My expectations were high for Portal 2. It appeared on my list of games I’m looking forward to in 2011. There is no game company I love more than Valve. Everything they build is gold. Every game in the Half-Life/Portal universes are release day purchases for me. And they got me to do something I didn’t think I would do again. Buy a game for the PS3.
Valve has taken things to the next level by bringing Steam to the PS3. I has pretty much written off my consoles. I have a WII and a PS3 but very rarely play games on them. My PS3 has become a movie machine. I watch blu-ray movies and Netflix on it, and that’s about it. However, several of my friends are console gamers, which makes it hard to find common ground on games at times.
Portal 2 changes that. I was thrilled to hear it has cross-platform co-op. Now I have something I can play on my computer with my console-playing friends. I bought the PS3 version just to do my little part to show Valve it was worth the effort. I’ll probably never play it there since it included the PC version as well but the extra $10 was worth it to make that statement.
But does the game actually meet my expectations? Crap yeah it does! I’m not very far yet (only about an hour in) but it’s been worth the purchase price already. The writing is fantastic, the game play is spot on and the atmosphere just feels right. It definitely deserves the high praise and review scores it is receiving.
I mentioned in my last post that I am trying to get through at least one game a month this year. April is Portal month. And I expect it will continue to be a good one.