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Lego Dimensions: Portal 2 Level Pack for PS4, PS3, Wii U, Xbox One and Xbox 360

I don’t really understand why Traveller’s Tales put Portal inside Lego Dimensions. It doesn’t really gel with the target audience and there’s no history of connection between the franchises. Miraculously, it works incredibly well.

The Portal level positions itself as a sort of sequel to Portal 2, with Chell returning to Aperture Science for another round against GLaDOS, with a very contrite Wheatley along for the ride. There’s really not much actual story, but the writing is just as good as in the main games. GLaDOS, Wheatley and Cave Johnson all get some great lines with the general tone of Portal converting surprisingly well over to Lego form. The voice acting and general design of the Portal 2 Level Pack are really what sets it apart.

In this pack you get a minifigure Chell, a Lego Companion Cube and a Turret. This pack plays quite differently to anything in the Starter Pack, being entirely puzzle based with no combat. Chell is armed with a Portal gun meaning that you are completing very simplified Portal puzzles, with the gels from Portal 2 thrown in for good measure. The Companion Cube isn’t very interesting, just being there for putting on switches and the turret works like a vehicle. Neither objects are used especially well, but the simple puzzling was enough. None of it was difficult, but it does require a level of thought that you never need in the main game.

When you complete the roughly hour long mission included you’re thrown into the open Adventure world. It’s more vertically oriented than those in the Starter pack, covering the old Aperture at the bottom working all the way up to the surface at the top. It is significantly more enjoyable to explore than the Adventure Worlds included in the Starter Pack and much more can be achieved just by Chell and her Portal gun. There are still things I couldn’t do without characters I don’t have, but I was able to do all the fun stuff.
I’m not convinced that the venn diagram convergence between Lego and Portal fans is particularly big, but if you are there this one is a no brainer. Hell, it’s probably the closest we’ll ever get to a Portal 3!

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