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: 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: What seemed like a silly one-off intended to lead in to the next Half-Life (whenever that is coming) has turned into a premiere franchise that can stand on its own two legs. Portal 2 is everything a good sequel should be. It continues the story without repeating it, and adds new modes and features without mucking up what worked about the first game. And, most importantly, it still feels fresh.
Conclusion: This is Game of the Year material we are talking about here people, so go out and pick up the first-person-puzzler sensation before I burn your house down – with the lemons. We're done here.
Pros: Portal 2 is fun, and it makes you feel like a genius almost every step of the way.
Cons: If I really have to nit-pick on something, it would be Portal 2’s visuals. It does quite well considering it is running off of Valve’s dated Source Engine, but it is really starting to show its age.