Average User Score: 8.5Apr 20, 2011Portal 2 surpasses the original in nearly every way, from the writing and voice acting, to the scope and ingenuity of the AperturePortal 2 surpasses the original in nearly every way, from the writing and voice acting, to the scope and ingenuity of the Aperture Laboratories and possible ways to solve its devious puzzles. In the end, the story, humor and presentation linger longer than the actual puzzles this time, and that's not necessarily a bad thing at all.
If someone's main complaint is the day-one DLC on PC and consequently scoring the game low because of that, they're missing the point. If someone is complaining about the game's length, they're obviously playing it way too fast the first time through (because it is at least two and a half times longer) and not only are they missing the point here as well, they're missing out on enjoying the developing story and hilarious characterizations that make Portal 2 memorable. Sure, there are definitely tougher puzzlers out there, but how many are this entertaining? Any worthy negatives I have with this title are few and far between. The graphics aren't anything to go crazy about and the occasional platforming elements aren't as tight as they could be (jumping seems a bit off). The puzzle mechanics are still classic Portal, but the level design does fall victim sometimes to the "Well, we need the player to have a panel they can make a portal in ... we'll throw one in on the wall over there for the heck of it" mentality when you find yourself outside of the test chambers. But really these are minor and forgivable.
The Portal 2 single-player is an enjoyable ride that will make you laugh in between twisting your brain with puzzles and twisting the plot. The environment, ideas and characters remind me of BioShock's Rapture and Andrew Ryan, but the Portal series stands on it's own. There is truly nothing out there like it today.… Expand