Portal™ is a new single player game from Valve. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal has been called one of the most innovative new games on the horizon and will offer gamers hours of unique gameplay.
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Release Date: Oct 10, 2007

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"A first-person physics puzzler developed by Valve. Use a Portal Gun to navigate a series of tests as a human lab rat, guided by the friendly A.I. GLaDOS"

About This Game

Portal™ is a new single player game from Valve. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal has been called one of the most innovative new games on the horizon and will offer gamers hours of unique gameplay.

The game is designed to change the way players approach, manipulate, and surmise the possibilities in a given environment; similar to how Half-Life® 2's Gravity Gun innovated new ways to leverage an object in any given situation.

Players must solve physical puzzles and challenges by opening portals to maneuvering objects, and themselves, through space.

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    Minimum: 1.7 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, DirectX® 8.1 level Graphics Card (Requires support for SSE), Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    Recommended: Pentium 4 processor (3.0GHz, or better), 1GB RAM, DirectX® 9 level Graphics Card, Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    Minimum: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, 1GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection
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ybwenc
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
This is portal. Don't read. Just get.
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Hawk1858
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
I can't get the game to work properly, I can't fire the portal gun, nor can I always pick up objects using the "E" button. The game it severely glitched out.
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Webhobo
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Play this before playing Portal 2, short but worth it!
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Gosu
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Even tho it's so short game offeres really fun gameplay and amazing sense of humor that i really enjoyed, so i can recommend it with no doubt to everyone.
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ThePlasticWaffle
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
I beat it pretty quick but fun to replay too
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pointy
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
The 5 stages of Portal:
Denial:
'Cmon, just this one thing... I'l do it next time...its gotta be possible
Anger:
'WHO DESIGNED THIS STUPID ****ING GAME *smash keyboard*'
Bargaining:
'Maybe I'll just watch this one tutorial' *watches about ten*
Depression:
'K, let's try again *FAILURE* *sigh*'
Acceptance:
'This game is really bloody hard. Let's try again, and again.

10/10 would break two keyboards in a week again
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d0c70rd0raz10
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
I love Portal and Portal 2. The storyline is to be desired in Portal 1; develops more towards the end. Highly recommend before playing Portal 2.
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Shin B. Omnis
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
The cake is a lie, but this game being good isn't.
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Aurone
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
A classic, and the only other word to describe it is "Amazing"
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Portal is a first-person puzzle game developed and published by Valve and released in October 2007. You play as Chell, a female protagonist that completes testings for Aperture Science Laboratories. The game features a nineteen level campaign that allows you to solve puzzles. Solving each puzzle progresses you further into the story. This review will discuss the campaign, the levels, and gameplay.

Portal features a solid campaign that provides a good introduction to the world of the Laboratories. The game begins with an in-game tutorial introducing you to the portal gun, the tests and Glados, the antagonist AI computer. Portal excels at storytelling through the slow burn approach to the story. Certain sequences in the story subtly reveal major plot points such as what is Glados planning to do to Chell once she has completed her tests. These subtle hints provide excitement for those who have noticed them as it foreshadows the final scenes in the game. Portal 1 is less about story and more about introducing you to the environment. I get the vibe that this game is more like a prologue to Portal 2 because comparing Portal 1 to Portal 2, P2 expands on the gameplay and environment and emphasises the story whereas P1 introduces you to the setting, the characters, the type of gameplay, and the story. In saying that, I do really like the introduction to the characters as Glados is a refreshing computer personality in which gives the impression that robots control humans, or Glados controls Chell.

The campaign as mentioned includes nineteen levels and these levels are basic. It promotes creativity as the levels progressively become more difficult. However, I feel the majority of the levels are simple and relatively easy compared to the final five levels. The final five levels are challenging and they require more thinking, meaning they encourage more exploration on how to complete it. The levels are of good length. About 10 out of the 19 levels took some time to complete and it lengthened the game and made it more enjoyable because the overall campaign was short at under three hours. Portal features an 'advanced levels' mode which takes the final six levels of the campaign, reworks them and makes them much more difficult to complete. I did not play this mode because I prefer not to replay the same levels with no end goal. Generally though, it does add some variety and lasting appeal to the game for players.

Portal incorporates some vibrant and detailed gameplay, particularly in the portal gun. The portal gun allows you to create two portals that transport you from A to B. Comparatively, Portal 1 delivers on the shooting aspect of the portal gun because when shooting the portal gun there is a visible bullet that travels and it creates a graphics effect when it hits the target. This exceeds the portal gun shooting animations in Portal 2 which once you shoot the gun it automatically hits the target. Furthermore, the portal gun has fitting sound that complements it. I only encountered one issue in the entire game, which is relatively minor, and that is the somewhat less-responsive nature of the controls. For instance, picking up objects would regularly require two clicks on a regular basis and when some levels have timed sections it can become slightly annoying.

Portal has very optimised performance. I played on max settings at something like 200FPS after turning off V-Sync. With V Sync enabled, I managed 50FPS and minimal stuttering.

Conclusion
Portal is a very solid game. It introduces you to the robot-run world and the world of testing. The story is fun in that it introduces you to the setting and characters through a slow burn story approach. The game has nineteen levels which I completed in under three hours. There is an advanced levels mode featuring the six final levels in the campaign that are more challenging. I get the notion that Portal is a prologue to Portal 2 as it is establishes all the aspects in the game, which is vastly expanded on in the sequel. In saying that, I enjoyed this first instalment into the Portal series. At USD$9.99 as a standalone product, I recommend it. However, I highly recommend the Portal bundle at USD$22.49 which includes Portal 1 and 2.

Rating
Overall: 7/10

Pros
- The slow-burn approach to the story.
- The gameplay that refreshes the FPS genre.
- The very detailed portal gun with excellent animations.
- The emphasis of creativity in the levels.

Cons
- Length of campaign.
- The simplicity in half of the levels.

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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This game is shorter than Portal 2 downloading
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
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Portal is a classic. Who doesn't know what Portal is. Still gonna review Portal. Going in to Portal as someone who had played a good amount of Portal 2, I knew what to expect. Portal was very fun to play through, and had a few complicated puzzles, but in general it was a insanly easy game. I enjoyed the game but was a little suprised when I beat the game in just over 2 hours. Then I went back in and tried a few advanced maps, and realized, I have a reason to keep playing. Portal also had a pretty good sound track with some classics comming from GLaDOS, and the graphics hold up pretty well. Portal is a very well made Puzzle Platformer that is worth playing not only for the fun gameplay but also to help you understand the plot going into Portal 2.

Portal took me just over 2 hours to beat, and has a decent amount of replay value with advanced maps forcing me to go back for that 100%. But for those who want to get a lot of time out of their games I would advise you to wait until Portal is on sale as the game can be very short to those who are not interested in the advanced maps, and challenges.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
The Cake is a lie. 9/10
I loved this game, I thought it was amazing, I feel that everyone should play this game because it is extremely fun. This game is the best deal that any gamer can find anywhere. This game has a fun concept, where you solve a series of puzzle chambers using a portal gun which allows you to create two portals that you can then walk through or send objects through to solve puzzles.

There is an interesting story to the game, and you will hear this story as you pass through the game, and find new areas. It isn't anything expansive, but it's enough to keep interest.

The single best thing about this game is Glados. Glados is a really annoying, and funny ♥♥♥♥♥ that talks to you throughout the entire game, always trying to patronize and put you down. Being able to listen to Glados is enough to buy the game itself. And while I always have a soft spot for her, I will never forgive her for Companion Cube. Seriously, if you don't find Glados' dark sense of humour funny, you have no soul.

The puzzles are clever, and fun, but when you figure out what to do, there is no actual difficulty to them. The story can be finished in 1.5-4 hours, depending on how long you spend on the puzzles, and whether you go quickly through the game, or enjoy the experience. There is no need to speed through the game though, I'm not sure why people think they have to speed through every game these days. And there are also challenge modes that extend the gameplay time past the story, and they worth it.

The game doesn't appear outdated despite it's age, this is a game that can pretty much be enjoyed by everyone, and if you're worried about it ending, remember there's Portal 2 which is a huge expansion of this game, with a lot of content. I recommend playing this game, and then portal 2. However if you've already played Portal 2, I recommend getting this game anyway because you will still enjoy it, and both games aren't the exact same.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
I can easily say that portal is one of Valve's best games. The idea of using portals to solve puzzles and avoid obstacles is just great. My only complaint is that it's rather short, but there are bonus levels that are the original test chambers but with an increase in difficulty. If you haven't purchased portal yet, then I would suggest waiting until the summer sale to buy the portal bundle for dirt cheap like I did.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I have seen this game release and get crazy good feedback but i just thought it wouldn't be the game for me. During this years summer sale though i thought though why not its really cheap it wont hurt, and the only thing i regret is not geting it sooner it is so much fun, the puzzles are amazing, story is incredible,and cant wait to start the second game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Way too short, but makes you think
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Short, but worth every penny!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
awesome game.
its worth to buy and play , no doubt.
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