I've only just started playing it. Just. So I would appreciate a little sensitivity when it comes to the spoilerrific nature of the comments, but I would love to hear what you guys are thinking about the first genuine game of the year contender of 2011.
I had a strange experience with the original. I borrowed The Orange Box from a friend. Got halfway through Portal, had to give the game back, and sort of just forgot to finish it. After all the fuss, and the dreadful regurgitation of all the game's jokes and the memes that followed, I wondered if it was worth my while - the surprise factor was gone, the impact of the clever writing had been eroded.
But when the hype for the sequel began to build, for the first time I can remember, I really started to feel a little left out. Like there were hordes of gamers getting their panties in a knot over something I should also be salivating over, but didn't.
So, after having a spare day with nothing planned, I blasted through the entirety of the original Portal, and have just played through the opening section of the sequel.
All I can say is, it feels good to be genuinely excited about playing a video game. My personal opinion is that the first half of 2011 has brought about plenty of bluster, but very little real quality. Last year we had the amazing Bayonetta, Heavy Rain, God of War III, and Mass Effect 2 by April - all games I loved in different ways - but, outside of the surprisingly awesome Ghost Trick, this year has seen a dearth of truly amazing experiences.
I have a feeling that Portal 2 is about to satisfy that need.
How have you guys found the game so far? I know plenty of you have finished it already, but if we could keep the spoilers to a minimum that would be great.
Have at it folks!