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is it ok to play portal 2 without having played portal 1?

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asked 8 years ago in GeneralGeneral by anonymous  

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I'm pretty sure you would be a bit lost, and I'm betting the atmosphere of P2 builds on P1.

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I would suggest playing first one.
answered 8 years ago by qazqazqaz Adept (782 points)   4 13
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it is not required to play the first 1,but still i would suggest you play the first one,so you can get the clear idea about what portal is and the characters
answered 8 years ago by Forsc Adept (753 points)   8
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Portal 2 is a sequel to Portal 2, however Portal wasn't very story heavy.

I would say it's OK to play Portal 2 without having playing Portal 1, but you should just for the fun of it. It really only takes a few hours to complete anyway.
answered 8 years ago by mrtowel Prince (27,434 points)   8 18 41
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Portal 2 is a stand-alone game, not an expansion. Meaning the developer has the new user in mind just as they do the veterans of the original.

The game will have a tutorial at the beginning of a new game, so you will be good to go. You may want to play the original just for the story/experience!
answered 8 years ago by ctck Soldier (2,197 points)   1 5 47
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Portal 1 didnt really have much of a story so yeah its ok

If You Preordered It You Get Portal 1 Anyways
answered 8 years ago by dark788 Soldier (2,610 points)   7 15 36
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You may be a bit lost if you haven't played Portal 1, but like some said, Valve designed it for the new player and the old player alike. So even if you didn't play Portal 1, I'm sure they'll explain the story so far during the initial moments of Portal 2. And if they don't, well, you will understand it anyway, it's not that hard (although I think you should play it anyway)
answered 8 years ago by markitou Journeyman (714 points)   1 16
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i would recommend reading the story of portal 1 and then playing portal 2
answered 8 years ago by drakaenae King (41,339 points)   5 9 79
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Since the story line is a continuation of the first portal I would recommend playing portal 1 first. While the second game may be fun, it's storyline would probably not make much sense to you without any previous knowledge.
answered 8 years ago by Mr.TwisT Journeyman (621 points)   7
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Yes, its totally ok, Portal 1 would just give you a better view of what the game is like.
answered 8 years ago by l4d2bob Grandmaster (11,115 points)   5 10 48
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As many have no doubt said, play the first one. It's a terrific game and you won't regret it.
answered 8 years ago by Onematty Journeyman (741 points)   11
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It's okay, but you'll probably miss out on a lot of the jokes and various humor. I haven't actually played the game but based on what I've heard that's the case.
answered 8 years ago by nabramson Mercenary (1,899 points)   2 6 32
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It's ok. Portal 1 wasn't story oriented. It's short and more towards a tech demo.
answered 8 years ago by xboxer King (32,462 points)   6 11 48
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Portal 2 is a fine stand alone game and does not require you to play Portal 1 first. The only benefit is to have some understanding of the game story but its not required for the actual game play.
answered 8 years ago by GeekPuppet Mercenary (1,023 points)   1 2 25
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i would say no, portal 1 is classic
answered 8 years ago by Stimes Rookie (284 points)   1
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The story in Portal isn't exactly complicated.  I'd definitely suggest playing the first game regardless because its an insanely fun game, however I'm rather sure you could quite easily make it through the entire second game without a problem if you've never played the first.
answered 8 years ago by Xeteh Journeyman (616 points)   3
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Well in fact it is ok to play it without playing portal 1 first  , since you get some intro levels in portal 2 first.

But to understand the story how and why portal 2 begun , i would suggest to play portal 1 first so you get the point of everything. (GLaDOS and the test chambers , and why you were chosen for these tests.)
answered 8 years ago by RageQuit Soldier (2,345 points)   1 4 17
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I'm pretty sure you would be a bit lost, and I'm betting the atmosphere of P2 builds on P1.

answered 8 years ago by Malthran Newbie (154 points)   1
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It is perfectly OK. Portal 2 has tutorials at the beginning (From what I've heard) so anyone can play it wihtout any prior knoweldge.

 

However if you want to optimise your gaming experience, you should play Portal 1 first! smiley

answered 8 years ago by Daniel Supermeganerd Rookie (262 points)  
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If you have an nvidia game card, you can play a bit of portal 1 for free

http://www.steampowered.com/nvidia/

 

Its a much cleaner enviroment to start with,

answered 8 years ago by fred1793 Rookie (254 points)  
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There is no need to play the first one, although I would suggest that you do. Both are great games, and you get Portal 1if you preordered Portal 2 on steam.
answered 8 years ago by SnakePL Adept (799 points)   7
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At first the game revolves around the puzzles more than the story. You'd be taken by surprise about what happens in the later stages of the puzzle. I'd recommend you to play portal 1 before playing portal 2, to know more about GLaDOS and the famous "cake is a lie" meme. Also, Coultan's song would make much less sense if you hadn't played the first part.
answered 8 years ago by gamerx1990 Mercenary (1,491 points)   2 18
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No. Playing Portal 1 first will give you a clear shot of what the meaning is of Portal and how you need to play it. Playing Portal 2 straight on will give you the idea "huh?"
answered 8 years ago by Jaws444 Hero (3,876 points)   1 4 39
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you should probaly play one first, its only ten dollars: http://store.steampowered.com/app/400/ and you will understand the story better
answered 8 years ago by asdf Mercenary (1,154 points)   10 15 22
edited 5 years ago by chronodev
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Sure it is. You problably won't get the best experience story line wise if you haven't played the first one before portal 2. Portal 2 does a good job of bringing you up to speed on the story line if you didn't play portal 1.
answered 8 years ago by BobDorian Hero (3,769 points)   2 7 34
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It is ok, but you will lose some details in the history and a lot of humour :)
answered 8 years ago by luke_triton Journeyman (698 points)   13
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I think you should play the first one before starting second one
answered 8 years ago by Haloweeboe Champion (5,146 points)   2 8 19
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There isn't really any punishment for not playing Portal 1 first. You might not understand it a bit but it's highly recommended.
answered 8 years ago by Alchemistlord Mercenary (1,154 points)   3 15
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if your getting it off steam spend the extra 5 bucks to get the double package you learn the basics plus the fun storyline that should help you understand
answered 8 years ago by NerdyNerdIsNerd Journeyman (725 points)   2

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