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Friday, May 21, 2010
 
Portal Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 10 comments

MacGamer has posted a new review of Valve Software's Portal for Mac. In the game players must solve physical puzzles and challenges by opening portals, maneuvering objects, and moving themselves through space. MacGamer recommended the title as one of Valve's best offerings.

Above all else, Portal gives your brain a workout... and that's its trump card. Though there are definitely examples of using your quick reflexes to diffuse a puzzle, the measure of this game is how it stretches your mind. You literally "think" your way through every room and open your logic up to new ideas. The first time you create a portal in the floor and another in the wall and find yourself jumping in one and rotating suddenly to the center of gravity when you pop out of the other, you're going to start rethinking a whole lot of things about how to use space and motion to get something done. Many of my biggest stumbling blocks as I worked my way through Portal came from my reluctance to open my mind and look at a challenge from a new angle. I don't know how many games (video or otherwise) push the player to do that in this day and age but I don't think I need to tell you... it's not many.

Portal definitely does not run as quickly on the Mac as it does on the Xbox or PC. Tom's Hardware has done some testing which indicates that the Mac lags about 20% behind Windows where performance is concerned, citing the GPU as the main problem. The Mac still easily delivers very playable framerates without having to turn the visuals into graphical dog food in order to get there, but don't go bragging to your Windows-using pals about how much better the Mac version of Portal is.
Read more at the link below.

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