Now here’s the thing, I’d heard a lot of really great buzz about Portal, so of course when the Orange Box finally came out last Friday I managed the track down a copy in the city (not as easy as you might think, I called 5 or 6 places that had sold out before I found a Dick Smith which had a single copy left – luckily I happened across a sales assistant who was super super helpful) and over the weekend I fired it up.
Portal is a game about a test. Or a series of tests. And you’re the subject.
I guess I’d been playing for a couple of hours, I hit level 18 and I lost interest. It was super hard and I just wasn’t seeing what people were digging on with this damn game, so I shut it down and headed out to have lunch with friends and watch an episode of Heroes (this is how we roll). Then on Sunday night I decided to have another go, discovered I was being an idiot, nailed level 18, and carried on with the game.
But I was dissatisfied by it, I mean it was really clever – and the gameplay is simply awesome – but I just didn’t see where the buzz was coming from.
And… Then I did.
This is the best game I’ve ever played.
If perhaps I’m overlooking a great gaming experience from the past and it turns out that Portal is really only the second best game I’ve ever played, it still has what it most certainly, without a shadow of a doubt, no question in my mind, the absolute best ending of any game. Ever. (Ever.)
You must try it. And cake.
(Song contains spoilers.)