OK, I’ve finally join the masses of gamers who have finished Portal. Color me very impressed. I started playing it because I understood it to be a first-person puzzler. I stopped around level 14 to play other games, but after reading high praise from so many other sources I finally came back and finished it today. The last 3-4 levels are just brilliant, and the gameplay portion after the last real level was very, very impressive. As so many others have done, I’ll pass on giving away the ending completely for those that haven’t finished it. I do recommend you finish it if you have the Orange Box and haven’t completed Portal yet.

Once I finished, I started looking at what others had to say about the game. This lead to stumbling on some YouTube Portal videos that are just great. Below the break, I’ll pop out a couple I really like. They are speed runs of some of the tougher or more puzzlish parts near the end.

[youtube qY2EbKstRx0] – Escaping the room of turrets near the final room

[youtube 8OI-o–tKmU] – Speed run of level 18 (and I found another slightly faster, but I liked this one enough to post it anyway)

[youtube aeHMxDZ0_y0] – Bypassing the puzzles on level 14

[youtube eoN8SMcfS6I] – Stupid fast level completion

[tags]Portal, Orage Box, Speedrun, Puzzle[/tags]