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Portal 2 (2011) is an action adventure where you traverse through increasingly complex (and dangerous) test chamber obstacle courses. By creating two connected portals (if you walk into one, you walk out the other) you must move yourself around the rooms to escape. It expands on the mechanics of the first game with new ways to change your surroundings, cooperative multiplayer stages, and levels made by other players.

Set long after the first game, you once again find yourself in a science lab, now run-down and abandoned, and must move through and escape room after room full of traps. As you do, you discover GLaDOS, presumed destroyed, is working to rebuild the facility. By your side is Wheatley (voiced by Stephen Merchant), a robot who at first seems friendly, but soon emerges as the real threat who must be stopped.

Play is mainly similar to the first game; you have a gun that can create a pair of magic portals on any surface: one orange, the other blue. If you walk through the blue portal, you emerge from the orange one and vice versa. Through a series of increasingly ingenious (and malicious) test chambers, you must use your gun to escape.

As you progress, the stages become ever more challenging to solve, requiring lateral thinking and experimentation to find a way out. Alongside the portals, several new mechanics are introduced, such as tractor beams, lasers, and gels that impart special properties to any surface they touch.

The result is a sequel that continues the mysterious sci-fi narrative of the first game while adding to its core mechanics and deepening the narrative and world. Discovering a new way to progress and experimenting with each new tool is hugely rewarding and makes for a compelling experience.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Portal 2 7 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action, Adventure, Brain Game and Traversal game with Narrative, Platform, Puzzle, Sequencing and Simulation elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game. You can play Portal 2 co-operatively in split screen mode and online, with one player taking the lead if need be.

Cross-Play: Play across PC, Mac, and PlayStation 3.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 9 hours and 10 hours to complete. You'll need to spend over 20 hours to see everything.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Bad Language and Violence.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Fantasy Violence and Mild Language. Throughout the game, players must avoid hazards such as stationary gun turrets, toxic substances, poisonous gas, and giant pistons; some sequences are accompanied by realistic gunfire. Robot droids can also be destroyed; for example, in one boss battle, players must defeat a robot by throwing small bombs. The words "damn" and "hell" can be heard in the dialogue.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.

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Portal 2 usually costs £1.69 to £14.99.

Portal 2

XBox Store Xbox One £14.99
Steam Store PC £8.50
Steam Store Mac £8.50

Portal 2 - Pre-order

Steam Store PC £8.50
Steam Store Mac £8.50

Portal 2 - The Final Hours

Steam Store PC £1.69
Steam Store Mac £1.69

Portal: Companion Collection

Switch Store Switch £13.49
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 18/04/2011, updated in 2022

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3, Switch and Xbox 360

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-2 (2 online)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Traversal (Narrative, Platform, Puzzle, Sequencing and Simulation)

Accessibility: 26 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Valve Software (@ValveSoftware)

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