Portal 2 was officially released on April 19, 2011 as the sequel to the 2007 game Portal. This first-person puzzle-platform video game consists of a series of puzzles that are solved through teleporting your character and other objects using a portal gun. Sounds lame? Yes! But it’s not…seriously it’s so much fun. How it works is say there is a platform up in yonder on a balcony with no way of jumping up there, but you really need to / want to be up there. Well in Portal 2, you whip out your snazzy portal gun and shoot the wall beside you, then shoot the wall up on the balcony to have a portal channel created granting you access to that balcony. The only catch is that you can only create portals on a specific type of white walling, which can complicate things. The portal works sort of like image up top with the robots jumping into the portals…(sort of):
If you are wondering “so what do I need to play!?” Well then you have come to the rightplace. Portal 2 is wicked awesome because it is available for PC, Mac, Play Station 3 and XBox 360. And not only that, Portal 2 has both a single player and multi-player campaign that you can play whilst connecting with steam which allows cross-platform play! What this means is that you can play have all the multi-player functionality playing Portal 2 with your friends on the Playstation 3 or Mac from your PC and vice versa. (Sorry XBox folks this does not included you…). This is some fantastic functionality if you ask me because it creates a lessened disparity no matter what you are gaming on.
But since we are all interested in PC of Portal 2 here, lets take a look at the system / hardware requirements you need to play:
Minimum PC System Requirements:
|Operating system: Windows 7 / Vista / XP|
|Processor: 3.0 GHz P4, Dual Core 2,0 (or higher) or AMD64X2 (or higher)|
|Memory: 1GB XP / 2GB Vista|
|Hard Disk Space: At least 7.6 GB of Space|
|Video: Must have 128 MB or more and should be DirectX 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 2.0b (ATI Radeon x800 or higher / NVIDIA GeForce 7600 or higher / Intel HD Graphics 2000 or higher)|
|Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible|
|Any special multiplayer requirements: Internet Connection Required + Steam|
Minimum MAC System Requirements:
|Operating system: MAC OS X 10.6.7 or higher|
|Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)|
|Hard Disk Space: 7.6 GB of Space (or higher)|
|Video: ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M or higher / Intel HD Graphics 3000|
|Any special multiplayer requirements: Internet Connection Required|
Portal 2 Trailer – Co-op
There you have it, all of the system requirement information you need in order to play Portal 2 on your PC or Mac. The game really is all it was set up to be, and is nothing like any typical game I would expect. I do highly recommend Portal 2.
If you are interested in purchasing Portal 2 you can either visit EA Games online and purchase a hard copy EA Games – Portal 2 (which is currently the cheaper option at ~= $39.99) or download Portal 2 directly from Steam (currently ~= $49.99).
Have fun and share your experience with Portal 2!