Portal 2 Review

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I still felt that it was really sorta short... I dunno why... Maybe i'm just expecting a 60-hour playing time or something... :/

FYI: It took me about 10 hours to complete it.

The levels just plain aren't as challenging, but the new toys and characters manage to distract enough from the cracks in the paint to keep the whole ride breezing along. It astounds in some ways and disappoints in others, which, while not perfect, is good enough for science.

Considering how easy the first Portal was, this is pretty sad news.

bbad89:
Someone tell me why they reviewed the Xbox version when it's the PS3 version that gets the steam and cross-platform features.

your not even half way through

Can't wait to play it! SCIENCE!

the dude thats at the mantis men area. not even half way through

I really dont agree with the review.
The puzzels were a LOT more challenging for me then the first portal and the number thing that annoyed me is that valve DOES explain why you are in a new room.The comic.You even find ratmans "mural" very early on.so it isn't "retconned".

Still its your opinion.

Halo Fanboy:

The levels just plain aren't as challenging, but the new toys and characters manage to distract enough from the cracks in the paint to keep the whole ride breezing along. It astounds in some ways and disappoints in others, which, while not perfect, is good enough for science.

Considering how easy the first Portal was, this is pretty sad news.

And it's also not true. They are somewhat equal on the difficulty scale, but they're more complex. The learning curve to simple to complex is longer though since game is longer. So you might get a feeling that there's way more easy puzzles, which in it's own part is true but there's also way more of the harder puzzles.

Alex Berry:

RedEyesBlackGamer:

dtthelegend:
whats with the "SCIENCE!" thing?

Dr. Insano, most likely. He helped turn SCIENCE! into a meme.

Let's not forget about Thomas Dolby.

You win the thread.

Honestly, the SCIENCE thing didn't get old

Personally I'm waiting for the speed-runner backlash, since this one will not be as easy to speed run through. Took me about 8 hours the first time (on the PS3) and I could see cutting that down, but because some of the puzzles require some slow timing mechanics, I don't see P2 as having a speed run culture that bloomed around the original. Maybe thats just me though.

And while I did enjoy the game, it felt thin after 8 hours. I was ready for it to be over, I really just wanted the story resolution.

First game that popped into my head after seeing this was Minecraft.

SilverUchiha:
When Portal was released, it wasn't made specifically by the Valve guys, but just some college students (or something like that, if I recall). Valve merely dressed it up and shipped it out. I think that's why I've often heard it regarded as an "pseudo-Indie" sequel.

It's more like, Valve liked the indie game Narbacular Drop and basically hired those guys to make it better, bringing in great writers as well. It's like how Robert Rodriguez made El Mariachi on his own for peanuts, then Columbia gave him a few million to make Desperado, which is technically a sequel, but more like how Rodriguez would have made Mariachi in the first place if he had the money.

And frankly, just like Extra Credits said the game industry needs more of this: the big studios should find more talented indie guys, throw some money at them (but not enough to make the shareholders nervous) and let them work on riskier ideas than the usual safe AAA formulas. Original Portal is proof of concept.

Alex Berry:

RedEyesBlackGamer:

dtthelegend:
whats with the "SCIENCE!" thing?

Dr. Insano, most likely. He helped turn SCIENCE! into a meme.

Let's not forget about Thomas Dolby.

Russ deafened me, with SCIENCE!

this review is wayyyy beter than ign's;
not in rating, but detail.

I can't say I agree with the difficulty comment that a few people seem worried by, the puzzles in this game are much more complex and difficult than in the first game.

The reviewer in the video voice sounded like he really hated the game.

The tunnel was introduced with act three.

Okay I'm still somewhere in Act1 and I have to say that the puzzles are NOT easier by any stretch, SOME puzzles will be a breeze for players of the original, but some require you to actually THINK before you start flying through the rooms.

I like games that make me think.

Guys, the puzzles are sightlier easier, but there are a few toughies that almost match up to the original games difficulty later throughout the chapter.
Also, the final boss is WAY more fun then it was the first time around, total, get this game if you loved portal or want to be introduced to something new.

I am picking this up on steam. I kinda knew I would be anyway. At least I am sure to be done with it before the Witcher 2 comes out and it should be a good time. Sadly my wife hates steam for losing her Plants vs. Zombie save games so many times so I will have to find someone else to play co-op with.

For those complaining about how long it is: If the whole time you are playing it you are 300% more entertained then a game that can be played out in three times the length I think you are even on that one. If not a bit ahead due to awesome moments. But hey, how much fun you get per hour is very subjective. I hope to be entertained more over the shorter time of the game. If Valve got that right I will sing their praises.

Maybe I'll pick it up but without a very good PC all of my experience with Valve games have been shit. I swear they're a great PC developer but they haven't made one good console title.

Judging from the people saying multiple times faster load times on the PC it looks like this is no different. Valve just can't make good console games. They can make OK ones. L4D was ok. But I haven't played one good Valve game on my 360.

D_987:
I can't say I agree with the difficulty comment that a few people seem worried by, the puzzles in this game are much more complex and difficult than in the first game.

They are more complex. But at times I would think the puzzles might be more challenging if I hadn't played the first game. So, on that part, I kind of agree with Russ.

I probably like the story more than he seems to. It didn't delve deep enough into the back story for me, but I enjoyed the dialogue for the most part. At the end is the only part I didn't like because the characters got a little annoying.

4 stars seems reasonable. I might have given a 4.5, but 4 still means it's a good, solid game. The bar was just probably set a little high for being a sequel to a beloved game. And Russ comes off a bit too disappointed in tone for such a good game, not that I blame him. Valve had no chance to live up to the charm of the original. It's still really funny, however the "magic" isn't at the same level.

The ending song was, again, epic.

PS: I'm in Space!

Iron Lightning:
So they made the puzzles easier, eh, that statement alone has pretty well curbed my enthusiasm for this new installment.

"Easier" is a matter of perspective. You may personally find it harder than the original. Plus being difficult wasn't what made Portal great it was simply how clever and humorous it was.

Quellist:
Looking forward to the gibs flying when Yahtzee reviews this...

What is it with people recently assuming Yahtzee's going to hate everything (that is what you were implying right?)

...Ohhh man! Do I want spoilers or do I want to find everything out myself on my own time? Ahhhh! I was determined to wait a few years for the price to drop!

Jumpingbean3:

Quellist:
Looking forward to the gibs flying when Yahtzee reviews this...

What is it with people recently assuming Yahtzee's going to hate everything (that is what you were implying right?)

Well tomorrow we will see alot of "why didn't you do portal 2" spamming his video I guess.

Other than that I just replayed the game... yeah I know its just around 8 hours, but it has a perfect time, any longer would either mean introducing more puzzles or bore people.

I can only echo the sentiments that the PC version loads very fast between levels. My loading times between each level were all about 5-10 seconds, which is completely acceptable imho.
I do agree that they come a bit too frequently, however.

The game also ran extremely well on my old PC. I got an Nvidia 8800 GTS and Intel Core2Quad Q6600, and the game self-configured nearly all settings to "high", but despite that i got no slowdowns whatsoever.

As for the difficulty, I'd say it was slightly harder than the first game. My game time, substracting food & bathroom breaks, clocked in at about 9h 30 mins.

Just beat the game a few minutes ago. Beautiful game! And wonderful ending! Won't spoil, but I had a blast playing! Totally worth the wait. Sure its only about 6 hours or so for the main story, but the first one was about 2. You also get the benifit of a co-op online mode so it will extend your replayability a bit. I forgot if there were challanges... but still, plenty to do, and you can always come back later just for the hell of it. Definatly worth the buy.

Holy balls, that was awesome. I just finished singleplayer. I didn't like where the story was going, but it fixed itself perfectly. Gameplaywise, it's more Portal; just like I wanted. Man, my head is spinning. I've finished both the singleplayer and co-op.

Co-op is also great. It's more to the point(solving test chambers) than the singleplayer. It worked remarkably well to play with another person. Now I'm just hoping for loads of custom maps and stuff.

The ONLY downside for me were the frequent loading screens. It destroys the immersion quite a bit. They loaded quickly though.

Easier puzzles is a nonstarter for me - aside from the humor the puzzles were what made the original Portal so incredible.

A discount bin purchase it is!

First issue.

Why did almost ALL of the footage you use for the video review was in the last chapter? Warn with spoilers at the very least as Portal 2 largely relies on it's "surprise factor" (much like the first one)

Second issue.

The puzzles really aren't that easy. You won't get frustrated, no, just challenged.

Third issue.

Xbox review for a pc/ps3 game? Just don't, mkay?

Plus. SCIENCE!

What's up with the potato being stuck to the gun's claw?

MmmFiber:
[quote="D_987" post="6.278168.10845778"]
PS: I'm in Space!

SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE

i don't know:
What's up with the potato being stuck to the gun's claw?

It's a potato. I hear they are actually good suppliers of energy.

The full answer is a spoiler and is rather humorous, so I will leave that to you to look up if you really want to know the major plot event of the second third of the game.

I've heard that the PC version has much slower wait times. And I'm on the PS3 and I barely notice them. So maybe it's just a 360 thing?

Interesting that people don't think it's easier. The first third - the story mode is definitely chopped into thirds, btw - is mind-numbingly easy. Perhaps not if you didn't play the first game, though...so maybe it was intended as an introduction for complete newbies?

The co-op is loads of fun, though, I highly recommend it. :)

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