Zero Punctuation: Portal 2

Yahtzee Croshaw

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Portal 2

This week, the Zero Punctuation you've been waiting for. Is Portal 2 better than Portal?

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Telekinesis

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Fuck me I was so hyped for this one. Great, comprehensive review. I agree that I like Portal 1's more 'modest' approach, so to speak.
 

Yahtzee Croshaw

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When it comes to decent sequels, Portal 2...
Takes the Cake!
YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
 

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I had the same problem when I played co-op with two different people, it was fun with the first person but the second person was so slow to solve puzzles I just did it for him, it was a very frustrating experience for both of us.
 

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Well,I've been looking forward to this episode for 2 weeks, so my feelings about it is much like your feelings toward Portal 2. I pretty much expected everything you said, so I was very disappointed. Maybe I just know you too well. For the record, I think it holds up very nicely and I'll look back on both the Portal games as the best there ever was.
 

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well...uh...apparently the mods didnt like that I simply said "great review" in my original post...so let me expand.

I agree with your final analogy re: cherries/sawdust. Couldn't have said it better myself. Particularly in the middle third of the game, the exploration sequences get really dodgy. I appreciate some exploration in games (eg. Metroid) but this was way too over-the-top for Portal. My other criticism is that some of the puzzles seemed a bit too reliant on "luck" for me. But thats all. I would give it a 9/10
 

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HankMan said:
When it comes to decent sequels, Portal 2...
Takes the Cake!
YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
How the hell do you manage to make 90% of your posts lately puns?
 

hawk533

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Glad to see you enjoyed Portal 2 enough to recommend it to others. I haven't picked it up yet, but this was a good reminder that I should get on that.
 

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Yeah...Portal 2 had the problem of having to overdo everything in hopes of pleasing a fanbase that is possible crazier than any other fanbase out there.

(and yes, they did briefly mention cake in Portal 2)

It's a good game, but I do agree that having puzzles in gigantic empty spaces where I'm squinting to try and find the one portal spot is just tedious. I think the only room I liked with that was the one where you could spray down the entire room with the portal-able gunk, 'cause I just filled the entire room with it and proceeded to go everywhere.

Some of the puzzles were really fun to do, but none of them took me more than a minute or two to figure out, and most of solving it was just getting the mechanic to agree with me.

So, good game, but just a bit too vast and non-puzzle oriented. Spot on, sir.
 

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While i did find it hard to get through some of the area transitions, notably from the Enrichment Center into Cave's Enrichment Spheres, it did take me a while to figure out just where the hell i had to go.

As for quantity over quality when i played it it left me with the same satisfaction that i got 3 years ago when i played the first game.
 

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I agree with the fans of valve.
I will admit not all of them are idiots though.
 

repeating integers

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Awesome review. Glad to see you liked it, but didn't overly shower it with praise.

I might get this game when it comes down in price to something stupid.
 

repeating integers

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Awesome review. Glad to see you liked it, but didn't overly shower it with praise.

I might get this game when it comes down in price to something stupid.
 

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Great review, the replayability is the biggest flaw I think...shame they couldn't somehow figure out randomly generated puzzles...guess that would be next to impossible.

Good news about the incoming DLC though, hopefully that'll extend the length a fair bit.

Gotta say though, I don't really begrudge the game for its lack of replay value, which is odd. I really just thoroughly enjoyed the campaign, I felt that it added a lot more depth and the development of the characters was great.

Still, I haven't done the co-op yet, maybe afterwards I'll feel bitter about it haha.
 

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*sigh* I foresee 986.3 pages filled with nothing but cake jokes. Great review, but you're right, Portal has the most obnoxious fans of any game thus far.
 

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yesjam said:
well...uh...apparently the mods didnt like that I simply said "great review" in my original post...so let me expand.

I agree with your final analogy re: cherries/sawdust. Couldn't have said it better myself. Particularly in the middle third of the game, the exploration sequences get really dodgy. I appreciate some exploration in games (eg. Metroid) but this was way too over-the-top for Portal. My other criticism is that some of the puzzles seemed a bit too reliant on "luck" for me. But thats all. I would give it a 9/10
That'd be because you posted before you could have possibly watched the video.

OT: I think I'll have to disagree with Yahtzee on this review, but that may be because I just didn't get the buzz about the first Portal, didn't think it was that great. So from my point of view, more variety and more content is a great thing, I prefer the second.