Portal 2 was easily one of this year’s most anticipated releases. All of nerddom was out in force when they heard this sequel was getting the attention it deserved from the developer. Valve delivered more than just a game with this release.
The original Portal was part of The Orange Box promotion that featured Half-Life 2 and it’s two add-on episodes, Team Fortress 2, and Portal. The game was considered an experiment by Valve who had no idea it would be so successful. After seeing the critical success of the idea, they had to give it a full sequel the second time around. Development of Portal 2 began almost immediately after the release of the Orange Box.
Portal brought something completely new and different to gaming. It proved that you don’t have to be killing things every ten seconds just because there’s a gun in your hand. The first-person puzzle solving was a brilliant addition to the world of gaming and even now has more than a few devoted fans.
Portal 2 brought back the same beloved puzzle solving game play that the original game had but also had a better budget, a bigger development team, and a longer development period. The result was a game that satisfied fans of the original series and wowed audiences who hadn’t even heard of the original game.
But the game wouldn’t have succeeded if it didn’t bring something new to the table. Along with a few new characters, Portal 2 also brought some new puzzle solving mechanics. The propulsion/repulsion gels, among the many other new mechanics, added depth to the game, making you think harder about solving the puzzles in each room.
Yet another new feature was the addition of cooperative multiplayer. You and a friend could hook up online and work together to solve brand new puzzles that actually required the use of two players to complete. There was at least as much content in the multiplayer puzzles as there had been in the single player campaign.
With this single franchise, Valve brought one of the most innovative games we have ever seen to the industry. If Portal 2 proves anything, it’s that gamers are more than willing to accept new and interesting ideas as long as they are done well. And a little bit of slapstick comedy thrown in the mix never hurt either.
You can find your very own copy of Portal 2 on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC by visiting any of these stores around Anoka County today. And don’t forget to tune in to the VGA’s on Spike TV (check local listings) this Saturday at 7 p.m. CST.