Portal 2’s Co-Op mode just got a little larger with the release of Valve’s free “Peer Review” DLC, which adds more to the story of Atlas, P-Body, and everyone’s favorite passive-aggressive homicidal AI, GLaDOS.
In addition, the DLC pack adds challenge maps to both single player and co-op, as well as leaderboards so you can show off how great you are. Valve also decided to put Portal 2 on sale on Steam for just $14.99 until October 6th to celebrate, so get it if you don’t have it already.
Portal 2 just recently launched, but for some reason retailers all around have decided to slash the price on the title. GameStop is offering the console versions for $39.99, and physical PC copies for $29.99. Amazon is slightly undercutting this with the console versions for $34.99. Other retailers like BestBuy are marking the similar deals.
It’s hard to say whether these are temporary or permanent cut. Either way, if you’re looking for a great puzzler, $20 off or full retail price, you’ll probably get your money’s worth with Portal 2.
Multiplayer has been slowly triumphing over the single-player experience in recent years. Titles like Call of Duty are purchased, in many cases, completely for the multi-player experience, despite a polished single-player campaign. More and more companies are focused on adding in multi-player. But one company who may or may not come as as surprise is Valve. Journalist Geoff Keighly recently worked close with Valve on a Portal 2 iPad application that delved into the development of the title. According to Keighly, “Portal 2 will probably be Valve’s last game with an isolated single-player experience. Keighly says what this means “is something Newell is still trying to figure out.”
It’s been awhile since Valve has released a title that was completely single played focused. Portal and Half Life 2: Episode 2 in 2007 were the last titles they developed that were completely focused on single player. Since then, multiplayer titles like Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead have dominated their line-up. What does this mean for franchises like Half-Life? They’re probably still coming… Eventually. But it sounds like no matter what the title is, you’ll have a way to play with a buddy.
As long as there is an option to play alone or offline in a more story driven experience, I don’t think there’s much of a problem with it. I would raise concerns over the ability to tell a story, but I think Valve has proven themselves able to do that well even in an online environment. Any concerns on your part?
Valve’s long anticipated Portal 2 has gotten a reconfirmation for an April 21st release date along with some additional news.
EA announced today that they will be distributing the boxed copies of Portal 2 for the Xbox 360 and PS3. Of course, Steam will be handling the digital distribution for PC and Mac owners.
Vice President Doug Lombardi said in the press release, “Portal 2 is Valve’s most innovative title in the company’s history and will be launched with a first-class launch campaign this April. We’re excited to be working with Electronic Arts to deliver this title as we expand our platform strategy to include the Mac and PlayStation 3 platforms”
Portal 2 was recently voted the Most Anticipated Game of 2011, and I’m definitely excited for the game.
How about you?
Portal 2 was originally scheduled to launch this Holiday season, but no more. Valve has pushed the title back to 2011. Why? I’ll let the press release explain.
“Representatives from both companies [Aperture Science and Valve] acknowledged that public safety concerns factored into the decision. They went on to say that even though Portal 2 will arrive slightly later than planned, all life on earth won’t instantaneously stop as every molecule in your body explodes at the speed of light, which is what would happen should a rip ever appear in the fabric of Valve Time.”
Kind of stinks that the window is not even Spring 2011, just 2011. Hopefully we will get a more solid date, or at least window, soon.
Valve announced that Mac users can look forward to playing Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal, the Half-Life series, and Counter Strike next month. Valve has announced they will be making steam available to Mac users.
“As we transition from entertainment as a product to entertainment as a service, customers and developers need open, high-quality Internet clients. The Mac is a great platform for entertainment services,” said Gabe Newell, company president of Valve.
The Mac version of steam will have all the features of the PC version in addition to a new one called Steam Play. This new feature allows consumers to download a title for free on the Mac version of Steam if they already purchased it on their PC steam account.
Valve plans on making MAC a “tier-1 platform”. Any titles released in the future by Valve, the first of which to be Portal 2, will be available on Mac the same day as the PC and Xbox 360 versions.
PC and Mac users will be running on the same servers, so PC and Mac users can play together in games like Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead 2. Because of this, Mac users will be getting the same update support that the PC version is getting, so no worries about it falling behind on updates.
Hopefully other developers will follow behind Valve and offer their games for Macs as well via Steam. The more games available the better!
A Gamestop listing, which has since cut important information out of the description of the title, revealed a nice chunk of details about the sequel.
The first and probably biggest news is that Portal 2 will feature two player Co-Op. The story and test chambers for the multiplayer will be entirely separate from the single player campaign.
The single player mode will have new characters in the story, while gameplay wise there will be more test chambers than before and new puzzle elements to push the players wits.
The sequel is going to take place in Aperture Science Labs and everyones’ favorite computer GLaDOS will be returning.
Gamestop lists Portal 2 to be due out this Holiday season.
(Original Description Source: Kotaku)
After all the puzzle solving that went on over the past few days, Portal 2 is finally confirmed.
The confirmation comes from Game Informer’s reveal of their next issue’s cover. Game Informer will be bringing the first details on the title. Now we just have to twiddle our thumbs till the magazine hits.
You can check out the full magazine cover after the jump.
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