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Portal 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) Preview
Posted by John De Large on 03.21.2011

Portal 2

When I heard that I would be going hands on with Portal 2, I began to feel giddy, excited, a little nervous even. Still, this didn't stop me from enjoying the next hilarious installment of Valve's sci-fi puzzle shooter.

The demo begins with a segment that introduces the control scheme to both new players and returning players and introduces Wheatley, a proper player companion, unlike the Companion Cube. After the segment concludes, players are thrust into a series of tests/puzzles, one of which is a warm up, one of which requires very precise timing and the final puzzle requires both precise timing and the use of some innovative springboarding action. Meanwhile, throughout the demo, GlaDos spouts as many passive aggressive insults as humanly, or robotically possible.

But that's what you expect from a Portal game, right? So what's so different? How about the fact that the Aperture Science Labs have been compromised by a great big dose of Mother Nature. Everything has tropical plants jutting out of it! Everything! There's also Wheatley's commentary (provided by Stephen Merchant) in addition to GlaDos' not-so-angry-sounding-but-actually-quite-wroth diatribes. And while they weren't shown AT ALL in the demo, the new co-op robots P-Body and Atlas will be in the game! So it looks like gamers will have a lot to look forward to when the game comes out on April 19th.


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