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(out of 129 reviews)
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9
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Review this title!
Teen, 13 years old Written byI'mthedoctor July 16, 2013
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

Very good

A great game. Very nice story mode and multyplayer. I definitely recommend it for kids .
Teen, 14 years old Written byXwing195 July 10, 2013
AGE
8
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Portal 2

This game is amazing. The story is epic, the level design is great and the jokes are hilarious. I'd say if your kid can handle Star Wars, they can handle this game. There is minor bad language but only a few times, and there is minor violence (little turrets shoot at you but there is no blood unlike in Portal 1), but nothing too serious. Overall, a great game with a few puzzles that may be to challenging for younger ones.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byTom Moore July 4, 2013
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9
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One of the greatest sequels ever!

This game continues the story of the fantastic Portal. Same with Portal, it requires the player to use their mind to complete certain (if not all) parts of the game. The turrets from the previous game make a return and fire bullets at the player however there is no blood like in the first game. The language is very mild and is in no way offensive or explicit. All they say (very briefly) is D*mn and H*ll. All in all, this is a great game and I recommend it.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written bybretnummer248 July 3, 2013
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10
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Smart, Good Game

Portal 2 is a very good, educational game. You must complete puzzles using portals, gels, gravity lifts, and more. You have to really think to beat the game. This game is also very funny in a dark way. There are many jokes about your character being killed.
What other families should know
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old June 16, 2013
AGE
9
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Orange and Blue! Portal 2 'A GAME THAT LEAVES YOU IN AWE'

Portal 2 is a mind-puzzling game of an unknown character called Chell, in a suspense filled journey through the levels of puzzles and skill. You are giving a Portal Gun (you do not shoot or kill anything with this gun) and you have to shoot portals out to get one thing to another. This is includes moving cubes, bots and transporting. The game can be very difficult to younger players, I am 12 and I got stuck at the beginning! It can be very confusing and you have to think very hard! You can play multi-player as well, or you can play single player as Chell. You meet different robots on the way and understand the world of betrayal, defeat and hard-work. This is definitely a game to try for 9+ children.
What other families should know
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written byeziosbutt May 27, 2013
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8
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Portal 2: Awe-inspiring, Captivating, Clever

Portal 2 is an amazing creation by Valve. Portal 2 features the use of a portal gun that you can use to transverse impossible distances and areas, most commonly puzzles. The storyline and character dialogue are of very high quality, and for a small child it will seem simple and innocent. For those that are more mature/more attentive will notice the deep backstory that exists behind all of the upbeat dialogue. This is extremely appropriate for everyone that can solve puzzles well, of all ages. The dialogue is comical for all and all ill will is conveyed in a hilarious way. This game is very educational because of its puzzles, and very entertaining because of its story/characters. This is a must-have for any gamer out there.
Kid, 12 years old May 18, 2013
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

Good for learning, not really for nine and under

Portal 2 is a dark, but funny, twisted game that plots you in the depths of the infamous Aperture Science underground testing areas in this amazing sequel to the best seller, Portal. In this game, the main character, Chell, navigates through tricky test chambers, and dangerous hazards such as turrets, (there isn't any blood like the first game had) crossing over mucky goo with light bridges and turning off the evil super-computer running the facility. There is however bad language you might not want your kids to use, like dam*, crap, hel*. Also, some of the jokes the evil super-computer makes are a bit bad and your eight or nine year old could actually bring them out into their own vocabulary. This game, has a multiplayer setting in which your children can go online without you knowing or your own consent and has a microphone setting and you can talk to strangers if you don't have any friends on Steam to play with. The last thing, is the violence. Throughout the course of the game, there is a couple of scenes where you are gassed by neurotoxin (a deadly gas that kills your brain cells and nerves when inhaled) but escape from death. There are also turrets, which when in view you are shot at by them (this game isn't bloody, but the first one was) and in the final boss fight, you have to redirect bombs being thrown by the robot to you. I hope this review helped! --Rhys Wells
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 10 years old April 14, 2013
AGE
9
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fun game but

Im 10 k so this was ferry fun challenging but had language when you fall down the pit and wheatly and GLaDOS are sorta in sulting but could handle it
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written bySciDude April 6, 2013
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10
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A Video Game Sequel with All the Qualities of the Original

Valve Software's sequel to the 2007 hit "Portal" is much longer than the first game, possibly taking weeks for an inexperienced player to complete. Luckily, the game has a swift learning curve. Players who have already mastered the game's portal mechanics will not get bored repeating the same tutorials, while new players will get quickly educated. Not only is the gameplay itself more advanced, but so is the story. The player character, Chell, again serves as a good role model. She is determined to escape the test chambers of Aperture Laboratories, no matter how challenging the puzzles get. Fan favorite GLaDOS returns in this sequel, as well as some new characters, such as bumbling comic relief robot Wheatley and pioneering businessman Cave Johnson. However, it should be noted that some puzzles contain bullet-spewing sentry turrets, though there is no on-screen blood. There are also multiple other ways for players to die, such as deadly goo, spike plates, and laser grids. Again, though, none of it gets too graphic. Some characters occasionally spout mild curse words, but it is limited to the "H" word and "D" word, goes by quickly, and rarely happens. "Bloody" is also used frequently by the British-accented Wheatley. In addition, the game's cooperative mode has an online setting, and, obviously, online interactions cannot be foreseen. Overall, Portal 2 (rated E10+) is a fun game that also teaches children problem-solving skills and simple physics. A few things may concern parents, but kids will ultimately gain an entertaining experience from this game.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 9 years old March 6, 2013
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9
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LEARNING

Ratings

Portal 2 is not as voilent as the first, Portal 2 is a first person shooter with a device called a 'portal gun', you solve puzzles, try to avoid traps and getting plunged in toxic waste or falling into a endless void,Portal 2 has cruel humor, close to the end of the game a character name Wheatly threatends death to your player, throughout the whole game you hear only mild language like the "H" word, the "D" word and the "C" word. Although, Portal is a great game, great for learning to.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old February 8, 2013
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10
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LEARNING

Awesome

Great game easy game controls and awesome back story some languge nice game play Best Game Of 2011
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byZ0mb1eK1ll3rG1rl January 27, 2013
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

SPAAAAACE!!!

Wow. This was really a different type of puzzle game. Though they usually get boring, Portal 2 never did. I would not recommend it for kids under 9 though, because I am pretty sure that they would get bored and frustrated but it depends on the kid. This game had some laugh out loud moments. Just a really funny game. Even though there are honestly like 4 characters, only one is living, one is a robot, one is a potato, and one is just a series of pre recorded messages, you really get to know and connect with them all. There is not any blood at all, but you will be shot by turrets if you are not careful. This is just a great game. I think everyone should play the Portal series.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Teen, 16 years old Written bymilkandhoney December 26, 2012
AGE
10
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Awesome.

This is what a game should be.
Kid, 11 years old November 18, 2012
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11
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LEARNING

BEST PS3 GAME EVER!!!!

What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bytvanbev November 13, 2012
AGE
10
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LEARNING

An educational game that is fun at the same time.

This game is very smart, and is the most educational game a kid over 10 can really enjoy. Swearing happens twice and these are words that can be on boardcast TV. Sometimes, the characters say offending things about body weight and adoption that can be a little offensive to some familes. These things are exteremley are though, and this game deserves it's E10+ rating.
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Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 14 years old Written bySol9000 September 27, 2012
AGE
9
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LEARNING

Surprisingly, it's probably my favorite video game... period. But before I mindlessly compliment it...

@ResponsibleParentOf2 WAT? "plus it makes kids think too hard." I'm sorry, WHAT!?! *sigh* So you're saying games that require you to think are BAD? WAT DA FRENCH FRY!?! Back to the review. Story: Best I've seen in a video game. And thank you VALVe for cramming all the Language into Chapters 6 and 7, AND for keeping it tame there as well. :3 Music: Pretty good. My personal favorites include Turret Wife Serenade and The Stalemate Button. Gameplay: This game has some great Puzzles in it. HOWEVER, I've gotten frustrated plenty of times, but I always get frustrated when playing video games. Maybe that' just because I'm a sore loser. There are a few (rather short) sections where you're just walking around, looking for a place to fire a Portal and move on to the next labyrinth, so with that said: Is it perfect? Yes. Is it better then Portal 1? NO. But is it worse? NO. Speaking of which, I've been meaning to get that game, because I've never really finished it.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old August 27, 2012
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

BUY IT!

This is a great game. It does have a bit of gory blood although. In this, you must solve puzzles as you go through Aperture Science. I would say that this is suitable for people over 8, as there is mild language, slight violence, and challenging puzzles.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byIronRunningAnvil August 8, 2012
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

WOW, in my top 5 favorite games!

This game is fantastic. You learn lots by cmpeting puzzles along a huge storyline with lots of funny and intense scenes of both escapism and test chanbers. You really have to use your brain for this game. What you least exspect is usually the way out and well it's just so fun. All i can say it is funny, creative and possibly one of the best game to have been released for a long time.There is little violence as you just knock over robots although if they see you they will shoot you with machine guns. Language is not to bad either just a few utterances of some mild language once in a while. Great game (5/5).
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byowenator1234 June 15, 2012
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Great story and Intelligent puzzles, but frustrating to younger children. (SPOILER ALERT)

This is an amazing game. Very intelligent, very thoughtful. Its a video game, that requires THINKING!!! Can you believe it??? Thinking, on a TV screen! Sell that headline to the media. Even after you finish the single player, you still have the co-op that your kid can play with you. Its so simple, there are only 3 buttons required - left trigger, right trigger, and the jump button. The two triggers are confusing at first, but the game starts easy so you can learn the game mechanics as you go, even as a person who has never played a video game before. The only thing I noticed, was the issue of maturity. The game is very funny, and anyone who doesn't think Wheatly (played by Stephen Merchant of The Office) is hillarious, either is very hostile, or has no sense of humor. He makes jokes about you having brain damage, and a computer not recognizing a cockney accent (if you remember that Siri bug from 2011), which is all very funny to a person who understands the jokes. This lack of maturity/brain-development that hates humor can also lead into frustration when solving puzzles. At times, the puzzles require thinking "outside the box", sometimes quite literally. This may be an excellent problem solving lesson for your child if, if he/she is independent and doesn't seek a walk-through every time they have a problem. Otherwise, it will be a lot of time of you playing and them watching, rather than them learning the excitement of figuring something out. Another thing to watch for is the violence. The player is not being violent themselves, but is rather using wits (and portals) to take down the turrets and avoid toxic gasses. The main antagonist, GLaDOS, will attempt to murder you (as revenge from Portal), as well as be a generally horrible, moral-less robot. (In the end, she softens and switches sides to let you leave Aperture Labs. (: Happy ending.) As I said before, this is an amazing game with extremely difficult puzzles. The reason for my age rating is due to the difficulty of the puzzles - not the violence. Kids below a certain learning curve will become somewhat frustrated, but persistent, and then excited. I think that the average cartoon is more violent, and less rewarding than this game, so if any parent has beef with video games in general, saying that they make kids "Stupid" and "Violent" - this is my counter. Let generation Z teach you a lesson in Rock and Roll. ADDITION The game has a Parkour-esque movement scheme. In simple, you're moving from point A to point B using only your surroundings and your wits. The Portal Gun serves as your body and strength, your high fall boots replace kinesthetic awareness, and your mind serves as your discipline and your, well, mind.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old May 13, 2012
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Portawesome

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Safety and privacy concerns

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