And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, the cast of Portal 2...
So, Portal 2, huh?
Perhaps the greatest achievement of Portal 2 is it's cast.Wheatley, GLaDOS, Cave Johnson, even the sentry turret; Portal 2, and indeed Valve as a developer, exceed in crafting a world that extends far beyond the physical limitations of the screen. Large chunks of Portal 2 take place throughout landscapes rich with history, which consequently beg exploration and drive the player to continue. I was frequently reminded of Fallout 3 as I portalled my way through the extensive mausoleum that is Aperture Science laboratories. I wanted to soak up as much of the fiction as possible.
This, in turn, can be credited to the fantastic script from which it's characters read.
It's these characters that make Portal 2 really shine.By giving these characters their own agendas, valve gives them consistency beyond their pre-recorded messages, allowing the player to fill in their characters as complete entities and not just hollow robotic tour-guides. As the story progresses, these agendas become clear and the empathy the player has with it's cast increases - making the finale of the game tremendously tense and exciting. It is Valves understanding of this that makes Portal 2 such a vibrant and engaging experience.
" Defective Turrets are my new favourite character and the fact that they're voiced by Nolan North makes it doubly awesome. "When I got to the assembly line of defective turrets, I just stood around for a minute or two soaking up all the Nolan North that I didn't realize I was getting.
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