Yeah I know I’m a little late to the party but last night I finished ‘Portal’.
Portal is this amazing game that’s part of the ‘Orange Box’ from Valve. It’s one of 5 games in the game pack, and in my humble opinion the only game in it worth playing.
It’s a 3D puzzle game that puts you as a test subject at the Aperture Science Institute. “We do what we must because we can.”
The portal concept is difficult for some to get. I’ll try to explain it.
There are two portals, one orange, one blue. If you walk in one you come out the other. In early stages you only get to control one, the blue portal.
Imagine that if you walked out your front door. But instead of walking out onto the porch you ended up coming in the back door of your house. Like wise you could turn around and walk out the back and instantly be in your front foyer, as if there was no ‘outside’. That’s what a portal would be like, only you get to shoot them and place them where you need them in most cases.
There’s a 2D flash version on the net that might help explain this [here].
I won’t spoil the ending for those who haven’t played it.
I played this on the PS3. It’s available for X Box, PS3 and the PC platform. You can buy Portal by itself for $20 from Valve and I’d recommend that if you’re not into the half life series.
On the PS3 the game played fine, though it loaded like a slug.