Personal Rating: "Classic - Must buy"
Traditional Rating: 9.5/10
Genre: First Person Puzzle Adventure
While the first Portal was a simple yet totally addictive and wildly funny concept game released as part of the Orange Box, Valve knew it had a winner on its hands. When the Orange Box released most of the talk centered around Portal and it immediately became the favorite of the entire compilation for many and went on to win many Game of the Year awards in 2007.
With the accolades rolling in yet again there was never any doubt that Valve would not produce a sequel but that it would produce a sequel that could never match the brilliance of the original game. Somehow, in some strange alternate dimension to the rest of the game development world, not only did Valve deliver the sequel but they enhanced the concept in every single way (much like Valve did with Half-Life 2 that many thought could not possibly match the brilliance of the original Half-Life)
Portal 2 rightfully won stacks of Game of the Year accolades in 2011 including the BAFTA for Best Game. No mean feat by any standards except for the good folk at Valve. Once again the mute Chell returns with the evil super computer GlaDOS and her cynical jibes that illicit more than just belly-laughs this time around as she continues to push Chell through increasingly more difficult tests that seem alarmingly designed to kill and mame.
Chell has some help this time around in the form of another Robot named Wheatley - brilliantly voiced by Stephen Merchant with absolute perfect comedic timing. Once again the stage is set for yet another showdown...or is it? With a script that is as sharp as a tack and containing a level of comedy often associated with a Pixar film, Portal 2 more than rises to the challenge. Once again the puzzles or tests included start off deceptively easy before reaching a level of head-scratching confoundment towards the end. There is enough content here to give the old grey matter a good workout.
However, its not in the single player that the game really shines as one would have expected (although it is brilliantly good) - the real meat of the package and the reason everyone should own this title is simply for its amazing co-op. This is without a doubt the most ingenious and side-splittingly funny co-op implementations yet and still remains to be beaten. Giving each player a robot with portal guns of their own both players must help the other navigate the various test chambers GlaDOS has assembled. Working your way towards a solution often results in hilarious mishaps with incredibly funny running commentary from GlaDOS. Its an absolute winner! With added Steam Workshop support you have a title that could live on and on forever since apparently Valve are very adverse to the number 3 in numerics.
While many doubted a full game could be fleshed out of the original Portal concept not only did Valve deliver on that promise it also delivered one of the finest games of this generation. If you haven't played this yet...what on earth are you possibly waiting for!
Posted: November 26th, 2013