The Orange Box's Portal (PC & Xbox 360) ReviewPosted on 2007-10-23 12:16:39 by Thomas De Maesschalck
Portal is one of those rare examples that demonstrate video games as an artform. The geniuses at Valve have created a game that inspires a new way of thinking, a compelling storyline, and gives us a glimpse of the larger world that is the Half-Life universe. Portal is one of the innovative games in Valve's "The Orange Box" package which includes Half-Life 2, HL2 Episode One and Two, Portal, and Team Fortress 2. Portal is available by itself via Steam if you have a PC.
You wake up in a white sterile environment enclosed in a glass cage. A computerized voice (the same one on "The Orange Box" TV commercials) tells you that you are part of an experiment and you will be let loose shortly. Your first "portal" then appears inside your transparent prison, and you can see another exit outside your cage. You immediately get a sense that these two spinning ellipses are connected gateways, as you can see a mirror image of yourself from the outside gateway.