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is portal 1 necessary for 2?

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asked 6 years ago in PuzzlePuzzle by anonymous  

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No, it's not necessary, however I would highly recomend you play it anyway.  There really is not that much story information that takes place during the game, but it is an excellent game that will leave you familiarized with the Portal series.

So while you would definitely be better of playing Portal 1 before Portal 2, it is not necessary.
answered 6 years ago by mrtowel Prince (27,434 points)   8 18 41
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I would recommend playing the first as you won't understand many of the jokes or characters. You can beat the first in under two hours so it doesn't take long.
answered 6 years ago by Death31133 Mercenary (1,058 points)   1 1 19
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It's like watching Back to the Future II without having watched Back to the Future.
answered 6 years ago by sternslovchild Initiate (335 points)   4
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you're not really missing out on the story, but you are missing out on an awesome gaming experience if you don't play it. there's a reason the original portal won over 30 goty awards.
answered 6 years ago by jaykay Master (8,580 points)   5 7 51
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No, I wouldn't say so. Portal 2 does a good job of introducing new playes into the story line and the puzzles are all introduced again. But I would recomend playing through Portal 1 if you really like Portal 2. Both the games are great and are worth playing through imo.
answered 6 years ago by BobDorian Hero (3,769 points)   2 7 34
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You should fit right into Portal 2 without having to play Portal 1 although they may be certain references that you don't get from Portal 1.
answered 6 years ago by SgtDom592 Newbie (156 points)   2
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Not necessary but good to have since you will know the story before you embark on Portal 2.
answered 6 years ago by xboxer King (32,462 points)   6 11 48
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No. Portal 1 is not necessary to play Portal 2. Although i highly recommend playing Portal 1 first so you will know what the whole story is of Portal.
answered 6 years ago by Jaws444 Hero (3,876 points)   1 4 39
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Not at all! There's no pre-requirement in terms of installing portal 2. Nevertheless, it is highly recommended (as you can see by everyone else answering!)

I found the game very fulfilling personally!
answered 6 years ago by Ether Journeyman (633 points)   12
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Agree with most others, no but the story would mean a little more with Portal 1 for context.
answered 6 years ago by dusmf Adept (821 points)   1 1 12
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No, but you should play it anyway.
answered 6 years ago by phosphorus Journeyman (640 points)   7
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It is definitely not necessary, but it is probably better to be familiar with the story in Portal 1 to fully enjoy the story in Portal 2.
answered 6 years ago by bcoronado1 Journeyman (624 points)   8
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no, it isn't necessary cuz portal 2 reviews everything you need to know to play the game and recaps some of the plot
answered 6 years ago by drakaenae King (41,339 points)   5 9 79
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Nope, not necessary at all, but highly enjoyable and recommended
answered 6 years ago by shoricsmat Grandmaster (12,671 points)   6 11 46
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No, not at all.
answered 6 years ago by l4d2bob Grandmaster (11,115 points)   5 10 48
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No but portal 1 kind of gives you the basics and starts out the cake is a lie and is really fun i recommend  you go on steam and download the free demo of portal 1 first slice then you can learn the basics first at least although you won't have learned about orange portals and the killing robots
answered 6 years ago by djs Soldier (2,570 points)   3 10 39
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It's not necessary but the storyline is a direct continuation of the first game. The first game only takes 2-3 hours to beat anyway, so you might as well.
answered 6 years ago by Saffir Journeyman (634 points)   5
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Honestly unless it is a direct continuity in story such as a Mass Effect no game's first attempt is never needed though with Portal it is just fun to play the first to get the idea of Cake and all the sarcasm of Glados in the 2nd game.
answered 6 years ago by Ashe_Darkthorne Newbie (150 points)  
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No, but I still recommend playing the first one.
answered 6 years ago by GrammarFuhrer Journeyman (702 points)   4
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This is a matter of opinion; there is no strict rule saying you must play Portal before Portal 2, however it would make little sense to not do so. Portal 2 continues the story of Portal and has a lot of references back to it; the entire dialouge between the protagonist and GLaDOS revolves around their previous encounters in Portal and these are not described in detail at any point in Portal 2.
answered 6 years ago by Javindo Adept (849 points)   1 7
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Well, no, but if you want to truly understand the backstory to Portal, I insist you play the first one.
answered 6 years ago by Reil Adept (955 points)   1 14
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It's not necessary, but you'll miss out of some of the jokes and sarcasm of GLaDOS
answered 6 years ago by Zenphic Adept (763 points)   5

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