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HylianArgonian Jul 30, 2014 @ 2:29am
Portal 2's replay value
So, I've been thinking over the last few days about the main campaigns' replay value, and to be honest, I'm not sure it's possible to replay it and enjoy it.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Portal 2, but it's a puzzle game. You're supposed to think with portals, trial and error, experimentation or maybe even just looking around and pushing buttons, until you finally find the solution to the puzzle, which is very satisfying once you find out what to do. While this is fun, this is what gives the game little to no replay value. Once you know how to solve the test, the game becomes a walk in the park with your new puppy. You know what to do to solve it, which takes away the problem-solving aspect of the game and ultimately the funnest part of the game - the satifaction.
As for the story, it's truly a great one to behold. Building on the simplistic storyline of the first Portal game, I found Portal 2's story to be much more entertaining. With new characters and settings, I loved the story from beginning to end. Hearing GLaDOS' voice when she awakens is truly chilling, the way she puts emphasis into her tone of voice and personality. I found Wheatley to be slightly annoying, but I was saddened when he went all crazy then I had to throw him into space. As for Cave Johnson, I found him to be a very colourful character. Oddly enough, I found his speech about combustible lemons to be slighty inspirational, and he does a great job of narrating the tests through his pre-recorded messages, as I would get the occassional laugh or two.
Overall, I would say that there is replay value in Portal 2, though you should do for the story only. If you know what to do already, then there's not much point in doing it besides playing through the story line. Community Test Chambers are your best bet if you need an excuse to replay it.
TL:DR - If you're gonna replay it, do it for the story. It's not any fun if you do it for the challenge and you know what to do already.
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Super The Sylveon Jul 31, 2014 @ 12:50am 
Replay for achievements too.
vioray Jul 31, 2014 @ 2:51am 
I found both games to be pretty replayable but you're right it's more for the story than anything else. it's nice to go back and see some of the foreshadowing or just little details you missed first time round (first playthrough I missed Chel's name on the overgrown potato battery entry). it's not like RPG games (Dragon Age: Origins probably being the best example) where there's additional replay value from making different choices to change the story but it's still a game that can be enjoyed even after completion (also the directors commentary mode adds another playthrough, although in some areas the nodes are too few and too spread out)
that being said, some of the puzzles do have multiple solutions to try out, although for the most part they're not that disimilar from each other
Rogue Jedi Aug 1, 2014 @ 7:31pm 
You can always play community chambers.
vioray Aug 2, 2014 @ 2:04am 
indeed, though I don't consider that replaying. but it's certainly added a huge amount of additional content making Portal 2 an even better investment than it already was. always love when developers encourage modding and level creation and of course when talented gamers take advantage of that to push out some really impressive content of their own
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Date Posted: Jul 30, 2014 @ 2:29am
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