You know, I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: Portal 2 videos hurt my head. I thought I did pretty well in the first Portal as I never got stuck and always posted some pretty good times, but watching the videos Valve releases for Portal 2 makes me question not only my gaming abilities but my aptitude for solving puzzles as well.
Watching the Aerial Faith Plate video (actually the second one they’ve released featuring this puzzle element) has me anticipating a lot of trial and error involved in bouncing not only myself, but cubes, turrets, and whatever else there is in the game that makes life difficult/enjoyable.
Watching the Repulsion Gel video, however, is the one that makes me really doubt myself. I’d like to think that comprehending game challenges that require you to think in unusual ways, such as involving the fourth dimension or time manipulation, is somewhat of a forte of mine. But then combining the Excursion Funnel and Repulsion Gel (along with the already mind-bending properties of the portal gun itself) makes my brain sweat just a bit.
The only real qualm I have with these videos is how the repulsion gel inexplicably disappears save for a thin-to-thick film wherever it lands. Does the rest evaporate? Maybe it sciences itself into infinitely smaller puddles? I understand why it happens from a technological and game design standpoint (as otherwise you’d soon run out room), but it still irks me.
However, the writing is still topnotch. The Repulsion Gel is described as “Aperture’s second attempt at a dietetic pudding substitute,” which ended up being “a much sweeter, slightly less non-toxic form of fiberglass insulation.” Genius.