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.
Summary: First-up, little history. I’m a Valve fanboy, and not ashamed to admit it. Half-Life , despite its shitty graphics (by today’s standards), was the first game that hooked me into a story line, actually making me duck when pixellated head crabs jumped up at the screen. It drew you in and pwned you.
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...
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.