Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    By making the game available to a broader audience and including several excellent challenges (along with all-new Achievements), Portal isn't merely alive -- it's stronger than ever.
  2. Simple, addictive and brilliantly executed. One of the best puzzle games we've seen in a long time.
  3. Portal's blend of first-person, action, and puzzle elements marked by wry psychology and facetious dialogue make for a one-of-a-kind experience. Bolster this package with Still Alive's 14 new, more difficult levels and this is a game that shouldn't be missed.
  4. Those yet to play Portal, this is the perfect opportunity to play possibly one of the sweetest games ever.
  5. Portal remains an absolutely fantastic game, a wonderfully constructed vignette of puzzles and gallows humour that everybody should play.
  6. The graphics look terrific, and the GLaDOS computer system has plenty of insane banter. You owe it to yourself to check this out, even if you beat the original.
  7. Portal: Still Alive is ideal for Xbox 360 owners who want the Portal experience without any hassles. Log in, download, and play - but beware, it's not exactly a small file.
  8. 90
    If you've never played Portal before all you need to know is that it's a must buy, plain and simple. Quit reading right now and download it.
  9. For only 1200 Microsoft Points you will get one of the best, most original and humoristic puzzle games ever to be constructed. But keep in mind that the game takes a big chunck out of your hard drive and that The Orange Box is also available for a very decent price. Nevertheless, Portal: Still Alive is an absolute must-buy for anyone that hasn't played the game on the PC.
  10. Portal: Still Alive adds some sugar to the hugely successful recipe, but it's not enough to entice veterans back for a second serving.
  11. Hardcore Gamer
    90
    The only downside is that GlaDOS has no new speaking parts, making the challenge levels feel lifeless. [Dec 2008, p.56]
  12. 92
    Part of what makes the main Portal experience so successful is that the game draws you in quickly, subtly creates a believable world with every new room and then begins to slowly draw back the curtain. Much like a fine malt liquor, Portal sneaks up on you.
  13. GlaDOS is back in this XBLA game. Last year's greatest puzzle game is back with all of its basic features, but it adds 14 more chambers to extend the gameplay; they are more difficult than the story mode, but both together form an incredible title, an almost compulsory download for those who haven't played the game yet.
  14. 82
    So are you a diehard nut who can’t get enough Portal action? Then you’ll probably already own this one. And if you’re new to the whole thing, Still Alive is easy to recommend. But everyone else in between, you may be better off saving your pennies for the inevitable Portal 2.
  15. Clever humor that'll have you chuckling for months. [Dec 2008, p.93]
  16. None of this package is new, which is why we've deducted a point. Still Alive is a pricey luxury for Portal fans. But hey, if you've never played it before, feel free to slap that point back on and enjoy one of gaming's tastiest treats from the last few years.
  17. At the end of the day, as I've said many times before, this is an amazing game.
  18. I can’t imagine the emptiness your life has been up to this point without having experienced the joys of the Companion Cube or the awesome song over the end credits. Portal: Still Alive is your chance to set your life right.
  19. The simple ideas are often the best, and Portal, quite simply, is one of the best ideas for a game we've ever seen. It's fantastically realised, brilliantly executed, and had me wrapped around its computerised finger for two-and-a-half unforgettable hours. This is gaming in its purest form.
  20. X-ONE Magazine UK
    90
    It's easily the best puzzle game to come along in quite some time and arguably up there with some of the best we've seen within the world of videogames. [Issue#38, p.114]
  21. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    100
    A flawless two hours of fun, made all the better by the extra challenge stages. [Jan 2009, p.102]
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 217 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. TjThegamer
    Nov 26, 2008
    5
    If you've already played this game in "The Orange Box", don't buy this game. It's the same game other than 14 easy challenge If you've already played this game in "The Orange Box", don't buy this game. It's the same game other than 14 easy challenge rooms. If you never bought "The Orange Box" and wondered about "Portal"... then buy "The Orange Box". You'll get 4 other amazing games for an extra $30. This is just a sad attempt to milk the money out of the "Portal" bandwagon. 1,200 Microsoft points for a game I already played, and some extra stuff that took me maybe 2 hours to complete. 1,200 Microsoft points for this is a joke. Go buy "Psyconaunts" or "San Andreas" they're much longer and funner games for the same price. Full Review »
  2. EndymionU.
    Nov 10, 2008
    10
    I'm mostly posting this to respond to Perse Pappa's comment. This game was originally released as part of The Orange Box, next to I'm mostly posting this to respond to Perse Pappa's comment. This game was originally released as part of The Orange Box, next to Half-Life 2 and Team Fortress 2, although this is much added content that was not included with that release. It is a game deserving of a full release in and of itself. The game is innovative and invigorating. It is nothing like the majority of XBLA games out there. Production quality is that of a full release game. Furthermore, just because games on XBLA are normally "lousy" does not mean that there is not a minority worth purchasing (especially for the price). Braid is a shining example of this. N+ and World of Goo (available to Wii owners as WiiWare) are worthy purchases as well. Perse, you should play the game before you post. Full Review »
  3. JustinCox
    Oct 27, 2008
    2
    This was the biggest waste of $15 ever on XBL (And I spend a ton of money there). I love portal. But this is just new levels stacked on top ofThis was the biggest waste of $15 ever on XBL (And I spend a ton of money there). I love portal. But this is just new levels stacked on top of the original game. there is absolutely no humor or that macabre humor. This should have been sold on XBL as a level pack for $5 Full Review »