A friend on Steam (thank you Ted12) told me a few days ago that Portal was being given away on Steam. Naturally, I seized the opportunity and downloaded it. I finished it today, so... here's my two cents on Portal.
Graphics: Can't really complain. Everything looks realistic, so that's good enough for me.
Gameplay: Imaginative design. Who would have thought that making physics your personal bitch would be so hard, though? I died a few times before I got everything right, and the final fight with GLaDOS was such a pain to get right I was about ready to punch a hole in the keyboard. When I finally finished it, though, it felt surprisingly satisfying. Tough game, but worth the effort.
Story: We have absolutely no backgroung in this game about GLaDOS, Aperture Science Labs or even the mute protagonist Chell. All that you are told is "Stand back. The portal will open in 3...2...1..." and you just start the game. At first it seems like a simple physics game, but as the test gets noticably tougher and tougher, you become less sure of your success (and acquisition of cake), you see the darker side of GLaDOS, and your first thoughts as you near the end of the tests is "GET ME THE HELL OUT OF HERE" When you finally get to GLaDOS, you know there's no turning back. Only one of you is going to survive, and you know it's not going to be you unless you move. When you finally fight her, you get to see her different personalities as she breaks down. Best of all, as a reward for all of your trouble, you finally earn your freedom. AND your cake.
Final Conclusion: This game was a triumph. I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS. It's hard to overstate my satisfaction. Seriously, though, I was WAITING for this Game to impress me. It did NOT disappoint.
My Personal Theme Song
; Green Day
Words of Wisdom
: Do what I always do: Hold tight and pretend it's a plan.
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