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My New Favorite Color (For Boxes) October 15, 2007

Posted by jmoran21 in Games.
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Portal. Despite my enthusiasm, I actually haven’t purchased the Orange Box yet, that robust concoction of Source Engine Delights. In fact my initial pull toward the uber-collection was for the sake of Team-Fortress 2, which part of me still can’t believe has reached retail shelves after what’s got to be one of the most ridiculous development cycles I’ve ever followed. In any case, Portal has taken center stage in both the gushing reviews and the one remaining glowing ounce of my human heart. For the uninitiated, the official synopsis:

Portal™ is a new single player game from Valve. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal has been called one of the most innovative new games on the horizon and will offer gamers hours of unique gameplay.

The game is designed to change the way players approach, manipulate, and surmise the possibilities in a given environment; similar to how Half-Life® 2’s Gravity Gun innovated new ways to leverage an object in any given situation.

Players must solve physical puzzles and challenges by opening portals to maneuvering objects, and themselves, through space.

Now I know what the Wright brothers must have felt like. My hope is that this game will challenge players to exist in a world that has spacial rules completely unlike anything in real life, and it will challenge players to change the way they think.

To get a rough idea of just how this will work, check out the trailer or the unlicensed flash-based knockoff game.

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