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Old 01-26-2008, 10:56 PM   #1
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Portal achievement guide

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Lab Rat 5
Acquire the fully powered Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device.

-Story related. It happens in chamber 11 when the Portal gun is spinning and firing ORANGE portals on the wall. You should get it as soon as you grab the gun.

Fratricide 5
Do whatever it takes to survive.

-Story related. This happens at the end of the companion cube chamber. You nee to incinerate the companion cube . Just put the cube on the button, then go into the newly opened room. Press the button, grab the companion cube, and drop it in the furnace. If you don't get it when you drop it in the furnace, it should pop up before the next level in the elevator.

Partygoer 5
Make the correct party escort submission position decision.

-Story related. Happens in chamber 19. When you finish you should be on a platform and moving into the furnace. Instead of going into the furnace (which some people think is the end of the game) shoot a portal on the far wall and another on the wall to your left or right when you can. Jump in and it should unlock shortly after.


Heartbreaker 10
Complete Portal.

-Simple just finish the game and don't go into the furnace at then end of Chamber 19


Terminal Velocity 5
Fall 30,000 feet.

-Find a surface where you can shoot a portal directly above and below you. Place the portals and you should be continuely falling. Leave and come back in 2-3 minutes and you should have it. It is important that you do not touch to floor AT ALL when you are falling


Long Jump 5
Jump 300 feet

-When you are moving through the machienery parts of the game (after you escape from the furnace) you should come to a room with many holes in the wall with turrets. Clear them out and to get to the next part (you must be in the highest hole in the wall so take out that turret last) put a portal on the ledge sticking diagonally outward across from you. Then jump out and place a portal below you and jump in. You should catapult out. Shoot another portal where you land and you should fly out again. Then you should see another diagonal ledge. Put a portal on it and another portal below where you land. You should get to the ledge where you need to go AND get the achievement. As with Terminal Velocity, don't touch any walls when going throguh the portals

Cupcake 10
Beat two Portal advanced maps

- See "Vanilla Crazy Cake"

Fruitcake 20
Beat four Portal advanced maps

- See "Vanilla Crazy Cake"

Vanilla Crazy Cake 30
Beat all six Portal advanced maps.

-Advanced maps are modified versions of the old chambers (obviously tougher). There are a total of six of them. You unlock them when you finish the game for a first time. Youtube has plenty of videos showing how to complete them

Basic Science 10
Earn bronze medals on all Portal challenges
- See "Aperture Science"

Rocket Science 20
Earn silver medals on all Portal challenges

-See "Aperture Science"

Aperture Science 40
Earn gold medals on all Portal challenges.

-When you finish the game you unlock the advanced maps and the challenge maps. These take place on the same maps as the advanced. They are the same as the old maps, but you are challenged with how to complete them. You can choose the challenges "Least Portals" , "Least Time" or "Least Steps". When you finish the map, depending on how many portals, steps and seconds you use or take, you are given a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or no medals. When you are selecting the map and challenge type you wan to do, it gives you a set goal of steps, seconds, and portals. To get bronze, you must get the same amount or less than the amount given. For Gold and Silver, it takes off from the number at the end of the course.

A good may to minimize steps is to shoot a portal on the ground of where you need to go. Then shoot a portal under you. You should be in a loop. When you come out the side that you want to be on, shoot the portal of the color that you came through (EX, shoot a blue under you, shoot an ornage when you come out) onto another surface. You should be where you need to be and not have taken any steps.

Youtube has many videos of showing how to do the steps and portals, but for time, you are going to have to memorize the course and do it as quick as possible. Good luck!

Here is a site that helps with both the Advanced and Challenge levels:
http://www.portalwalkthroughs.com/


Camera Shy5
Detach security cameras from the walls.

-There are always cameras...watching. Place portals on them and they will fall off the wall. They appear in this order:

Chamber 2
01) By the door.
02) By the first blue portal.
03) Above large window in the main chamber.

Chamber 3
04) By the puzzle sign.
05) By the orange portal.
06) By the exit.

Chamber 4
07) By the button.
08) By the exit.

Chamber 5
09) Above puzzle sign.
10) By the door.
11) By the exit.

Chamber 10
12 entry stairs

Chamber 11
13) Above top entry passage.

Chamber 13
14) In the top entry passage.
15) Outside the 1st door.
16) In the exit passage.

Chamber 15
17) On the entry passage.
18) On the back wall.
19) On the 2nd room side wall.
20) In the 3rd room top stairs.
21) On the lift room entrance.

Chamber 16
22) In the 1st room.
23) In the 2nd room.
24) On the wall behind 3rd turret.
25) Opposite of the button
26) Go through the button door and you'll see it.

Chamber 17
27) End of the 2nd ball corridor.
28) Above left door at cross roads.

Chamber 18
29) At turret chamber entrance.
30) In the flinging room.

Chamber 19
31) 1st room wall.
32) By the door button.
33) Moving platform section.

*Taken from The Orange Box achievement Guide

Friendly Fire 5
Knock down a turret with another turret

-Easily done in chamber 16 with the crap load of turrets. After you get by the long hallway with two turrets facing each other, there are two turrets next to each other. Run in before they see you and pick one up. Throw it at the other and it should unlock if it falls over.


Well that's it. I hope you guys found this helpful.

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Old 01-27-2008, 01:33 AM   #2
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Great guide, and now we have the full set of achievement guides.
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there seems to be a glitch with the "cake" achievements on the advanced maps. sometimes, if you turn off your xbox, and come back to play later, it will have lost your progress. if you get 2/2 on the first achievement, the ones after it will still say you've done 2. but when you do the next map, they'll drop down to 1/4 and 1/6.

the best way to avoid this is to make permanent (new) saves right before the exit on each advanced map you complete. that way if you can't do it all at one time, you can always reload those saves.

does anyone know if the "science" achievements are similarly glitched? haven't tried those yet and there ain't enough save slots for that one. i'd hate to have to go get golds all at the same time...
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I haven't had a problem with that glitch yet. I have two of the cake achievements. I never bothered to look at the in game guide though so maybe it is something that sorts itself out.
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Could we possibly get a sticky on this since the other guides do? If not, ok, if so, thanks
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there seems to be a glitch with the "cake" achievements on the advanced maps. sometimes, if you turn off your xbox, and come back to play later, it will have lost your progress. if you get 2/2 on the first achievement, the ones after it will still say you've done 2. but when you do the next map, they'll drop down to 1/4 and 1/6.

the best way to avoid this is to make permanent (new) saves right before the exit on each advanced map you complete. that way if you can't do it all at one time, you can always reload those saves.

does anyone know if the "science" achievements are similarly glitched? haven't tried those yet and there ain't enough save slots for that one. i'd hate to have to go get golds all at the same time...
I had that same glitch happen to me on the advanced maps. You are correct. Saving in one slot all the time pretty much fixes it.

I don't think the Science achievements are the same way.

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I had that same glitch happen to me on the advanced maps. You are correct. Saving in one slot all the time pretty much fixes it.
one slot for each yeah. it's a work around, and once you've gotten the achievements you can just delete those saves.

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god i sure hope not. i'll get around to those at some point...
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Maybe if you teach us all the easy way to get golds on every challenge they will sticky.



Has anyone done that with the 360 version? Seems like most of the Youtube videos are PC runs.
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Maybe if you teach us all the easy way to get golds on every challenge they will sticky.



Has anyone done that with the 360 version? Seems like most of the Youtube videos are PC runs.
Well first of all, I haven't done every map challenge and gotten gold. I have gotten most of them, but not all.

Second, this is not a gold medal walkthrough. It is a guide for the achievements in the game. I am not going to center my guide around a set of achievements because people are too lazy to look them up or try themselves.

When I finish the golds I might try a guide but with school and sports going on for me, don't hold your breath

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the golds are too hard! I finally gave up, maybe someday I'll go back and try again

I can do the least portal ones fine, just not the speed ones, not a fast enough thinker I suppose
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im not bragging or anything but i did get gold on all challenges for the 360 version so it is possible. Ill admit though, some were really hard, they took practice
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very neat, good job
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im not bragging or anything but i did get gold on all challenges for the 360 version so it is possible. Ill admit though, some were really hard, they took practice
Did you have to change the sensitivity of the controller? I keep missing the timed runs by a second over and over it's very frustrating.

To the guy who made this thread I was just joking about the gold medals thing. It would be impossible to tell anyone how to do it anyway and all the Youtube videos are people doing it on PC even though they are very helpful.
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Has anyone done that with the 360 version? Seems like most of the Youtube videos are PC runs.
There are a handful of people who have, myself among them. While yes, nearly all the videos are done on the PC, most contain some strategy that can be modified slightly and carried over to the Xbox.

In particular, the two hardest in my opinion are Chamber 16 Least Time and Chamber 17 Least Steps, both of which are (or at least seem to be) far easier on the PC.

The following two videos are the ones whose strategies I used (for the most part) in order to obtain Golds.




Edit: Forgot to mention, you must do nearly all challenges more than once to get the Gold, simply because few if any of them are easy enough to get in one go (whether you have a video or not). Practice really does make perfect.

For example, with Chamber 16 Least Time (the last Gold I got), I ran that circuit no less than 50 times, getting 0:53 (one second over gold) three times before I finally slipped into the zone and nailed the challenge at exactly 0:52.

And 17 Least Steps takes forever just because of the nature of the beast. Be patient, I took me half an hour to get all three platforms up.

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Edit: Forgot to mention, you must do nearly all challenges more than once to get the Gold, simply because few if any of them are easy enough to get in one go (whether you have a video or not). Practice really does make perfect.
the whole thing sounds like "adventures in grinding." i think i'm gonna go back and do these when i'm really bored and have exhausted every other game i own. :P
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Thanks for the links and encouragement Big D.

Hey arachno it's not really grinding as much as it is mastering some skills. It's a great feeling to get the gold. I have 6 so far.

Gold Challenges!

Timing and steps are tough. You definitely want to change the sensitivity of your sticks from default but not too much. Just tweak them up a little because you have to be able to spin around fast for the timed runs.

I want 100% on this game so bad I can taste it. And these gold challenges are the only major roadblock.

Oh yeah if you haven't played Portal yet then right from the start tweak both the H and V settings on your sticks in the menu up about 7 or 8 spots so you can get used to it while playing through the campaign. I didn't do it until I started going after golds and it took me awhile to adjust.
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I have 7 gold done and 8 bronze. I haven't really played this game much recently but if I find out sure-fire stratageis onhow to do them I will post
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the whole thing sounds like "adventures in grinding." i think i'm gonna go back and do these when i'm really bored and have exhausted every other game i own. :P
Though it isn't easy, it's not boring. I got all of my Golds in less than a week using Youtube videos. Most of them only take two or three trials to nail (Chamber 18 Least Time, for example, took me three for a Gold).
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to answer ur question jivet, NO i did not change my controller sensitivity but if i have it probably wouldve made it a little easier
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Thank you for making this guide. I said in another thread that there should be a Portal guide stickied, since the Half Life and Team Fortress ones are. I would try and add in a few tips but it looks like you've got everything covered. Nice job.
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Wow Level 16 timed seems impossible so far. I am coming nowhere close to the gold time and haven't even gotten silver yet. It's like you can't make a single wasted motion.
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I wasn't kidding. =P

I'm sure it can be done other ways, but practicing the video I linked was the only way I ever was able to accomplish it.

It should be noted that instead of dropping the cube and using Portals to knock over the turret as shown at 0:41-0:43, I tossed the cube at the second turret in the room prior to the one with the button, then used Portals to drop the closest of the turrets on the other turret visible from the doorway (the exit Portal doesn't need to be high up; in fact, it should only be no more than a foot off the ground on the wall next the the farther of the two turrets). To nail the third, you need only detach the camera from the wall behind it; said camera falls on the turret, knocking it over, by default.

That's a lot of words, but that process shouldn't take more than five to seven seconds. <_< Again, use that video I linked for the rest of the run.

I've considered making videos of Gold runs on the Xbox; however, I'm unsure whether or not I have the necessary equipment, and if not, how much it would cost.
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I guess that video you posted is the only chance there is of doing it in the 360 version. I tried using some other methods shown on Youtube but apparently the PC version is more forgiving when it comes to the turrets knocking you around.

I think I am getting there. I notice with these Portal maps if I load and reload too much it starts locking up my system. So I had to stop trying for awhile. I had the same problem on the first challenge map and it came and went so hopefully that's the case here.
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It should be noted that instead of dropping the cube and using Portals to knock over the turret as shown at 0:41-0:43, I tossed the cube at the second turret in the room prior to the one with the button, then used Portals to drop the closest of the turrets on the other turret visible from the doorway (the exit Portal doesn't need to be high up; in fact, it should only be no more than a foot off the ground on the wall next the the farther of the two turrets). To nail the third, you need only detach the camera from the wall behind it; said camera falls on the turret, knocking it over, by default.
Right now at 41 seconds I am basically right in front of the door of the room with 3 turrets with a companion cube in hand. I have tried the method you describe but I seem to be going smoother with the method shown in the video due to the nature of where I saved.

It's driving me insane. One time I had it but I didn't jump for some reason and I missed it by what must have been a millisecond. It's amazing how much variation you can have. The thing that's really screwing me up is shooting that last portal from the red button.

You know you are in trouble when you start thinking things like "man if only you could shoot a portal under that turret facing you". Now I need to try and sleep without being tormented by this stupid challenge.
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Who has managed to do Chamber 17 (chapter 9) least steps on the 360?
I can get to 108 steps right before the stairs leading up to the button near the end, but the people in the videos are at about 85 steps here.
What kind of run/jump technique did you use if you finished it?
I tried doing the recommended jump, crouch, jump while running thing but it was no better than just running and jumping.
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Who has managed to do Chamber 17 (chapter 9) least steps on the 360?
I can get to 108 steps right before the stairs leading up to the button near the end, but the people in the videos are at about 85 steps here.
What kind of run/jump technique did you use if you finished it?
I tried doing the recommended jump, crouch, jump while running thing but it was no better than just running and jumping.
As far as moving about in non-Portalable areas, it's a matter of getting down timing. I myself did no crouching, running while jumping every other step (again, it's a timing thing). Referring to the second video I posted earlier, you can stand perfectly still and manage to activate all three platforms. This method is admittedly based on fair amount on luck, however, and can take a while to get (took me 25 minutes to get all three platforms up).

The video below has an alternate method of raising the third platform (probably the hardest of the three to get up), though I admit I've not tried it. It also contains the method I used for delivery of the cube to the final section (leaving it next to an open Portal, and connecting it on the floor in the button room). Note that I wasn't able to Portal jump to the second platform and bounce (jump just as you land to preserve the momentum) to the third, but rather Portal jump to the first and bounce to the second. This adds a fairly inconsequential amount of steps, but you might be able to do it better than I.

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On the timed and least portal runs for Chamber 17 it seems people use a stack the camera's then stand on the companion cube way of getting up that wall. Is that possible on the 360 version?

There aren't many different videos out there of this run that I could find and in the regular game I tried doing something similar with unlimited time and found it nearly impossible.
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On the timed and least portal runs for Chamber 17 it seems people use a stack the camera's then stand on the companion cube way of getting up that wall. Is that possible on the 360 version?

There aren't many different videos out there of this run that I could find and in the regular game I tried doing something similar with unlimited time and found it nearly impossible.
Yeah I did that yesterday and managed.
For the timed one, you have to stack one camera if we're watching the same video, so do it exactly like he does it.
You can have either end up, but get the camera to stand up then put it a foot or so out from the wall and put the box in the crack.
The box will tilt, then jump up on the camera then up on the box and the ledge, turn around, crouch and pick the box up.

I tried doing the box jump glitch but after 20 minutes, could get up there no problem but without the box.

Just save every step of the way and use one camera to get up there.
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Old 02-07-2008, 10:28 AM   #29
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Thanks for the advice Woahh. I have a tip for people who are having a problem getting the camera to stand up the right way. When you drop to the floor, take out the camera that is above the hallway to your left as you enter the room from the top, wait until you are right below it before you shoot the second portal to make it fall and catch it before it hits the floor, it will be in the perfect setup to use as a step for the companion cube.

I did this several times and each time the camera fell and I caught it at the perfect angle. Then all you have to do is space it properly away from the wall you have to traverse so the companion cube will sit properly and you can hop up, turn, and grab it. I finished the challenge with 3 seconds to spare.

Just to clarify this is for the timed challenge in Chamber 17.
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Thank you for the portal achievement guide. It is very helpful!
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