Portal 2 is an enthralling, hilarious and challenging puzzle game that expands on the successful formula of its predecessor. It attempts to answer many of the questions we were left with after the first game, doing so by aggrandizing the experience with a bigger scope, more characters and a far more intriguing narrative.
The world of Aperture Science introduces you to innovative gameplay mechanics and utter hilarity, fueled by dark and witty humour that helps define Portal. This comedic and dark FPS puzzle game is the best of its kind; driven by an alluring performance by Stephen Merchant as Wheatley, the sympathetic tone of the narrative slowly evolves into an eerie and troublesome experience, fueled by a denser environment where the puzzles are thought-provoking and challengingly entertaining.
At its core, Portal 2 very much feels like a science experiment where you’re the test subject. It holds nothing back, particularly with its dark humour, and expands on mechanics and physics that helped define the original. Dark, mysterious, funny and entertaining, Portal 2 will challenge you in all the right ways.
While this sequel is certainly molded around a more accessible and casual experience -- fueled by its broader reach thanks to its cross-platform release -- Portal 2 still offers enough variety and diversity, further complimented by enough originality and depth to distance it from its predecessor.
By Gaetano Prestia
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