As far as games go, Portal 2 borders on genius. If you like puzzle games where your intelligence is put to the test, this game comes highly recommended.
In Portal 2, your task is to find your way between a number of test chambers, carrying a rather strange tool that can shoot two kinds of portals – one entrance and one exit – which you can walk through. With a large dose of humour, and several unexpected twists, this game provides you with a festive journey through a creative and enigmatic gaming universe.
The laboratories of Aperture Science have fallen into decay, and having finished a few introductory tests, your task is to to find your way through offices, machine rooms and tall buildings in order to survive. You need to push down buttons, guide laser beams and use coloured liquids that make you run faster or jump higher.
You really get the feeling of being on an adventurous journey of discovery through an unknown reality, guided by the robots Wheatley and the sarcastic GLaDOS, who we got to know in Portal 1. Those who have played the original game (one of the most popular releases of 2007), may recognise several elements and enjoy fun comments that adds an extra dimension to the game. As well as this, Portal 2 offers more hours of gaming than the predecessor.
In the Co-op mode, two players work together solving the tasks, playing via split screen or online (using Steam or PlayStation 3). If you enjoy puzzle games, Portal 2 is the perfect choice. The levels of difficulty increases as you advance in levels; still, it never becomes too difficult or repetitive. As well as this, the pace of the game is relaxing, and the control mechanics are easy to handle.
Portal 2 really puts your intelligence to the test, and for this reason, the suggested age limit of 12 is appropriate. Although you have to get past some cute, small machine guns at times, this game is not violent at all.
Level of difficulty:
3-11 years: Under the age limit.
12+: The game is well suited for young people and adults alike.
Suggested age group: Suitable for children from 12 years.
Format: PS3, PC, Mac (Steam), Xbox360
Our Assessment: Recommended