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Portal - PC

Portal is a new single player game from Valve, creators of Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal has earned over 15 Game of the Year Awards and offers gamers hours of unique gameplay.The game is designed to change the way players approach, manipulate and surmise the possibilities in a given environment; similar to how Half-Life 2's Gravity Gun innovated new ways to leverage an object in any given situation. Players must solve physical puzzles and challenges by opening portals to maneuvering objects, and themselves, through space.

BindingVideo Game
FeatureAward-winning, innovative gameplay
The first first-person puzzle action adventure game
Two bonus games introduce new play challenges
Support for level editing and mod creation - build your own Portal puzzles
Hours of single player gaming
Item Height1 inches
Item Length7.5 inches
Item Width5.5 inches
LabelElectronic Arts
ManufacturerElectronic Arts
Package Height1.1 inches
Package Length7.6 inches
Package Weight0.25 pounds
Package Width5.5 inches
ProductGroupVideo Games
PublisherElectronic Arts
StudioElectronic Arts
TitlePortal - PC
UPCList - UPCListElement014633098716
Item Weight0.3 pounds
CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElement09871
PlatformWindows 98
Windows 2000
Windows XP
OperatingSystemWindows 2000


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The Game That Re-Started A Puzzle Revolution

review by njskaguy33

Valve has always been a touch mysterious. After the game changing first person shooter Half Life, a sequel was released in as part of the Orange Box in 2007. Included in the package was the co-op classic Team Fortress 2 and a silly little throw in game called Portal. With unique gameplay and a fantastically snarky vocal companion, Portal became a cult phenomenon.

Portal drops you into the shoes of Chell, a test subject in the mysterious Aperture laboratories. After waking from what looks like a long hibernation, Chell finds herself immersed in a series of puzzles involving the gravitational Portal gun. The weapon fires blue and orange space gates. The premise is simple. Shoot one gate into a wall, shoot another across a pit and you come out on the other side. With this deceptively easy mechanic, you'll find yourself opening gates, dropping blocks on pleasantly deadly attack drones and using momentum to launch yourself to high spaces. It's easy to learn but tough to master, especially as you work your way through the final 90 minutes.

When your game has a coffee mug, you know it's become a cultural icon.

Portal could have succeeded on puzzles alone but Valve took it one step further with a fantastic story. The tale is pulled along by an omnipotent computer named GLADOS who pushes you along with increasingly caustic and hilarious insults. If you ever had a clever older brother who poked fun at your Tetris abilities, you'll be right at home at Aperture Science.

On the con side, difficulty ramps up exponentially during the final few puzzles thanks to imprecise aiming and a reliance on the "momentum" mechanic. Expect to play the last bits several times. The game is also short, clocking in at about six hours. While worth the $30.00 PC price tag (on Amazon), cash conscious buyers should aware of the time/price ratio.

None of this takes away from the core game and the excellence within. With plot twists, hilarious commentary and ingenious puzzles, Portal is a must play for anybody who has picked up a controller. If you're still holding out on a next gen console and haven't played this pop culture classic, run right out and pick up a copy. In the case of Portal, the cake is not a lie.

Easy to grasp, fantastic writing/voice acting, totally addictive, puzzles rarely feel overwhelmingShort but worth the price, late game levels can get frustrating


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