Hello gamers and welcome to week 15 of our countdown!
Thinking Differently in the #30 Spot…
Ah, Portal… The unexpected pop culture phenomenon. When the original Portal hit the scenes, tucked unassumingly away in the “Orange Box,” no one would have ever guessed that they’d be hearing so much about being lied to about a cake. Alas, “The cake is a lie” is now embedded in geek culture… Permanently.
Now You’re Thinking With Portals
After the deafening success of the original Portal, no one really expected the sequel to top the original, which is pretty understandable when you think about. The original Portal was your quintessential “Lightning in a Bottle” scenario. Out-of-nowhere runaway success stories like the original Portal are mind-blowingly rare. Doing it twice is freaking unheard of. But the bottom line is that Valve pulled it off. Portal 2 is an absolute masterpiece. The gameplay didn’t change all that much from Portal 1 to Portal 2, but they did add a number of mechanics that, (when added to the already mind-bending puzzles), created an entirely different feel to the way you had to approach not just the puzzles but the game as a whole. Between the addition of new mechanics and the incredible addition of a co-op campaign, Portal 2 is an incredible ride from start to finish.
I’d Like to Tell You That Not All is Well…
This is normally where I air out my grievances about a game and point out the issues that make it not score that perfect 5 out of 5. But this is Portal 2 we’re talking about. If you don’t like this game I would question your sanity. What’s not to like? The side splitting comedy? The perfectly constructed puzzles? The beautiful graphics? The intelligence of the storyline?
By now, I take it that you’ve guessed I’m a huge fan of the Portal games, and what kind of review would this be if I didn’t mention one of the best villains in gaming history? GLaDOS. Oooooh GLaDOS. GLaDOS manages to bridge the gap of being the best and worst thing about the Portal games. I would challenge anyone to play through the Portal games without laughing out loud at the clever insults she manages to throw at you. GLaDOS is the only character, (save perhaps Handsome Jack), that can insult you so poetically that you have to laugh. If Portal 2 were nothing but GLaDOS talking, that’d be enough for me to give it a rock-solid 5 out of 5. Believe me, I’d give it more if I were able.