The Cake Is A Lie!

by Ed Lau on March 19, 2008

I might be a little late here but I’ve just recently found out how much Portal rules. Yes, I know…I’m uncharacteristically behind the curve here. I found it weird too since I’ve been hearing about how much ass this particular game kicks since…well, forever. It’s not like I didn’t have the opportunity to finish it before either since I’ve owned a copy of The Orange Box for…I don’t know, almost six months? Either way, I just recently got the opportunity to play through this game and…well, if you haven’t, then immediately go out and buy yourself a copy of The Orange Box. It’s a great value since you get five games for the price of one and it’s available on PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

I don’t think I need to say anything about Half-Life 2 since that game is probably still the benchmark for first-person shooters in terms of blend in gameplay, storytelling and graphics/physics and I haven’t had time to play Team Fortress 2 yet but I guarantee you Portal will be some of the best fun you’ve ever had in gaming. Not only is the gameplay awesome but strangely enough, the script is hilarious. GLaDOS, the AI voice that guides you (or taunts, rather) through the Portal levels is actually quite funny and…well, I hope I’m not spoiling anything, but you’re in for a serious treat at the end of the game. The end credits feature the song Still Alive which has to be one of the best songs from a video game I’ve ever heard…with a fantastic sense of creepy black humor. I was ecstatic when I heard it would be a playable song in Rock Band, hopefully soon.

If you don’t mind a mild spoiler, here’s Still Alive at the end of the game, which now totally has a spot on my iPhone’s playlist.

And here’s the guy that wrote the song, Jonathan Coulton, singing the song in Rock Band with guests Leo Laporte (who looks like he seriously sucks at this even though he’s playing what looks like easy…bass guitar easy) and Veronica Belmont.

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Tech Blog March 20, 2008 at 6:04 am

I keep hearing about portal but I just don’t seem to think I would enjoy it.

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Stephen March 20, 2008 at 6:25 am

I’m surprised Leo didn’t last longer. They used to play a lot of RockBand down at the Lab With Leo set. I guess he didn’t practice as much as the rest of the crew.

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Michael Kwan March 20, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Wow, Leo is just… sad.

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Wade March 20, 2008 at 2:41 pm

I am not a big gamer myself, but reading this makes me want to go play the WII. My 360 is about to get sent out to Microsoft for the second time in the two years I have owned it.

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Malcolm Owen March 21, 2008 at 3:56 am

…Why would this make you want to play the Wii? I mean, yes I do own a Wii and I find it to be surprisingly good, but Portal isn’t on the Wii. It’s on everything else.

And Portal does indeed rock. Even the companion cube. I still weep for it…

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