Portal review.

Portal is just one of five outstandingly innovative games that can be found on Valve’s latest bundle release, The Orange Box. From Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 Episode 1 and 2, and Team Fortress 2, this is one game that definitely stands out as a diamond in the rough.

As most of us are accustomed to, first-person shooter games haven’t really evolved since the birth of three dimensional gameplay. Mostly just point-and-shoot for hours until it’s over. Portal takes the entire concept to a whole new level. In control of the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device, you can create intradimensional “doors” from one plane of space to another. This theoretical concept is enhanced by real-life physics. As you enter one portal, you maintain momentum exiting the second. This paves the way for an array of brain-accelerating challenges and puzzles that will surely keep you glued to that screen for quite some time.

However, no good thing comes without its price. Although Portal is a very new and advanced game, it is highly experimental. The outrageous dynamic physics create many bugs in the game, that could even cause it to completely crash in rare cases. Concentrating more on the bigger image, the small details that Portal lacks really brings down the visual attraction. The game is also very short, especially playing it on a console. An experienced gamer can easily get through the entire game in less than an hour; I know I have. The final boss fight with GLaDOS is mere child’s play to even some of the previous levels. However, the ending scene is a cliffhanger for an almost certain-to-come sequel.

Portal may have it’s small downsides, but it’s still a joy to play. If you enjoy puzzle games, or any of Valve’s previous games, you haven’t lived until you’ve played Portal.

95% / 100%

( Written by 64. )


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