Excerpt: Like so many others here at Family Friendly Gaming, I look for games that are really good deals. I also look for games that Family Friendly Gaming has not previously sounded off on. The Portal franchise fits into that perfectly. I used the Xbox 360 version of this game for this review.
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...
Conclusion: There was some good innovation though, with the various paints and their extraordinary powers, but again they never really made a test challenging. The one saving grace is the humour and interplay between the characters and yourself. That alone made it worth playing to experience! However in actual gaming terms it felt very dumbed down and stripping the trials removes any replay value.
Inventive and enjoyable spatial puzzler with mild violence.
Common Sense Media
7 July 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Portal 2 is a first-person action game but not a violent shooter. The gameplay is built around environmental puzzles -- how to get from point A to point B while avoiding C. Players have to figure out where to shoot portals, how to jump through them, and at what velocity and angle.
Excerpt: It's rather interesting that one of the games most beloved by gamers started out as a tech demo and was released as what amounted to bonus content. The game's first person, physics-based puzzle-driven gameplay was unique, and coupled with the dry and diabolical humor of a sweet-talking, cake-promising homicidal computer the game was a short, sweet, and oh so enjoyable experience.
Excerpt: There are times when we can see quite plainly the combined efforts of a number of different talents: the passion of the actors; the keen eye of the artists; the craftsmanship of the designers and the builders; the careful instruction of the director; et cetera . Each is a kind of art that comes together to form an even greater whole, a superart if you will. Now am I talking about movies or video games?
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.