Portal: Prelude


released on Oct 09, 2008

Portal: Prelude, as its name states it, is a prequel to the game Portal. Its story revolves around the pre-GlaDOS epoch, even before she was plugged in. At this time, test subjects were monitored by real Aperture Science employees whose work was tedious, lengthy and repetitive. This is why they decided to build a great artificial intelligence that could both replace them in these difficult tasks, but also take responsibility for many other tasks within the complex and compete with Black Mesa's superiority. All employees of the Aperture Science complex are now eagerly awaiting GlaDOS. Maybe even a little too eagerly, as the upcoming events will tell...

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ENG: Undoubtedly the first BIG Portal mod. It shows us an Aperture Science before the activation of GlaDOS in which scientists with doubtful ethics and morality will put us to test.
Unfortunately what condemns this mod from the very beginning of the game is its unfair difficulty. Having to solve, mostly, puzzles that are difficult mostly because we have a time limit. Obviously the original Portal had puzzles of this type, but did not exaggerate so much.
It's also worth mentioning that all the dialogue in the game is recorded with TTS (Text-To-Speech) which is actually... not a bad thing. There will be those who don't like it and take it out of the immersion. But in view of the fact that it doesn't sound that bad (especially the British accent) I for one let them slide.
To summarize, the mod is bad due to the fact that most of the time it's about solving lousy designed puzzles. However, some puzzles that are truly innovative and the sadistic tone on the part of the scientists saves it from utter mediocrity.
ESP: Sin lugar a dudas el primer GRAN mod de Portal. Nos muestra un Aperture Science antes de la activación de GlaDOS en el cual científicos con dudosa ética y moralidad nos pondran a prueba.
Lamentablente lo que condena a este mod desde muy al comienzo del juego es su injusta dificultad. Teniendo que resolver, mayoritariamente, puzzles que son difíciles más que nada porque tenemos un tiempo límite. Obviamente el Portal original tenía puzzles de este tipo, pero no exageraba tanto.
También cabe mencionar que todo el diálogo del juego está grabado con TTS (Text-To-Speech) lo cual en realidad... no es malo. Habrá quien no le guste y lo saque de la inmersión. Pero en vista de que no suena tan mal (sobre todo el acento británico) por mi parte se las dejo pasar.
Para resumir, el mod es malo debido a que la mayor parte del tiempo se trata de resolver puzzles pésimamente diseñados. Sin embargo, algunos puzzles que son realmente innovadores y el tono sádico por parte de los científicos lo salva de la absoluta mediocridad.

nothing like a game where the first thing that happens is it sexually harasses you

A bit awkward now that Portal 2 established a canon explanation of events leading up to the first game. The actual quality of the mod can be a little hit or miss however. Since it reuses so much of its level design from Portal The Flash Version, it tends to have very cheap death tricks as opposed to good puzzles. Still one of the better mods for Portal 1.