The Joy of Portal 2

Posted by Gamer_152 (14078 posts) -

Hello fellow Giant Bombers, I hope you’re well. I should probably warn you that the following blog has some Portal 2 spoilers within. Most of what I’m about to say isn’t anything that concrete and there are a lot of vague statements about the nature of the game, but if you’re determined to experience Portal 2 as untainted as possible and haven’t yet reach the games conclusion, this may be a blog to skip. This is also a shorter and admittedly slightly more rushed blog than usual, due to my ongoing university work, and for that I apologise. All good? Okay, let’s begin.

For now I think I’ll let up on my torrent of praise for Portal 2, but hopefully I’ll be back next week with some more constructive Portal 2-type ramblings. Thanks for reading, good luck, have a different kind of Portal.

-Gamer_152

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#1 Posted by Gamer_152 (14078 posts) -

Hello fellow Giant Bombers, I hope you’re well. I should probably warn you that the following blog has some Portal 2 spoilers within. Most of what I’m about to say isn’t anything that concrete and there are a lot of vague statements about the nature of the game, but if you’re determined to experience Portal 2 as untainted as possible and haven’t yet reach the games conclusion, this may be a blog to skip. This is also a shorter and admittedly slightly more rushed blog than usual, due to my ongoing university work, and for that I apologise. All good? Okay, let’s begin.

For now I think I’ll let up on my torrent of praise for Portal 2, but hopefully I’ll be back next week with some more constructive Portal 2-type ramblings. Thanks for reading, good luck, have a different kind of Portal.

-Gamer_152

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#2 Posted by I_smell (3924 posts) -

lol why did you choose that first screenshot? Nothing is happening in that screenshot.

#3 Posted by Gamer_152 (14078 posts) -
@I_smell said:
" lol why did you choose that first screenshot? Nothing is happening in that screenshot. "
I was just really trying to show off the minimalism of the environments in Portal 1 as opposed to Portal 2s much more layered world. Since you mentioned it though I changed the screenshot to something that better showcases one of Portal 1s testchambers.
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#4 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Since I can't read this due to not having played Portal 2, let me ask this: is Portal 2 like sex? That's what I'm getting from this blog.

#5 Posted by Vexxan (4620 posts) -

Finished the game last night, hopefully I have time to start on replaying it all with commentary today.

#6 Posted by Shuborno (938 posts) -

I felt the same way when I was finished. I didn't want to leave that world since I'd enjoyed being in it so much.


I turned on the Director's Commentary mode and played through the chapters where I'd missed Achievements. The unfortunate thing is that because it's a puzzle game, it's not really the same going back to it. I enjoyed listening to Wheatley again, but I didn't get that much out of returning, even with the commentary on.

I'm glad the co-op's there because at least there are some more puzzles to tackle.
#7 Posted by Gamer_152 (14078 posts) -
@Video_Game_King said:
" Since I can't read this due to not having played Portal 2, let me ask this: is Portal 2 like sex? That's what I'm getting from this blog. "
If like me, you associate sex with hilarious one-liners, disused test chambers, and clever puzzles, then yes, Portal 2 is exactly like sex.
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#8 Posted by EuanDewar (4922 posts) -

This must be the the 50th time I've said this in the GB forums but here I go again. Stephen Merchant and J.K Simmons give in my opinion the greatest voice performances in all of games, so very nuanced and every line delivered with perfect comedic timing and they just sound so right in the world. Its also a testament to Valve developing as a uh...Developer to see how fantastic and pixar-like the animation is and how well it works with the voices. God I love this game.

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#9 Posted by Gamer_152 (14078 posts) -
@Vegsen said:
" Finished the game last night, hopefully I have time to start on replaying it all with commentary today. "
Cool stuff. Hope you enjoy it.

@Shuborno said:
" I felt the same way when I was finished. I didn't want to leave that world since I'd enjoyed being in it so much.

I turned on the Director's Commentary mode and played through the chapters where I'd missed Achievements. The unfortunate thing is that because it's a puzzle game, it's not really the same going back to it. I enjoyed listening to Wheatley again, but I didn't get that much out of returning, even with the commentary on.

I'm glad the co-op's there because at least there are some more puzzles to tackle."
Yeah, puzzle games and story-oriented games always have an inherent lack of replayability, but I'm still having fun going through Portal 2 a second time, and I know I replayed the heck out of Portal 1.

@EuanDewar said:
" This must be the the 50th time I've said this in the GB forums but here I go again. Stephen Merchant and J.K Simmons give in my opinion the greatest voice performances in all of games, so very nuanced and every line delivered with perfect comedic timing and they just sound so right in the world. Its also a testament to Valve developing as a uh...Developer to see how fantastic and pixar-like the animation is and how well it works with the voices. God I love this game. "
I couldn't agree with you more. The animation and the voice acting are of an amazing quality. I really hope Portal 2 helps raise the bar for a lot of aspects of games development.
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#10 Posted by Little_Socrates (5677 posts) -
I'm really glad you love Portal 2 so much. The fact that Portal 2, a puzzle game about robots, is coming off with such strong reactions out of people is great, and it could mean a lot for the thematic content of upcoming games (MAYBE LESS WARS!!!)

...but I really wish I could like Portal 2. I really wanted to! I did! In fact, I figured it was probably going to be my favorite game this year. But a lot of the narrative does really bother me, and it bothered me while I was playing, and I feel like I'm stuck in the world of Metal Gear Solid 4 all over again because everyone loves it so much.
#11 Posted by Aetheldod (3579 posts) -

I loved Portal 2 , im glad we are over the left for dead thing ( I hated it) cant hardly wait for the next installment of Hal Life . I too felt a few tears in my eyes after the turret opera , something about that song that strikes the soul , also this showcases why I believe Valve games are the closest to art that videogames can be . Also this shows that single player experiences are the best .... down with online multiplayer !!!!!! >:3

#12 Posted by RagingLion (1365 posts) -

Yeah, I love it so much too.  My own reaction to finishing the game was as if I'd just come to the end of a big meal:  satisfied and full because the ingredients were so delicious but also wholesome and nutritious.

About half way through the game when it was already clear that Portal 2 was a nailed-down amazing game I couldn't help but think what I was experiencing was exactly what I wanted to out of so many more games.  I want more games where it feels like I'm on this big adventure in an amazing fictional world that's like nothing I've ever experienced before with a colourful, detailed fiction with loads of nuance and interesting characters that engage me.  And all without guns.  I don't mind guns but I think I'm often just bearing with using one in order to enjoy the story and world and hopefully characters.  I understand that many developers often struggle where to pull the content from that's going to take up the majority of the player's time if there is no combat but I want to see what they come up with when they try.  Portal 2 did it all so well.

#13 Posted by Gamer_152 (14078 posts) -
@Little_Socrates: Fair enough, no game is for everyone and frankly I'm rather surprised that so many people have gravitated towards a puzzle game. I really hope we see more unique themes and aesthetics in upcoming games too, but on the whole I think we're still stuck with more or less what we have now for the next few years.

@Aetheldod: Afraid I can't agree with you on the "down with multiplayer" front but yes, the turrets at the end made me a little emotional too, even playing it through the second time.

@RagingLion: I wouldn't have considered myself "full" at the end of Portal 2, I certainly loved the whole experience and had a far, far longer play time than I did with Portal 1, but greedy little me just wants more portals I guess. Oh well, that only makes the free DLC even better news. I too would like to see more games like Portal and indeed more games that are able to deliver a quality experience without relying on traditional combat mechanics.
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#14 Posted by animateria (3253 posts) -
@Video_Game_King said:
" Since I can't read this due to not having played Portal 2, let me ask this: is Portal 2 like sex? That's what I'm getting from this blog. "
Well, you go in and out of holes... so yeah...
#15 Posted by DeeGee (2125 posts) -
@Video_Game_King said:
" Since I can't read this due to not having played Portal 2, let me ask this: is Portal 2 like sex? That's what I'm getting from this blog. "
Speedy thing goes in, speedy thing comes out. It's almost exactly like sex.
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#16 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
@DeeGee said:
" @Video_Game_King said:
" Since I can't read this due to not having played Portal 2, let me ask this: is Portal 2 like sex? That's what I'm getting from this blog. "
Speedy thing goes in, speedy thing comes out. It's almost exactly like sex. "
Why are you rushing your sex? I like women to know for as long as possible that they have a dick inside them. I want them to reflect on life and figure out where it all went wrong.

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