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Portal 2 (Xbox 360)

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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.8
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

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Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
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Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.7
Overall MobyScore (13 votes) 3.8


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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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guardian.co.uk
Valve has created a masterpiece in Portal 2. The depth of content, the mind-bending mechanics and fantastic experience are almost certain to satisfy ardent fans of the first game; and to all newcomers to the series, it's as simple as this: prepare to have your mind blown. Over and over again.
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The Telegraph
That's Portal 2, a game that gleefully throws new ideas at a core concept and makes them stick. For sheer design, its only competition is Super Mario Galaxy 2. In the same way that Nintendo build playgrounds around Mario, Portal 2 crafts its world so that the star is always that piece of equipment in your hands. A diverse piece of engineering that opens up staggering possibilities, sometimes supplemented by just a box, a button and a door. Then Valve wrap it all up in their astute understanding of video game storytelling, providing a world and characters that stick in the mind even after those credits roll. Funny, clever, mentally stimulating and always good honest fun, Portal 2 effortlessly represents the medium at its very best.
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The A.V. Club
All these minor triumphs are a credit to Valve’s subtle but potent marriage of writing and game design. If there was ever any doubt that Portal could be expanded into a big, narrative experience with all the bells and whistles of a mainstream gaming hit, have no fear. Valve solved that puzzle with Portal 2.
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Gaming Nexus
Really, there isn't anything more that can be said about Portal 2, it's is simply one of the best games ever released. People may find the campaign to be a bit short for their money, but I can give you a few examples of other games that were equally as short and completely worth their asking price as well, such as Ico or Dead Space 2. The quality you get from this shorter experience far outweighs the fluff a lot of other games would throw out there, plus you'll want to play Portal 2 at least two more times to find the easter eggs and to listen to the developer commentary. The initial experience alone is worth the asking price, everything after that just seriously felt like a bonus. If you can play through Portal 2 and find reasons not to like it, then I think you might need another medium of entertainment. Because seriously, I don't see it getting any better than this for quite some time. Bravo Valve on creating something truly magical with Portal 2.
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Gamers' Temple, The
There's probably not too much replay value to the game – once the puzzles have been solved, they've been solved and the only thing that may motivate you to go back and do them again is to sweep up any missed achievements. In the case of Portal 2 it doesn't really matter that much that the game will probably only provide a single play-through before you're done with it because you'll have so much fun with that play-through. Portal 2 is really a worthy successor to Portal, and is a great example of a very well-designed, well-implemented game. I recommend it highly. I don't give out many 100s, but if this game doesn't deserve that score than none of the other games that I've given it to do.
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Gamestyle
Portal 2 is something special, it has amazing presentation, graphics are sublime, gameplay is balanced, the characters are memorable, it has plot twists, puzzles that drive a story along and a big finish. It is a game that is amazing because of the sum of its parts. It is unfair to pigeon hole it as a puzzle game, an action game or anything really. Portal 2 is a wonderful mix genres and a great advert for gaming, There is no such thing as perfection, no matter how much we strive for it, therefore a couple of minor niggles do not distract from a top score. Portal 2 is the Game of the Year so far, it will take something special for it not to take that accolade. Sometimes the anticipation of a games release can leave the final thing feeling a little flat. That is not the case here as Portal 2 lives up to all expectations and then some.
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Official Xbox Magazine (UK)
Valve's stated ambition was to leave you wanting more, and in this it's just a bit too successful: while it's far bigger than the original, an experienced pair of players will still be able to burn through the entire package in a weekend. While it's worth replaying to catch the dialogue you missed the first time round - a spectacular rarity in any game - and to hunt out the hidden Rat Man rooms, there isn't enough variety in the way you solve puzzles to sustain repeat runthroughs. We're going to need DLC, and plenty of it, to keep our co-op partnership going. Still, it seems unreasonable to penalise a game for being so good you want to keep playing it. While you won't spend as long on Portal 2 as the infinite online of, say, CoD, its shorter, more concentrated high is irresistible.
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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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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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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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Eurogamer.it
Portal 2 è un vero capolavoro che ogni appassionato di belle esperienze dovrebbe inserire nella propria collezione. Il team di sviluppo è riuscito nella difficile impresa di far crescere nel migliore dei modi un'idea già eccezionale, superando anche la più rosea delle previsioni. Se avete una PS3, una Xbox 360, un PC o un Mac, c'è solo una cosa che potete dire prima di andare ad acquistare questo gioiello: grazie, Valve!
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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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BlogCritics Magazine
Okay, complaint time is over. I’ll accept those flaws in exchange for the recorded lunatic rants of Aperture founder Cave Johnson, for Wheatley’s charming stupidity, for a brief glimpse of the human woman who became GLaDOS, and for GLaDOS spending the bulk of the game as a potato. Oh, and the puzzles. I'll accept the issues for the puzzles. As a plot-delaying device, they’re pretty awesome. So is it worth those 60 bucks? Hell yes!
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INC Gamers
By concentrating on iteration rather than re-design, Valve have created a sequel that improves upon the original and yet stays true to its memory. The puzzles, the story and the expert way in which players are taught to use the new tools all combine to create what is very possibly the most absorbing game the puzzle genre has ever seen.
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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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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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Xboxygen
Portal 2 a su garder les forces de son prédécesseur tout en portant l’efficacité du jeu à un niveau supérieur et ferait presque passer son aîné pour un brouillon. Aussi bien réussi dans son level design que dans son écriture, on assiste à un jeu brillant et bourré d’humour avec des personnages attachants. Une réussite générale, que ce soit pour le solo ou le coop. Ce dernier étant une réelle valeur ajoutée pour ce titre qui figurera sans aucun doute comme l’un des meilleurs jeux de l’année.
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AusGamers
Portal 2 is a game of two unexpected halves, a brilliant single player campaign that proves that the proof of concept nature of the original game can be fleshed out into a much larger, varied, and consequently more memorable experience. And a second half that proves that the Portal gameplay can also provide a great multiplayer experience through the introduction of a co-op campaign as lengthy as the single player campaign, and one that somehow though the introduction of a another player manages to elevate the gameplay as opposed to hamper it. Portal 2 is a triumph in every sense of the word, a wonderful experience from start to finish and one that you won’t soon forget.
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Play.tm
Having not released a game in almost two years, Valve had to come out with something special and Portal 2 really hits the spot. There is an almost immeasurable amount of polish on this game and we should expect nothing less from the developer that brought us Half-Life 2. Playing Portal 2 is fun beyond comparison delivering an experience unlike any other available in gaming. Complete the single player mode and you will most certainly feel smarter for it, not to mention laugh your socks off in to the bargain. Portal 2 is not only the feel good hit of the summer but the feel good hit of the year.
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GameFocus
Without a doubt, Portal 2, if not the best game of 2011, will be amongst the top of the heap when the year closes out. The fantastic story, excellent pacing, interesting and engaging puzzles and other incredible facets to the game make it one that people should experience at any cost. If you know anyone who has never seen Portal in action, put them in front of a monitor or TV screen and let them see even just one puzzle; if they aren’t impressed, then I’d recommend getting new friends.
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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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Digital Chumps
With Portal 2, Valve willfully defied common logic by creating an exceptionally detailed yet mainstream friendly experience out of, essentially, a puzzle game. While a dozen identical shooters try and seize the hardcore and casual crapfests prey on the weak, Portal 2 sneaks in and goes for both with exceptional characters, hilarious writing, and genuinely inspired puzzles - all through the affable lens of a first person perspective. Or, in other words, Valve brought a novelty size calculator to a gun show and confidently managed first prize. Again.
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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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VicioJuegos.com
No se trata de un juego perfecto. Pero casi. Como obra de entretenimiento sobrepasa el valor de su adquisición. Eso es irrefutable. Después llegarán jugadores que no le encuentre la gracia o que tiren de la solución grabada por terceros. Ellos se lo pierden. Portal 2 se basa en el mismo fundamento que hicieron grande a las aventuras gráficas de Lucas Arts y reventar esa magia sólo consigue arruinar la experiencia. ¿Qué dura poco? De media lo mismo que cualquier shooter de esos genéricos que salen cada poco tiempo. Después queda el cooperativo, ese homenaje al gordo y al flaco que pone en liza hasta cuatro portales diferentes de manera simultánea. El doble de difícil, el doble de divertido. Claro que el ritmo de narración se diluye, pero ahí queda GLaDOS para que en esta modalidad no echemos de menos su viperina lengua mecánica. Paradojas, critiqueos y mucha venganza. Y es que en este universo de opereta robótica las traiciones y los asesinatos se recuerdan en código binario.
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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.
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MS Xbox World
The gameplay, while brilliant and innovative, can drag a bit at times, but the writing carries the game through those times, and the mostly great graphics and perfect audio seal the deal. There's a lot more content than most may be expecting, too. On the whole, it's an amazing game from a company known for making amazing games. It's a truly worthwhile sequel that lives up to its predecessor, and that alone is rare enough that the game is worth checking out.
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Game Informer Magazine
Portal 2 isn’t just one of the best games of the year – it’s two of them.
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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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Totally Gaming Network
Portal 2 is an absolutely amazing title. Everyone was disappointed when it was delayed earlier this year, but it was more than worth the wait. Portal 2 is a masterpiece that I can see myself playing for years. The only downside for console gamers is that Valve seems to have put more into the PC version. The PC version allows you to customize your co-op bots by buying them different gear, gestures and things of that nature. It should be noted that the gestures PC players purchase will not be seen by Playstation 3 gamers if a PS3 gamer is playing co op with a PC gamer. Portal 2 is one of those titles that needs to be in every gamer's library. You owe it to yourself to experience this masterpiece and revel in the joy that is brought about by playing it. I can't wait to see what Valve comes up with next within the Portal universe.
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Game Vortex
While Portal 2 might not live quite up to the legend that was the first one, it is kind of hard for any sequel of such an innovative game to meet that kind of criteria. Portal 2 is still a fun game that provides much more content than the original, even though the game, both Single Player and Co-Op can be finished in 10 hours or so. Most likely you will find yourself compelled to play through the game's entire experience (minus the commentary track, of course) in as few sittings as possible.
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XboxAddict
You’re not going to find better writing, dialogue, and perfect voice acting anywhere else. The script is so brilliant and was the single reason I kept playing. The wit and humor is so amazing that you’ll be laughing out loud at some of the one liners thrown your way. I’m elated that it wasn’t just a longer drawn out Portal experience and has its own merits to be a game all of its own. If you enjoyed Portal, you’re going to love Portal 2 that much more for a number of reasons. Even if you weren’t the biggest Portal fan, I still suggesting owning one of the better puzzle games with charm you’ll play all year. I’ve got my plushy companion cube, now I need a plushy Wheatley!
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Xbox World Australia (XWA)
Valve took a great concept, and turned it into an interesting, intellectual marvel that stopped the gaming world. They then took that marvel and made it better again. Portal 2 is an achievement in writing, and I'll be stunned should it be robbed of appropriate accolades. Not many games this year will be as funny, charming and intellectually puzzling as Portal 2, and that's no surprise – because it's so damn good.
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Official XBox Magazine
How Portal evolved from a simple student-born concept in 2007 into a character-rich, hilarious, intelligent, 15-plus-hour wonder in 2011 is a testament to this sequel’s impeccable, deft design. A less consumer-minded developer might’ve split Portal 2’s contents into a trilogy — one game revolving around gels, a follow-up with funnels, and a third title with light bridges and a co-op mode — and they probably would’ve gotten away with it, but Valve’s kitchen-sink package proves they deserve the fan adoration they receive. Portal 2 isn’t dessert — it’s a delectable multi-course meal at a five-star restaurant. Make your reservation now.
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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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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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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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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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ripten
In the end, if you liked the original Portal, you should buy this game. If you like puzzle games, you should buy this game. If you like gaming at all, why are you even still reading this? You should be playing portal 2.
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GamingBolt
In closing what I think makes Portal 2 such a great game is that is has a little bit of every kind of emotion crammed in to the game, whether it’s humor (which there is quite a bit of), anger, frustration, relief, joy and much more. You also have all these puzzles that get harder and harder but in the end you almost always find out how to solve them. This makes Portal 2 challenging and rewarding at the same time which considering the style of this unique puzzle game a great title. You can’t really beat that and to top it off it is rated ‘E’ for Everyone making this a game that everyone can enjoy. If you have never experienced the world of Portal, you are with out a doubt missing out.
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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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Canadian Online Gamers Network
Considering the success of the original game, there were high expectations for Portal 2 and at the end of the day it has it all. A great story, great characters, awesome presentation, addictive multiplayer, and overall great gameplay. Portal 2 is a first class experience and has significant legs that will keep you coming back. It is definitely one of this year’s best games.
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Da Gameboyz
Portal 2 is a top notch experience throughout. Whether you're a fan of the first game, looking for a grade A title, or simply looking for an experience other than the myriad of shooters out there today which, with Portal 2, you can't go wrong here. If the story doesn't keep you coming back the cooperative multiplayer or puzzle based gameplay will. Portal 2 is another great title from Valve and definitely worth the price of admission.
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Planet Xbox 360
Really, don’t miss Portal 2. Even if you’ve never played the first game, the sheer brilliance that has gone into this game’s design shouldn’t be missed. It’s wonderfully fun and creative, while looking and sounding like a true sequel should. Don’t be surprised if this one pops up on our best of 2011 list. Even if there’s still no cake. (Damn it!)
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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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Videogameszone
Der Vorgänger war schon ein kleiner Meilenstein, obwohl man ihn bei drei Stunden Spielzeit ehrlicherweise auch nicht als Vollpreistitel ansehen konnte. Entsprechend hoch war allerdings meine Erwartungshaltung bezüglich des zweiten Teils. Dass Portal 2 mich dann jedoch dermaßen umhaut, hätte ich niemals auch nur ansatzweise gedacht. Hier stimmt einfach alles: Humor, Story, Gameplay, Technik. Auch die Liebe zum Detail merkt man dem Spiel in jeder Sekunde an. Eine Anspielung auf Portal hier, ein Half-Life-Insider-Witzchen da – großartig! Valve hat alle Trademarks des ersten Teils beibehalten, um einige sinnvolle Neuerungen angereichert, das Spiel auf die beinahe dreifache Länge aufgeblasen und dabei sogar noch die Qualität gesteigert. Und als wäre all das noch nicht genug, packt man noch einen ebenso genialen Koop-Modus obendrauf. Portal 2 ist schlicht und ergreifend ein Meisterwerk. Wer das verpasst, ist selber schuld.
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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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TeamXbox
Is Portal 2 worth your money? Absolutely. It is engaging, clever, genuinely funny, and all-around unique. The puzzles are always a challenge, but none of them go into the realm of the impossible – clever thinking and analysis is always enough to solve them, and gives a sense of accomplishment when you get it right.
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Spazio Games
Portal 2 è una perla rara nel panorama videoludico attuale. Curato fino all’inverosimile, divertente, ironico, longevo, tante sono le qualità che i ragazzi di Valve sono riusciti a donare alla loro ultima creazione. Una produzione eccezionale, che non mancherà di divertire tutti coloro che sono alla ricerca di un gioco diverso dai canoni classici, dove non si uccidono alieni o zombie, ma si usano i propri riflessi e si fa funzionare il cervello per trovare l’uscita dagli esperimenti più folli che mente umana possa concepire. Un cast di personaggi divertenti e carismatici completa il quadro, la cui classica ciliegina sulla torta è rappresentata da un comparto sonoro di livello e una canzoncina finale che fischietteremo a lungo. I’m making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.
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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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411mania.com
Valve has once again released a top-notch game. The story and characters are engaging, new features are intriguing and the co-op is an amazing edition. Fans of the first game will not be disappointed here. This game is definitely worth checking out.
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Xbox360Achievements
Valve has worked its magic yet again with Portal 2, creating a mind-blowing game that's simply superb in both single-player and co-op. In other words, it's hole-ly essential.
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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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GameZ
Het originele Portal was een geweldige game en Valve zet met Portal 2 een geweldig vervolg neer. Het verhaal is groter, de personages diepgaander en de gameplay is verder uitgebreid. De game barst van de cynische humor en goed geschreven dialogen. De wereld van Portal 2 is een meeslepende achtbaan, die alleen halverwege even wordt afgeremd. Naast de singleplayer kun je nog veel meer uitdaging verwachten in de co-op-campagne, waar echt het uiterste van je wordt gevraagd.
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Multiplayer.it
Con Portal 2 Valve dimostra per l'ennesima volta come deve essere strutturato un sequel per essere inequivocabilmente giudicato migliore del suo predecessore. Il titolo è curato in modo maniacale in ogni suo aspetto: è più longevo e vario, ha una storia più corposa e come da tradizione dello sviluppatore di Seattle, piena di sfaccettature, rimandi ed easter eggs. Persino la gestione dell'aumento di difficoltà è impeccabile. Tuttavia non mancano delle sbavature che possono acquistare valore diverso in base alle esigenze del giocatore: dall'aspetto tecnico sottotono a una sezione centrale troppo stiracchiata e povera di mordente. Una nota a margine: se state prendendo in considerazione la versione PC del gioco, che può essere acquistata a meno di 40 euro, aggiungete 3 punti decimali al voto.
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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.
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Joystiq
Portal 2 is outstanding, really, a top-to-bottom success from one of our best developers, and 90 percent of me is completely delighted I got to take the journey. But in the process of falling in love with Portal 2, I lost something kind of magical about Portal 1.
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MondoXbox
Portal 2 riesce a coniugare la complessità dei suoi enigmi con una storia interessante e piena di humor, donandoci un titolo originale che, nonostante la difficoltà non elevatissima per chi ha già giocato il primo Portal, chiunque ami le sfide logiche dovrebbe avere.
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Games TM
From gloriously glib opening to predictably musical finale, Portal 2 is a genuine delight and a game of rare quality. A well-judged sense of humour meets with some truly ingenious puzzle design to create a gaming experience that will linger long in the memory. But look at us, still talking when there’s science to do…
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HonestGamers
Portal 2 had a lot to live up to, but it doesn’t feel like it’s living in its predecessor’s shadow. Portal has rightfully earned its place in pop culture, and that frees Valve to expand on the franchise in ways they see fit. Portal 2 is a bigger and more organic experience, and even if it’s not as perfect as its predecessor was, that’s part of what makes it so much more human.
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Console Obsession
Perhaps if I’m honest, Portal 2 is not the most instantly re-playable game in the world (Valve are working on some downloadable content which is due for release in the summer, though), and loading times are a little longer than most would like, but this is still a truly excellent sequel that is witty, satisfying, clever, and bigger and bolder than the petite original game. If Portal was a mini masterpiece, then Portal 2 is one of mega proportions.
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GameCell UK
Portal 2 definitely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but then, what game is? Thanks mainly to Wheatley and GLaDOS’s cuttingly witty dialog, its solo story feels less lonely than the original and the new co-op mode means that problems can be shared, often with hilarious results. If you want a game to test both your hand/eye coordination and your grey matter while simultaneously keeping you genuinely amused with some sharp humour, look no further.
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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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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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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. 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 (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.se
Portal 2 känns av naturliga skäl inte nyskapande på det sätt som föregångaren gjorde, men ändå är formeln oerhört fräsch och det kan onekligen vara skönt att få ta sig igenom ett spel utan att behöva döda ett oräkneligt antal fiender. Portal 2 är en av spelårets höjdpunkter, och förtjänar att spelas av alla.
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Eurogamer.cz
Portal 2 je stejně skvělý jako první díl, navíc je větší a propracovanější. Staví na zábavném světě plném šílených robotů a absurdních vědeckých pokusů. Příjemně plyne hratelnost, která je prostá přehnaně těžkých úkolů, přesto je pro hráče výzvou. Skvělá je kooperativní kampaň, vynikající je dabing postav a ve své podstatě i příběh, který je sice o ničem, ale Valve ono nic umí velmi dobře podat. Jediným větším mínusem bude asi malá znovuhratelnost, protože po prvním dokončení už víte, jak všechny hádanky splnit.
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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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Video Games Daily
At a time when so many games just look and feel more and more the same to me, Portal 2 is unique and wonderful. Clearly it’s going to be one of the best sequels in gaming this year, and it won’t surprise me to see people saying it’s the one they liked best.
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TheSixthAxis
Portal 2′s clearly aimed at fans of the original, and rightly so – Valve have made no concessions to the uninitiated beyond the first hour or so: the puzzles might be a tad easier, but there’s much more of them (the game takes between 10 and 12 hours to get through) and there’s huge sections well outside the white walls of the labs that take real concentration. The biggest disappointment is realising that, once you’re done, Valve Time will mean we’ll be without the warm bosom of GLaDOS for – presumably – years. Regardless, games like this don’t come around very often, and if you miss out on this one you’ll be skipping one of the finest examples of the medium the industry has to offer: Portal 2 is compelling, exciting, wildly capricious and, most importantly, laugh out loud funny.
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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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Lazygamer
Portal 2 manages to live up to the hype and be everything we loved about the first Portal, but with more. More tests, more toys and especially more of the great campaign’s story and humour. Valve has done a bang-up job that’s worth your money, but even more so if you are able to take advantage of the new co-op mode.
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Thunderbolt Games
What you have then is a package brimming with quality. The singleplayer campaign expands on the original and turns it into a fully-fledged game. The co-operative mode is an entirely separate beast, with different chambers and puzzles, and can be accessed via split-screen or online. And then, as a final treat, you can revisit Portal 2 and listen to the developers comment on this game’s creation. Were life to imitate art, we might all be shooting portals and stepping out through the other end. Indeed, this is both mathematical and storytelling art-work; it teams a gripping narrative with an inventive gameplay mechanic that makes for an excellent and unforgettable ride.
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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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GameTrailers
There's just one other game like Portal 2 and that's the first Portal. Just like its predecessor, this sequel manages to wring every last ounce of enjoyment out of seemingly simple core concepts. If you're strictly into action its slow, plodding, calculated pace will be a turnoff. Yet, somehow Valve has managed to make a puzzle game that will make your pulse rise with a never ending daisy chain of positive reinforcement. It's bigger, more polished, and feels like a full-fledged game instead of an experiment, and we highly recommend it to any player ready to leave their comfort zone and feel smart in the process.
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Xbox Mag
Non, Portal 2 n’est pas supérieur au premier épisode. Il ne lui est pas non plus inférieur. Et c’est peut-être là le génie de Valve. Proposer une véritable suite, qui pourtant sait se détacher de son prédécesseur. Pour imager cette idée, disons que Portal 2 est à Portal ce que Aliens et à Alien. Bien que partant sur les mêmes bases, les deux jeux se révèlent radicalement différents, notamment en termes de narration. Et, mine de rien, cela change tout. L’expérience ressentie en jouant à Portal 2 n’est en rien comparable à celle que nous avons tous vécu en parcourant Portal. Et jouer à une suite qui ne donne pas l’impression d’être un simple copié-collé de son prédécesseur, cela fait beaucoup de bien.
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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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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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Gamereactor (Sweden)
Allt detta räcker långt, förstås. Och då har jag inte ens nämnt co-op-läget och utvecklarkommentarerna, som ger en i mitt tycke matig längd till helheten. Fram med tårtan alltså, Portal 2 årets hittills bästa spel.
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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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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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Extreme Gamer
Portal 2 slips through its own series of tests to be a genuine follow-up to the now cult classic original. Akin to the original, puzzling in the first-person isn't going to be for everyone, so if testing the waters means you pick up the older, yet priceless 'The Orange Box' or dive right into Portal 2, it's worth a look. Even with its high praise, Portal 2 isn't perfect, but it's imaginative, it's sophisticated, and one of the best puzzlers we've played in years. Thinking has never been so much fun.
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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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The Escapist
Portal 2 is the best sequel we could have expected. The levels just plain aren't as challenging, but the new toys and characters manage to distract enough from the cracks in the paint to keep the whole ride breezing along. It astounds in some ways and disappoints in others, which, while not perfect, is good enough for science. Newcomers to "portal science" will find Portal 2 easy to pick up and perhaps more rewarding than long-time fans. Both, however, will find plenty to love and more than enough to justify the price of purchase.
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Level 7
Problemlösningen med portaler och färger som ger ytor vissa egenskaper är briljant och hålls varierade spelet igenom. Jag gillar även den enkla, men effektiva handlingen och framför allt dialogerna i berättandet. Även samarbetsläget gör Portal 2 köpvärt för alla som gillar problemlösning. Men det blir tjatigt i längden med rum efter rum med pussel som ska lösas och när sluttexten rullar känner jag mig lite övermätt.
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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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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.