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can u play portal 2 before portal 1?

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asked 8 years ago in GeneralGeneral by anonymous  

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Well of course you are able to play Portal 2 before playing Portal 1. Granted, you won't know much of the story at all, so I'd definitely recommend playing the original Portal so you can understand the story and get a feel for the game and how it's meant to be played.
answered 8 years ago by DrPixel Hero (3,373 points)   4 5 44
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You can, eventhough the strength is mostly in solving puzzles, but I'd recommend playing the first game if you want to follow the story. Believe me, it's not only puzzle based. Know more about GLaDOS, the cake and the party. It's fun to follow GLaDOS' insults and test results. Then play portal 2. You will be amazed. Please play from the first game.
answered 8 years ago by gamerx1990 Mercenary (1,491 points)   2 18
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Of course! The only disadvantage is that Portal 2 has alot of references from Portal 1 and if you play the first one, you'll have a much better understanding of the story.
answered 8 years ago by l4d2bob Grandmaster (11,115 points)   5 10 48
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lol...this is a personal choice and depends if you own one or two wich you prefer to play first...but i highly recomend you play one to appreciate what 2 has to offer and see the evolution of Portal...and the Ending song In Portal 1 is the funniest song you will ever hear
answered 8 years ago by Bear Jesus Journeyman (621 points)  
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Yes, Portal 1 really didn't have much of a story. The only thing you would be missing out on is becoming familiar with GLaDOS, tricks with the portal gun, and the Portal universe in general.

However, considering the first game is short and sweet I would definitely recomend you give it a run through. It will only take a few hours and you'll end up more comfortable with the game, and more adept at solving the puzzles.
answered 8 years ago by mrtowel Prince (27,434 points)   8 18 41
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Yes you can. You'll miss out on the story, but you can. I reccomend you play the first one as not to be confused when it comes to plot.
answered 8 years ago by Peljamon Initiate (417 points)   2
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You sure can if you want to play it for the gameplay, but if you want to play it for the great story i recomend playing the first one too.
answered 8 years ago by Ins1d3r Mercenary (1,224 points)   17
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sure it's possible to, but I'd suggest STRONGLY that you play the first one before 2 to ge the maximum effect.
answered 8 years ago by Regigigity Journeyman (643 points)   1 1 9
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Yeah of course but i would reccemend playing portal 1 first or you might not get the references and jokes
answered 8 years ago by dark788 Soldier (2,610 points)   7 15 36
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ya but you might not understand it very well. i believe portal 1 is free if you have a mac?
answered 8 years ago by drahkos Journeyman (624 points)   15
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you can and you wouldn't really miss much, but you should play the original game first. seriously, it earned over 30 Game of the Year Awards in 2007.

answered 8 years ago by jaykay Master (8,580 points)   5 7 51
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Yes you can play Portal 2 before Portal 1 since there wasn't much story to go by, and Portal 2 has a Recap in it.
answered 8 years ago by Albert Initiate (413 points)   2
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Yes you can.

But you may not understand the story. So it's best to start with 1 then move on to 2.
answered 8 years ago by xboxer King (32,462 points)   6 11 48
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yes, portal 2 is a stand alone game, but i'll be better if you play portal 1 cuz you'll know the plot before portal 2
answered 8 years ago by drakaenae King (41,339 points)   5 9 79
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Yes, you can. You may likely miss some references to the old game, but largely, as I understand, the games are quite separate. The only difference is that portal 2 is set  centuries after portal 1.
answered 8 years ago by elcidcampeon Adept (934 points)   15
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Yes , you can. But IMO you should play P1 first for it's great storyline.
answered 8 years ago by tomekbralek Journeyman (654 points)   3
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By playing Portal 1 you will know much more of the story then just playing Portal 2 straight on without knowing what happend before Portal 2.
answered 8 years ago by Jaws444 Hero (3,876 points)   1 4 39
edited 8 years ago by Jaws444
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Sure you can. But play portal 1 first. It's not long, and you will get the hang of the puzzles.
answered 8 years ago by boombar Newbie (152 points)   1
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Absolutely, but I'd recommend playing Portal 1 before if you have it.  That way you've already got a good understanding of the mechanics and can follow the story.

 

Not to mention Portal 1 is just a great experience on it's own.
answered 8 years ago by shoricsmat Grandmaster (12,671 points)   6 11 46
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Yes, but it may be a little hard and you will not understand much of the story
answered 8 years ago by asdf Mercenary (1,154 points)   10 15 22
edited 5 years ago by chronodev
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You will be able to play portal 2 before portal 1 even though you have only portal 2, but i recommend that you play portal 1 first to improve your curiousity for the story of portal 2.
answered 8 years ago by terran57 Journeyman (673 points)   2 13
edited 8 years ago by terran57
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Sure you can, but it is better to play portal 1 before. Portal 1 is amazing and you have to play it.
answered 8 years ago by Elrapt Journeyman (691 points)   16
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Yes, you can, however, you won't understand many things, but if you're not interested mainly in the storyline, you can have fun, as the game teaches you the basics, too, so you won't get stuck at an early stage of the game.
answered 8 years ago by trakk Rookie (279 points)   2
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While you can play Portal 2 without playing Portal 1 you will miss out on the story and gameplay. Just give Portal 1 a quick run through and then you will be ready for Portal 2 and get all the jokes and references. You also train for using the Portal Gun early and Portal 2 will be an easier and funnier game for it.
answered 8 years ago by free Mercenary (1,458 points)   1 13
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You can! But the storyline is a little bit un-understandable with this :D
answered 8 years ago by ketjatekos Journeyman (639 points)   7

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