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Apr 19, 2011

Portal 2 Review ratings and more

Based on 7 critics - Overal Score: 95 / 100

GameInfo: Portal 2 is a first-person action/puzzle video game, developed by Valve Corporation. It is the sequel to the critically acclaimed 2007 video game Portal and was announced on March 5, 2010, following a week_long alternate reality game based on nevv patches to the original game. Though initially slated 4 release in the last quarter of 2010, the game was postponed to the week of April 18, 2011. The game will be released by Valve, through both retail and Steam, 4 Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X; PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game vvill be distributed by Electronic Arts. All versions of the game vvill become available simultaneously.

In Portal II the player returns as the human Chell, having been in stasis 4 several hundred years while GLaDOS (Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System), a rampant artificial intelligent computer, and the rest of the Aperture Science facility has fallen into disrepair. Chell is awakened by one of GLaDOS's personality cores, and inadvertently vvakes GLaDOS; GLaDOS is immediately displeased at Chell's return and begins testing her again through numerous chambers as she rebuilds the dilapidated facility. Portal II continues to challenge the player through numerous platforming and physics-based puzzles using the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device (the "portal gun"), a device that can create a temporary wormhole between almost any tvvo flat surfaces. Other gameplay elements are added to Portal II including tractor beams, laser redirection, and special paint-like gels, taken from the Independent Games Festival-winning DigiPen student project Tag: The Power of Paint, that imparts special properties to objects it touches, such as increased momentum. Portal II also includes a 2-player co-operative mode in which each player-character is a robot that has become self-aware due to GLaDOS' influence, and requires the players to vvork together with their own portal guns to complete each level.

Critic Score

Destructoid "The success of Portal has been a staggering achievement, to say the least. Starting life as a free independent game by a group of technology students, it became an underdog release in Valve's The Orange Box, yet grew to become one of the most critically-acclaimed, quoted, and beloved games of the generation". Read Full Review

GamesEyeView Remember those old cartoons, where a character would get a portable hole? He’d put it all over different objects in different situations to either jump through, or receive different items from? Well if you’re anything like us, you used to love those kinds of episodes. It would be awesome if those holes really existed wouldn’t it? Well, Valve has brought us the next best thing to those, Portal 2! Read Full Review

Gameplanet Once again Valve manage to infuriate and delight with exceptional pacing, storyline, dialogue and puzzlers in each level. This is one you won't want to miss. Read Full Review

Gamefreaks Valve returns to Aperture Laboratories in the heavily anticipated first-person puzzle shooter, Portal 2. Despite the game’s seemingly impossible degree of expectations and hype, Valve has crafted an experience that is amongst the studio’s best. Read Full Review

IGN Portal 2 makes the original look like the prototype it was. It's filled with a larger cast of characters vividly brought to life through brilliant writing and some of the best voice acting in video games. Its puzzles are challenging without being unreasonable, and, once you're finished with the single-player mode, one of the best co-operative experiences on the market awaits. Valve cuts no corners and finds ways to make you care about everything from the major characters to the cubes used to solve puzzles. From the beginning of the single-player story to the end of the co-op mode, Portal 2 is a novel, unforgettable experience. Read Full Review

CheatCC "Creating Portal 2 must have been an incredibly daunting task. The first Portal took the world by storm, winning the hearts of millions of gamers and creating one of the most-quoted internet memes in recent memory. ("The cake is a lie.") Valve had some pretty high expectations to meet, yet they somehow managed to pull it off. With Portal 2, they were able to bring back everything that was great about the original and expand the franchise into some drastically different territory without forsaking the core elements." Read Full Review

NextLevelGamer Valve has another hit on their hands with Portal 2. The story, gameplay, graphics and sound all come together to make for a very polished game but it’s not without imperfections. Portal 2′s biggest downfall currently is it’s lack of replay value. As the game stands at launch, it’s a one time play through.

Any game that I can sit down to and get completely lost and immersed in until the end credits roll is a winner, and Portal 2 just as in Portal 1 had me from start to end. Valve has another winner on their hands here. Read Full Review



System requirements

* Windows XP or later
* 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
* 1 GB of RAM on Windows XP or Windows 7 (2 GB on Windows Vista)
* 7.6 GB hard disk space
* DirectX 9 graphics card with 128 MB RAM
* Sound card DirectX 9.0c compatible


Genre(s) First person puzzle, Platform game
Developer(s) Valve Corporation
Publisher(s) Valve Corporation
Release Date: April 19, 2011


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