<b>[[xref:http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/slideshow/381015/six_overhyped_2011_games_probably_won_t_deliver/|What we said| Six overhyped 2011 games that probably won't deliver]]:</b>
“Now that it's being tailored for consoles as well as PCs, and it's getting the mass-market treatment, we think <i>Portal 2</i> is going to be dumbed down and cutesier than the original. Don't get us wrong, we'll play it, but we just think it's going to be aimed at the kiddy, easy-to-play market.”
<b>What others said:</b>
After <i>Portal 2</i> was released in April 2011, it met great acclaim and gaming reviews were unanimously positive. The game currently holds a 95 per cent positive score on Metacritic over all three platforms it was released on, with user reviews slightly behind at 81 per cent. There were no real complains about the game being “dumbed down” or “cutesier” than the original.
<b>Our final verdict:</b>
The original <i>Portal</i> was a fun diversion when it originally came out of nowhere in 2007 as part of <i>The Orange Box</i> compilation. The sequel retailed the graphics, gameplay and odd charm of the first game, and ramped it up with more intricate levels and puzzles. While the coop mode was a bit of a bore, the definite highlights were comedian Stephen Merchant voicing the A.I. Wheatley and J. K. Simmons as the voice of Aperture Science CEO Cave Johnson.