Sessler's Soapbox: Portal 2

Posted: April 19, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: Portal 2
Adam goes into detail about why he loves Portal 2 and how it could reinvent the puzzle game genre forever.

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  • Zx2654

    Not allowing experimentation sounds like school

    Posted: June 8, 2011 4:41 PM
  • PassingStranger

    I hope this calls attention to the great dividends that time spent on writing and voice talent can pay. This game made me laugh more than most movies, TV shows, and books. And what's more, they're laughs that never felt cheap. They always felt creative and so completely deserved, which I think is why it sometimes reminded me of the writing of Douglas Adams.

    Everyone expects great gameplay and design from Valve. That's a given. But this level of writing is what sets them apart even further from the rest of the industry. Telling an engaging, exciting, and even emotionally affective story without interaction with a single human is something is just begging to fail. As a concept, it almost should work. The fact that Valve managed to not only pull it off, but do a phenomenal job, is a testament to their borderline ridiculous skill at the craft.

    Posted: April 24, 2011 4:39 PM
  • firecloud42

    Game of the Year for me

    Posted: April 24, 2011 12:54 AM
  • juice3335

    I love this game!

    Posted: April 22, 2011 2:38 PM
  • G4Punisher1

    I still can't understand what anybody likes about portal. Just seems very over rated.

    Posted: April 22, 2011 11:56 AM
  • FuzzofPekinopolis

    Is Wheatley voiced by the British guy in Assassins Creed? Kinda sound alike to me.

    Posted: April 22, 2011 11:38 AM
  • EternalNoob

    ...well...one thing this has done for me...made me interested in the Portal series...it looks...cool, and normally I HATE puzzle games, but after seeing this, maybe it's just the previous puzzle games I've encountered are just made in a way that doesn't appeal to me...in otherwords, they make me feel stupid. lol

    Posted: April 21, 2011 4:03 PM
  • MANdr3w

    Another great soapbox. It's funny how up until 1:10 in the video i had never even thought of portal as a puzzle game!

    Honestly, i hate puzzle games but portal is so engaging. In the original i spent almost 10 minutes walking back and forth through the very first portal in the game. At the time i couldn't believe it. I spent even more time making portals that when I jump into into them I would just keep falling. No-one could comprehend the amount of fun i had putting objects (or myself) through a never ending portal. I agree, i think of puzzles as structured games with no freedom and I love the way that portal gives you the ability to experiment and screw around.

    A puzzle game that makes me forget that I'm playing a puzzle game?

    P.S. I may only be young but i really appreciate your opinion on video games!

    Posted: April 20, 2011 10:24 PM
  • turdismiller

    That's the best Limbo summation I've heard. It applies very well to how I feel about that game.

    Posted: April 20, 2011 7:00 PM
  • Basterisk

    Did they just show Glados kill Wheatly? If they just spoiled part of Portal 2 for me, I'm going to sue g4.

    Posted: April 20, 2011 12:42 PM
  • novasolid

    i have orange box and portal still alive for xbox live arcade and i still dont care about this game. i want mortal kombat!!!!!

    Posted: April 20, 2011 6:38 AM
  • Namzor

    There is one thing that impressed me the most about Portal 2. My friends 7 year old son told him to buy it and was actually started playing it on his own. At first he was a little disappointed there were no "guns" or "monsters", but once he got used to understand the portal mechanic (with a little help from us), he was actually having fun solving some puzzles on his own. Awesome job Valve.

    Posted: April 20, 2011 1:42 AM
  • WaRrWicK

    @Aerindel_prime on live thier is portal:still alive which i believe was the original with some bonus levels(not too sure i have The OB...)i think its 800MSp, orange box is on games on demand too but im not 100% on that tho.

    Posted: April 20, 2011 12:14 AM
  • WaRrWicK

    excellent soapbox i agree completly...when a puzzle is done right like everything in the first portal acomplishing everything feels sooo good...but to me when it came to the assassins creed series puzzles i felt dumb and had to google more than once... not only that but u were so into the zone before you started the puzzle by the time you got out you lost ur umph and all for a tiny clip of uhhh id like to say nothing...no satisfaction i hope thier gone or at least implemented better for 3.

    Posted: April 20, 2011 12:03 AM
  • Aerindel_Prime

    Is there a way to download the first portal for xbox or do I have to buy the orange box?

    Posted: April 19, 2011 11:32 PM
  • ((GLADOS))

    I love puzzles and making people feel stupid and belittled

    Posted: April 19, 2011 8:43 PM
  • Wozman23

    The problem of getting stuck in a game is not limited to puzzles. There are many games where objectives are unclear and grind the game to a halt. I was recently playing Lego Star Wars 3 with a friend, and quite a few times we were just not sure what the game wanted us to do. There's a fine line between holding someones hand and leaving them in the dark, and many games still struggle with that.

    Posted: April 19, 2011 8:08 PM
  • xsingularityx

    Get PS3 version its better looking dont believe LensofTruth com

    Posted: April 19, 2011 7:45 PM
  • Bub433

    This definitely convinced me to buy this game.

    Posted: April 19, 2011 7:35 PM
  • xsingularityx

    So whats the PS3 exclusive content?

    Posted: April 19, 2011 7:29 PM