Best Series of this Generation: Portal
Were starting a new series called “Best game of this Generation.” As the title suggest, were going to each day post what our favorite games of this console generation. We tried only include games that began in this generation so this can be a buyer’s guide for anyone who just bought a current console.
While we twiddle our thumbs and wait for the return of the Half-Life series, Valve continues to pump out content. The Portal series started out as a small side dish on the Orange Box, exploded in popularity, gave rise to (and subsequently killed and beat continuously) some well thought out humor, and managed to spawn a sequel of its own.
Thankfully, the sequel kept the creative puzzle solving around while adding more obstacles and content, a co-op mode that’s not tacked on and actually fun to play, and a network of user-created content. And did all of this while moving on from Portal 1’s jokes to tread new ground with clever writing and great voice work. While shorter in length, the Portal games are a great take on puzzle games and provide a great sense of satisfaction when you find the oh-so-obvious solution to that room you’ve been stuck on. Valve seems to be managing this series very well, so hopefully their fear of 3’s won’t impede any further entries.