Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Portal 2 Review

So far I'm liking this movie/game review so I think I'll be alternating between the two making a review once every 2 or 3 days, anyway today's review:

So, in case I've been too subtle about it, I fucking love TF2, in fact I pretty much love most games by Valve, so since the only problem I had with portal 1 was it's shortness, when this was announced I was pretty excited, unfortunately I couldn't buy the game on release, but I just had to wait a couple of months for portal 2 to get new DLC and be on sale, note that valve is the only company I can think of that not only gives free DLC but actually makes the game cheaper.


So I'll just start off with the things I don't like, a lot of reviews said "this game was too easy compared to the first one" and I don't agree, because while it was not hard, sometimes you could be stuck the longest time over the most stupid thing, that feel when you have been trying to do something for 15 minutes just to realize the answer was right in your face doesn't compare to anything, so no it's not too easy, but it's too linear rather. And I'm not saying going chamber to chamber linear because that's what I expected when I bought the game, I'm saying that the non-portable surfaces in this game are ridiculous sometimes the puzzle is just finding the white wall to make the portal, the first time I played portal 1, specially in the last chambers I actually feel like there are a lot of ways to do the same puzzle, in portal 2 it may take you a while to do it, but once you do you realize that was the only way to go.
With that being said, the last chambers, right about the time you get the white gel, starts getting a lot better, since you can actually make more portable surfaces so you feel more freedom, and with that I move on to the next thing.

Characters, portal 1 had Chell and Glados and.... that's it, Glados was really funny and I certainly didn't expect the part where she tries to kill you the first time, but you can't really say any character is brilliantly written in portal 1, in 2 however we start off with Wheatley, and god I can't help but to laugh at most things he says. He is just so well written and has a brilliant VA, some goes for Glados and Cave Johnson and that makes it so that at almost every part of the game you are hearing an awesome character, the story felt much more immersive and well written.

I've also heard a lot of people complain about the lenght of portal 2 saying it was still too short, and personally while would love more content, I really don't see how valve could make the game any longer without it feeling tedious and repetitive.

About the Multiplayer Co-op I only had the chance to play the first 7-10 levels with a friend, and I just haven't have time since then but it's really fun, you can just play with a random stranger but playing with a friend and screwing up together just had me laughing the whole time. 

And overall the game just feels good, even if you think some random chamber was too easy you still enjoy the game, or at least I know I did, definite well earned spot in GOTY and I would recommend buying it if you still haven't, the game went $7 on this Christmas sale so maybe you can trade a game with a friend for it.

I give it a 9.1/10

24 comments:

  1. This is in my "to play" game list

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  2. Portal... never played a game before where i raged so much.. :'D

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  3. Nail + head combination, nice work!

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  4. great game is actually one of my favorites
    nice review!

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  5. Portal is great. I have played the 2D flash version
    +Following now!

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  6. Lets build our own game... WORLD DOMINATION!

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  7. Portal is immensely good game. Steven Merchants voice acting is funny as hell.

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  8. great review, I love valve games too :D (HL & CS ROXXX) I very like TF2 too ;]

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  9. Nice review, Portal 2 is amazing, especially the co-op.

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  10. I liked Portal 2 a lot, but I had a couple issues with it. The biggest one being that it just got a little too silly. The first game was funny, because GLaDOS was funny, in a legitimately creepy kind of way. And the game was tied in with half-life, leaving me hopeful for super epic crossover. But Portal 2 tried to be funny by getting really silly at times in a way that felt a little forced, like they didn't understand -why- the first Portal was funny. And silly in a way that doesn't seem to belong in the same universe as Half-life. I'm going to stop this rant now before it picks up any more steam, but I think you get where I'm going with this.

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  11. nice well rounded review. following. :P

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  12. thanks, now i have the unbearable urge to play portal 1 again ^^

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  13. nice review, portal 1&2 are both awesome

    you can play it again and again, it will not become boring :)

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  14. Yeah, Portal 2 often made me feel stupid. Still a great game though

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  15. Interesting, I'll test it thanks man.

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  16. Played Portal 2 a while back with a friend, but I still love it. Thanks!

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  17. neat followed ya. Gotta try portal 2 some time

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  18. Love portal 2 and love this blog will be following now my chum! :)

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