Posted on May 31, 2011, CJ Miozzi Top 10 Portal 2 Mods
The Portal 2 mod authoring tools have been out for three weeks, and though the modding community is still fledgling, here are some of the most popular user-made test chambers that have been released to date.
All these science mods are made of asbestos, by the way — keeps out the rats. Let us know if you feel a shortness of breath, a persistent dry cough or your heart stopping, because that’s not part of the mod — that’s asbestos.
No, that’s not a typo. It’s the British spelling. Deal with it.
Once your eyes have recovered from the initial shock of those garish colors, you’ll be reassured to know that that is not an in-game screenshot, but an in-editor screenshot.
colors is a co-op and single player map pack for Portal 2 which features custom textures, sounds, and puzzles. The focus is on synesthesia, puzzle solving, and cooperation.
Identity is a work in progress, but three of the planned six test chambers are currently playable. Each chamber focuses on one Portal feature.
This haunting trailer speaks volumes more than any description can provide:
I get the impression this isn’t for Portal newbs.
3. Kl Test Map
Here is a small map that doesn’t require quick reflexes and complex timings, but it may still stump you for a good ten minutes as you think your way through it.
4. Lots of Faith
The above video shows a playthrough of this co-op test chamber filled with faith plates, those vertigo-inducing flippers that launch you into the air.
Don’t have a friend to play with? Just input a console command at the menu and you can play it solo.
5. Sphere of Roundness
No, this is not a product of the Department of Redundancy Department. It’s a small, 1940s-themed singleplayer sphere that needs testing. Although short, the quality is top-notch.
The video above is a complete playthrough, so it contains spoilers.
This is a medium-difficulty co-op map. You don’t need extreme precision or timing, but it can nonetheless be a challenge to get both players out of the chamber. I won’t say more — it would spoil the surprise.
7. The Unknown
The above video is safe to watch — it’s a trailer.
In this map, you awake in a pile of broken glass, with a pounding headache and no memory of how you got there. Your goal is to find your portal gun and escape from the building.
8. Cassata Chamber
Here is a map with challenging puzzles that will keep you thinking.
Fun fact: Cassata is a type of Sicilian cake. Hidden joke?
9. The halls of Menoetius
The video above is a playthrough, but you should watch the first couple minutes just to get a firm grasp of how much of a mindf*** this co-op map is.
This unique map is one very small and self-contained puzzle that involves no use of portal guns at all. To solve the puzzle, you need teamwork and brain power.
Once you know what to do, the chamber can be solved in a couple minutes, but I can guarantee it’ll take you much longer than that to puzzle your way through it.
10. Old Faithful
From the mapper who created Sphere of Roundness, this map focuses on a single gameplay element, rather than making use every feature available like its predecessor. It also follows the loose premise of “What if aperture had tested faith plates in the 1950s?”