by Alan Danzis
Spoiler: The Cake… Is A Lie?!
Platform: XBOX 360, PlayStation 3, Windows PC, Mac OS X
Portal is cited as having incredible game design for many reasons. Chief among them is the fact that the story unfolds at such a deliberately slow pace that gamers don’t even notice there is a story at first. As you make your way through each test chamber, you’ll start to notice your guide, GLaDOS, is getting increasingly sinister (and downright mean) in her interactions with you.
The test chambers also become more dangerous, even if GLaDOS continues to promise you a reward of cake at the end. After completing the final test chamber, you realize GLaDOS has put you on track to a pit of fire. You eventually escape through the back maintenance areas and see messages about “the cake is a lie.”
You eventually make your way to GLaDOS and destroy her (temporarily of course). A portal opens and you wind up on the surface. (And if you play through a patch of the PC version, retroactive continuity kicks in and you’re dragged away.) After the phenomenal closing credits, you actually do see a cake. But we’re pretty sure that cake wasn’t really meant for you…