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Portal 2 DLC

I cannot recommend this DLC enough because it’s FREE! Many, many times, developers have released extra content for $10 that doesn’t have nearly as much stuff or the polish Valve gave Portal 2’s DLC. The Portal 2 DLC is definitely worth checking out because it allows you to revisit a wonderful game you thought you were done with, continues the adventure of your favorite robot adventurers, it’s for Science and it’s FREE!


Portal 2 was one of those rare games that captured my attention immediately.  I am, of course, a fan of first-person shooters and platformers but Portal 2 and it’s unique first-person physics puzzle style of gameplay had me hooked from the start.  Indeed, it’s one of the only games I got 100% Achievements on in only 3 days and I can tell you now some of those Achievements were brutal.  We all read Abraxis‘ stellar review and though it garnered high praise it was tremendously short and it’s re-playability was staggeringly nil.  Well, the good folks at Valve decided the same thing and have delivered their first batch of downloadable content called “Peer Review,”  available for FREE on the Playstation Network, Xbox Live and Steam.  So, of course, I downloaded it immediately and spent a good chunk of yesterday running through it in time to give you this review.  So let’s see how it does.

The first thing I noticed upon firing it up were brand new single player and co-op challenge mode tabs which were not on my menu before so I figured this was the new content.  I began to run through the single player challenges and was disappointed to find out that all this is is broken up sections of the actual game where it keeps track of your portal usage and time taken to complete a section and creates a graph showing where you fit in compared to all the other people who’ve attempted the challenge (very much like Pac Man CE DX).  This is all fine and good and the addition of Leaderboards allows you to call all your buddies up and tell them how bad you stomped them but for new DLC this was not quite what I expected.  Having already beaten the game, it seemed a cheap way to make me play it all over again.    We were about to give up and head back to Dead Island for more zombie-slaying fun but I decided to return to the Xbox Marketplace and read the DLC description again and it clearly stated there was a new section continuing the adventures of Atlas, P-body and Gladys.  This is what we all wanted but where is it hidden?  Armed with that knowledge, I grabbed my Partner in Science, Gus Melgar (and it’s true.  I have an original piece of Hector Sanchez artwork featuring Atlas and P-body with our gamertags on them hanging in the honor spot of my living room) and we logged back into the game.  Turns out if you start a regular co-op game and head to the hub area a whole new section opens up, chock to the brim with 9 new levels of co-op madness!

We eagerly dove into the new challenges and discovered one thing immediately:  this is hard!  Valve didn’t screw around at all, forcing you to utilize all the skills you learned in the regular game but ramped them up with new mind-bending solutions to some truly difficult puzzles.  There were several times we found ourselves saying “ok, now you come make a hole in the wall so I can get out with my portal still here, then make a hole over there so I can plant the new portal…wait.  That won’t work because as soon as I pass that Material Emancipation Grid my portal disappears…what the hell are we supposed to do?”  Each new course becomes increasingly difficult, forcing you to place white gel to make portals where you normally cannot; spread orange speed goo on the floor, except in the spot where you need that blue bouncing gel to jump higher; fling yourself through two evenly spaced portals until your partner catapults you elsewhere and other sundry tricks that will have you scratching your head in puzzlement.  The highlight, as usual, is the tremendous sense of humor Valve drops into the game.  You actively cannot wait to pass the  course just to hear Gladys’ next snarky comment and the excellent set-up for the next obstacle, which become harder and harder as the game progresses (but nothing, honestly, that was truly daunting.  It may take some time and you will curse a lot but it is all passable).  Really – after the 7th course we thought “that was the hardest level yet.  Course 8 can’t be as difficult” and boy, were we wrong.  Difficulty aside, this game will make you think creatively and utilize teamwork and that’s a good thing.

I cannot recommend this DLC enough because it’s FREE!  Many, many times, developers have released extra content for $10 that doesn’t have nearly as much stuff or the polish Valve gave Portal 2′s DLC.  Still, it amounts to a couple hours of additional gameplay (depending on your puzzle-solving ability) and some kinda neat time trial competitions, as well as all the humor and fun you’d expect from a Portal game (albeit with no additional achievements).  The last cut-scene is totally worth the view also and makes me thirst even more for the purposed additional DLC in the future.  The Portal 2 DLC is definitely worth checking out because it allows you to revisit a wonderful game you thought you were done with, continues the adventure of your favorite robot adventurers, it’s for Science and it’s FREE!  Needless to say, it comes Highly Recommended!


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