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article imagePuzzle game, Portal gets hands-on

By Aaron Robson     Mar 10, 2007 in Technology
Even though it’s built with the Half-Life 2 engine, you won't launch rockets at waves of enemies or find any online death matches in Portal.
Although it certainly looks like a first-person shooter and controls like one, Portal is best described as a first-person puzzler. But juicy details regarding this upcoming mystery wrapped in an enigma have been far and few.
Luckily, we got to wrap our brains around a level from a demo of the game. While it may not be the "groundbreaking action game that will forever change the way gamers interact with their environment" that developer, Valve says it will be - Portal will definitely open your minds with some creative and fun gameplay elements.
This actually looks like some pretty wholesome descent fun right there. It has everything you want about it, no annoying puzzle camera angles, full on interactivity, and some sexy graphics to go with it. If the game has a good concept, we could talk about something new and important in the war of the consoles.
But I have no idea on what kind of puzzle game were looking at here, the details weren't very detailed. But one thing is for sure, this is nothing like tetris. I love puzzles in games, but hardly ever any puzzle games. Take the Prince of Persia games, the puzzles in that game was to figure out how to get all the way across the room with out dying or platforms to walk across, it was all leaping, and running along the walls while flipping. But still, this looks like it will be good.
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