Shock and its excellent sequel.
Conclusion: It's all too rare for a game to come along that makes you realize you've never played anything quite like it, but this is just such an occasion. Portal is truly one of a kind, and while its scope is perhaps a little too limited for its own good, what we do get is delivered with nearly flawless...
Summary: The three games that Valve Software offers in The Orange Box might just be one the best values around right now. Today I'm going to talk about one of the three high quality games and it's the most unique of the three. Portal is the name and getting to the cake is what you want to do in the game.
Excerpt: Out this week is The Orange Box , a new package of games from Valve Software that includes the classic first person shooter Half-Life 2 , its two "episodic" mini-sequels, a long-awaited multiplayer shooter called Team Fortress 2 , and finally, the focus of this review, Portal .