Portal 2 draws from the award-winning formula of innovative gameplay, story, and music that earned the original Portal over 70 industry accolades and created a cult following. For more information on Portal 2 click here.
User reviews: Very Positive (312 reviews)
Release Date: May 17, 2011
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Buy Portal 2 - The Final Hours

Portal 2 - The Final Hours is a digital book that takes you deep within the top-secret offices of Valve for an unvarnished look at the creative process behind Portal 2. Now with a free bonus chapter added!

 

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"(Digital Book) tells us how Valve software advance in the development of one of the most fun games in the Portal series"
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Free Bonus Chapter Added

The Final Hours of Portal 2 has been updated with a chapter on the making of the "Peer Review" DLC and the first details on the future of Portal 2!

About the Digital Book

The Final Hours of Portal 2 takes you deep within the top-secret offices of Valve for an unvarnished look at the creative process behind the new video game Portal 2. Journalist Geoff Keighley was granted unprecedented “fly on the wall” access to Valve to create this staggering 15,000 word multimedia experience. From the hush-hush Portal prequel that was shelved to the last minute scramble to complete the game’s story, The Final Hours of Portal 2 is a gripping and dramatic story brought to life by exclusive photos, videos, interviews, interactive experiences, and other surprises.

Key features:

In The Final Hours of Portal 2 Valve reveals:

  • That Portal 2 actually began as a prequel to the first game without portals or GLaDOS.
  • The Directed Design Experiments created after Half-Life 2: Episode 2, including video of a never-before-disclosed project, Two Bots, One Wrench.
  • How the story of Portal 2 evolved during development. See images and read surprising details.
  • How it worked with Jonathan Coulton to create "Want You Gone," the closing song to the game.

Interactive Highlights Include:

  • Play with portals in an interactive diagram where you learn how portals work.
  • 360 degree panorama photos of the Valve office and design labs.
  • Listen to the songs that inspired the Portal 2 development team.
  • Hear Jonathan Coulton's Portal 2 song in various stages of development.
  • Puppet Wheatley in an interactive experience
  • Destroy Aperture Science by wiping your fingers over the screen.
  • Interact with fans and voice your opinion via polls and a feedback form.

About This Game

Portal 2 draws from the award-winning formula of innovative gameplay, story, and music that earned the original Portal over 70 industry accolades and created a cult following. For more information on Portal 2 click here.


System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X

    Minimum:

    • OS: • Microsoft® Windows® XP Home, Professional, or Tablet PC Edition with Service Pack 3; Windows Server® 2003 or 2008; Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise (including 64-bit editions) with Service Pack 2; or Windows 7
    • Processor: • 2.33GHz Intel® Pentium® 4, AMD Athlon® 64 2800+, or faster processor
    • Memory: • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)

    Minimum:

    • OS: Mac OS X v10.4.9
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ Duo or faster processor
    • Memory: 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
    • Other Requirements: Adobe Air needs to be installed
Helpful customer reviews
18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Portal 2 - The Final Hours is an interesting read to say the least. This interactive story on the full ins and outs of Portal 2 was fantastic. It looks at what came before Portal 2, and the aftermath of the game being released to the public. There's plenty of exclusive material such as concept art and original sketches. Along with some interactive animation which was fun! I reccomend this game to anyone that has played both Portal games and loves the series.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
62.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
Everything you need to know about Portal 2's Final Hours can be viewed in this Great Interactive Booklet.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
This isnt a game to be honest but what it does is exapnd your mind behind the game portal and POrtal 2. some parts you even get to see around the office which is a good feature
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
This is a fantastic and informative little interactive experience. It goes into details about the creation of the game and is enjoyable overall.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Quite interesting to read... Unless your not a reader then I wouldnt suggest buying this and downloading it... And reading it... But if you like to read, Have FUN! :D overall, it was interesting. I have always liked documentarys.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Great "magazine".
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
I bought this game along with Portal and Portal 2. I read a little bit of it earlier but I really read a lot yesterday (I was on a plane, hence the low playtime,) and even finished it. Portal 2 - The Final Hours covers the development, release and post release of Portal 2 inside of Valve. If you like betas, like the Half-Life 2 beta, this is for you. I also reccomend checking out The Final Hours of Half-Life 2. Look it up online and there is a free version.

What makes this so different, though? For starters, it includes interactive content. The second picture (Destroy Aperture) is my favourite. There is also music that you can listen to, like what inspired the songs, and lots of pictures. There are chapters and polls even.

I really like Valve games and betas, and I thought "WHY NOT?" when I bought this. This is worth $2, even $5 or $10. The writing is great, the interactivity is great, there are interviews, videos, music, polls and pretty much everything that you could hope for in an e-book about Portal 2.

Buy it now.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Cool for Portal fans or just people interested in Valve.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Weird Book but it is awesome at the sametime
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
A delightful insight into the stupidly delightful process of game development.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Informative, interactive and cheap. Highly recommended if you liked Portal 2. Too bad a couple of the polls are offline.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Definitely worth reading.
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58 of 61 people (95%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2013
First of all, this is no game but a virtual interactive book, and a very good one as a matter of fact.
To everyone who is interested in the behind the scenes of Portal 2, and how a development of a game works at Valve, you're in for one hell of a ride. I absolutely recommend it, it shows the everyday routine of an employee at Valve, some very enlightening points of view on their known delays and some videos plus slideshows too keep you interested while reading. If you read it all calmly and with some attention it will take you a bit less than an hour to go through it all, but I assure you, it's absolutely worth it.
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52 of 57 people (91%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 27, 2014
The Final Hours is not a game (though can't you imagine one - set perhaps during the Seven Hour War, trying to escape as the facility collapses and the Combine invade the test chambers?), it's a book. It covers how Portal was created, the complex gestation of the sequel, and the personalities involved at every step.
The book is interesting, revealing a lot of behind the scenes info. You learn what a complicated business creating a computer game is, especially a Valve one, and something of the stresses involved. For even at a company like Valve, creating a game is hard work, and it takes its toll. The book makes what use of its computer nature as it can, embedding videos and interactive content. They do not add that much overall though - the pictures and words are what matter.
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50 of 61 people (82%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Get this if you are a geek about how games are made!
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2014
Everything you would want to know about Portal is right here in this interactive book. If you're a Portal fanatic, this is a must-buy. This interactive book contains behind-the-scenes information, videos, polls, and more. It's all you could have ever wanted.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
An interesting and provocative look into the development wins and woes behind the critically-acclaimed game Portal 2. The interactive bits are tons of fun, and there's a lot of behind-the-scenes material that really opens your eyes on the game design process, as well as how Valve Software works as a company. Buy this...game?...if you're a fan of Portal 2, a fan of Valve as a company, or if you just want to see what kinds of ideas and practices go into designing and producing a video game.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 19, 2014
Pre-Release Review
This is an interactive magazine about the making of Portal 2, with a few interactive bits tossed in for good measure. It's fun. Get it for cheap if you're really into Portal 2. I liked it. :)
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 23, 2014
Very good read for fans of Portal 2. You never get bored with constant interactive activities, songs, videos and slideshows that allow you to enjoy Portal 2 more than ever. 10/10
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 7, 2013
Pre-Release Review
The Final Hours is a nice little accompaniment to Portal 2. It provides depth to the production of the game, as well as insider knowledge and trivia.

The interactive novel is set within a dynamic flipbook which is very easy and enjoyable to progess through.

Not a requirement, but a nice little bonus for those who want to learn more about the background of Portal 2 as it is in it's developmental stages.

Nilesy
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