Portal: Companion Collection

released on Jun 28, 2022

Break the laws of spatial physics in the hilariously mind-bending adventures of Portal and Portal 2! Including Portal and Portal 2, the Companion Collection comes with all the groundbreaking gameplay, dark humor, and exploration that earned the series hundreds of awards.

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Finished Portal. Haven’t played the advanced maps, but did enjoy my time with the main game portion. I liked how most of the game has you going through very clear test rooms, mostly because I bounced off the final third of Portal 2 on the PS3 which just became unstructured in a confusing way. Portal definitely does a similar thing in the end, but is a little more restrained. The test rooms are teaching you, which is nice, but also feels a little like the game is a tech demo. Which I guess fits with the theme of the game, your character is quite literally being tested. Enjoyed the atmosphere of the something-isn’t-quite-right that settles over the last part of the game, another aspect that Portal 2 leans into hugely, as I recall, and mostly works there. I obviously need to try some advanced maps in Portal and then give Portal 2 another try.

Really fun to revisit some of my favorite games. The collection had one or two technical flaws but its a really good port otherwise. Definitely worth if you never got to play before. A Portal 3 someday would be nice...

Still some of the best puzzle games of all time

Portal 1 is basically a lengthy tutorial for Portal 2 that manages to still have great moments, gripping world building and a kick ass ending.

Portal 2 is one of the greatest games of all time, and aside from maybe Tetris Effect the best puzzle game of all time. Writing is top notch, gameplay is non stop genius ideas, and it plays super well.

Combine them to make a flawless package. Portal 1s shortcomings are all no big deal when combined with the sequel.

Portal if you're poor and can't afford a Steam Deck, 10/10