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.
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Very Positive (394 reviews) - 83% of the 394 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
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Overall:
Very Positive (394 reviews)
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Aurora
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
       
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xNiGHT
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
One of the rare glimpses inside Valve. Creatively presented.

I always thought that all of Valve's employees came from other games companies, with 5+ years of experience .. but it seems the truth is way more surprising and simple.
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[SWBF2] Brendan
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
THIS IS AN EBOOK NOT A GAME!!!!!
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sappy
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
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bubble fap
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
good read
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invaderzz
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Why did I buy this
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Snort Cannon
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
I will keep this review really short, as there's not much I have to say about this title.

This is a E-Book on the story of how Portal and Portal 2 were made, different versions of the game and games that portal is based on and what inspired the team.

This is a very interesting read and also a lot of the original concept for Portal 2 is also really cool. I highly suggest you buy this if you're a portal fan, cause you will love this book.

The only thing I dislike, is the awful scrolling, between slides. Doesn't really work.

Overall this is a must own for all Portal 2 fans.

Final Rating:
8/10 - Worth reading

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nl.lantao
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
Basically the director's commentary for Portal's development process. It's interesting to learn about the positive aspects of the development cycle for the most interesting game ever made.
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RingozwenY
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
Nice digital book
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
73 of 79 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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57 of 64 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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52 of 64 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2015
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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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
I will keep this review really short, as there's not much I have to say about this title.

This is a E-Book on the story of how Portal and Portal 2 were made, different versions of the game and games that portal is based on and what inspired the team.

This is a very interesting read and also a lot of the original concept for Portal 2 is also really cool. I highly suggest you buy this if you're a portal fan, cause you will love this book.

The only thing I dislike, is the awful scrolling, between slides. Doesn't really work.

Overall this is a must own for all Portal 2 fans.

Final Rating:
8/10 - Worth reading

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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Portal 2 - The Final Hours Review
Interactive book and story on the making of Portal 2.

There isn't much to say about this to be honest, it's so very short, which is absolutely fine. I only picked this up because I'm a huge Portal fan and if there is anything Portal related on Steam, I want it!

The Final Hours of Portal 2 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! You really won't enjoy this is you aren't a big Portal fan though, so just make sure you've played the original Portal games before giving this digital book a read.

If you don't like reading, don't worry, it's not a novel, it's a very small read. But interesting nevertheless.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2015
This is such a treat! Portal 2 is one of the most visually beautiful games I have ever played. It tanks up there with Metroid Prime in terms of level design and ambiance. To have an interactive book show the design and art of the game is simply incredible. It shows how every step of the way Valve was cautious about nailing why this game deserved to be made and ensuring it wasn't completed till it has its modus operandi. I'll probably end up reading it a second time in the near future. I highly recommend getting this.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2015
A fascinating series of articles about the challenges of creating one of the most extraordinary computer games in history.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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