Portal 2 has best writing ever in a video game?!?!?!? i think so

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#1 Posted by reptilia_kun (85 posts) -

so after playing portal 2 i came to a realization that it had the best writing i've ever had the pleasure to listen to in terms of the dialogue of its speakers and voice acting. not to mention there's no more than 3 people speaking throughout the entire game (i.e. Cave Johnson, GLaDOS and wheatley) i'm sure i'm not the only one when i say i would literally stop what i was doing in portal 2 and just listen to the brilliant words that were being spoken especially the ones where Wheatley encourages you to "kill" yourself and Cave's memorable quotes. so portal 2 stands still as best writing in a game ever and best voice acting. if you think differently post below what you think has better writing/voice acting than portal 2

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#2 Posted by KaosAngel (14251 posts) -

What about Metal Gear Solid 4?

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#3 Posted by KarlPilkington (2824 posts) -
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#4 Posted by JJWeatherman (15101 posts) -

I think I agree. I was going to say it's a new benchmark for this stuff in my blog earlier, but I thought that was maybe overdoing it.


It's amazing though.
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#5 Posted by MooseyMcMan (12631 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" What about Metal Gear Solid 4? "
Or any MGS game, to be frank. 
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#6 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3858 posts) -

Since I feel video game writing in general is pretty abysmal, I would have to agree.

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#7 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2749 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" What about Metal Gear Solid 4? "
Shitstorm engage.

As for Portal 2, it had great writing, but I wouldn't say it's the best I've seen. Now, the voice acting might be some of the best I've heard.


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#8 Posted by artelinarose (1999 posts) -

Soul Reaver series, son.

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#9 Posted by time allen (2329 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" What about Metal Gear Solid 4? "
lol ok

NANOMACHINES
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#10 Posted by EuanDewar (5160 posts) -

The writing is certainly good but its the voice work that puts it up on a higher level then every other game out there.  Stephen Merchant is just so fucking good.

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#11 Posted by KaosAngel (14251 posts) -
@Toms115: No dude, if you really played it, MGS4 is still beyond what most writing does in games.  I'm not even counting the entire MGS series, just MGS4...no game has come close yet and that game is flippin' 4 years old now.  Voice Acting?  Still the best.  Cinematics?  Still top class.  People say Portal 2 is groundbreaking but it does nothing outside what people have been doing for years.

Hell, Kingdom Hearts II had just as strong writing.
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#13 Posted by TheSeductiveMoose (3629 posts) -
@PrivateIronTFU said:
" Since I feel video game writing in general is pretty abysmal, I would have to agree. "
Yeah, this. Still wouldn't call it the best though.
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#14 Posted by captain_clayman (3349 posts) -
@EuanDewar said:
" The writing is certainly good but its the voice work that puts it up on a higher level then every other game out there.  Stephen Merchant is just so fucking good. "
agree.
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#15 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5924 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" What about Metal Gear Solid 4? "
A lot of people are probably going to disagree with you, but not me.

The entire Metal Gear Solid franchise in general has great writing.
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#16 Posted by CornBREDX (7365 posts) -

I feel like I'm in a minority on this one. I like the game but I didnt feel the writing was what made Portal 2 good.

As someone else said a lot of it had to do with the voice work but a large portion of it for me just felt like moving from one puzzle to the next. Honestly I felt the first portal had better writing, but again I know I am probably in a minority on that.

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#17 Posted by Animasta (14948 posts) -
@FancySoapsMan said:
" @KaosAngel said:
" What about Metal Gear Solid 4? "
A lot of people are probably going to disagree with you, but not me.The entire Metal Gear Solid franchise in general has great writing. "
how about no? the dialogue is so fucking dumb

but yeah I'd agree with the OP, Nier is certainly up there but I dunno if it beats portal 2.
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#18 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5195 posts) -

Bioshock.

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#19 Posted by Venatio (4742 posts) -

No I disagree

Though I do like it alot

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#20 Posted by KaosAngel (14251 posts) -
@Laketown said:
" @FancySoapsMan said:
" @KaosAngel said:
" What about Metal Gear Solid 4? "
A lot of people are probably going to disagree with you, but not me.The entire Metal Gear Solid franchise in general has great writing. "
how about no? the dialogue is so fucking dumbbut yeah I'd agree with the OP, Nier is certainly up there but I dunno if it beats portal 2. "
Name one line of dialogue that isn't meant to be an inside joke for MGS fans that's dumb.    The voice acting is still beyond what most games even do, hell...most games don't even reach half the quality of MGS voice acting.
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#21 Edited by Animasta (14948 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:

" @Laketown said:

" @FancySoapsMan said:
" @KaosAngel said:
" What about Metal Gear Solid 4? "
A lot of people are probably going to disagree with you, but not me.The entire Metal Gear Solid franchise in general has great writing. "
how about no? the dialogue is so fucking dumbbut yeah I'd agree with the OP, Nier is certainly up there but I dunno if it beats portal 2. "
Name one line of dialogue that isn't meant to be an inside joke for MGS fans that's dumb.    The voice acting is still beyond what most games even do, hell...most games don't even reach half the quality of MGS voice acting. "
just because something's an inside joke doesn't mean it's not dumb... I haven't played it in a while, so I wouldn't remember, only that I dreaded most of the cutscenes if I knew it was just gonna be people talking. Also we're talking about writing, not voice acting.
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#22 Posted by chicomendes2 (41 posts) -

gta san andreas writing is above and beyond any other game ever

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#23 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3858 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" @Laketown said:
" @FancySoapsMan said:
" @KaosAngel said:
" What about Metal Gear Solid 4? "
A lot of people are probably going to disagree with you, but not me.The entire Metal Gear Solid franchise in general has great writing. "
how about no? the dialogue is so fucking dumbbut yeah I'd agree with the OP, Nier is certainly up there but I dunno if it beats portal 2. "
Name one line of dialogue that isn't meant to be an inside joke for MGS fans that's dumb.    The voice acting is still beyond what most games even do, hell...most games don't even reach half the quality of MGS voice acting. "
I don't have a problem with the writing Metal Gear Solid. I think it's fantastic. I just hate the ham-handed delivery of all the voice actors. It's way too over the top for my taste.
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#24 Posted by SecondPersonShooter (900 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" @Laketown said:
" @FancySoapsMan said:
" @KaosAngel said:
" What about Metal Gear Solid 4? "
A lot of people are probably going to disagree with you, but not me.The entire Metal Gear Solid franchise in general has great writing. "
how about no? the dialogue is so fucking dumbbut yeah I'd agree with the OP, Nier is certainly up there but I dunno if it beats portal 2. "
Name one line of dialogue that isn't meant to be an inside joke for MGS fans that's dumb.    The voice acting is still beyond what most games even do, hell...most games don't even reach half the quality of MGS voice acting. "
Let me preface this by saying that I absolutely love ever MGS game, and MGS4 may be my favorite game of all time, so I'm only playing devil's advocate here.


That being said, Ocelot making finger-guns and yelling "BANG" to bring down helicopters is some dumb shit.
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#25 Posted by Rockdalf (1328 posts) -
@PrivateIronTFU said:
" @KaosAngel said:
" @Laketown said:
" @FancySoapsMan said:
" @KaosAngel said:
" What about Metal Gear Solid 4? "
A lot of people are probably going to disagree with you, but not me.The entire Metal Gear Solid franchise in general has great writing. "
how about no? the dialogue is so fucking dumbbut yeah I'd agree with the OP, Nier is certainly up there but I dunno if it beats portal 2. "
Name one line of dialogue that isn't meant to be an inside joke for MGS fans that's dumb.    The voice acting is still beyond what most games even do, hell...most games don't even reach half the quality of MGS voice acting. "
I don't have a problem with the writing Metal Gear Solid. I think it's fantastic. I just hate the ham-handed delivery of all the voice actors. It's way too over the top for my taste. "
This, but I would go further and say that some of the lines are cheese as well.  Not to downplay the rest of the game epic as it is, it just has it's cheese moments.  Take the scene in Act 4 between Raiden and Snake, in which they spend the entire time trying to one up which ones life sucks more. 
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#26 Edited by xyzygy (10595 posts) -

Nah, I think Alan Wake has the best writing. Or Max Payne.

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#27 Posted by time allen (2329 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" @Toms115: No dude, if you really played it, MGS4 is still beyond what most writing does in games.  I'm not even counting the entire MGS series, just MGS4...no game has come close yet and that game is flippin' 4 years old now.  Voice Acting?  Still the best.  Cinematics?  Still top class.  People say Portal 2 is groundbreaking but it does nothing outside what people have been doing for years.Hell, Kingdom Hearts II had just as strong writing. "
i disagree completely, but whatever floats your boat. the metal gear solid series from 2 onwards has always been the video game equivalent of a big, dumb summer blockbuster to me. i'm not here to debate your level enjoyment, i just think it's nowhere near as intelligent or as well written as many claim it to be.
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#28 Posted by time allen (2329 posts) -

also, to actually contribute to the original post: yes, portal 2 had some fantastic writing. it's certainly one of the best written games that i have played.

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#29 Posted by Agent47 (1931 posts) -
@reptilia_kun: You are just asking someone to call out MGS.
EDIT:oh wait too late
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#30 Posted by SamSharp505 (208 posts) -

It was pretty awesome yeah, I think Wheatley is one of my favourite characters. :)

It was funny and clever throughout and I think the length of the story was just right too.
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#31 Posted by xyzygy (10595 posts) -

Was I the only one who thought Wheatly talked WAY too much and got annoying?

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#32 Posted by Tru3_Blu3 (3570 posts) -

Planescape Torment

*Leaves thread with pimp cane*

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#33 Posted by Azteck (7415 posts) -

Yeah no.

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#34 Posted by ProfessorEss (7961 posts) -

I'm not very far in but yeah, the dialogue is incredible.


If Wheatley keeps going like he's been going he's a shoe-in for best new character of the year.
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#35 Posted by imsh_pl (4208 posts) -

I... actually think it does.

I just realised that. Thanks, I guess.

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#36 Edited by vidiot (2891 posts) -

It has great writing, and it has great voice acting.
It does not have the best writing, or voice acting, in a videogame.
Play more games.

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#37 Posted by S0ndor (2718 posts) -

The dialogue is quite clever and the voice talent is excellent, yes. But I feel that Mass Effect is currently the series with the best writing.

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#38 Posted by Icemael (6876 posts) -

It has some of the best voice acting in video games, but while the writing was above average, I would definitely not call it brilliant (much less "the best"). The list of games with better writing can be made long: The Secret of Monkey Island, Beyond a Steel Sky, Half-Life 2, The Darkness, Bioshock, the Prince of Persia reboot, Brütal Legend, Mass Effect et cetera.

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#39 Posted by geirr (3765 posts) -

When it comes to writing I favour some of the older PC RPGs, Baldur's Gate especially (go for the eyes, Boo!)
as for spoken dialogue and voice acting I'd put Portal up with my other favorites;
Dragon Age Origins, Mass Effect and .. wow Bioware all over.

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#40 Posted by JJGIANT (884 posts) -

I think it's clever but honestly I can't give an answer because I have never really experienced truly memorable writing in video games...that's just me, I'm sure it's out there
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#41 Posted by Wrighteous86 (4020 posts) -
@SecondPersonShooter said:
" @KaosAngel said:
" @Laketown said:
" @FancySoapsMan said:
" @KaosAngel said:
" What about Metal Gear Solid 4? "
A lot of people are probably going to disagree with you, but not me.The entire Metal Gear Solid franchise in general has great writing. "
how about no? the dialogue is so fucking dumbbut yeah I'd agree with the OP, Nier is certainly up there but I dunno if it beats portal 2. "
Name one line of dialogue that isn't meant to be an inside joke for MGS fans that's dumb.    The voice acting is still beyond what most games even do, hell...most games don't even reach half the quality of MGS voice acting. "
Let me preface this by saying that I absolutely love ever MGS game, and MGS4 may be my favorite game of all time, so I'm only playing devil's advocate here.


That being said, Ocelot making finger-guns and yelling "BANG" to bring down helicopters is some dumb shit. "
I actually hated the whole "Liquid Ocelot" thing altogether. It was a pretty crappy ending for Ocelot in most regards. The whole loyalty angle was the only good thing about his plot-line in MGS4.
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#42 Posted by JoeyRavn (5287 posts) -
@Mr_Skeleton said:
"Bioshock."
I would have agreed, were it not for the ending. I feel it's... I don't know. I don't want to say "bad", because it's not bad at all, but I would have handled differently, that's for sure.
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#43 Posted by owl_of_minerva (1485 posts) -

People have forgotten Red Dead Redemption already? Anyway, I found Portal 2's narrative weaker than even the first Portal's, because it is (a) obvious (b)  an exceedingly conventional narrative arc reminiscent of a Pixar film but too reliant on forced humour and overused British verbal quirks at the expense of exposition, character, and setting and (c) the lulzy characters, which might appeal to some, but get grating after a while. It starts to feel a bit like a one-joke pony: while the humour is fine, there are much more interesting things about Aperture Science that could've been explored. The history of Aperture Science was the best part of Portal 2 and it didn't get the full attention it deserved.

The first game had brilliant, menacing, and subtle double-speak as well as leaving much to the imagination in letting the player infer meaning from the environment and various clues. I don't see why they had to stray so far from the surrealist minimalism of the first game when it was such a success. It might be because they felt that they couldn't repeat the same trick twice, or that a more explicit narrative would be more appealing to the audience? Although I agree the writing in Portal 2 is far above the average, and I enjoyed it to some extent, it makes me sad to see it declared the best-written game ever because of one particularly decent voiceover performance or some funny jokes (?). Maybe best written game in the first couple of months of 2011, but I'm not even sure about that as I haven't played enough games released in 2011 to judge.

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#44 Posted by Animasta (14948 posts) -
@Icemael said:
" It has some of the best voice acting in video games, but while the writing was above average, I would definitely not call it brilliant (much less "the best"). The list of games with better writing can be made long: The Secret of Monkey Island, Beyond a Steel Sky, Half-Life 2, The Darkness, Bioshock, the Prince of Persia reboot, Brütal Legend, Mass Effect et cetera. "
mass effect? really?
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#45 Posted by DuskVamp (720 posts) -
@captain_clayman said:
" @EuanDewar said:
" The writing is certainly good but its the voice work that puts it up on a higher level then every other game out there.  Stephen Merchant is just so fucking good. "
agree. "
I agree, I love everything Stephen Merchant does.
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#46 Posted by Icemael (6876 posts) -
@Laketown said:
" @Icemael said:
" It has some of the best voice acting in video games, but while the writing was above average, I would definitely not call it brilliant (much less "the best"). The list of games with better writing can be made long: The Secret of Monkey Island, Beyond a Steel Sky, Half-Life 2, The Darkness, Bioshock, the Prince of Persia reboot, Brütal Legend, Mass Effect et cetera. "
mass effect? really? "
Yes. Mass Effect has way better dialogue than Portal 2.
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#47 Posted by WickedCestus (3781 posts) -

It's really good, but I don't think it beats Deadly Premonition.

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#48 Posted by Dtat (1750 posts) -
@BulletproofMonk said:
" @KaosAngel said:
" What about Metal Gear Solid 4? "
Shitstorm engage.

As for Portal 2, it had great writing, but I wouldn't say it's the best I've seen. Now, the voice acting might be some of the best I've heard.


"
What's better? Just curious because I really can't call anything to mind that I think is on its level.
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#49 Posted by Kraznor (1633 posts) -

No.

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#50 Posted by august (4079 posts) -

The writing in Portal 2 is pretty fucking incredible.

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