Portal 2 In Motion adds three mechanics, subtracts one plot (review)
30 November 2012
Conclusion: Portal 2 In Motion offers some cool new tools and a few more hours playing around in the Aperture Science Test Facility. While it’s occasionally sloppy and too isolated to hold its own against Valve’s best, it does have solid motion controls and a lot of neat ideas that I would love to see more of in the future.
Pros: Cool new mechanics… After you pick up an item, you can hold out your Move to activate One-to-One, which you can use to rotate objects in real time (hence “one-to-one”) by turning your controller. You can also get boxes across gaps, through holes in walls, and around obstacles. It has a bit of a learning curve, but it makes sense and feels natural once you’ve done it a few times. Portal Surfing lets you grab a portal you’ve already placed and drag it along a wall or r...
Cons: Puzzle solutions are occasionally inelegant In Motion contains moments at which progressing depends on forces out of the player’s control, and that’s kind of a big deal. I admire the Valve-designed puzzles in both Portal games for their almost mathematical precision. The actions and inputs that get you from one of the facility’s ubiquitous inter-chamber elevators to the next typically follow a clean, logical sequence that is always satisfying to discover. Sixense’s so...
Excerpt: Portal 2 can certainly be considered one of the most successful games of 2011. If Portal managed to introduce a new gameplay style with many puzzles, then Portal 2 exceeded all the previous achievements and expanded the whole thing. If you ask me (or almost anyone else), then Portal 2 is not just about puzzles - there is so much more to this game than it may seem at first, but of course the puzzles are also a great part of the game.
Summary: A must buy, must play experience that will keep you smiling for up to a week later, and chuckling when you remember a joke from the game. Be prepared for people to walk up and ask, "What's so funny? Share the joke with us." Do them a favour, and let them try it out.
Pros: Fantastic writing, New Co-op mode is fun, Puzzles are great, as always
Summary: The experience in learning how to “think in portals” while playing Valve’s original brain-child Portal isn’t something that can be replicated, nor can it be erased from memory. Once you’ve learned how the positioning, the momentum, the physics, and the timing behind placing orange-and-blue portals all factors together, the way you see environments in games changes; in essence, it hardwires your DNA to keep a eye on those elements, whether you really want to or not.
Excerpt: Portal 2..... Valves fresh new approach to its ever popular puzzle game. Am I a Valve fan? In deed I am, with hits like Half Life, Team Fortress, Counter Strike and Left 4 Dead, Valve is ever expanding the way we play games and Portal 2 is no exception. With its new game play graphics and new cooperative puzzles valve takes you on a ride of a life time with new twists and turns.
Excerpt: Fear not: this review has been the subject of endless scrutinisation to ensure that you, our cherished reader, do not have one of the best experiences of 2011 - nay, of recent years - ruined for you in any way, shape or form. To that end, there are no plot spoilers, no dialogue quotes, no references to cake or lies, no lyrics from Still Alive used as cheesy puns and no explanations of what happened at the end of the first game (for those that weren't intellectually on...
Excerpt: Portal came out of nowhere in 2007 and became one of those games beloved by all. With no guns, no combat and a reliance on respecting the players intelligence, it pretty much stands alone as a bastion of innovation in the First Person Shooter genre. So how do you follow that? How do you catch lightning in a bottle for a second time? Quite easily, apparently. Portal 2 casts you as Chell, looking to escape the Aperture Science testing facility using a portal gun.
Conclusion: What they say about sequels not holding up the original is often enough true, however it doesn’t apply to Portal 2. Everything about Portal 2 is “bigger and better” than the original. You can clearly see that the developers made sure to keep the core of the gameplay from Portal intact, while enhancing every bit of the experience into a deeper, more fulfilling experience for Portal 2.
Conclusion: Portal 2 is the best Valve release to date, and one of the most refreshing, exciting and innovative games we've ever played. There's no doubt in our minds that numerous Game of the Year awards have now already been shotgunned, and with mighty good reason. If you thought the original Portal was a masterpiece, prepare to have your mind blown.
Conclusion: Flawless Victory: Games rated 10 aren't perfect, since nothing is, but they come as close as you could get in a given genre. The new must-have game in its sector, we're talking pure ecstasy.