Portal 2 / Half Life Question

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#1 Posted by MAST (891 posts) -

Please try to keep this spoiler free. The question I'm about to ask should be a simple "yes" or "no," but if you feel the need to elaborate, please don't spoil anything for me. Thanks!

In a recent bombcast they implied that there is a pretty significant connection between Portal 2, and Half Life. What I want to know is this; Do I need to go back and play all the Half Life games through Half Life 2: Episode 2 before I play Portal 2 in order to catch/understand that connection? I mean, I know a little bit about the Half Life universe already. I know about Black Mesa, Gordon Freeman, G-man, and that Apeture Science exists somewhere in the Half Life universe. However, I've never actually played the Half Life games.

Thanks in advance!

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#2 Posted by KarlPilkington (2824 posts) -


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#4 Posted by FlyingRat (1454 posts) -

Absolutely not.

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#5 Posted by spankingaddict (2977 posts) -

YES  :)

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#6 Posted by imsh_pl (4208 posts) -



@spankingaddict said:

" YES  :) "

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#7 Posted by endless_void (731 posts) -

No not at all. They are both franchises set in the same universe but its not needed to enjoy the game.

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#8 Posted by Getz (3764 posts) -

No. The connection between them is more icing on the cake (!) for fans of Valve. It's tangential, and odds are you might not even notice it even if you've played both.

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#9 Posted by NickLott (833 posts) -

Not at all. The references are little easter eggs for fans of both series as opposed to integral cross-series plot points.

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#10 Posted by Tuggah (1091 posts) -
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#11 Posted by Yanngc33 (4551 posts) -
@Getz: zing
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#12 Edited by Cirdain (3797 posts) -

HL2:EP2 is somin you may want a look at for some sort of ship thing but if your really worried then no. On the other hand they're great so you should play them anyway.

@Tuggah said:

" Yes. Gordon Freeman is the portal gun. "

  mind blown
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#13 Posted by Daveyo520 (7766 posts) -

No but you should really play them anyway, they are great games.

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#14 Posted by Winternet (8448 posts) -

Portal and Half-Life connection? I don't know what you're talking about.

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#15 Posted by gamer_152 (14771 posts) -

No. The connection is very minor.

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#16 Edited by Sooty (8193 posts) -

As said at this point in time it's a minor connection, could become a big thing eventually though.

Who knows when Ep 3 will turn up however...


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#17 Posted by owl_of_minerva (1485 posts) -

It's only important if you want to know more about the world Portal takes place in. It adds something to the experience but it has little bearing on the playing of the games or their stories.

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#18 Posted by Rhombus_Of_Terror (2533 posts) -

The Borealis (HLep2) Dock is in Portal 2, look at the steam acheivements.

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#19 Posted by Getz (3764 posts) -
@Yanngc33: you must believe, I would never make a cake joke on purpose. It just happened.
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#20 Posted by GunslingerPanda (5263 posts) -

The connection is pretty much just "Hey these two games take place in the same world" and that's it.

However, yes you should go back and play through Half-Life 2 and the episodes.
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#21 Posted by fox01313 (5254 posts) -
While Half Life 1 (not counting the blue shift/opposing force while both are good & all cheap on steam with HL1) & Half Life 2 are great games, there is mention of the Aperture Science labs & Black Mesa labs being competitors there's really not much interaction between the two. BTW If you do go into playing Half Life series, go with Half Life 1, then Blue Shift (where you play as security in Black Mesa during the events of the first Half Life game), Opposing Force (other expansion to HL1) & Half Life 2. While the episodes are fun I found them kind of tricky near the end & not adding a lot to the series compared to Blue Shift & Opposing Force. GLHB.
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#22 Posted by Scooper (7920 posts) -

Black Mesa and Aperture were competitors. In HL2:E2 you are talking about the Borealis, a fabled, mysterious Ship that Aperture were working on so they could test their new experiments and you're warned you should never go there and that the ship should be destroyed (We don't know why it's so dangerous). In Portal 2, there's an easter egg of sorts where you can see the docking yard for the ship, but the ship is not there, as it's somewhere in the Arctic, at least that's where it looks to be when you see a picture of it in Half-Life 2.

I hope that wasn't too spoilery. The mystery behind the ship, the crazy rivalry between Black Mesa and Aperture Science and the believe that we'll finally be able to explore the Borealis is one of the main reasons why people are so rabidly excited for any new Half-Life info, and the Portal games just heighten that because they're so awesome.

So basically: go play the Half-Life and Portal games.

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