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  • Summary: Valve is working on a full-length sequel to its award-winning, mind-bending puzzle action game for the Xbox 360 and PC.
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  1. Positive: 65 out of 66
  2. Negative: 0 out of 66
  1. Apr 19, 2011
    100
    Despite being so much bigger than the original, I actually felt a little melancholy once Portal 2 was over, simply because it's so rare to find a game this smart, this funny, and this rich with detail. It elevates Portal from an odd, memorable experiment to one of the most significant series in Valve's stable with a unique voice and an incredible level of quality that all developers should aspire to.
  2. Apr 21, 2011
    100
    Genius is an often overused word but Valve's work on Portal 2 is genius in the truest sense. The studio has exhibited exceptional creativity in the game, even compared to some of its other masterpieces. If we could give it 11/10, we would.
  3. X-ONE Magazine UK
    May 20, 2011
    100
    A truly spectacular sequel that reaches previously unthinkable heights. Portal 2 is an experience to be cherished and already a strong contender for the best game of 2011. [Issue#72, p.78]
  4. Apr 19, 2011
    95
    Overall, Portal 2 is an absolutely amazing title. Everyone (including myself) was disappointed when Portal 2 was delayed earlier this year, however, it was more than worth the wait. Portal 2 is a masterpiece that I can see myself playing for years.
  5. Apr 19, 2011
    94
    Portal 2 has an enormous warmth that makes it easy to adore, even when you're up against its many frustrating brainteasers. An amazing gameplay experience merged with a very unique, engrossing concept. Truly an exceptional experience that almost any gamer should give at least one go.
  6. May 10, 2011
    90
    Portal 2 is an amazing puzzle game that, thanks to ingenious puzzles and an especially homourous story, keeps you gleud to your screen for hours on end. And you'll play it all with a big smile on your face.
  7. May 2, 2011
    70
    Emancipation complete for Portal, which gets rid of his "bonus game" condition with a second episode that is certainly no revolution but still manages to justify its new status.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 296
  1. Apr 19, 2011
    10
    Portal 2 is the best one in its genre, yes you don't kill anyone but thinking with portals makes up for that. Aboslutely Brilliant. ThanksPortal 2 is the best one in its genre, yes you don't kill anyone but thinking with portals makes up for that. Aboslutely Brilliant. Thanks Valve! 10/10 Expand
  2. Apr 27, 2011
    10
    The dialogue and cast of the game is incredibly funny and well written. The puzzles and new game mechanics make the game very fun to play, andThe dialogue and cast of the game is incredibly funny and well written. The puzzles and new game mechanics make the game very fun to play, and the co-op is just as fun as the single player experience. The story and ending are awesome. It's just an awesome game that everyone should get. Expand
  3. May 21, 2011
    10
    Pure enjoyment, nothing comes close to beating the phenomenal and thoroughly entertaining 12 hour campaign of this extraordinary series.Pure enjoyment, nothing comes close to beating the phenomenal and thoroughly entertaining 12 hour campaign of this extraordinary series. simply a must have for anyone who enjoys enjoyment. Expand
  4. Apr 20, 2011
    10
    Don't believe the haters in regards to this title. It's a beautiful, well designed game that plays and looks great on any platform. Yes, PCDon't believe the haters in regards to this title. It's a beautiful, well designed game that plays and looks great on any platform. Yes, PC graphics are better if you happen to own a nice PC, but the console graphics are also very good.

    The gameplay additions are a great progression from the first game and the voice talent is unmatched. Stephen Merchant in particular deserves special recognition for work. Hilarious.

    The single player game length is longer than some other recent retail releases (*cough Homefront cough*), coming in at least 7 or 8 hours, longer if you're me and the multiplayer is a blast. All of you who are angry about the ARG viral marketing or about the purely cosmetic and optional DLC, get over yourselves. Valve is a company who has proven since before most of you could even play video games that they are a developer who puts out quality products, showers their users with free goodies and truly understands what gamers want.

    Yes, there are longer games out there, but few that play as well and are as enjoyable as this one. I'll take this sort of quality over an extra two hours of filler every day.
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  5. Mar 13, 2012
    9
    Damned near perfect, one of the few games to tell a fully realised story using only the environments to you play through without ever leavingDamned near perfect, one of the few games to tell a fully realised story using only the environments to you play through without ever leaving the first person perspective. Expand
  6. Apr 20, 2011
    9
    A masterpiece erected over its predecessor's foundations, Portal 2 stands as a monument to game design. Brilliant voice acting, wry,A masterpiece erected over its predecessor's foundations, Portal 2 stands as a monument to game design. Brilliant voice acting, wry, understated humor, and a plot that manages to provide back-story even as it surprises with twists and provides context for new mechanics all serve to elevate the brilliant core gameplay, culminating in a experience best summarized as What A Sequel Should Be. The game starts in familiar territory, reacquainting the player with the portal gun and slowly layering in the complexity. The first couple hours bring players up to speed with the original's features, but by the end of the game you'll be working with launchers, turrets, barriers made of light, tractor beams, and several flavors of gel: one that reduces friction, one that amplifies jumps, and one that paints surfaces, allowing portals to be fired on anything it touches. Puzzles are elegant and satisfying throughout the game, but those near the end are particularly imaginative and challenging. Equally important to the game's success is the addition of a versatile cooperative mode, wherein players take on the role of a pair of testing robots, each armed with its own portal gun, and team up to solve puzzles that would be impossible to solve alone. Levels are accessed through a central hub divided into 5 sets of rooms, the first four focusing on specific concepts and mechanics in a manner similar to the single-player campaign's progression, with the 5th appearing once the first four have been mastered. From the hub, players can access and replay any level they've completed, or pick up where they left off, and returning to the hub is as simple as pausing the game and selecting the correct option. The cooperative puzzles are at least as engaging than those found in the single-player mode, and though the plot is essentially a monologue by GLaDOS peppered with context-sensitive commentary, the ride is nevertheless enjoyable.

    That said, however, Portal 2 is not for everyone. An inordinate amount of negative user reviews are surfacing here, most of which give the game a "0" for being too hard, too short, not pretty enough, or as a blatant and admitted effort to counteract the "fan boys" and produce an average that better reflects what it "should." For the sake of clarity, I'd like to address a few of those issues below, from a different, and, I hope, less biased perspective. In my estimation, Portal 2 is far from a mediocre game, but most people will either love it or (apparently) hate it. And so, a disclaimer:

    FPS fans accustomed to more conventional titles -- Halo, Call of Duty, BattleField, and all the many copycats -- may find Portal 2's focus on platforming and solving puzzles to the exclusion of explosive eye-candy and wanton violence a bit off-putting. Similarly, solitary gamers and those conditioned for competitive multiplayer may find the game a little short. The single-player campaign takes about 6 hours to complete, with the multiplayer campaign (Split Screen, System Link, or over Xbox Live) taking about as long, assuming the player plays each level once and only once. Resultantly, those without a friend to play with and lacking Xbox Live may feel short-changed, and players expecting an endless online frag-fest with every game that supports online multiplayer will find themselves similarly disappointed. All of the above is doubly true for people with a poor sense for spatial relationships, and those suffering from what I'll diplomatically call a "problem-solving deficiency;" you don't have to be a rocket scientist to play Portal 2, but most people will occasionally need to stop and think about what they're doing -- particularly towards the end.

    Portal 2 is a fantastic game in every way, but isn't for everyone. If you'd really rather not think while playing video games, look elsewhere. Similarly, if you're going to play each level once and be done with the game -- particularly if you don't subscribe to Xbox Live -- there are many titles that have longer narratives. However, most players will find the game undeniably unique and tremendously enjoyable, and many will play through a second, or third time -- particularly with the introduction of the flexible co-op mode. I'd recommend those hesitant to buy at least rent the game before dismissing it -- most will, I think, find themselves pleasantly surprised. Portal 2 is one of the treasures of this console generation, and will be played long after most of its competition has been replaced and forgotten.
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  7. Apr 20, 2011
    0
    I really wanted to like this game as i enjoyed the first half of the last game until it got too hard and i had to quit, but unfortunatlyI really wanted to like this game as i enjoyed the first half of the last game until it got too hard and i had to quit, but unfortunatly portal 2 brings with it a strong sense of deja vu, it feels more like portal 1.5. The puzzles are mostly the same rehashed from the first, the humour is not good either, and if that wasn't enough then think : This game takes about 5-8hrs to complete, that is not very long, every review site has mentioned the the replayability is almost zero, other fps games have multiplayer to extend life, this has a boring co-op that no one would want to bother with, just pointless, only get when the price drops because otherwise people like valve are going to think it's ok to charge big money for a very short game with no point in replaying, a disgrace and a letdown. Dont fall into hype trap, i regret wasting money, dont put yourself in my shoes in a few days time when the game is done and your down money. Expand

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