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Portal Game Review

portal game header used as featured image in the post of portal game review

Hello everyone! I am here with my very first game review in this blog; and it is one of the masterpieces: Portal. If you want to read more of my game reviews, don’t forget to check the Game Review Category!

At a Glance for Lazy Readers

Is Portal masterpiece, good game, just an ordinary game, bad game, or a disaster?

Portal is a MASTERPIECE!

Positive Sides:
  • Portal has wide language support
  • Game guides you well with good affordances
  • It has mysterious rich story comparing simple puzzle games. I won’t give a spoiler but you will be surprised with the shaping of the story while you play
  • It was published in 2007 and Portal has a female main character
  • Bonus maps enrich replayability feature of the game
  • Just an advice: never skip the credits when you finish the game. You will understand why this is a positive side 🙂
Negative Sides:
  • Sometimes long loading screens that interrupts game flow
  • A graphical deficiency causing irrasionality (however, it is valid for only case)

Neutral Observations:

  • Dark sense of humor dominates the game in general
  • There is no dominant soundtrack of the game. In general, game has dark ambience sound.

Language Support List Taken From Portal Steam Page

Table of Supported Languages of Portal, which is Taken from Steam Page
Table of Supported Languages Taken from Steam Page

As a Turkish player, the wideness of supported languages always makes me happy. In this game, we see this too! This legendary Game is supported in a very different set of languages. I am gonna tell you a “secret”, even it is not mentioned in Steam page; Turkish language is also supported!

Available Turkish Interface in Portal Game
Available Turkish Interface in Portal Game

Nice Affordance for Starters

The affordance of the game is appropriately arranged with yellow boxes on the right:

Nice Affordance Box of Portal Game, on the Right of Screen
Nice Affordance Box on the Right of Screen

Story

Believe me, when I started the game, I didn’t expect this kind of story and this ending. You will encounter a huge mystery in the story. This -in my opinion- explains why a “simple” puzzle game has been a masterpiece.

Sound & Music

There was no main soundtrack for the game. In general, the game has dark ambience background music. This choice completes the game’s emotion.

Emotion you feel

You wonder what will happen. What is waiting for you? You will be nervous while your reflexes are being tested. You will feel like 9999 IQ when you choose hard puzzles. Sense of accomplishment will follow this IQ feeling.

What did I feel when I finished the game?

Well, I will -of course- try to tell this without giving any spoiler. I felt like an IQ bomb when I figured out how should I behave in the last chapter. Following scene after the last chapter also excited me since I know that there is Portal 2 to play! Watching the credits made me inexplicably happy. Witnessing this wonderful credits scene was nothing like before. I am trying to remember, but I can’t remember any example of game credits that made me want to watch it that much! To sum up, right now, I am feeling like I finished a masterpiece!

Dark Sense of Humor

The robotic lady talking with you, sometimes making jokes that are “not very polite” for your situation. She is actually not joking, but her words are beyond jokes 🙂 One of them is below:

Sense of humor example (Small-Medium Spoiler Alert)
Dark Sense of Humor of Portal Game
Dark Sense of Humor Example. Eng translation by me: “After the test, cake and psychological counseling service are presented to you.”

Deficiencies

Sometimes loading screens are a bit annoying since it cuts your gameplay experience and shows an ugly box in the middle of the screen:

This portal game screenshot showing loading screen, was taken from giedmich (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA82CD9YFG0).
This screenshot was taken from giedmich.
Graphical deficiency example (medium spoiler alert)

When you face turrets, you may notice that their bullet marks on the wall don’t remain forever while it keeps firing. This small detail decreases reality.

Trivia

According to Valve, Portal is made with Source game engine which is the same engine used for making Half-Life 2. I remember that Half-Life and Counter-Strike 1.5 had similar UI designs. Maybe Valve used this design as a signature:

Portal Game UI. Similar UI is used for legendary Valve games like Half-Life. This image is used in the post of Portal Game Review
Similar UI is used for legendary Valve games like Half-Life

Game Journey *Spoiler Alert*

In case you skip reading the header, I want to mention again: SPOILER ALERT. I am gonna include my experiences in this topic.

Spoiler Alert Final Warning

Portal game is from 10th Oct. 2007. Keep in mind that. And now, look at this: we have a Female Character as our player hero. I find it really valuable in the perspective of awareness of woman figure. Yes, it is important even in the game world!

Woman player character in Portal Game
Woman player character in Portal

This game is from 10th Oct. 2007. Keep in mind that. And now, look at this: we have a Female Character as our player hero. I find it really valuable in the perspective of awareness of woman figure. Yes, it is important even in the game world!

Woman player character in Portal Game
Woman player character in Portal

Starting of the game is very well planned since it awakens a sense of wonder and excitement in the Player. Sense of Wonder is an essential part of the Puzzle Genre.

The clock on the wall at the beginning of Portal Game
The clock on the wall at the beginning