And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, the cast of Portal 2...

Posted by Sweep (8950 posts) -
   

I'm experimenting with a new blog title. It looks sticky, so I might stick with it.

So, Portal 2, huh?

Does anyone else find it deeply ironic that Wheatley has a head like a fucking orange?

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.

 For all the time you spend in empty rooms there is seldom a moment where you ever truly feel alone, constantly buffeted throughout the campaign by it's robotic menagerie of personalities. Portal 2 has a fantastic sense of humour that oozes from every pixel. GLaDOS is a wonderful antagonist, hilariously funny whilst maintaining a deeply sinister undercurrent of loathing aimed at the player. It's hard not to laugh at Wheatley, the endearingly moronic sidekick, as he frequently offers you useless advice. I don't think I will ever get bored of pushing over Sentry Turrets and hearing them bleat helplessly as they struggle with gravity. Cave Johnson, the millionaire entrepreneur, is similarly entertaining with his hazardously dismissive and upbeat messages, brusquely explaining the origins of Aperture Science and his involvement in it's managerial decisions. It becomes hard to resent the man who is ultimately responsible for your intense and gruelling sequence of tests, despite the fact that he is clearly a complete arrogant bastard.

  

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. 


Also there were some puzzles and things? I dunno, I wasn't really paying attention.



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#1 Posted by Sweep (8950 posts) -
   

I'm experimenting with a new blog title. It looks sticky, so I might stick with it.

So, Portal 2, huh?

Does anyone else find it deeply ironic that Wheatley has a head like a fucking orange?

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.

 For all the time you spend in empty rooms there is seldom a moment where you ever truly feel alone, constantly buffeted throughout the campaign by it's robotic menagerie of personalities. Portal 2 has a fantastic sense of humour that oozes from every pixel. GLaDOS is a wonderful antagonist, hilariously funny whilst maintaining a deeply sinister undercurrent of loathing aimed at the player. It's hard not to laugh at Wheatley, the endearingly moronic sidekick, as he frequently offers you useless advice. I don't think I will ever get bored of pushing over Sentry Turrets and hearing them bleat helplessly as they struggle with gravity. Cave Johnson, the millionaire entrepreneur, is similarly entertaining with his hazardously dismissive and upbeat messages, brusquely explaining the origins of Aperture Science and his involvement in it's managerial decisions. It becomes hard to resent the man who is ultimately responsible for your intense and gruelling sequence of tests, despite the fact that he is clearly a complete arrogant bastard.

  

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. 


Also there were some puzzles and things? I dunno, I wasn't really paying attention.



Thanks For Reading
Love Sweep
#2 Posted by MattyFTM (14424 posts) -
@Sweep said:

"

Does anyone else find it deeply ironic that Wheatley has a head like a fucking orange?
"
Hah, that really made me laugh.
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#3 Posted by Scooper (7881 posts) -

Manmoth?

#4 Posted by KarlPilkington (2773 posts) -
@Sweep said:
"     

Does anyone else find it deeply ironic that Wheatley has a head like a fucking orange?

"
You called?
#5 Posted by benjaebe (2783 posts) -

I think Nolan North's performance is really what made the game for me.

#6 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

New banner? That's the only thing I can comment on, since there's the slight chance that I may eventually play Portal 2.

#7 Posted by EuanDewar (5094 posts) -

GLaDOS Slow Clap processor is worth the price of admission alone.

#8 Posted by mracoon (4976 posts) -

Defective Turrets are my new favourite character and the fact that they're voiced by Nolan North makes it doubly awesome.

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#9 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

Sweet banner, but I won't be playing Portal 2 any time soon. Sad face.

#10 Posted by coonce (1429 posts) -

i love cave. i love lamp.

#11 Posted by Yanngc33 (4496 posts) -
@benjaebe: he does Chell's voice right?
#12 Posted by Dalai (7057 posts) -
@mracoon said:
" 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.
#13 Posted by Sweep (8950 posts) -
@Dalai: I had no idea that was Nolan North. That scares me quite a bit. 
#14 Posted by Kyreo (4600 posts) -
@Sweep said:
" @Dalai: I had no idea that was Nolan North. That scares me quite a bit.  "
He was the defective turrets and the "IN SPACE" corrupt core.

Also, I like the banner.  You should get sticky with it.

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