Portal 2

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Platforms: XBox 360, PC (2011), Playstation 3 (2011)
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Portal 2
Portal 2
Portal 2

When the first Portal game released in 2007, gamers immediately embraced its clever mixture of portal-based puzzles and dark humor. It was quickly recognized as one of the best puzzle games of all time and further established developer Valve's legacy as one of the best studios in the business. Portal 2 is the highly-requested sequel to that iconic game, which provides another hilarious adventure through a laboratory full of puzzle rooms. This time around, players will meet new characters, scratch their heads at new mechanics, and even solve some puzzles with friends in the fleshed-out cooperative mode. While fans will argue about which game is better, most will agree that Portal 2 lives up to the original Portal in almost every way.

Main Game Features

  • Lengthy single-player campaign
  • Standalone cooperative campaign
  • Humorous storyline and characters


In the single-player mode of Portal 2, players once again step into the shoes of Chell, an unlucky test subject who continuously finds herself trapped and at the mercy of plotting machines. After narrowly escaping the Aperture Science research facility in the original Portal, Chell finds herself trapped once again within its now crumbling walls. As the building threatens to collapse, Chell must find a way to escape by using her trusty portal gun. She is aided in her adventure by the personable floating robot Wheatley, while the villainous AI GLaDOS continues to torment her. If Chell wishes to survive another journey through Aperture Science, she'll need to use every bit of her wits.

The cooperative mode features entirely new characters and an altogether different story, but it's much lighter in terms of narrative content and dialogue. In this two-player adventure, you'll play as two test-robots named ATLAS and P-Body. Designed to explore and test out puzzle rooms, these two robots must work in tandem to solve tricky and complex problems. While this mode mostly serves as a way for players to test their skills at more complex puzzles with a pal, there is still plenty of witty humor to keep you laughing along the way.


In order to keep things simple and not overwhelm the player with new features, Portal 2 plays very similarly to the original. This means that fans of the first game will not have to worry about an excessive amount of complicated new mechanics, although there are a few intuitive additions to note. As always, players must solve a slew of test chambers by utilizing their portal gun, a device that allows them to place two portals on viable surfaces. By placing the portals in certain places and at certain angles, players can then reach the exit or hit triggers to complete the room. While it sounds pretty simple, things can get deceptively complex, requiring you to think outside the box. Even hazardous items like turrets and lasers can be used to your advantage if you properly place a portal.

Of the new mechanics that Portal 2 introduces, the Propulsion and Repulsion Gels are the most game-changing. These orange and blue liquid-like substances cause your character to speed up and bounce around, which can be used in tandem with launch-pads and other environmental features. Like anything in Portal 2, gels seem simple at first, but you'll find yourself using them in interesting ways as you progress to later puzzles. If you're really looking for a challenge, you can find exceptionally tricky puzzles in the standalone cooperative mode. You'll need a skilled partner though, as these puzzles require both quick-thinking and fast reflexes. Each set of cooperative puzzles focus on a different mechanic, but with access to double the portals, things are generally more complicated than in solo play.


Portal 2 is a worthy successor to the 2007 classic Portal, which is an impressive feat. The sequel not only gives gamers more unique puzzle-solving gameplay, but it also expands the universe in some fun ways. It's also absolutely hilarious, with characters and cutscenes guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. Portal 2 also manages to improve upon the original with some fun new mechanics and a fleshed-out cooperative campaign, so the experience never feels retreaded or stale. Even if you don't consider yourself an expert at first-person games, you should try out Portal 2 if you're a fan of puzzle games. It's a truly unforgettable experience that's satisfying, hilarious, and tons of fun to play.


  • Hilarious writing
  • Awesome cooperative options
  • Fun puzzle mechanics


  • Some puzzles are considerably tough
  • Only a few new features

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XBox 360

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
Playstation 3

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Portal 2 builds upon the unique gameplay and dark humor that made its predecessor a surprise hit. Developed once again by the esteemed Valve Corporation, Portal 2 takes the mind-bending concepts of the first game and expands them into a longer, more story-driven experience. Though it may lack the element of surprise the original had, Portal 2 perfects the formula and stands out as one of the most innovative and downright fun games ever made.

Bigger, Better, and Funnier

What made the first Portal stand out was its sparse but highly imaginative puzzle-based gameplay centered around the ingenious portal gun. Portal 2 takes the same gameplay foundation and enhances it tremendously with better graphics, more gameplay variety, expanded environments, and an actual story.

The puzzles themselves feature more intricacy and variety of mechanics without becoming overly difficult or frustrating. New puzzle elements like aerial faith plates, perpetual testing initiative sections, laser redirection cubes, and gels that alter surfaces introduce delightful new wrinkles to bend your brain around.

The expanded cast of characters also brings more humor through well-written dialogue and jokes that compel you to keep playing just to see what they’ll say next. Much like the first game, Portal 2 finds a perfect balance between challenging puzzles and laugh-out-loud humor.

The Co-op Campaign

An entirely separate co-op campaign also provides a unique spin on the distinct Portal gameplay. Playing through these levels with a friend leads to chaotic fun trying to coordinate portal placements and navigate complex tests that require timing, communication, and teamwork to pass.

Unlike the single-player campaign, the co-op sections focus more on coordination between partners than narrative or characters. Still, the joy of yelling instructions, messing with each other using portals, and high-fiving after finally figuring out a solution provides some of most purely enjoyable moments across the entire game.

Review: 10/10

When the final level loads and the credits roll after the climactic and surprising conclusion, you can't help but reflect on the satisfying journey Portal 2 took you on. The impeccable pacing introduces new concepts and puzzle types at the exact right moments to keep things feeling fresh. Expert writing and voice acting breathe vivid life into one of gaming's most memorable characters in GLaDOS.

And even after the 15-20 hour core experience, community-built test chambers provide nearly endless replay value for those craving more first-person spatial dilemmas. Portal 2 stands right alongside all-time masterpieces like Half-Life 2 and Super Mario Galaxy in delivering an imaginative idea executed to near perfection.


Compared to similar first-person puzzle games like Quantum Conundrum or The Talos Principle, Portal 2 stands out through its tight integration of story, world-building, and gameplay along with its stellar presentation. Simply put, Portal 2 is one of the most essential, must-play video games ever made.


  • Ingenious and varied spatial puzzles
  • Clever writing and dark humor
  • Massively expanded scope from the original
  • Co-op campaign adds multiplayer chaos
  • Community content extends replay value


  • Story doesn't build much on the first game
  • No multiplayer outside of co-op

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