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Portal Reviews, Pros and Cons

By GameSpot
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90

Portal is a fantastic game that should be played by anyone interested in unique, well-crafted gameplay and a witty, whip-smart script. The stand-alone retail release comes with the same price point as the downloadable Steam release, which is about the cost of a night out at the movies. Portal may not last much longer than some feature films, but pound for pound it remains one of the best games on store shelves.

By Cheat Code Central
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90

Initially released last fall, The Orange Box was a smorgasbord of delight for gamers seeking to gorge on a medley of exciting first person titles wrapped in a neat little package. Those still considering whether or not to get their hands on the whole…

By Tech2
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With Team Fortress 2 (TF2) and Half-Life 2: Episode 2 (HL2:EP2) packed into the Orange Box, most people who bought the pack won’t even bother with Portal until they’ve had their share of the other two first. If you’re one of…

By VideoGamer
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90

It hurts your brain, Brilliant audio work, Genius level designs, We wanted…

By Gamervision
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90

Name: PortalGenre: Puzzle/First Person Shooter Platform: PC, Xbox360 (Reviewed on PC)The crowning achievement of the Orange Box is the game Portal. Portal is a puzzle/first-person-shooter hybrid that believes that people want something different.The…

By Destructoid
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90

Portal might strike some as huge tease — an insanely promising play scheme cut short by criminally brief length. If the game was miserable this wouldn’t sting so badly, but unfortunately for Valve Portal is one of their most brilliant titles among a catalog of brilliant titles. Buy it, play it and pray for map expansions.

By AtomicGamer
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94

Out this week is The Orange Box, a new package of games from Valve Software that includes the classic first person shooter Half-Life 2, its two “episodic” mini-sequels, a long-awaited multiplayer shooter called Team Fortress 2, and finally, the focus…

By GameSpy
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90

Editors Note: This is a spoiler-free review. Also, this is one of three separate GameSpy.com reviews for titles included in The Orange Box package, as PC versions are being sold separately via Valves Steam digital download service. For more, see…

By 1Up
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94

VIDEO: Head over to our videos page to check out all Portal footage!The firstborn commercial child of game design-school grads (and obvious beneficiary of Valve’s godfathering), Portal was to be a value-added bonus, a puzzle anthology played from…

By IGN Gear
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82

When students from DigiPen showed off their project Narbacular Drop to a room full of Valve personell, they probably didnt expect that they would not only be hired, but given a budget to expand that idea into something as special as we see with…

By Games Radar
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Oct 9, 2007You’re probably here to read about Portal, Valve’s first-person puzzle game about opening rifts in space to cross uncrossable obstacle courses. It’s designed around one simple but mind-expanding idea: you can shoot a hole in any…

By ImpulseGamer
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92

Rohan AnchanClassification: M15+9.2Portal is one of those rare, beautiful, amazing experiences in gaming that come along only once in a blue moon, and pass by you thrice as quickly as they come. Yes, this game is short. Very short. Even if you’re…

By Techworld
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In 2007, Portal took many people by surprise. Included in The Orange Box, most gamers were more familiar with the Team Fortress and Half Life franchises than the quirky puzzle game. But after numerous awards and nearly universal acclaim, Portal has…

By IT Reviews
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Forget Sudoku, Freecell, Chess and Reversi. If you want a true mind challenge that will shape up those little grey cells and make you laugh fit to burst while feeling a constant adrenaline rush of suppressed menace, this has to be the game for you….