Portal – Reviewed

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8

So this last week I finally got my hands on Orange Box, as soon as I got home I popped it in and completely ignoring Half-Life 2, HL2 Episode 1, HL2 Episode 2 and Team Fortress I went straight to the critically acclaimed Portal.

Now portal is something completely different, it’s a FPS styled puzzle game which is addictive from the get go..

The story is that you wake up in a science lab and proceed to undergo some training exercises using a portal gun. The portal gun can fire two portals an orange and a blue one. When you or something else enters one of the portals you come out instantly through the other one, keeping the same direction and momentum that you entered with.

Big red buttons need to be pushed, floating electric balls need to be sent home and camera’s should be removed from walls…. That is the entire game…

Does it get boring? Hell no, this game is absolutely fantastic. The stages are well laid out and keep you thinking, the humour is brilliant. The speed is perfect and the replay ability is there due to the stages being made harder on the second run. Much much harder…

This is easily one of the best games I have played this year and while it is short (4 hours) it is well worth the money you would spend on Orange Box even if Orange Box didn’t come with 4 more games….

Negatives – short
Positives – wickedly funny, truly original, immersive and just plain clever.

Score: 8/10

Remember for me anything above 8 is a must have title….

Portal is part of Half-Life 2 Orange Box and is available now on Xbox 360 and coming soon to PS3 (PC version also exists)

Last Updated: November 27, 2007

Gavin Mannion

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