So Portal 2, priced at actual real-game price, has to kind of justify that. I got the original Portal in a pack with other games that were also amazing, so the fact that it was only 4 hours long and kind of had one or two puzzles per concept didn’t really bother me. Also I totally played the extra-hard puzzles for like an extra 4 hours.
One of the ways Portal 2 is justifying the price tag is by having some really fucking excellent voice talent make the game funnier. So far I’m aware of Stephen Merchant and JK Simmons lending their golden comedic VA to the project. Merchant is on the Ricky Jervais podcast/show/thing and is pretty danged funny (and has a less annoying laugh than Jervais), so that’s pretty sweet.
Simmons is primarily known for being on “Law and Order” and therefore television every 15 minutes or so all day every day. Also being the best J. Jonah Jameson that you could ask for. Here’s a series of funny videos of Simmons portraying Cave Johnson, Aperture Science CEO and all around great human being. You may remember him from the surprisingly extensive Portal/Portal 2 Alternate Reality Game, where you could log into the “secret” Aperture Science files with the username “cjohnson”.
They’re kind of awesome.