Portal 2 - Xbox 360

Release Date:

21 April 2011

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Portal 2 is a hilariously mind-bending adventure that challenges you to use wits over weaponry in a funhouse of diabolical science. Using a highly experimental portal device, you’ll once again face off against a lethally inventive, power-mad A.I. named GLaDOS. And this time you won’t be alone. Meet an expanded cast of characters as you think your way through dangerous, never-before-seen areas of Aperture Laboratories. Break the laws of spatial physics in ways you never thought possible, with a wider variety of portal puzzles and an expansive story that spans a single player and co-operative game mode.

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The single-player campaign begins with the destruction of the AI mastermind that you completed in Portal. It doesn’t take long for you to meet another individual in the Aperture Science laboratories, an artificial intelligence. The two of you decide to pair up, in order to improve both of your chances to get out of the facility alive. Fortunately, the robot is a cutup, and will have you laughing out loud early in the first level.

The writing that was so consistently funny in the first game has returned here, and once again, you’ll find yourself laughing uproariously from the earliest levels of the game, all the way through it. It’s not just the writing, though; it’s also the characters’ voices and their perfect comedic timing that will have you rolling on the ground. Making characters feel this real is difficult to do with human characters in a game, much less robotic intelligences, but the creators of Portal 2 manage to pull it off amazingly.

The game gets going when you find yourself an Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device, which is also known as a portal gun. With this, you are able to create portals, which are like doorways through matter. Your trusty portal gun allows you to create either side of the portal that you want, on nearly any surface you can find. It might sound confusing to read, but that’s nothing to how confusing, interesting, and thrilling it is when you finally get it, that it is when you play.

Using these portals, you will transport yourself, your allies, objects, and an enormous number of other things, through the walls of the Aperture Science testing facility. That’s where the puzzle-aspect of the game comes into play, learning to use the portal gun to accomplish tasks that will allow you to progress on your way out of the facility. Picking these skills up takes a while, but there is fortunately a nice long learning curve. If you’re a fan of the series, it might seem like it takes a while to get to new puzzles, but fortunately there’s enough story to keep you interested until the real puzzles show up.

This game is so absolutely thrilling, filled with interesting plot and gameplay elements, and downright enjoyable, that I could seriously type another three pages on how much fun it is. But, I know very well the only thing that that would do would be to lengthen the amount of time it takes before you go buy the game, so I will be brief. Buy this game. Your brain wants you to.

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