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should I play portal 1 before buying portal 2?

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asked 6 years ago in GeneralGeneral by anonymous  

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Start with Portal 1! It's a short game anyway and it'll give you a chance to compare what's been added and reintroduced!

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Yes you should. the story line might not make much sense if you didn't play portal 1. Buy the XBLA game off of live. (Portal: Still Alive + its only 600 MSP)

PS: The cake is a lie.
answered 6 years ago by anonymous  
The vent is a lie too
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its not necessary cuz the game reintroduces everything but i would recommend it cuz portal 1 is a short game
answered 6 years ago by drakaenae King (41,339 points)   5 9 79
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Not really.

 

Just start with portal 2. It's supposed to be improved. Portal 1 is just the teaser and not much in terms of story.

 

But then again, you get Portal 1 for FREE if you buy Portal 2 before it launch so it won't hurt to play it first.
answered 6 years ago by xboxer King (32,462 points)   6 11 48
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you should, it's amazing and will give you an introduction to the kind of critical thinking that will be prevalent in portal 2. plus you can pick it up for pretty cheap right now, or if you order it off of steam you get a free copy of it. if you don't play it you'll miss out on all the awesome dialog from glados, but storywise it's not really neccessary.
answered 6 years ago by jaykay Master (8,580 points)   5 7 51
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YES DEFINITELY! Portal 1 was already amazing, and you need the background of the style of gameplay, thinking and getting used to portals before Portal 2. Plus its funny as hell.
answered 6 years ago by Babelfish112 Mercenary (1,000 points)   1 5 21
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I've yet to play the first Portal and I dont really plan to unless I come across The Orange Box so my guess is no it's not necessary.
answered 6 years ago by CBas Paragon (4,898 points)   3 8 41
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It depends if you really want feel this atmosphere you SHOULD.
answered 6 years ago by andrew.nobody1234 Mercenary (1,103 points)   4 19
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Yes. MAN! You can even get a free copy of portal from everyone who pre-ordered portal 2 to try. Awesome game, story and overall. Don't ruin the experience by playing Portal 2 at first. Yep, the cake is a lie.
answered 6 years ago by gamerx1990 Mercenary (1,491 points)   2 18
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Definitely.  It's a short and excellent game, and can be had cheap.
answered 6 years ago by TxdoHawk Mercenary (1,466 points)   1 1 17
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It's not 100% neccessary (well that happens with any game anyway, you could still play it and not understand jackshit), but it's advisable, because you may be lost during the game, and also because it's awesome.
answered 6 years ago by markitou Journeyman (714 points)   1 16
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You don't HAVE to, but you should do it. It's a great, worthwhile story. I'm sure it will be just as fun for you to play Portal 1 for the first time as it will be for others to play #2 for the first time. Then, when you get started on the sequel you'll have a lot more fun. You'll get all the jokes and the storyline will make a lot more sense.
answered 6 years ago by nabramson Mercenary (1,899 points)   2 6 32
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Preorder Portal 2 on steam and you get Portal 1.

 

I would suggest playing it. Portal 1 had a great story and wasnt especially lengthy. You can probably be done before you see any spoilers for Portal 2.
answered 6 years ago by MrMacMan Mercenary (1,236 points)   1 13
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You should actually, so you won't get confused that much on Portal 2. The story begins on Portal 1 too.
answered 6 years ago by JoeKun Newbie (152 points)   1
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Playing Portal 1 before Portal 2 is a good idea so you will know what the meaning is of Portal and to know how to play it.
answered 6 years ago by Jaws444 Hero (3,876 points)   1 4 39
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Since Portal 2 is meant to be designed to be a standalone game, you are still able to play Portal 2 with out having played Portal 1 at all and still enjoy it. I however, would not recommend this because Portal 1 is an amazing game that actually has a bit of story to it, mostly towards the last half of the game. It's a great game that everyone should play, and you might even be able to pick an extra copy up from one of your friends.
answered 6 years ago by DrPixel Hero (3,373 points)   4 5 44
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Portal 1 is awesome there is no reason to not play it if you have a chance of playing it before portal 2 as it is awesome and the stories do tie together
answered 6 years ago by dertz Newbie (151 points)  
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YES. Portal 1 wasn't expected to do a lot of sucess, but the outstanding game desgin, puzzles, humour and voice acting made it one of best games of 2007, plus, it's very short and if you are used to the mechanics of the game, Portal 2 will be a lot easier.
answered 6 years ago by luke_triton Journeyman (698 points)   13
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I recommend that you should play portal 1 first before buying portal 2 so that you can get a taste of what you are gonna get from portal 2.
answered 6 years ago by terran57 Journeyman (673 points)   2 13
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Yes you should its cheap and awesome
answered 6 years ago by Haloweeboe Champion (5,146 points)   2 8 19
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Yes, it will help you get started with the story of Portal and prepare you for Portal 2.
answered 6 years ago by Alchemistlord Mercenary (1,154 points)   3 15
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Yes, the story in Portal 2 will make a lot more sense and the jokes will be better if you play Portal first.
answered 6 years ago by pcberdwin Initiate (452 points)   1
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why not? buy it on steam with portal 2 in the package for an extra 5 bucks you'll get the basics the inside jokes and the story line much better than if you just started portal 2
answered 6 years ago by NerdyNerdIsNerd Journeyman (725 points)   2
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Unless you don't care about storyline it'd be a good idea!

It's a short game anyways, and adds to the experiance, storyline, and tension!
answered 6 years ago by Majigama Journeyman (663 points)   5
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It dose help if you play  portal 1 before portal 2 to understand the story line. i have only played portal 2 but luckily my step dad has told me all about the first game. and it sounds like im more of a portal 2 kind of guy.cheeky

answered 6 years ago by anonymous  
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Just play the first one first! It'll make so much more sence and it isnt that long anyway, just think, if you dont play the first one first, it'll be like walking in on half a movie, how shit would that be? And then you'll regret not playing it first, the series so far is that good thats there is no doubt that its worth playing together.. Do it!..
answered 4 years ago by anonymous  

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