Behold, our favorite Portal 2 Easter egg by far. You thought the turret opera during the single player’s ending was heart-achingly beautiful already? When the lyrics have been translated from Italian to English and you realize how much bittersweet metaphor is woven into every line, you’ll get chills. When you reflect on the possible relationship between GLaDOS and Chell, you might cry. And when you notice that this is actually the voice of GLaDOS – Ellen McLain is an opera singer in addition to a voice actress – you’ll want to put the video on repeat. Forever.
At the start of each cooperative course, above the menu you use to choose which test chamber you’d like to play, are two monitors with orange text running across them. Mixed in with a bunch of nonsense programming code are ingredients for the cake from Portal 1 (stuff like “chocolate cake mix,” “coconut frosting” and, of course, “fish shaped crackers”). A monitor like this was also present in the first game… it’s possible this is the exact same monitor copied over to Portal 2.
Course 4, Test Chamber 9
Unlocks “Party of Three” Achievement / Trophy
What’s the significance of this particular Companion Cube, and why is it so well hidden? It can’t be Chell’s original cube from Portal 1, as that was kicked out at the end of Portal 2’s single player, which takes place before the co-op. Regardless, simply catching a glimpse of this treasure will earn you an Achievement / Trophy… the trick is even getting to a place where that’s possible. Our video can point the way.
Technically not an Easter egg, but too cool and – since it’s unavailable to console players – too overlooked not to at least mention. Dumped without much promotion in the Extras menu of the PC version is an interactive Super 8 trailer that allows you to explore the classified government train car featured in the J.J. Abrams / Steven Spielberg summer movie. Study maps, listen to radio transmissions… oh, and crash in a fiery explosion, then be attacked by terrifying aliens. The usual.
Yeeeeaaaah, we’ve captured and freeze-framed a lot of trash chutes during the making of this feature, desperately hoping to prove this screenshot real. Sadly, we’re pretty sure it’s a fake. Still, we want to believe. Enjoy either way, and let us know if you’ve found any other Portal 2 Easter eggs by commenting below.
May 11, 2011
Portal 2 single player walkthrough
Video solutions to every puzzle in Portal 2's single player chapters
Portal 2 cooperative walkthrough
Our Portal 2 co-op video guide will help you and your frustrated friend from killing each other
Portal 2 Achievements and Trophies guide
Portal 2 has some tricky Achievements and Trophies to hunt down. Fortunately, we've got videos to help