Portal 2

Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Inventive and enjoyable spatial puzzler with mild violence.

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 33 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 212 reviews

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age 10+

My favorite game ever!!

The story for this is phenomenal. The plot twist especially makes the story more epic and a lot more fun and motivating to play through. Excellent puzzle platformer that really gets you thinking about physics and techniques to solving puzzles. It's also what makes playing Co-Op so fun. GLaDOS is the best video-game antagonist with hilariously snarky dialogue which makes me fangirl over her. No other video-game villain has made me laugh this hard. There are a few mild language instances, particularly in the last half of the story mode. The worst it gets is h-ll and d-mn. There's also slight blood that can be visible on the floor and walls after you get shot by turrets, but it's not disturbing enough to terrorize my young child-like mind.

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age 9+

Great game!... Except for two small things

don't get me wrong on this it is a amazing game and i enjoyed it so much! 1. There are certain parts of the game which can be scary for example there is one easter egg where if you find this secret room you hear creepy cackles and... thats it just that. there are plenty of things like this if you look hard enough but if your kids can handle this type of stuff i think they will be fine. but if they are sensitive i would recommend sitting next to them while they play or just play it yourself first. 2. there is minor language such as one use of bastard which is muttered and about three or four uses of bloody and a couple of what the hell's also one scene they used flipping for comedy purposes this is what he says "well if she see's me and about 2,000 flipping dead corpses i'm toast she will fry my circuits so please keep quite about this" but overall its a great game with a good message about using your brain instead of just killing everything in site i would recommend this game for ages 9 and up!

This title has:

Great messages
Easy to play/use

Game Details

  • Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Subjects: Math: estimation, geometry, measurement, Science: gravity, momentum, motion
  • Skills: Creativity: brainstorming, developing novel solutions, imagination, Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together, teamwork, Thinking & Reasoning: deduction, hypothesis-testing, solving puzzles
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Valve
  • Release date: April 19, 2011
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Topics: STEM
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence, Mild Language
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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