Portal (2007)

Video Game  -  Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi  -  10 October 2007 (USA)
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A test subject wakes up in a scientific facility controlled by a sadistic artificial intelligence and must escape with the help of the only instrument she has--a gun that makes portals.

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Credited cast:
Chell (as Alésia Glidewell)
Ellen McLain ...
GLaDOS / Turrets / Curiosity Core / Intelligence Core (voice)
Anger Core (voice)


You wake to find yourself in a small, square, glass room containing a futuristic-looking tube-like bed, a toilet, and a table with a radio playing a tune on it alongside a mug and a clipboard with data on it. A timer is counting down from a minute just above the closed door leading out of the small room. A voice sounds from a speaker in the ceiling of the room. After some things are said, the voice becomes distorted for a second, sparks come out of the speaker, and the voice returns to normal. It counts down from five, synchronized with the timer above the door. At zero, the door opens, and you are released from your cell.... Written by mboharsik

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As Chell begins placing bits of GLaDOS in the incinerator she states mathematical facts that are incorrect. This is possibly a reference to the novel (not the movie) 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke. In the book, as Dave Bowman is disconnecting HAL 9000, among other math errors HAL states "Two times two is approximately 4 point one oh one oh one oh..." while GLaDOS says "two plus two is five...in base ten I.m fine". See more »


When Valve attempted to solve the error of Chell being able to fall from incredible heights, it added the plug leading from the back of her foot to the back of her knee to strengthen her muscles. However, without any back support including an exoskeleton or bars stronger than human bones, there is no way she can be completely protected. See more »


GLaDOS: That thing is probably some sort of raw sewage container. Go ahead and rub your face all over it.
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Written by Jonathan Coulton
Performed by Ellen McLain
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The cake is a lie!!
17 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As an avid gamer, I pride myself on the diversity of games that I play. Though I'm not a big fan of puzzle games, (I usually tend to prefer the more violent games) I decided to buy the Portal bundle from the Steam Store. I had heard of it over the years and always blew it off because it looked like a really poor idea for a game. I started playing Portal as soon as it finished downloading and the mystery and obfuscation right from the start hooked me and pulled me right into it. As I said before, I'm not really a big fan of puzzle games, but Portal just seemed to grab a hold of me and didn't let go until it was over. The levels started of simple and easy, but as you progress through the game they seem to get exponentially more difficult. Valve took a minimalist approach to the gameplay and managed to weave an extremely intricate story to back it up and leave you guessing about everything outside of the Enrichment Center.

When I say minimalist, I mean they used very few characters, very few environments, and a very limited number of use-able tools. The characters and story, despite this minimal use of characters, both showed a lot of depth and made you actually like all the characters. As for the environments and tools, they rearranged them for each level to make each situation more and more difficult to solve. I was amazed by the depth of the story and characters, and also of how well they put the puzzles together. I played through the game in one sitting but it took me a whole night to do so. Even though it was pretty short lived, it was a memorable and enjoyable experience that I would recommend for anyone that calls themselves a gamer. Just remember that the cake is a lie!

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