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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Portal (PS3)

Developer: Valve Corporation
Publisher(s): Valve Corporation, Microsoft Game Studios, (XBLA)
Composer(s): Kelly Bailey, Mike Moraski, Jonathan Coulton
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Puzzle-Platformer
Mode: Single Player

Portal was released in 2007 for several platforms (usually sold with The Orange Box).  It was a huge success at the time, and it's still widely respected to this day.  You play as a human named Chell, who must complete several tests for the company Aperture Science.  She soon becomes equipped with some sort of gun (Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device) that can shoot two different colored portals: Blue and Orange.  When she shoots a certain color portal somewhere that she can reach and the other color somewhere else, she can jump into the first one and come out of the other.  It sounds pretty basic, right?  Well, this simple concept can be used to carry out very complicated tasks.  Here's an example of what would be considered a 'simple' task:

This game consists of 19 different levels, which become harder as the player progresses throughout the game.  The game is fairly short, and I beat it in several hours.  Although it is short, the game is very well made and it's very addicting.  I enjoyed it very much, and I recommend that anyone who hasn't played it yet to go play it now.  Overall, I'd give it a 10 out of 10 for the gameplay.  However, because the game is so short, I'd have to give it a 9 out of 10.  This is still quite a good score, though.  I hope you all enjoyed this brief review! ^^

Oh, and one more thing… Portal 2 comes out February 9th and I highly recommend looking into buying it.  As of what I've seen of it so far, it looks absolutely fantastic!

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