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 (333 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!

 

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
12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Review Type: Normal

A digital book that talks a little bit about the development of Portal 2. Features some nice interactives. Excellent for Portal 2 fans out there!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
IT'S NOT A GAME! But it's a very interesting reading if you are interested in the creative process behind Portal and how everything in Valve works. Some things i already knew, but i learned many after reading it. The interactive features also turns it more easy to read. I'll recommend it only if you are a Portal/Valve fan and you want to know more about how it was made, but it worth the low price it has. (if you are a fan, BUY IT NOW)
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Definitely worth reading.
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