Article 116 - Portal 2 Review

Portal 2 is the sequel to the popular original hit game Portal. As the name suggests, the game revolves around the idea of utilizing portals to solve puzzles in unique and mind defying ways.

For those who are unfamiliar with the game, you might want to play through the original game first even though the story in the second game does not directly rely on the premise set from the first. However, the infamous Portal gun is back in the sequel. The player will have plenty of time to train and learn how to use the Portal gun, though in a less friendly environment.

The infamous Portal gun is locked and loaded.

The puzzles in the sequel are not as well defined compared to the first game. In the original game, puzzles were challenging yet rewarding. Upon solving the puzzle, players will receive a satisfying experience after discovering the simple yet elequent solution. Puzzles were hard but once you knew the solution, it is a piece of cake.

On the other hand, puzzles in the second game are mundane. Players are often placed in various environment outside the so called test area, which makes it harder to detect portal panels, ones that allow portals to be activated. Although this opens up more opportunity for exploration, Portal is not such a type of game.

Puzzles can get out of mind especially, if they can go in every possible way.

New concepts are introduced in the second game, some quite unique and fun to bounce around. While we will not give away the details to avoid spoiling the story, be prepared to try out the new prototypes of the game.

Count the number of times you appear in the mirror... portal.

If you have never played Portal before, it is recommended to pick up a copy of either the first or the second game. It is rewarding and fun.

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