Monday, August 1, 2011

So, about that Portals game...

First, let me praise Valve for actually avoiding any reference to cakes in Portal 2. Seriously, that joke is so old and overused now that I'm getting hostile feelings whenever I read another cake reference. Actually, my opinion of Minecraft have been way up in the skies until recently, when I noticed they had added an achievement named "The lie" that you get when you bake your first cake. I was close to demanding a refund after that, but I'm sure I can overcome my own stupidity in this matter...

Fortunately Portal 2 knows when to let something be, and the second installment in the series delivers above expectations, again. I'm not going to spoil anything in this post, but I'll say that if you liked the humor of first game (and how could you possibly not?) then you'll love this sequel as well. Valve manages to find the perfect balance of nostalgia and freshness. GlaDOS is back, and she continues her misinterpretations of human emotions, but you'll discover a lot more about her background, and how she got her... well, rather erratic behavior.

In this game you'll get acquainted with Wheatley, a personality core which has a rather interesting back story. Again, here Valve shows their genius by giving a robotic entity way more personality than any human could hope to achieve. You can't help loving them, even GLaDOS as she continues her attempts to end your life.

Talking about Portal 2 without spoiling anything is hard, since you'll encounter more than a fair share of plot twists. Often it's hard to follow a story that twists and turns a lot, but it all flows seamlessly together with the game play. Nothing goes too fast, but it doesn't linger either, so you should have no troubles understanding what's going on. However, if you start paying extra attention, you'll suddenly notice tons of hidden gems.

Speaking of, I recommend everyone interested in Portal 2 to read the comic about Lab Rat, as you'll gain a bigger understanding about the wall graffiti that's splashed around the levels.

I haven't mentioned the co-op part here, I'll save that for an eventual later post, but trust me when I say that it's every bit as good, probably even better, than the single player campaign.