When I first picked up Portal, I was enamoured by the gameplay. There was something oddly fulfilling about solving a notoriously tricky puzzle using nothing but a nifty little portal gun that, in the wrong hands, could shatter the very fabric of reality and physics. But here I was, trying to create a wormhole in the game by endlessly falling through time and space. Admittedly, the charm of Portal rubbed off in me in ways that Half-Life could never achieve. For the longest time, I was a firm believer that Portal was the pinnacle of video game accomplishments; the kind of game you could show just about anyone, gamer or non-gamer, and they’d take something meaningful out of it. If anything was going to triumph over Portal, it would have to be its own sequel – if surpassed, would qualify as one of the greatest games ever made.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
The Device Has Been Modified
Portal 2 launched in 2011 to widespread critical acclaim. The sequel managed to trump its predecessor by a very large margin, taking us on a journey a thousand years in the making. Players assume the role of protagonist Chell, who awakens a few hundred years (give or take) after the events of the first game. She befriends a friendly AI named Wheatley, who eggs her on to destroy the scheming villain of the Aperture Science and Research Facility, GLaDOS. Little does she know that she’s being used by Wheatley for a grander agenda.
If anything was going to triumph over Portal, it would have to be its own sequel – if surpassed, would qualify as one of the greatest games ever made.
“When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don't want your damn lemons, what the hell am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I'm gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!”
The third act of the game culminates in something so bonkers and incredibly unbelievable, that it breaks logic and rewrites physics in the process.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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