Monthly Archives: April 2011

Portal, Now THAT Is A Game

I found this thing about Portal 2, with all the hype around it. I haven’t heard this title before, okay maybe a couple of times, but because I’m not an avid gamer myself I decided not to look it up.

The game description didn’t lend any justice to it, at least for me:

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

I’ve seen a lot of “innovative” and “unique” being thrown around in game descriptions that doesn’t add up to that level (for me anyway), so being more conservative about it is my general stance on gaming.

The game screenshots, I’ve seen them —since years ago— they looks just like Half-Life. Although I’m not a person who put graphic first, but as I said earlier, I’m not a gamer I’ve got things to do so I pass it as “it’s just another damn game kids are playing nowadays”.

Then this Portal 2 show up. Got an e-mail, and it sparked my curiosity. I mean, how good is this “Portal” game that it warranted a sequel? Well, since I have a few time to kill, I decided to try it. Being a few years old also helps, so it rather cheap by now. And it’s not a multi-player game too, so I know I don’t have to curse my internet connection.

Oh BTW, my internet connection still suck, thank you.

And what is this cake about?

I gave it a go and it was great. I can’t rephrase it any better: it was great.

First off, it’s a short game. I found myself fighting the final boss after 4 hours (or so) playing it. But for those hours, I cherished because I’m “in the zone” for the entire time. I don’t have to dedicate hours on this game —like RPG games I have sitting there, waiting for me to come back, *sigh*— and yet I got entertained in the ways a game can.

Second, as many will testify, the gameplay IS unique. Being a so-so fan of FPS, when I get the portal gun I was thinking “great what kind of baddies I have to aim at?”. But no, this is not about killing for fun, it’s about solving puzzle. So instead me, killing everything that moves, it was me thinking how to get through the challenges.

Third, the thing who speak to you through the entire game —I won’t spoil the game for those who haven’t played it— is hilarious. You just have to play through the game to know this.

All this brings me to the question: should I get Portal 2? Well, to be honest with you, maybe not this year. Maybe a year or two after it’s release, after the price gets low enough for my range.


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