Portal 2

Release date: 21 April 2011

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Developer: Valve Software

PG
Mild themes, violence and coarse language
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PS3™
Media type:
Blu-ray Disc
Genre:
Puzzle
Players:
1 - 2
Network Players:
none
Network play:
Network features
DUALSHOCK 3 Vibration Function:
Yes
HD resolution:
720p

Portal 2's unique gameplay challenges you to use wits over weaponry in a fun house of diabolical science.

  • Discover a hilariously mind-bending adventure in this highly anticipated sequel to the original title that earned over 70 industry accolades.
  • Add a new level of strategy by customizing your own attacking and defensive game plans, or have plays based on your favourite team's real-life tendencies called for you.
  • Take your pick from single and co-operative game modes, each with their own story environments and characters.
  • Download the Portal 2 In Motion add-on pack from PlayStation Store. Developed by Sixense exlusively for PS3, this lets you use the PlayStation Move motion controller to reach, rotate and scale objects as you solve challenging puzzles with creative uses of motion.

What It's Like To Play

Bad robot

Story

Bad robot

Portal 2 on PlayStation 3 takes place years after the events of its predecessor, Portal. At the end of the first game's single player campaign, the character you play as, Chell, is taken away by a robot and placed in stasis inside the walls of the Aperture Science facility for many years. Upon waking, she discovers that the entire place has descended into ruin.

Thankfully, she has a little help from the bumbling personality robot, Wheatley, and quickly escapes the confines of the room. Unfortunately, once she is out, she inadvertently resurrects a menacing artificially intelligent computer system called GLaDOS (Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System).

With GLaDOS in control of the entire facility once more, Chell is forced to embark on another series of mind-bending tests using her wits, Wheatley and the power of the portal gun she discovered in the first game.

This is where you come in. Good luck, because with GLaDOS after you, you're going to need it.

Brain drain

Gameplay

Brain drain

Portal 2 on PlayStation 3 is a first person shooter with a puzzle game twist. You play as Chell, a human woman who has been trapped in stasis for several hundred years inside the Aperture Science facility. At the outset of the single player campaign you're given a special weapon to help you in your quest to escape.

This is the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device (ASHPD), or portal gun. The device allows you to create portal openings between certain types of flat plains in each of the environments you encounter throughout the game. Using it is simple: press the R1 and L1 buttons to create entries and exists, and the R2 button to use the portal gun's fine aim.

Once you get to grips with it, the action kicks in and you're tasked with traversing a series of rooms to complete a variety of brain-teasing puzzles in order to escape the clutches of an evil artificial intelligence called GLaDOS (Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System).

To do this, you're going to have to think fast and utilise the portal gun at every turn. Here's a tip - before you begin placing portal openings in a room, spend a little time looking around and examining possible routes out of each one. Often, the simplest and quickest way to escape is right there in front of you.

Two heads better than one

Multiplayer

Two heads better than one

Portal 2 on PlayStation 3 features an entirely separate co-operative multiplayer mode that can be played either offline with a friend, provided you have another wireless controller, or online with another player via PlayStation Network.

In it, you both play as two new robot characters called Atlas and P-body in a completely new storyline that takes place after the events of the single player campaign. There are plenty of new puzzles for you to test your skills on, and because there are two of you solving each of them, they are much harder than before.

Portal 2 is also the first ever game to support Steam on consoles. The PS3 exclusive feature allows you to play with another player on another platform, chat to them and save your co-operative multiplayer game on the Steam Cloud. By saving on the Steam Cloud you can then play the save file on any PlayStation 3 system.

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