Get ready everybody. Portal 2 is this week. I've been able to manage my hype extremely well for this game and the excitement is peaking just in time. But still I have some resignations about one of my most anticipated titles of the year, so here they are.
Let's remember that Portal was a piece of a larger puzzle when released in the Orange Box. It was a smaller chunk-sized game and wrapped up nicely. The game hit you with it's best shot, then it was over. I'm afraid Portal 2 is not going to have the freshness or novelty over the course of however many hours the game ends up. For me personally, I'm going in expecting to be presented with all these great series of events. I want be be wowed like I was in the first Portal.
So to compensate for this, Valve has added a butt-load of new skills and items. There's a bunch of cool stuff they've showed involving liquids properties but my fear is that this will over complicate game play. It's not that I don't think the game will be fantastic. I think most have a lot of faith in Valve and I'm not one to doubt their track record. I'm just a little hesitant of the game being too complex too soon and focusing less on the awe of the situation.
And of course, there's the Co-Op. I love Co-Op experiences. Throughout my game career, I've always opened up to playing cooperatively. I love working as a team much rather than something like a versus match. There are examples of great games and some not so great games I've played just because there was the option. For example Kane & Lynch 2 and Army of Two: 40th Day. So then what are my reservations about Portal 2? This isn't your usual Co-Op experience.
Portal is essentially a Puzzle Series. Much of the first game was spent figuring out a solution and on of the products of that was people having played the game differently. Where as one person may have solved a puzzle in a few moves, someone else may have come up with a round about overly complicated one, but still finding success in their method. Part of the fun was seeing others play and seeing what their solutions were.
With Portal 2, Co-Op will rely a lot on your partner. But I could very easily become a situation where one person is the mastermind figuring everything out while the other just follows directions. That's not necessarily a bad situationm but I could see it causing some problems with enjoyment.