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Genre
Action and Shooter
Publisher
Electronic Arts
Release Date
April 21, 2011
Available Platforms
PlayStation 3, XBox 360

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Portal 2

The sequel to the hugely popular, physics bending, 'Portal' is finally here... and GLaDOS is still alive...

Having been in stasis for hundreds of years, Chell is woken by one of GLaDOS's personality cores, which, inadvertently, awakens GLaDOS! Finding herself captive at the badly decayed Aperture Science Labs, she must escape the clutches of homicidal A.I. Robot GLaDOS utilising the legendary ASHPD (Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device) 'Portal Gun'. Whilst GLaDOS is determined to repair the facility and restart its deadly experiments, Chell must do all she can, alongside unlikely new allies, to escape.

With both a single player mode, where you play as Chell, and multiplayer mode, where you play as one of 2 robots; Atlas or P-Body, Portal 2 uses innovative gameplay and storylines, creates a cast of dynamic characters plus a has host of brand new puzzles for you to solve using the Portal Gun.

Break the Laws of Spatial Physics in ways you never thought possible - use your wits rather than masses of weaponry in this 'funhouse of diabolical science'!

  • Yuji Lloyd September 27, 2011 360
    ****

    If you had asked me a few years ago, prior to the release of 2007's Portal, what I thought about buying a game in which you essentially have to solve a series of puzzles using nothing but a teleportation gun, I probably would have laughed the suggestion off, as would almost everyone I know.

    Fast forward four years, and I cannot stress enough how much I recommend both Portal and this year's sequel, Portal 2. Somehow, Portal 2 has managed to do what most would have thought impossible, outperforming its own original, receiving scores of A+, 95%, and 9 or even 10 out of 10, across the board - everyone loves it.

    The game is quite possibly one of the most fun games that I have ever had, and certainly one of the best at keeping me concentrating on it from start right through to finish. You have to really think outside the box on a number of levels, especially as the game progresses, in order to succeed, and that idea of challenging yourself is something that most computer games tend not to do, making the gameplay more straightforward.

    But not Portal 2. You really do have to engage your brain whilst playing it, and I think that's one of the many reasons that game reviewers have responded so positively to it, and why it has sold literally millions of copies in the past six months alone. Selling units in the millions is a feat not accomplished by many video games, but it is very easy to see why Portal 2 has managed it with seeming ease this year, for it is such a terrific game; there really is nothing else like it on the market at the moment.

    And not only is the gameplay fantastic, but the music featured in the game is brilliant too. After the success they found with American songwriter John Coulton's Still Alive in the first Portal game, the makers decided to recruit Coulton to write another song exclusively for the game. Coulton then played through the game himself to get a feel for it, and then wrote the incredible, 'Want You Gone', which plays through the end credits and is truly inspired by the excellence of the game itself. And in tandem with Coulton, the developers, Valve, asked the American indie-rock band, The National, to write a song for the game too and they contributed music in the form of a new song, Exile Vilify, which is every bit as brilliant and fitting to the game as Coulton's stunning Want You Gone.

    The rest of the game's exceptional music was composed by Mike Morasky, who had worked on the original's soundtrack as well as such games as the recent Left 4 Dead series and Team Fortress 2, and he has come up with yet another terrific soundtrack that perfectly fits the game, keeping you enthralled and absorbed by both the visuals and the sounds from the moment you pick up your control.

    There is not a bad word that I could possibly think of to hold against Portal 2, and I can only stress again how much I enjoy playing such a brilliantly thought-out game. It goes beyond almost all the other games on the market in terms of enjoyment, originality, and ingenuity, and purchasing it is an absolutely solid investment that will bring you hours and hours of great gameplay that few other games can match.

  • Theo Livingston June 08, 2011 360
    ****

    The sequel to one of the most original puzzle games of all-time is here and it certainly delivers. Portal 2 is a first-person puzzle game in which you create linked portals to travel through to complete previously impossible challenges and find your way through the test chambers. The vast majority of the game takes place in aforementioned test chambers with an exit elevator at the end of each one. There is also a bucketload of new features which vary from puzzle features to characters such as Stephen Merchant who voices Wheatley, your robot companion. Portal 2 also has a brand new cooperative mode which can be played online over Xbox Live or on split screen with a friend. A common problem is that finding a random player online that doesn't just mess around however when you find someone who plays it properly the experience is truly amazing. Overall Portal 2 is a worthy successor to the revolutionary puzzle game that blew the world away. This game is an absolute must-buy.