Portal 2 as we all know has stolen our collective hearts (not mine, because I have sadly not played it yet) and is fast becoming the greatest game Valve has ever released (what was that? Oh yes, Half Life and Counter Strike are definitely up there, but we shall not follow that course of conversation for it inevitably leads to one of us giving the other a virtual punch on the nose) and is still racking up about 18,000 players on Steam these days. (Of course Counter Strike is still at the top. I shall politely refrain from saying anything further)
Of course, since it is one of Valve’s newer games, it needs Downloadable Content (DLC) to stay afloat (unlike some other Valve games) and Valve has announced that there is a new Downloadable Content Pack that is in the works for Portal 2. This content pack will contain new test chambers for players, leaderboards, challenge mode for single and multiplayer modes, and more, and will be completely and utterly free on all platforms!
Again Portal 2 is going to have a free DLC pack in the near future for all platforms and will make sure that Portal 2 stays on top of Steam’s gaming stats.
(Addendum: This post was written in a strange kind of anti-Valve’s-new-games point of view. I assure you that it was humorous, and not cynical in any way. Counter Strike Portal 2 is the pinnacle of modern first person games.)
Portal 2 is going to be the best First Person Shooter (FPS) to come out this year. Or so I hope, for I really really suck at judging a game genre in which a hundred games are released every year. However, I am pretty sure Portal 2 will be the funniest FPS to come out this year, mostly because it takes itself too seriously (on purpose) and is ridiculously silly at times.
Take, for example, this advertisement for Portal 2‘s preorder that is going to hit the developer’s (Valve) digital distribution store Steam very soon. Released on Valentine’s Day, the ad mocks the concept of gifting ideas for the female species.
Okay, that’s about as far as I’m allowed to say without spoiling the entire advert for you. The thing is that it’s done very well (and probably within Valve’s Source engine, judging by the way things moved whenâ€¦ ermâ€¦ other things exploded). Watch the video here!
However, contrary to what the video says, Portal 2 is not available for preorder. At least not from my country (and not from my random Tor IP either). Is this another one of those Valve Time debacles? Is this a sick joke from Valve’s side, as we poor mortals refresh the Portal 2 page, hoping for a preorder? Is this the end of the world??
No, it’s probably just a mistake by the Portal 2 PR team. It’s alright everybody; we don’t need to do a flash protest here. Move along.
Well this is a first for both Valve and Sony. The highly anticipated successor to the really awesome First Person Puzzle Solver That Ate Your Brains Out While Being Ridiculously Funny Portal will very probably be one of the firsts in gaming history; Portal 2‘s PS3 version will come with an activation key for the Steam version to play on your PC (or Mac), completely free!
All you need to do is type up the key on Steam and voila, you’ll have Portal 2 waiting to be downloaded and played by you, the gamer on the go. Apparently, this cross-platform gaming will also include PS3-to-PC chatting between players, and might also involve a good deal of cross-platform play (obviously) and will include syncs between your PlayStation Network (PSN) ID and your Steam account.
However, the clincher is that the PS3 version will include SteamCloud support which means that if you save at a certain point on your PS3, it syncs to Steam’s servers, and you can start the game from the exact place on your PC! So, just in case GLaDOS screws you over at a certain level and you decide to throw your controller at your PS3 very forcibly (thereby killing it instantly), fear not for SteamCloud will come to the rescue (of your game, not your console).
Here’s to looking at more console and PC friendships!
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CES is not the place where you would normally expect news about upcoming games. However, Neowin and 1Up has managed to pick up an interesting tid-bit about Portal 2.
Motion Controllers are quite the rage these days. Kinects have been flying off shelves ever since it was introduced, and Sony is trying its best cash-in with PlayStation Move. However, PC users need not feel left out. Razer has developed a motion controller targeted at PC gamers. Unlike other motion controllers, Razer’s Sixense doesn’t use ultrasonic rays or cameras. Instead it uses magnetic sensors. The Sixense, which seemed to be genuinely fun and interesting, was demoed at Quakecon ’09 and at last year’s CES.
At CES 2011, Razer is showing off Sixense once again. This time around the game being used for the demo is Portal 2. Although it’s possible that a modified version of Portal 2 was used for the demo, we are hoping that the final release version will also include support for Sixense. Valve had earlier stated that Portal 2 won’t support the PlayStation Move. But, you never know. If they do include motion control in the PC version, it might be added to the console version too.
Bad news folks. Portal 2, the sequel to the mind-bendingly awesome Portal, has been delayed to April 18, 2011. This will undoubtedly upset the fans of the original innovative puzzle game that edged out many high-budget blockbusters to win over 30 game of the year awards. But then, this is Valve we are talking about. Did any of you actually expect them to deliver this on time? Heck, the two months delay is a pretty small deal when compared with some of Valve’s previous schedule slippages. Here’s Valve’s tongue-in-cheek press release:
Valve today announced that Portal 2â€” the sequel to the ground-breaking title that won over 30 game of the year awards, despite missing its original ship dateâ€”will now be available the week of April 18th, 2011. This two month slip not only marks the shortest delay in Valve’s proud tradition of delays, it represents the approaching convergence of Valve Time and Real Time. Though this convergence spells doom for humanity, it will not affect the new Portal 2 release date.
Valve might not be known for delivering games on time, but they are definitely known for their quality. Let’s hope that Portal 2 will truly live up to Valve’s reputation.
Do you have a thing for robots? Specifically robot cuddling? No? Well, Valve does (click for more screenshots!). After releasing quite a few Portal 2 videos Valve has decided to tease gamers a bit more by releasing screenshots of the upcoming game’s cooperative gameplay-ish-ness.
While the original Portal was, simply put, a puzzle first person platformer, Portal 2 wishes to ante up the awesomeness bar as a sequel by introducing more psuedo-physics-based gadgetry and newer gaming modes to keep interest levels high. Cooperative play was a much desired addition to the Portal series and Valve has showered their fans with this goodie-goodie multiplayer mode to their much touted sequel.
The robots in question are the Personality Core endowing robot along with a Sentry Gun robot (or so it seems) and each carries one half of the Portal gun. Players take control of either one of the robots while their pal controls the other and they have to work together to leave the room. I can already see myself dying over and over and over at the hands of my co-op partner. Sigh.
So, what do you think, gamers? Will Portal 2′s cooperative multiplayer increase the longevity of the game, or will it just bring down the sequel entirely?
Yes, Portal 2 is going to be awesome way more awesome than the original Portal. Hopefully.
Here is 10 minutes and 53 seconds of exactly why Portal 2 is going to be awesome.
That is a compiled video of all demo videos released during E3
Of course, as long as Wheatley’s voice is not retained. (We are used to forced cuteness without emotion, aren’t we?) There is of course, much that will be added in due course. ALSO we are missing our dear companion cube! What is that wretched box of glass that has taken your place, my dear friend-that-has-a-heart-on-all-six-sides? What other opinions do you have about Portal 2?