After almost 5 years, Portal 2 is back as one of Lego Dimensions' launch Level Packs. If you've been wondering what figurines and abilities are included in the pack, I'll break it down for you along with an exploration of the new story level and adventure world.
This Level Pack includes a character (Chell), a vehicle (Sentry Turret) and an item (Companion Cube). The Chell figurine stands holding the iconic Portal Gun which is used in-game to shoot blue and orange portals. Walking into one of the portals will have the character appear through the other one. If you played the Portal levels in the base Lego Dimensions game or the Portal series itself, you'll be no stranger to this mechanism. The Sentry Turret is one of the larger physical Lego figurines in the Level Packs, and has a pleasing amount of detail in its design. It can be transformed into a Turret Striker and a Flying Turret Carrier. These transformations provide three new abilities that can be used in the Lego Dimensions universe (namely destroying gold and silver blocks and having the ability to fly). Though flying isn't done as smoothly as other Lego characters, it does allow you to get to those hard to reach places in some levels. The Companion Cube transforms into a laser deflector and a gold heart emitter. Neither of these are abilities that are absolutely needed in the game, so the cube is really only good for its basic ability of a weight switch.
The following abilities become available for you to use throughout the Lego Dimensions universe when you purchase this Level Pack:
- Chell: Double jump and use acrobatic poles (the same abilities that Wyldstyle has) and shoot portals onto white surfaces with the Portal Gun
- Vehicle transformations: Sentry Turret (rideable turret that can open switches), Turret Striker (destroy gold blocks), Flying Turret Carrier (destroy silver blocks and fly to reach high-up locations)
- Companion Cube transformations: Companion Cube (weight switch), Laser Deflector (deflect lasers), Gold Heart Emitter (refill characters' health when close by)
The Portal 2 pack includes 5 test chambers and a boss. There were more chambers included in the base game story level, though it took me about the same time to complete both. However, I would have liked to have seen extra effort put into the pack along with a longer level compared to the base game seeing as I purchased this separately. If you played the Portal 2 level in the base game then you'll know what to expect. These puzzles are around the same difficulty level, but with more use of the blue and orange paint that is used to speed up your character or make them jump really high. The Sentry Turret is used in a few places to trigger switches that move pieces of the wall, and the Companion Cube is used throughout to trigger buttons. On the presentation side, Wheatley follows you through the entire level with his typical funny banter, and GLaDOS doesn't stop with her sarcastic and equally humorous lines. The look of the level (and the adventure world that you unlock with the purchase of Chell) is spot-on as it mimics the Portal 2 universe very accurately. One problem I had while playing the level through a second time would have been game-breaking if I wasn't able to fix it. After being upgraded, the Sentry Turret stopped triggering switches. I had to quit out of the level and reset the Sentry Turret's default toy tag in order to fix it. Hopefully they patch this soon.
To be honest, playing the Portal 2 adventure world had me quite confused. It's seemingly very large and sprawls horizontally and vertically. All of the vertical traversing had me lose my sense of direction within a couple of minutes each time I entered the world. Having a map here seems almost necessary in order to explore every area. When you compare it to the other adventure worlds that have a natural progression between areas and a less vertical landscape, it comes across like a mess of platforms and puzzles. I was excited to be able to play more puzzles while in the adventure world which somewhat made up for the lesser number of puzzles included in the story level. They aren't quite as complex, but still fun to complete nonetheless. The world combines designs of Portal 2's early levels (plain white test chambers) and later levels (brown decaying rooms covered in greenery) to create an interesting mix.
The fact that this Portal 2 Level Pack closely matches its blockbuster counterpart means that fans of the series will absolutely have to pick it up. The same could be said for anyone looking for a bit more of a challenge in the Lego Dimensions universe. However, when you finish the short story level and arrive in the adventure world, you run the risk of getting lost forever in GLaDOS' dastardly test chambers.
- + The portal mechanic and overall presentation offer an authentic experience
- + Large adventure world to explore
- + Sentry Turret has a cool flying ability
- - Confusing adventure world layout will make you wish there was a map
- - Not many puzzles in the story level
- - A potentially game-breaking bug may occur