1. Portal 2

Release Date: April 19
Platforms: 360/PC/PS3

Making a sequel to one of the best-loved games of all time was risky business, but Valve delivered. The portal mechanics are as good as ever, the story much expanded, the puzzles challenging. The only thing that there was less of was humor, which took a bit of a back seat [Ed.—at least until you got to the equally incredible co-op version]. Fine by us; we were a little sick of the meme jokes anyway. If Portal was a triumph, Portal 2 is a natural extension of that triumph—and the best game we’ve played so far this year.

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