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Portal 2 (Windows)

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MobyRank
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Feels a little too much like the previous installment. Pixelspeech (955) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Do not get the Windows version. Portal 2 on PC crashes a lot. Pagen HD (85) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars

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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.6
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 4.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.4
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.3
Overall MobyScore (63 votes) 4.3


The Press Says

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Adventure Classic Gaming
Overall, Portal 2 is among the best video games ever made. Fans of adventure or puzzle games must not miss out on this gem of a game. The story is amazing, the graphics are great, and the gameplay is rewarding. Unfortunately, Portal 2 does not feature an Advanced Chambers mode akin to that in the original Portal. Aside from this singular criticism, the game is as close to perfect as it can possibly get. In my eyes, Portal 2 is a definite contender for the best game of the year.
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Jeuxvideo.fr
On s'attendait certes à une claque, mais Portal 2 s'avère un authentique chef-d'œuvre, une leçon de game design à l'usage de l'industrie. Alliant la pratique d'un gameplay profond à un fort attachement au récit, l'aventure solo est le fruit d'une alchimie rarissime entre ludisme et narration qui suffirait déjà à justifier l'engouement. L'ajout d'un mode multijoueur captivant finit de nous convaincre : à tous points de vue, il s'agit bien de cet immense jeu caché dans les replis du premier épisode, qui n'a jamais tant fait figure d'introduction. Gamers de tous bords, réjouissez-vous : Portal 2 rejoint le rang des meilleurs jeux de tous les temps.
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Game industry News (GiN)
This was one sequel that was both worth the wait, and everything it was cracked up to be. Even with the minor gameplay tick for accessibility mentioned above, it still averaged out to a 5-gem game, which it fully deserves. By the way, I believe a statement was issued that this was to be the last Valve title to offer an exclusive single-player experience. I hope this isn't the case, because I was about to start the "We want our Portal 3" chant.
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Inside Gaming
I don’t think Portal 2 will end up being the watershed “ah ha!” moment that Portal was. There was a certain magic to the first game that will never be recaptured. That being said, Portal 2 is better in just about every way possible. The puzzles are more intricate, the writing is better than most movies or TV shows I’ve seen, and the production value is everything you’ve come to expect from the guys that brought you Half-Life. Portal 2 certainly isn’t a perfect (no game is) but it is one that I can’t recommend enough.
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Gameblog.fr
Exception faite d'un second acte un peu en retrait, Portal 2 impose une aventure d'une saveur incomparable, impeccablement mise en scène et bourrée d'autant d'humour que d'ingéniosité. Les nombreuses nouvelles mécaniques renouvellent les puzzles, la durée de vie excède nos espoirs, le mode Coopératif se déguste en ligne ou en local avec délectation, et même si la fin ne saurait être aussi savoureuse que celle du premier, elle conclut un rollercoaster de sensations pures et de trouvailles de génie qui forcent le respect.
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Gamernode
When it comes to making video games, a strong argument can be made that Valve is among the best out there. They are like the Pixar of the videogame industry, setting the standard for others, never disappointing, and delivering product on a consistent, predictable schedule. That last fact actually only applies to Pixar, but you get the idea. Portal 2 is an absolutely worthy successor to the original, and it is, objectively, a better game. Nothing will ever replace the first time you solved a puzzle in the original Portal, or when GLaDOS began to serenade you during the end credits, but you will find yourself just as absorbed into the world and congratulating yourself on your personal genius every few minutes. Portal 2 is a perfect example of what video games should be, and there is no reason to pass it up.
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videogamer.com
I think you knew all along this was going to be great. Fantastic, even. All the same, I don't think you'll be prepared for it being this good. I may have buttoned my lip in terms of concrete spoilers, but a mere ten minutes here will yield more memorable moments than you're likely to squeeze out of the entirety of most other games this year. In all aspects of its design, Portal 2 is genius.
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G4 TV: X-Play
When you review, you need to think about your predilections and your preconceptions. I admit I am a gamer who loves strategy - I am happiest when I am being mentally challenged by my games, and I strive to be smarter and faster than everyone else. I put more value in beating someone in Starcraft than I ever did in my kill/death ratio. However, I can say that while Portal 2 may not be for absolutely everyone, it undeniably deserves a place among the greatest games of all time. Mass Effect, Half-Life, Oblivion, KOTOR, Starcraft, Okami, Diablo, Ico, Bioshock, Doom, Grand Theft Auto, The Legend of Zelda: the list is long, and it has a new member. I am honored to have reviewed Portal 2, and look forward to playing it again tomorrow.
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Giant Bomb
Despite being so much bigger than the original, I actually felt a little melancholy once Portal 2 was over, simply because it's so rare to find a game this smart, this funny, and this rich with detail. It elevates Portal from an odd, memorable experiment to one of the most significant series in Valve's stable with a unique voice and an incredible level of quality that all developers should aspire to.
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Strategy Informer
Portal 2 is the best Valve release to date, and one of the most refreshing, exciting and innovative games we've ever played. There's no doubt in our minds that numerous Game of the Year awards have now already been shotgunned, and with mighty good reason. If you thought the original Portal was a masterpiece, prepare to have your mind blown.
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1UP
There's so much I want to share with people, as well as so many things left to talk about, but doing so would spoil so much of the surprise and fun that is in this game. Suffice to say, Valve has managed to create a game that bests its predecessor in nearly every regard, and has demonstrated to the world that they still have what it takes to create a game that deserves the hype surrounding it. While it's unclear if we'll ever see GLaDOS or Chell again, this much is certain: Portal 2 is one of the best games of this generation.
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Games Radar
Portal 2 couldn't be Portal, but it's the next best thing. It's a longer, funnier, more emotional plummet through Aperture's perplexing laboratory, and its meticulous detail, perfect pacing, and kinetic, mind-expanding puzzles make it a blazingly memorable experience. It's so damn memorable, already feel nostalgic about it.
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DarkZero
In conclusion, Portal 2 is a textbook example of how to make a great game, but nothing more. Its narrative focus robs the game of its predecessor’s quirky charm, but gives players a much stronger sense of purpose – medium-term objectives roll by at a steady pace, like Half-Life 2 without the boring bits – and there is still plenty of scope in discussing the psycho-sexual imagery of splattering a level with gel. Is this the last we will hear of GLaDOS? I doubt it, but I’m hoping she’ll now take some time out from her solo career to provide backing vocals in Half-Life 2: Episode 3.
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Destructoid
Portal 2 is, without a doubt, one of the best games ever made. It's a game that not only seamlessly blends puzzle and adventure elements together, but makes a name for itself as a true "comedy" game, where witty dialog and laugh-out-loud concepts have been given an equal billing with the gameplay itself. It's funny, it's challenging, it's inventive, and it boasts memorable moments that will stick in your mind and make your hair stand on end every time you think about them. Gaming simply does not get much better.
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TotalVideoGames (TVG)
Genius is an often overused word but Valve's work on Portal 2 is genius in the truest sense. The studio has exhibited exceptional creativity in the game, even compared to some of its other masterpieces. If we could give it 11/10, we would.
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Game Critics
So do we need Portal 2? Do I need it? Maybe not, but I'm sure as hell glad it exists. The portal aspect has probably reached its zenith in Portal 2, and given the way the game ends I don't think there's much room for a Portal 3. Indeed, I would say it's time for portals to branch their physics-defying awesomeness into other genres. Think of it—someday we critics might snarkily dismiss "run of the mill portals" as a mundane, outdated mechanic like key fetch quests or unskippable cut-scenes. However, in the meantime we can give Portal 2 the jubilant praise it so rightly deserves.
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God is a Geek
Quite simply, Portal 2 is a masterpiece. A lesson to every other developer out there on how to tell a story in a video game whilst executing every gameplay mechanic to perfection. Masterful writing, engaging characters, wonderful music, and so forward-thinking that it even includes cross-platform, cloud-saving play between Steam and the PlayStation 3. Utterly essential in every way, Portal 2 is going to be in everyone’s game of the year discussion when the time comes, and it damn well deserves every ounce of praise lavished upon it. Buy Portal 2, you deserve it.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
Portal is perfect. Portal 2 is not. It's something better than that. It's human: hot-blooded, silly, poignant, irreverent, base, ingenious and loving. It's never less than a pure video game, but it's often more, and it will no doubt stand as one of the best entertainments in any medium at the end of this year. It's a masterpiece.
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Atomic Gamer
Is Portal 2 a worthy successor to one of the most surprisingly lovable games in recent memory? I've tried to figure out a way to answer that simple question with any response other than a resounding "yes", but I'm completely incapable of it. With this sequel, Valve has ramped up the brain-cramping puzzle elements and expanded the cast with immensely lovable characters, and they did it just enough to make sure the whole thing feels fresh and interesting for the longer campaign. I think it's very likely that you'll come away with a huge smile on your face once you're done. Some PC gamers will wait until the inevitable Steam sale hits, but no matter what you pay for it, I'm betting that Portal 2 will completely pull you into its charming world and make you lose track of time for hours on end. Frankly, not many recent games have been doing that.
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GameSpy
Sporting some of the best writing and voice work in years (as well as some deviously designed puzzles), Portal 2's single-player campaign is superior to its predecessor in every way. It's the co-op mode, however, that makes this 2011's first must-play game -- even for those gamers that don't like first-person or puzzle games.
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Game Revolution
Impatience aside, Portal 2 is an exceptionally well-crafted, intelligent, entertaining, humorous game. You will laugh. You will feel like a freaking genius. You will want more. And yes, you will probably be hearing quotes from Portal 2 for the next three years.
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Armchair Empire, The
The reward of “finding” the story by listening to the voices of GLaDOS, Cave, and Wheatley and finding information in the environment makes for a very satisfying experience. Pile on the “Oh, yes!” moments of solving some really great puzzles, and there’s every reason to start thinking about Game of the Year accolades. It’s that good.
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Adventure Gamers
In the end, it’s hard to think of anything Portal 2 does wrong. It’s hard enough to think of anything it doesn’t do as well as it could have. Valve has taken the original premise and shown what they can do with a longer development time and a more polished, full-featured release. Portal 2 no longer relies on the same “short but sweet” simplicity that helped make the original such a classic, but it doesn’t need it. The sequel keeps varying both the style of the obstacles and the environments in which the puzzles are set at just the right intervals, so it never feels like you’re doing the same thing over and over. All the while, the consistent display of impressive voice acting and some of the funniest game writing ever leaves a lasting impression of these memorable characters and Chell’s ordeal. The addition of the superbly designed co-op campaign just adds yet another layer of brilliance on top of an already spectacular single-player experience.
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Game Chronicles
Portal 2 may be the best game of 2011. It may be the best game of all-time. It is certainly the best game you can play right now. I loved every moment I spent with Portal 2. I’m even enjoying looking at the game sitting on my shelf knowing how much fun I will have again someday when I revisit Aperture Science, alone or hopefully with a friend who may not have played the game. Portal 2 proves that you don’t have to kill things to make a great game and more importantly…science is fun!
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XGN
Portal 2 is daarom ook de game waar gamers al sinds de eerste Portal op zitten te wachten. Portal wordt volgens velen al gezien als een perfecte game, maar Portal 2 is gewoon op ieder vlak verbeterd en vernieuwd. Het is meer, het is beter en het is de droom van iedere gamer. Met geweldige humor en boeiende personages sleept de game je mee en laat je niet meer los. Valve bewijst maar weer eens een geweldige ontwikkelaar te zijn en levert met Portal 2 wellicht de beste game af die deze generatie ooit heeft gekend.
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Hooked Gamers
Disregarding the Robot Enrichment center – and I am actively disregarding it – Portal 2 has some of the most entertaining writing and voice acting of any videogame, ever. It has some of the most innovative and rewarding puzzles, ever. And it contains one of the best co-op experiences, ever. That is a lot of superlatives for one game – and all are seemingly unrelated. What a bizarre amalgamation. I mean, good writing, innovative puzzles, and engaging co-op – have those three things ever been in a game together? Good writing is only supposed to exist in role-playing games and the occasional first-person shooter. Innovative puzzles? Well, those are reserved for budget indie titles. And we typically only see engaging co-op in shooters, mostly violent ones. But Portal 2 has it all and is, simply put, phenomenal.
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Vandal Online
Es difícil explicar muchas de las virtudes de Portal 2 sin estropear sorpresas que aparecen en el segundo tercio de la historia, y no queremos hacerlo. Arranca algo lento y es fácil tener la sensación de "esto ya lo he jugado", como si se tratase de una expansión con unos gráficos algo mejores, pero la última obra de Valve guarda muchos momentos épicos en sus entrañas y Aperture Science es algo más que salas de test para conejillos de indias. Quizás la naturaleza del género hace que el valor de rejugabilidad sea reducido, una vez conoces todas las soluciones terminar el juego más rápidamente o desbloquear todos los logros y trofeos se convierte en el objetivo principal, juego cooperativo aparte. En definitiva, no alcanza la perfección, pero Valve se acerca peligrosamente a ella.
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3D Juegos
Sentido del humor, rompecabezas tremendamente ingeniosos y hábil mezcla de destreza cerebral con habilidad... ¿Imposible de combinar? En absoluto. Valve demuestra una vez más su increíble maestría con uno de los mejores videojuegos en lo que va de año. Portal 2 es, al mismo tiempo, imaginativo, estimulante, adictivo y cargado de momentos hilarantes, y como tal puede ser recomendado a cualquier tipo de público (sin importar edad ni condición) con la seguridad del acierto.
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Gaming Target
It's hard to sum up a game like Portal 2. It doesn’t have enough shooting to be a shooter, but it's not abstract enough to be a puzzle game. It's unique and challenging enough to attract the hardcore, but its offbeat humor and intuitive design will make it a hit with casual players. I'll forget about categories and call it what it is: the most original game in years (a big accomplishment for a sequel). It's also Valve's biggest console success. The game looks great on PC, Mac, Xbox 360, and PS3, but the proverbial cake goes to the PS3 version, which comes with a free computer copy. On top of that, Portal 2 is that rare game with crossover multiplayer support, meaning PS3 players and computer gamers can portal it up together. That means if you have a laptop and a PS3, there’s no reason to play in cramped split-screen mode. That is, unless the PSN is still down by the time this goes up.
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OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network
Overall, Portal 2 is (yet another) milestone pinnacle in design. It’s a near-perfect example of how an old dog can learn new tricks. I only hope that Valve can continue this level of professionalism with Half-Life 3 because a sequel to Portal 2 is implausible and unnecessary. Which is exactly what I said at the end of Portal 1.
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Gameplanet
If you can get the PC version, do so, as the combination of pricing and mouse control make the title just that little bit better. Portal 2 manages to exceed expectations without compromising any of the core gameplay that made the original so popular, and should easily be considered one of the best titles available so far this year.
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Gry OnLine
W roku 2011 Portal jest marką z prawdziwego zdarzenia, opierającą się na solidnym fundamencie i porównywaną z innymi dużymi tytułami firmy Valve. Jest on gwarantem znakomitej zabawy, jak również powiewem świeżości w skostniałej branży elektronicznej rozrywki, którą od zjedzenia własnego ogona powstrzymują ciągle twórcy gier niezależnych. Druga odsłona cyklu doskonale wpisuje się w ten nurt, choć niezależną nazwać ją w żadnym wypadku nie można. To tytuł zrobiony za duże pieniądze, ale jednocześnie na tyle interesujący i oryginalny, że możemy mówić o zupełnie nowej jakości. Naprawdę.
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CPU Gamer
To reiterate, Portal 2 is fantastic. Its single-player provides ample amounts of genuinely funny and compelling narrative and some great puzzles, while the co-op takes the game's mechanics and pushes them to their absolute, playable limit. You're only getting around 10-12 hours after delving into both halves of the game, but it's a concentrated thrill, where its weakest moments are still standards that most developers can barely reach in the first place.
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GamingExcellence
It's an excellent game. It is clearly a product of people who wanted to do more with the elements from the first title, and succeeded in every way. The world of Portal has expanded, the characters are given more depth, and the story pulls you back and forth in many unexpected ways with a climactic finale that might leave you breathless. Fantastic writing, excellent gameplay, and a level of polish and playtesting so high that you know it's got to be a Valve title, Portal 2 is simply a game that can not be missed.
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PC Games (Germany)
Portal 2 präsentiert ein Spielprinzip, dass so in der Computerspielewelt einzigartig ist. Das Spiel wurde mit so viel Liebe zum Detail, so viel herzerwärmendem Humor und so viel Kreativität zum bersten gefüllt, dass wir vor Freude und Ehrfurcht auf die Knie fallen wollen. Jedem Abschnitt merkt man an, wie sorgsam die Rätsel entworfen wurden, wie genau es Valve mit perfektem, fehlerfreiem Spiel nimmt. Portal 2 übertrifft seinen Vorgänger um Längen, ohne dabei die eigenen Tugenden außer Acht zu lassen. Alles, was ihr am ersten Teil geliebt habt, bekommt ihr jetzt wieder, in größer, besser und lustiger. Wir können jedem Spieler, der den ersten Teil ins Herz geschlossen hat (und all jenen, die endlich mal wieder etwas neues, anderes ausprobieren möchten!) dieses Meisterwerk an Erzählkunst und Humor nur ans Herz legen. Ein schöneres, kreativeres und lustigeres Spielejuwel werdet ihr 2011 nicht in die Finger bekommen.
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Middle East Gamers (MEgamers)
I thought Valve would have a tough time making this something other than Portal with a bunch of different levels, but I was very wrong. Without having the player fire a single bullet, it has produced one of the best FPS’s to date.
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Meristation
Algunos conceptos como la repetición de determinados puzles y exigencias o pocas opciones en cooperativo no le dejan convertirse en la obra maestra que los más seguidores de Valve no tardarán en ver en él. Pese a esto, es un juego estilizado y absoluto como pocos, un ejemplo más de que la diversión que propone esta industria a veces llega a cotas inimaginables, aternativas a la marea de juegos habitual y aptas para todos los públicos. Uno de los nombres del año que ha conseguido hacer de la marca Portal un fetiche rotundo en la industria y una demostración de cómo enfrentarse a un proyecto que desde siempre ha usado su propuesta diferente como el arma principal capaz de dotarle del éxito que ha acabado consiguiendo y que no es más que un regalo para sus seguidores y todos los jugadores en general.
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GameOver (Greece)
Το Portal 2 είναι ένα πραγματικά άψογο παιχνίδι, με εκείνη τη σχεδόν μαγική συνταγή που έχει η Valve να συνδυάζει διασκεδαστικό gameplay με φανταστική αφήγηση. Μόνο παράπονο που μπορεί να εκφράσει κάποιος είναι ότι το Portal δεν χρειαζόταν πραγματικά sequel, τόσο αυτόνομη και πλήρης εμπειρία ήταν. Από την στιγμή που το απέκτησε, όμως, το sequel όφειλε να είναι πιστό στο πνεύμα του original, αλλά επεκτείνοντας την πρόκλησή του και την ιστορία του.
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GamingXP
Eigentlich sollte es reichen, als Fazit "Genial" zu schreiben. Der erfolgreiche erste Teil wurde noch erfolgreicher fortgeführt. Innovative Neuerungen bescheren uns schlaflose Nächte, GLaDOS bringt uns zum Lachen und Verzweifeln gleichzeitig und die Atmosphäre ist unschlagbar. Der Koop-Modus lässt uns endlich zu zweit Rätsel lösen und bietet darüber hinaus auch noch eine eigene Geschichte. "Portal 2"? Einfach genial!
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Games Aktuell
Portal 2 dürfte eines der besten Spiele dieses Jahres sein, wie unser Test verrät. Das Spiel hat uns überragend gefallen, Kritikpunkte musste man mit der Lupe suchen.
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Bit-Tech
We can’t ignore that Portal 2 does have a few tiny issues, because it does and they are there. At the same time, we can’t focus on them too much. Portal 2 is a truly fantastic game, a worthy sequel in almost every way and a joy to play. It may not pack the surprise-factor of the original game – a fact which deprives GlaDOS especially of much of her early power – but it’s still just as fun, fast, funny and fantastic as we’d expect a second Portal game to be. It’s a game you should own and one you won’t regret picking up.
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Softpedia
Overall, Portal 2 manages to act as a worthy successor to the original Portal, retaining its core mechanics while adding quite a lot of new things and other great additions that enrich the puzzle solving experience. Portal 2 has a top notch story, an extremely smooth gameplay, from the single-player campaign to the co-op multiplayer, and will no doubt be regarded as a serious contender for the game of the year award at the end of 2011.
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Game Informer Magazine
Portal 2’s high points rival “the cake is a lie,” though they’re perhaps less quotable (which is honestly fine – repeating GLaDOS lines stopped being funny a long time ago). You’ll never forget the moments that accompany some of the achievements/trophies. The game’s quality stays consistently outstanding throughout; there isn’t a minute of filler content to be found anywhere in single-player or co-op. I would have loved to see something unique done with the story, which doesn’t end anywhere interesting despite a reasonably satisfying ending. I would adore seeing Portal stretch its wings beyond being a series of puzzles that almost always have one correct solution waiting to be found. That said, the next game I want to play is a second run through of Portal 2, because the existing formula is excellent and brilliantly executed.
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FiringSquad
Some say it took them only 4 hours to complete the single-player portion of Portal 2, while others say it lasted upwards of 8-10 and refuse to believe it could’ve been done any faster than 6. I finished in about 5 hours, and while I didn’t spend excess time poking around for easter eggs, I wasn’t rushing at all and enjoyed it immensely. The co-op levels were great fun, as well, offering 3 hours of diversion for myself and a capable partner. Just don’t expect much of a story from the co-op, or any real reason to play through that again until you forget how to solve the puzzles. Not only is Portal 2 well worth the price of admission, it’s the best game released so far this year and a serious contender for GOTY 2011. Just steer clear of the in-game storefront that wants to charge you $5 for a hat or $7.50 for glasses to wear on your co-op robot.
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Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Portal 2 — игра на один раз. Зато какой! Отточив перья и логику на первой части, Valve выпустила образцовый сиквел, к которому почти не придраться. Локации масштабнее и разнообразнее, графика — техничнее, повествование — глубже. Основа основ — по-прежнему пушка, создающая два взаимосвязанных портала, правда, механика стала гораздо сложнее. Раньше мы просто дырявили поверхности, дабы миновать зону обстрела или притащить ящик в нужную точку. Теперь в уравнение добавлена целая охапка параметров. Изменений — куча, только Valve не спешит вываливать их разом. Из главы в главу дизайнеры потихоньку переписывают правила, приучая мыслить новыми категориями. Уровни рассчитаны идеально: в меру хитрые, чтобы бросить вызов и растормошить серые клеточки, но без уклона в садизм.
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games.mail.ru
Если первый Portal был пробным шаром, выбившим страйк, то последовавшая за ним канонада разнесла вдребезги весь кегельбан. Великолепное продолжение гениальной игры, Portal 2 вполне может потягаться по увлекательности с Half-Life 2. И хотя непосредственно история Челл на этом, похоже, заканчивается, хочется надеяться, что в серии Portal компания Valve сможет и дальше реализовывать оригинальные дизайнерские идеи.
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ComputerGames.ro
The very short duration and lack of multiplayer were the most important shortcomings signaled by the community regarding its predecessor, so Portal 2 came to directly solve these problems, while at the same time further evolving the gameplay that was so beloved by millions of fans. If Portal was an experiment, a child who didn’t know if he’ll reach adulthood, Portal 2 can be seen as the teen years of the series. And if the evolution will continue in the same manner, I can’t wait to see what it will look like when he’ll be all grown up.
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IGN
The original Portal benefitted from its brevity. It had a concise story paired with inventive first-person puzzle mechanics that challenged you to be creative while pulling the trigger. Portal 2 makes the original look like the prototype it was. It's filled with a larger cast of characters vividly brought to life through brilliant writing and some of the best voice acting in video games. Its puzzles are challenging without being unreasonable, and, once you're finished with the single-player mode, one of the best co-operative experiences on the market awaits. Valve cuts no corners and finds ways to make you care about everything from the major characters to the cubes used to solve puzzles. From the beginning of the single-player story to the end of the co-op mode, Portal 2 is a novel, unforgettable experience.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Dans ses mécaniques autant que dans son écriture, Portal 2 est tout simplement brillant, intelligent et terriblement drôle. Un constat qui vaut aussi bien pour son mode solo que pour son mode coop qui convertira même les allergiques au multijoueur. Un titre résolument incontournable doté d'un gameplay sans cesse renouvelé et de répliques qui ne tarderont pas à devenir cultes.
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ZTGameDomain
Portal 2 is an outstanding sequel that did everything it needed to do to transition a bonus game into a full-fledged franchise. The series definitely has life in it and, if the developers continue to put this much love and effort into sequels, I could easily see it becoming one of the staples of the industry. If you enjoyed the original, this is a must-own title. If you enjoy puzzle games, go buy it now. Needless to say, I cannot recommend this game enough to anyone who enjoys a unique and entertaining experience.
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Cheat Code Central
Portal 2 is a strong contender for 2011's game of the year. If you loved the first Portal, you absolutely must pick this one up. And even if you're brand new to the series, Portal 2 includes groundbreaking gameplay, a collection of deep and nuanced characters, a completely insane story, and some incredible gaming moments you'll probably never forget.
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Christ Centered Game Reviews
If you enjoyed the original Portal, getting the sequel is a no-brainer. I have enjoyed the single and multiplayer campaigns thoroughly and can’t recommend this game enough. Even though the tests are similar in nature to the original game, the character development is what makes this sequel truly stand out. While my kids enjoy the original Portal, I’m a little hesitant on loading this on their machines due to the mild language. My kids are 6 and under so I’ll hold off until they’re a little older. After all, it is rated E10+.
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Spazio Games
Portal 2 è un prodotto come al momento ce ne sono pochi. Anche se non amate i puzzle game, una volta provato, difficilmente non sentirete l'impulso di terminare la stanza di test nella quale siete, per poi trovarvi a provarne un'altra ancora. La cura maniacale con cui ogni aspetto è stato affinato e ottimizzato è da applausi e dovrebbe servire da esempio per molti. La progressione delle "missioni", è perfettamente bilanciata, e ci restituisce dei livelli dal game design raffinato e vario, che non ci daranno mai quel senso di già visto e che tradiscono il divertimento e il piacere del team di sviluppo nell'idearli. A chiudere l'idilliaco quadretto c'è un comparto grafico di spessore, accompagnato da musiche, effetti sonori e doppiaggio di grandissimo livello. Il gioco non è ovviamente perfetto, ma non saranno i tempi di caricamento forse eccessi, una seconda metà lievemente meno curata della prima, e un boss finale non all'altezza a impedirci di consigliarvi senza riserve Portal 2.
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PC Gamer
A challenging, hilarious, and mind-expanding puzzle experience for one or two—treasure your first time through.
93
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Valve's sequel is another fantastic display of no-filler design; gameplay is relentlessly imaginative and evolves seamlessly from effortless hurdle to mind-boggling physics test - and we'd throw ourselves through the ceiling for more. Imaginative, challenging, hilarious and sometimes a bit exhausting, Portal 2 is one of 2011's most interesting, challenging blockbusters. Just make sure you take your sweet, sweet time with it - because you'll probably feel a hole in your head once it's done and dusted.
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ActionTrip
Portal 2 is, in short, a terrific game, throwing you headfirst into a realm of intense and brain-teasing puzzles and great humor. The story is richer this time around too. The trademark Half-Life style atmosphere is there... we feel it, oh yes we do, as much as we felt the magic that made the previous Portal game so exciting to play. Things were spiced up with the robot-flavored coop mode, which we highly recommend to any gamers who are on the lookout for a decent challenge in addition to some serious giggling. Some may miss more competitive aspects such as leaderboards, but that doesn't mean they should sit this one out. If anybody had something bad to say about this game, well, don't be misled by it. You should buy this game. It's worth every penny.
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Waarschuwing: van zodra je Portal 2 in je leven toelaat, is er geen weg meer terug. Je zult denken in portalen, dromen van portalen en lachen met portalen. Valve levert nogmaals een meesterwerk af.
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Gameswelt
Portal besitzt auch in der Fortsetzung den Charme eines Independent-Titels, schafft es aber gleichzeitig, mit einem erheblich größeren Umfang zu überzeugen. Die Rätsel sind schlicht und einfach grandios ausgefuchst und die große Stärke des Spiels. Fast gleichauf steht der großartige Humor. Zu GlaDOS zynischen Sprüchen gesellt sich diesmal unter anderem der slapstickartige Witz eures Begleiters Wheatley und des Kooperativduos Atlas und P-body hinzu. Die neuen Figuren fügen sich genauso nahtlos ins Portal-Universum ein wie die neuen Spielelemente. Hier wurde nicht künstlich aufgeblasen, sondern sinnvoll ergänzt, was das Portalerlebnis erheblich bereichert. Kurz gesagt: Portal 2 ist noch großartiger als der ohnehin schon geniale Vorgänger.
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YouGamers
Portal 2 is a finely polished experience that you should not miss. It is also fairly short but ultimately that isn't the biggest issue - the chronic lack of challenge for those of us that already know how to "think with portals" is. A lot is saved by the excellent co-op mode but I weep for the missed opportunities. Still, you really can't have difficulty settings for puzzles and everyone has to be able to complete the game. Definitely a masterpiece, but could have been so much more.
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GameStar (Germany)
Ein Pflicht-Programm für Fans des Vorgängers - und generell so ziemlich jeden Spieler, der eine schlaue, spaßige und originelle Herausforderung sucht. Wenn man Schritt für Schritt einen Level enträtselt, knistert der Spielspaß konstant, bis hin zum erheblichen Wohlgefühl bei der letztendlichen Meisterung. Die Gels sind der Hit, die anderen neuen Puzzle-Elemente bereichern ebenfalls das Portal-Spielprinzip. Auch wenn ich mitunter kräftig gegrübelt und auch mal geflucht habe - das Level-Design ist fair und die Motivation bis zum Finale hoch.
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GamesCollection
Una sceneggiatura raffinata e dei giochi di logica che solleticheranno la nostra mente e ci terranno incollati allo schermo: ecco quello che Portal in definitiva è. Un titolo artisticamente raffinato e ricco di scorci surreali, che premierà la notra intelligenza e capacità di adattamento ad un universo paradossale e intrigante. Consiglio a tutti questo Puzzle Game unico nel suo genere, che vi terrà impegnati, a seconda della vostra abilità col “pensiero laterale”, dalle 8-10 ore per la campagna in singolo e ad altre 6-8 ore per la campagna cooperativa. Perdersi in questo mondo governato dalle macchine e dalla Scienza sfrenata è un’esperienza da provare. Come dicevo in principio, una perla rara, un titolo fuori dagli schemi in un periodo in cui troppo spesso l’obiettivo di una Software House è puntare al blockbuster e al profitto ad ogni costo, rinunciando all’originalità e all’azzardo.
90
Cheat Happens
There's no real way around it, Portal 2 is simply one of the best games of this generation. It's creative, wonderfully detailed and most importantly, a complete blast to play. Valve has taken the formula from the original game and expanded upon it with a great follow up. To put it most simply, Portal 2 is not to be missed.
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Thunderbolt Games
There is little reason not to experience Portal 2, especially for fans of the original. The graphics may not be of the same caliber of other AAA titles, and the story may falter from time to time, but those are paltry excuses not to experience one of the best current generation games around.
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Factornews
Après avoir fini le solo et le coop, la première chose qu'on se dit est que le jeu est trop court. Mais au final il est dans la moyenne des productions actuelles. Ce qui le rend trop court, c'est surtout parce qu'on voudrait qu'il se prolonge encore et toujours. Allant à contre-courant des jeux actuels, Valve a créé une expérience de jeu unique qui mise sur l'intelligence et l'humour des joueurs plutôt sur leur aptitude à massacrer le bouton de gauche de la souris en jouant au petit soldat. On applaudit, on en redemande et on compte sur eux pour faire vivre le titre.
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MMGN
At its core, Portal 2 very much feels like a science experiment where you’re the test subject. It holds nothing back, particularly with its dark and dry humour, and expands on mechanics and physics that helped define the original. Dark, mysterious, funny and entertaining, Portal 2 will challenge you in all the right ways.
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Edge
Portal 2 delivers, and it does it in style, creating one of the most meticulously designed, thrilling and delightful playgrounds we’ve ever seen. It’s a game with a magical take on momentum, where single bounds over tall buildings are business as usual, where every surface is a potential launchpad, and the entire experience is a belly laugh. Valve has a pretty good record with the number two, but attempting to inflate Portal’s perfectly formed package could easily have been a disaster. Naturally, the sequel doesn’t feel as bracingly fresh as the 2007 game, but it’s precisely the sort of dizzying follow-up the original deserves.
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Wired
Portal 2 is in the business of defying players’ expectations. Valve never wants you to predict what’s going to happen at any moment, and delights in subtly setting those pins up and knocking them down. Even more than the clever gameplay mechanics and sharply written story, the smiles and laughter that such a carefully crafted game can extract from you mean this one will stay with you for years to come.
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Gamereactor (Germany)
Portal 2 ist ein nahezu perfektes Spiel für das, was es ist. Es gibt Kleinigkeiten wie nun völlig unbewegliches Interior, was sich anfangs komisch anfühlt, weil alles auf mysteriöse Art und Weise am Boden klebt. Vielleicht haben sie bei Valve in Tests herausgefunden, dass einige Spieler sich einfach zu lange damit beschäftigt haben, das Zeug durch die Level zu schleppen auf der Suche nach der Lösung... wer weiß. Richtig schade ist nur, dass die Kampagne - je nach nach Fähigkeiten - in sieben bis zehn Stunden erledigt ist. Dazu gesellen sich vier bis sechs Stunden Koop-Material. Das ist eigentlich genug, aber man will einfach nicht, dass es endet. Und hatte mir GLaDOS nicht am Anfang versprochen, dass ich hier für immer testen darf? Verdammte Lügnerin! Anderseits: Das war sie doch schon immer, oder etwa nicht!?!
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Gamereactor (Finland)
Portal 2 on loistava taidonnäyte Valvelta. Peli ei aliarvioi pelaajia ja täyttää fanien odotukset 100-prosenttisen varmasti. Pikkuasioista voi valittaa, mutta en epäile väittää, että kyseessä on yksi vuoden parhaimpia pelejä. Peli tarjoaa makeaa mahan täydeltä ja jättää silti toivomaan entistä enemmän lisää. Onneksi peli, saavutuksineen ja salaisuuksineen, tarjoaa uudelleenpelattavuutta ruhtinaallisesti.
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Eurogamer.dk
Portal 2 er for det meste en væsentlig forbedring i forhold til det første spil. Historien gør en stor forskel, og selvom det af og til går ind og påvirker spillets hovedkerne – legen med portalerne, så er det bestemt til at leve med, for det er velskrevet og hylemorsomt. Valve Software har måske ladet Half-Life 2: Episode 3 vente på sig i alt for lang tid nu, men med godbidder som Portal 2 så er det alt for nemt at tilgive dem.
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Eurogamer.es
En cualquier caso Portal 2 es un videojuego excelente. Pierde el uppercut de derecha que te lanzaba el primero, porque en el fondo y a mi entender son juegos muy distintos, pero su planteamiento es sobrecogedor, inteligente y mordaz. No te pierdas uno de los mejores guiones –entre otras tantas virtudes- del año y ve a jugarlo.
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Gamers Daily News
Valve will continue to make Portal titles because they are fantastic. Portal 2 offers unique gameplay not experienced in any other game; it is funny, exhilarating and challenging.
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Games On Net
If there’s a bad mark on Portal 2’s amazing score sheet, it’d be the fact that this is in every sense of the word a sequel: anybody jumping straight into this game without knowledge of what happened in or how to play the first game, would quickly find themselves on the receiving end of some mercy-killing neurotoxin. Portal 2 is dense and rich in both flavour and complexity, but it only really works as a companion piece to the original game and relies heavily on you caring deeply about the prequel events. If the original game didn’t really grab you, this isn’t a sequel that’ll “fix all the mistakes” and make a believer out of you - this is a game for the fans, and nobody else. That said, if you are one of those fans: this is the game you’ve been waiting for. It’s bigger, better and smarter in nearly every way, with the same ingenious puzzle design and signature Valve quality that make it a pleasure to play. Don’t miss out on what is easily one of the funniest, most clever games of 2011.
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GameZone
Portal 2 is pure genius. With gameplay growing ever more addictive and new characters always threatening to steal the spotlight, Portal 2 is one of the best games of 2011. A perfect and true sequel to the 2007 hit, Portal 2 provides everything that a fantastically designed sequel needs. The graphics and style are noticeably better, the writing is top-notch, the gameplay is as enthralling as before, the developer commentary keep players entertained, and the rest is tied nicely together with beloved characters. With “still alive” quotes and cake references kept to a minimum, Portal 2 steps the franchise out from the small tech demo with a neat story and into a work Valve can proudly place next to its Half-Life franchise.
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Gamer.no
Portal 2 er utfordrende, og balanserer hårfint mellom å gi deg inntrykk av å være djevelsk glup og fryktelig teit om hverandre. Vet du løsningen på en gåte så er den for det meste overkommelig å utføre, og begrensningene ligger mellom ørene heller enn hvor treffsikker eller kjapp du er med styrestikka. Dette spillet skaper neppe like mye oppstyr som forgjengeren, men er noen gode hakk bedre. Inkluderingen av en fungerende historie er bare en av mange ting som gjør at alle burde prøve en av årets virkelige storspill.
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VicioJuegos.com
Portal 2 se podría considerar como una revolución si no fuese porque la sombra del original era muy larga, pero sí que ha conseguido consolidarse como uno de los mejores juegos de los últimos tiempos. Hoy uno echa un vistazo a la estantería de la tienda y ocho de cada diez juegos son de disparos o mata-mata genéricos sin ninguna innovación. Portal 2 entra en la otra división sin duda alguna. Es algo fresco, estimulante, novedoso. Valve ha sabido aprovechar el tanteo llevado a cabo con la primera entrega para ofrecer una experiencia completa y mucho más compleja, y lo ha hecho de manera excelente.
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GamingBolt
Portal 2 is a creative and engaging little slice of gaming heaven that can truly appeal to all kinds of people. It is one of the best games I have played all year, and it will probably become one of your favourites soon enough if you give it a chance. If you are concerned about value for money then, by all means wait for a price drop. The moment that price hits a level you’re comfortable with though, make sure you purchase it. Portal 2 is a game that you will not regret playing in any sense of the word.
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GamingEvolution
What they say about sequels not holding up the original is often enough true, however it doesn’t apply to Portal 2. Everything about Portal 2 is “bigger and better” than the original. You can clearly see that the developers made sure to keep the core of the gameplay from Portal intact, while enhancing every bit of the experience into a deeper, more fulfilling experience for Portal 2. With 2-player co-op and cross-platform gameplay thanks to Steam being brought over to the PS3 console, Valve is essentially “changing the game” and we all thank them for it. Whether you pick up the Xbox 360, PC or PS3 version of the game, you will have a rich and rewarding experience seldom few bring to the table.
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GameSpot
As you journey through the massive Aperture facility, it becomes clear that Portal 2 does not merely come after Portal. Instead, it radiates outward from its predecessor, simultaneously illuminating the world that gave rise to Portal and continuing the adventure that began there. The sense of novelty is diminished, but the thrill of exploration and puzzle-solving is still intoxicating, and it's amazing how Portal 2 manages to tell a better story with disembodied voices and spherical robots than most games can with full-on humans. Your return to Aperture Science is a joyful one in this immensely appealing, laugh-out-loud funny, and thoroughly satisfying sequel.
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Worth Playing
Portal 2 is more of the same, but only in the best of ways. Valve didn't mess with a winning formula, and the end result is that Portal 2 is a better game than its excellent predecessor. It keeps the same witty humor and high-quality level design but adds a few new tricks to turn the interesting puzzles into exceptional ones. The co-op campaign is a boatload of fun and adds extra value to the package — especially if you're a PS3 owner, who gets the PC/Mac version along with the console copy. Portal 2's only problem is that it's a hair short and lacks replay value. Despite this, it's some of the best gaming I've had in recent memory, and it still manages to be worth the full price. If you remotely enjoyed the original Portal, you'll absolutely love the sequel.
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Gamereactor (Norway)
Portal 2 er et spill som skiller seg fra mengden. Det gir en tilfredsstillende følelse å løse de intrikate gåtene, som takket være strålende brettdesign holder seg utfordrende og interessante gjennom hele spillet. Valve leverer dialog og humor i særklasse, og for meg var det helt umulig å ikke la seg bli sjarmert sønder og sammen av robotenes personlighet. Sleng på en strålende samarbeidsdel på toppen av det hele, og Portal 2 lever opp til forventningene. Hvem liker vel ikke roboter med følelser?
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Gamereactor (Denmark)
Valves topchef Gabe Newell har sagt, at Portal 2 sandsynligvis er det bedste spil Valve nogensinde har lavet. Det er et udsagn der er svært at bedømme, fordi næsten hvert eneste af udviklerens spil har været skelsættende. Af samme grund giver det heller ikke rigtig mening at kalde det for et af deres bedste spil. I stedet vil jeg sige dette: Portal 2 har overgået mine temmelig høje forventninger, og er den perfekte efterfølger til det klassiske Portal. Det gør alting rigtigt, og sætter ikke en eneste fod forkert undervejs. Det er et spil alle burde prøve, og får min varmeste anbefaling.
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gamrReview
Portal 2 is one of those rare games that makes its predecessor completely obsolete. There are more puzzles, more characters, better graphics and sound, more variables in the puzzles, and a surprising story that went above and beyond my expectations. Unfortunately, once you’ve beaten both campaigns, there’s nothing left to do. Even with that shortcoming, however, Portal 2 is one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences I’ve had for quite a while.
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Gamers.at
Die Fortsetzung fällt vielleicht nicht so revolutionär wie der erste Teil aus, macht aber ungemein Spaß und das sowohl in der Einzelspieler- als auch der Mehrspielerkampagne. Zu bemängeln ist vielleicht nur die für manche etwas kurze Durchspielzeit, weil sind Geschichte und Koop einmal abgeschlossen, gibt es eigentlich nichts mehr zu tun. Zumindest bis einen wieder einmal die Lust überkommt, den Aperture Laboratorien wieder einmal einen Besuch abzustatten.
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Game Shark
Ultimately, the biggest problem with Portal 2 is Portal 1, which was a lean mean meme machine driven by one of videogaming's most unforgettable characters. So when the sequel has a minor negative space problem, and closes with a credit sequence that I can't hum for the life of me, is Portal 2 ever so slightly disappointing, or was Portal 1 just flat-out ingenious? I suspect a little of both. But with this much awesome Stephen Merchant, and with my status as a frickin' genius puzzle solver reaffirmed, and with a unique co-op experience, it's like complaining that I was promised the moon and the stars, but I only got the moon.
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Jeuxpo.com
Portal 2 est un jeu assez unique en son genre. Proposant des mécaniques inhabituelles, et un humour constant, ce titre se révèle très prenant et garanti une aventure rythmée sans presque aucun temps mort.
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Level 7
Problemen i Portal 2 får mig att känna mig precis lagom smart. Jag kommer på varje lösning innan jag blir alltför irriterad. Valve har också byggt in pusslandet i en synnerligen välproducerad yta som ger det mervärde som behövs för att jag inte ska tröttna på upplägget. För jag kan inte sticka under stol med att Portal 2 känns lite utdraget, trots enbart 5-6 timmars kampanj. Jag rekommenderar att ni spelar det i små doser och i lugn och ro.
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Gamer Limit
Does Portal 2 outshine its predecessor? That’s a difficult question to answer. It is a longer, fuller experience to be certain, but having previously seen and experienced what made Portal so interesting and unique, Portal 2 doesn’t quite feel so new or exciting. Some frustrating decisions and an underwhelming second act aside, the central premise is as brilliant as ever and Valve has enough tricks up their sleeves to keep it challenging, interesting, and hilarious as always.
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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
All things considered, Portal 2 is one superb offering. I’m glad I bought it, and I really enjoyed playing it. From the tone of this review, you might’ve gotten a sense that I’m not really hyperventilating over its awesomeness, but that’s only because we all knew it was going to be great. It’s still quite awesome, though, and definitely a game that everyone should play. If, for some reason, you haven’t played the original, drop everything and go get both games; you’re missing out on some of the best experiences that gaming has to offer. Portal veterans who are tight on cash at the moment might want to grab the second installment on sale, or wait for a permanent price drop. But make no mistake—skipping Portal 2 should not be an option for you.
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GameCola.net
In spite of all this, I’m going to say what we’re all thinking: Portal 2 is the most fun you can have on your PC till someone invents a way that it can transform into a laser-firing sexbot with Bill Nye’s voice. The game is fun, the characters are still great, and overall Valve did try their best in bringing Portal to the AAA market. While it has some flaws, it’s still a testament to the level of artistic direction games need.
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Mana Pool
In the end, Portal 2 is a triumph. It’s a step forward for comedic writing in games. It presents a whole slew of new mechanics to play around with. It’s smooth and sleek, and a representation of how great Valve are at crafting games. They took a working formula and made it more than just a demo, with smarter humour and smarter puzzles. In a word, it’s genius. Though maybe not always in a good way.
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Gamekult
Émancipation réussie pour la série Portal, qui s'affranchit de son ancienne condition de jeu bonus avec un Portal 2 qui ne révolutionne certes pas la formule mais arrive tout de même à justifier son nouveau statut. Renforcé par une structure narrative plus développée qu'en 2007 et clairsemé de nouveaux mécanismes de jeu destinés à rafraichir autant que possible son gameplay à base de portails, cette suite s'accompagne en plus d'un mode coopératif plutôt sympathique malgré un manque de challenge généralisé. On regrettera tout de même le virage opéré par l'écriture comique des répliques du jeu, qui s'éloignent clairement de leurs origines raffinées pour adopter une culture de la farce absurde nettement moins subtile. Quelques problèmes de rythme sont également à noter, que ce soit du côté de la structure mécanique et routinière des parties test ou de celui des chapitres centraux un brin oubliables de notre aventure.
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GameGavel.com
For it’s puzzles and ingenuity in the main game I give it an A, for the needless rewrite of GlaD0S’ character and the implied fate of every other digital character by proxy, I give the game a B, but for the shameless profit shakedown that this game is covertly carrying out in every other respect… a D. That averages this could-be great title into a paltry C. I know that’s not going to win me any friends, but I call it like I see it.