Monthly Archives: February 2015

Portal: Charming writing and brain wracking puzzles

Posted on February 15, 2015 at 9:19 pm

From the Valve stable there have been many great games. In 2005 Valve released The Orange Box; a videogame package with unprecedented value. The box contained Half Life 2, Half Life 2: Episode One, Half Life 2: Episode 2, Team Fortress 2 and the cult classic Portal. Based on a puzzle game created by students, the game sees you navigating various puzzle and challenge rooms using the portal gun. A weapon that allows you to fire two portals; one in, and one out.

You traverse these rooms, solving puzzles while the ominous, imposing and often hilarious voice of gLaDoS mocks and berates you through the game. The game drew plaudits for the intelligent, humourous writing and excellent performances from the minimal cast of actors. The combination of skilled gameplay, allowing players to perfect runs through the game, great writing and voice work have pushed Portal to the front of The Orange Box, an instant classic.


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