24 Games until Xmas is our special feature to build up to the end of the year, however that is not all.
Each member of staff was asked to provide their top twenty four games of the year; we have taken this list and will reveal a game each day until December 24, at which point we will unveil our number one game of the year.
There are some fantastic titles on the way and when the final game is revealed, that’s where you come in.
Once the number one game has been revealed we will then create a poll with all 24 games and ask you to vote on your own personal game of the year, this poll will run from December 24 until January 2nd, at which point we will announce the ShopToNews readers Game of The Year 2011.
We hope you are enjoying counting down our best 24 games of the year with us and if you have just joined us then make sure you check out the other games in the list.
Here’s the next…
3 Games until Xmas – Portal 2
Even though Portal 2 was released back in April, I was determined to make sure I cast my vote to get it as high on our Game of the Year list possible. There was always no doubt in my mind from the moment the final credits rolled that Portal 2 was a contender for Game of the Year awards the World over.
Not many games offer such a different experience, essential having the player work their way through one of the most interesting and mind bending adventure’s in a long time, while accompanied by some of the best narrative around.
One of the most impressive aspects of Portal 2, outside of the wonderful puzzles is the presentation. This is one seriously good looking game, everything from the chambers to the physics of the various gels just look fantastic, while the sound takes this game from very good to simply outstanding. As mentioned in our review, Stephen Merchant is hilarious in playing the role of Wheatley. The character is just so real that you really do bond with him from the moment you meet in-game.
Of course, Portal 2 is more about the gameplay than the presentation and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Just as you feel you have seen it all thanks to the two portal guns and numerous puzzles, along comes another twist and another tool, adding yet more mind bending situations for you to solve. Sure you may end up spending more than a few hours trying to solve certain puzzles, but every moment is worth it thanks to the elation you feel when you finally figure it out.
I love Portal 2, it’s a fantastic game and a worthy runner-up in our ShopToNews, writers Game of the Year awards.
To see a more in-depth analysis of the game, and our thoughts on it, click here to read our review. You can order Portal 2 from ShopTo on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
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