Feeds
90%
Portal 2

Portal 2

No peace to the puzzles

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Business security measures using SSL

Review “The best solution to a problem,” says GLaDOS, “is usually the easiest one.” She's right, of course. But then she always is. Portal players know all too well how inadvisable it is to disagree with Aperture Science's sociopathic AI caretaker, but it's surprising how often her maxim proves true during the sequel to Valve's much-loved Orange Box puzzler.

Portal 2

Floor arrangement

As impossible as Portal 2's spatial conundrums initially seem, the solution is often staring you in the face. Need to scale an insurmountable wall? Simple, just quantum tunnel your way up there. Need to obtain that Companion Cube on the other side of the abyss? Simple, place a portal at the end of a gravity tunnel, reverse the flow and wait for it to come to you.

If that makes little sense, don't worry. Portal 2's opening two hours ease in new players while acting as a refresher for experienced players. You reprise your role as enigmatic test subject Chell, awoken from stasis hundreds of years after the events of Portal. Your interminable prison, the Aperture Science Laboratory, is now abandoned, dilapidated and mostly reclaimed by nature. But with both it and GLaDOS still operational, your purpose remains the same: to run the gauntlet of deadly tests set by your sinister persecutor and escape the facility. Only this time there's a lot more going on.

Portal 2

Back to the roots

Stretching the taut formula across an eight-hour, single-player campaign, Valve expands upon the original in epic fashion, as Portal's test chambers and corridors are drawn back to reveal the true immensity of the Aperture Science Laboratory. Flung deep into its bowels by plot twists better left unspoiled, gigantic, cavernous areas contrast starkly with the clinical confines of test chambers. Here, puzzles are less about strict rule-sets and more about finding a way through its vast playgrounds.

New hybrid storage solutions

Next page: On the hole

More from The Register

next story
4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch
For decades Hollywood actually binned its 4K files. Doh!
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID
Cheap and deafening mobes for the subcontinental masses
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND
4Gb/s speeds on a consumer drive, anyone?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.